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Question DetailsAsked on 3/7/2016

How much does it typically cost to take bathtub out of mobile home and install shower stall?

I have an old tub and surround around it in mobile home, has easy access door to get to fixtures and drain and I want to take tub out of small bathroom and install shower stall instead.

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I can't say for sure for a mobile home, but in a normal house you are talking in the rough ballpark of a couple to a few thousand range for a prefab fiberglass or plastic base and surround installed - generally more in the few thousand to five thousand ballpark for all tile. And of course on up from there for fancier materials. Note these are VERY rough numbers.

Be sure that if you are in an area with cold winters that the drain and water pipes get properly insulated so they don't freeze. Because water use in a shower is relatively infrequent, just wrapping the pipes in insulation might not be enough - far better to insulate across the outside of the pipe area framing, so the entire airspace around the pipes is heated by heat radiating from the trailer floor. In other words, instead of protecting the pipes from radiating their heat directly to the outside air, have them put as close up under the floor as works right, leave an airspace around them, and insulate the bottom and sides of the surrounding area instead - preferably WITHOUT any trailer metal framing running through the space if possible to avoid, or insulate it too so it does not act as a big radiator from that area. Of course, in very cold areas you may still need supplemental heat tape.

Note also the shower is likely smaller than the tub at least in one direction, so in addition to the shower installation you will likely need some wall and flooring work done to cover up where the old torn-out material was.

One other thought - the subflooring in trailer tends to be pretty cheap - I strongly recommend that when the new shower is put in, that the original flooring be torn out unless it is 3/4 plywood in good condition, and put in 3/4" marine or treated wood plywood instead for an extra $50-100 or so - greatly increases resistance to damage in case of any leakage from pipes or shower pan or flooring in the future.

For a vendor, you have two choices - a specialty Trailer/RV/Manufacturered Home dealer who offers repair and remodeling services, or a Remodeling - Kitchen and Bath general contractor.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD




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