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Mod #48: Curved Shower Curtain Rod

Posted By Mark Corgan On July 25, 2008 @ 5:57 am In featured, interior | 16 Comments

One of the main reasons we all bought our RVs is to have some of the conveniences of home while on the road and at the campground, like our own private bathroom. And while some campgrounds and RV parks have nice facilities for our grooming needs, it’s always nice to be able to use your own. We all know that our RV bathrooms are small in the shower area so what can you do to get a little more elbow room and prevent the shower curtain from attacking you while showering in your tiny tub? The curved shower curtain mod!

Mod Difficulty:

The curved shower curtain rod kits are designed for residential-sized tubs, which are generally 5 feet long. Most RV tubs/showers are no more than 4 feet so you may have to trim some of the rod tubing to fit. If you do have to remove some tubing, be sure to remove it equally from both ends so the the rod curvature is properly maintained.

Another thing to check for is that the hardware and fasteners that come in the kit may not be appropriate for your RV walls. Check the length of the screws as they may too long and if used, may end up poking through the outside of the wall. And that’s ugly to fix.

Installation is quite easy. If you have a channel with hooks for the standard shower curtain, you can just leave it in place. Measure the width between the walls lengthwise and subtract about 2 inches. This will be the size of the curtain rod. Cut an equal amount from each end of the tubing to the size needed using a tubing cutter. If you don’t have one, you can use a hacksaw. Don’t worry too much about the cosmetics since the ends of the tubing are hidden in the mounting brackets.

Assemble the brackets and insert the rod ends in to the bracket holes. Test fit the rod assembly to be sure the length is correct and re-cut if necessary. Place the assembly where you want to mount it and mark the holes with a Sharpie. Drill the 4 holes carefully so as not to drill completely through the other side of the wall. Insert the plastic anchor inserts provided. Attached the assembly using the correct length screws. Now stand in the shower and put your elbows out. Pretty nice, eh?

TipYou can reuse the stock shower curtain but you may want to go for a better quality one. Replace the vinyl curtain (if that’s what you have) with a fabric-based one. These types are much more flexible and won’t attack you when they get wet.

ModMyRV recommends these parts for this mod:
Maytex 47 Inch Adjustable Curved Shower Rod
60 Inch Curved Shower Rod - Polished Stainless Steel
Croscill Fabric Shower Curtain Liner, White


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