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My mission after the first few camping trips was to install a better shower head in the Oliver.  I especially didn't like the fact that I had to turn the water off at the faucet handle and lose the setting.  Research turned up a highly regarded brand called High Sierra.  I searched for those on this forum as well and found that at least one person (Overland) has also upgraded to a High Sierra.  I chose the same ugly one with a nice new faucet but an even uglier diverter.  😄  

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I also hope my wife doesn't notice that her washcloth holder is gone now.  😬  I decided that a permanent access hatch (DasMarine Marine Deck Access Hatch & Lid with Lock, White, 24" Length X 14" Width (606MM. Length X 353MM. Width) in it's place was a better value (at least to me!).  I can get at all my new valves now.

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In our older trailers, the shower and faucet were one unit. Scandvik marine hardware.

You lift the faucet out of the sink, and put it up on a hook. No diverter necessary.  Pretty common in boats, especially older ones like ours .

This will obviously work. But, you lose that precious bit of counterspace to the right of the faucet .

I do like the idea of the access panel. Now wondering if I  could modify the abs insert on ours. Probably not. It's not that strong. Not like your hatch.

I do agree, high Sierra is highly rated.

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That's a great hatch.  I had wanted one for ours, but it was one of those wish list options that got lost in the shuffle during the build.  Instead, they gave me a round port on the closet side, which wasn't as nice, but it's enough to get an arm in and undo the trap if necessary, and more extensive work if you're super patient (I'm not).

Did you have trouble getting it to fit with the curved vanity front?  When I replaced my caddy, I was able to scribe the top and bottom and cut it to fit, more or less, to keep the caulk joint to a minimum.

When I redid my sink, part of it was installing a new vanity top, and so when I put the new one on, I used VHB velcro strips.  So now, I can undo the trap from the closet port, then lift up the counter for access.  I still have to cut the seal on the counter, just like with the caddy, but it gives me another option to make repairs if needed.  Getting that top off was some work, though.  I had to cut through the glue working from below with an oscillating saw for about two hours - did I mention that I'm not a patient person?

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1 hour ago, SeaDawg said:

In our older trailers, the shower and faucet were one unit. Scandvik marine hardware.

You lift the faucet out of the sink, and put it up on a hook. No diverter necessary.  Pretty common in boats, especially older ones like ours .

This will obviously work. But, you lose that precious bit of counterspace to the right of the faucet .

I do like the idea of the access panel. Now wondering if I  could modify the abs insert on ours. Probably not. It's not that strong. Not like your hatch.

I do agree, high Sierra is highly rated.

I will be on the lookout for a better faucet / diverter solution.  We really do like the high sierra showerhead so far, so that was the driving factor - not looks obviously.  Now that I have "standard" plumbing connections under the sink (and easier access), I'm hoping I can improve upon this over time.  I considered running something through the closet and creating a "dedicated" shower but I'd prefer something like what you are describing.  

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20 minutes ago, Overland said:

Did you have trouble getting it to fit with the curved vanity front?  

No - I was definitely worried about that so I made sure the hatch wasn't any wider than the current hole for the washcloth rack.  The hatch required exactly the same width and I only had to cut 1" off the top and 2" off the bottom.  The hatch is very sturdy and the fiberglass on that vanity is flexible enough that it worked out well.  No big gaps to caulk around the outside and just to be safe I ran a bead of 3M 4000 along the inside edge.

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Seeing the shower head changes reminded me that when I ordered our trailer I wasn’t real fond of the shower arrangement so had Oliver make a modification for me. I liked the idea of being able to select the shower head that I wanted and be able to replace it whenever. I used Shurflo brand “Trinidad” model shower diverter valve. Both bath/kitchen faucets are the same design for fewer parts inventory and are the Shurflo “Trinidad” type as well. 

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13 minutes ago, mountainoliver said:

Seeing the shower head changes reminded me that when I ordered our trailer I wasn’t real fond of the shower arrangement so had Oliver make a modification for me. I liked the idea of being able to select the shower head that I wanted and be able to replace it whenever. I used Shurflo brand “Trinidad” model shower diverter valve. Both bath/kitchen faucets are the same design for fewer parts inventory and are the Shurflo “Trinidad” type as well. 

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Very nice indeed!  That would really simplify the mess I created with the diverter.  🙂

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2 hours ago, NCeagle said:

I will be on the lookout for a better faucet / diverter solution.  We really do like the high sierra showerhead so far, so that was the driving factor - not looks obviously.  Now that I have "standard" plumbing connections under the sink (and easier access), I'm hoping I can improve upon this over time.  I considered running something through the closet and creating a "dedicated" shower but I'd prefer something like what you are describing.  

