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Old 05-05-2022, 11:03 PM   #1
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Default Removing shower stall in RoadTrek 170

Looking at a 2014 RoadTrek 170 in pretty good condition. Really don't need/want the shower area and could use more space.

Is it a lot of work or difficulty to remove? I am pretty handy so only concerned about having to remove all sorts of other stuff, like trim, cabinets, etc which may then leave an eyesore.

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Old 05-06-2022, 03:52 PM   #2
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Looking at a 2014 RoadTrek 170 in pretty good condition. Really don't need/want the shower area and could use more space.

Is it a lot of work or difficulty to remove? I am pretty handy so only concerned about having to remove all sorts of other stuff, like trim, cabinets, etc which may then leave an eyesore.

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If you can do it and it looks stock when you are done then go for it. You say you are handy so take your time and do it right. Keep the old items in the event you want to sell it. That being said, you will regret it if you do a "hatchet job" on it.

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Do like I do and use the shower as a storage space without removing. Build shelving or whatever you need without removing the shower. There are water lines, drain lines, wiring, etc. behind the walls and floor, which means you will have to rebuild the whole area and can hurt the resale value when you sell down the road.
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hmmm...sounding not like a good idea. Need the space so guess it would be better to build around it.

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We have a 17-footer. No shower, no blocked windows. Love it. If removing the shower would unblock some windows, it might be worth it.
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We have a 17-footer. No shower, no blocked windows. Love it. If removing the shower would unblock some windows, it might be worth it.
Existing shower is not blocking any window. Am not near the van to take a closer look at how difficult to remove the shower, but re-sale is a consideration so sounds easier to work around it.
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A 170 with a shower stall? My 2015 170 only had a tray in the aisle... no other option. Are you sure this isn't a 190? Or are you talking about removing the toilet?
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OK wrong wording (sorry I'm a newbie at RV'ing)!
Yes there is just a tray in the aisle but there are vertical wooden side panels with a fold-out door. The side panels are about 14" deep so they protrude into the aisle space (see attached photo).
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Yes that is the common traditional Roadtrek small toilet room. I'm not clear on how this mod is going to expand space. These are small vans, any way you look at it. lol

If you don't want to have a toilet, it can be removed and the black tank under it sealed off. Then you could add shelving in there if you want storage - or a bar for hanging clothes... and/or remove the door. I would NOT change the walls or remove the black tank because I think that would kill any resale value. Most people have these small RVs to provide bathroom and kitchen facilities. I would suggest that any changes that you make be easily reversible.
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If you don't want to have a toilet, it can be removed and the black tank under it sealed off.
This is what a previous owner did in ours. Fixed toilet was removed, black tank sealed off. Then I 1) removed the black tank completely and converted the area to a storage locker, picking up a few more cubic feet of storage, 2) use a Porta-Potty.. easy to empty and get completely clean (no smelly tanks or drain pipes anywhere). For a very small van this makes the best use of the limited available room.
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This is what a previous owner did in ours. Fixed toilet was removed, black tank sealed off. Then I 1) removed the black tank completely and converted the area to a storage locker, picking up a few more cubic feet of storage, 2) use a Porta-Potty.. easy to empty and get completely clean (no smelly tanks or drain pipes anywhere). For a very small van this makes the best use of the limited available room.
Yep this is pretty much what I am thinking. The wife actually likes the porta-potty concept and I have seen some pretty easy-to-use ones out there not too expensive. As for the shower plumbing, it should probably remain and maybe I can find a way to extend the curtain to be a full wrap and remove the side wall to make that side of the van more useable space. Sound doable?
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Sure - you can do anything. But do a reality check before removing walls.
Can this be reversed? Might be a roadblock if/when trying to sell the van. I've seen highly-modified interiors and they are usually a turn-off.
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Sure - you can do anything. But do a reality check before removing walls.
Can this be reversed? Might be a roadblock if/when trying to sell the van. I've seen highly-modified interiors and they are usually a turn-off.
What I said above. Most people want a toilet and prefer a black tank over a portipotty, so it would definitely limit the pool of buyers for resale if you can't reverse whatever changes you make. I actually removed the toilet in my 170 as I haven't used my black tank since my Libero. Only do short trips and don't have easy access to dumping, so a camping toilet system works fine for me. But this is a minority opinion. lol

BTW, I had tons of storage in my 170 as I had both the wardrobe and armoire options replacing both 2nd row seats.
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