The scandvik isn't a "looker," either.  But it works well. 

Except for the little knobs for controls, imo. They're difficult to operate with soapy hands. 

 

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I really like the big hatch, and would do that mod except I need the existing cubby to hold a bottle of vinegar, for rinsing the Natures Head. Maybe if I can come up with another place for that bottle......

I have not yet ventured under the sink, it is on my Honey Do list, near the bottom. I sure wish these trailers came with hatches everywhere. But compared to stick and staple ones, they are fine, most of the time.

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Spokane WA

 

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8 hours ago, John E Davies said:

I really like the big hatch, and would do that mod except I need the existing cubby to hold a bottle of vinegar, for rinsing the Natures Head. Maybe if I can come up with another place for that bottle......

I have not yet ventured under the sink, it is on my Honey Do list, near the bottom. I sure wish these trailers came with hatches everywhere. But compared to stick and staple ones, they are fine, most of the time.

John Davies

Spokane WA

 

I moved quick before my wife could figure out what useful things to put in that cubby besides a washcloth.  We keep a small bottle of vinegar water in the small cabinet above the toilet for our Nature's Head.

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13 hours ago, SeaDawg said:

The scandvik isn't a "looker," either.  But it works well. 

Except for the little knobs for controls, imo. They're difficult to operate with soapy hands. 

 

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That’s the one that came on our Oliver.  My only complaint is the caps broke off the control knobs, otherwise it does the job.

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13 hours ago, SeaDawg said:

The scandvik isn't a "looker," either.  But it works well. 

Except for the little knobs for controls, imo. They're difficult to operate with soapy hands. 

 

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This what came on our trailer as well.  Works fine, can toggle on/off at the shower head.  Mike

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7 hours ago, NCeagle said:

We keep a small bottle of vinegar water in the small cabinet above the toilet for our Nature's Head.

We've found that a quick squirt of water from the shower works fine if you don't want to bother with the vinegar.  

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On 12/22/2020 at 3:54 PM, NCeagle said:

As a reminder, the spaghetti mess I created before I "used" @mountainoliver's idea and shower mixer...

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And now with the same shower mixer as Mountainoliver...

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Mountainoliver, the check's in the mail!  But... I don't know how to get anything delivered by the post office these days.  😉  

So glad I didn't have to rip the caddy out again - sure made this addition easy!

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1.  The idea was good.

2.  The work and installation was great.

3.  The final product makes me want to spend my money and do the work too.

4.  And then he talks about how easy it is to make changes!  Not fair! 😭

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12 hours ago, NCeagle said:
On 12/22/2020 at 3:54 PM, NCeagle said:

As a reminder, the spaghetti mess I created before I "used" @mountainoliver's idea and shower mixer...

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And now with the same shower mixer as Mountainoliver...

Wow, that looks great! What a difference you made with the addition of the mixer.

Congratulations on a job so very well done. 

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On 12/22/2020 at 4:12 PM, John E Davies said:

I really like the big hatch, and would do that mod except I need the existing cubby to hold a bottle of vinegar, for rinsing the Natures Head. Maybe if I can come up with another place for that bottle......

I have not yet ventured under the sink, it is on my Honey Do list, near the bottom. I sure wish these trailers came with hatches everywhere. But compared to stick and staple ones, they are fine, most of the time.

John Davies

Spokane WA

 

Here's an idea for vinegar storage: Find a container for the vinegar that fits in one of these.  We have several different types and they work great.

@NCeagle I love these little hooks.  Use them on the new vanity access hatch or on the wall near the shower bracket for hanging washcloths.  Alternately, less expensive suction cup hooks would also work.

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On 12/30/2020 at 8:42 PM, Ray and Susan Huff said:

Here's an idea for vinegar storage: Find a container for the vinegar that fits in one of these.  We have several different types and they work great.

Do they stay attached on very bumpy roads with a full spray bottle (or beer can) inside?

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 JD,  we don’t have any bumps in the eastern US that compare to your roads, but mine did hold a partially filled 16.9 ounce water bottle while hitting a bump crossing the Mississippi River that flipped a shackle on my easy flex.  How long would 8 ounce of vinegar last you if you just used it to spritz your NH?

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12 hours ago, John E Davies said:

Do they stay attached on very bumpy roads with a full spray bottle (or beer can) inside?

John Davies

Spokane WA

We haven't tested them off pavement (or with a can of beer), but none have fallen off the wall during normal travel while loaded with a spray bottle or a bar of soap.

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