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Posted: 06/06/22 09:06pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The shower wall is a textured surface and not suitable for screws.
So I need an adhesive (not the suction cup) type of grab bar.
I was wondering if anyone has done this project and if you found a suitable product?


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A grab bar or a towel bar? I would not trust adhesive grab bar with my life.


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stickdog wrote:

A grab bar or a towel bar? I would not trust adhesive grab bar with my life.


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Posted: 06/07/22 05:13am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Since the "glass lifter" suction cup grab bars are not ADA compliant, adhesive ones would be even less so. Your options is to figure out how to attach an adhesive pad to regular grab bars or modify a towel bar with adhesive pads. If going wall to wall, you can cut down a shower rod that is pressers attached and just replace the foam pad with an adhesive pad. Just know, none of these replaces a real ADA grab bar and nothing says they will even work when needed, but it's the only option.


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Forget it. As mentioned a safe grab bar needs something more than double sided tape or adhesives. You would also need to be concerned about the strength of the thin plastic bathroom lining material. Don't worry about screws going into the textured surface, you need to use heavy screws or bolts into structural material behind the surface.

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Why not remove the paneling on the opposite wall and put real wood backing where you want the grab bar? Safest long-term thing to do, IMO.

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JimK-NY wrote:

Forget it. As mentioned a safe grab bar needs something more than double sided tape or adhesives. You would also need to be concerned about the strength of the thin plastic bathroom lining material. Don't worry about screws going into the textured surface, you need to use heavy screws or bolts into structural material behind the surface.


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"A grab bar is only as strong as the anchoring devices and the wall on which it is mounted. Fastening directly into wood “stud” blocking is highly preferred. If wood blocking is not available and you are installing on a hollow wall, be sure to use a hollow wall anchors"

It is highly recommended to mount grab bars through the shower/tub wall and into wood studs. In some cases there may not be studs where you need them and in those cases a toggle hollow wall anchor to spread the load across the back of the wall board (typically drywall board).

With the thin walls of RVs even toggle hollow wall anchors most like will not be sufficient.

I seriously doubt that any glue on bars will be safe at all, if you can even find them for sale.

There are suction cup types, but on a textured surface it would be doubtful that would work.

Not to mention, I have learned over the yrs not to trust suction cups for something this important.. Had a nutty manager decide that my team use manual lifting suction devices to lift 100 lb servers out of the boxes.. First try and one of the suction cups let loose and we nearly had a 100 lb $4K server not only hit the ground but also targeting our feet.. Needless to say, I told the manager where to put his suction cups and idea..

Is there any way you can gain access to the back of the shower wall and add in some plywood to provide strength and a place to screw into?

As far as holes in the surround goes, that is what sealants are for..

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Posted: 06/07/22 11:09am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

There has to be a way to do a grab bar securely such as jdc's suggestion.


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Posted: 06/08/22 04:39am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Is the shower involved big enough to allow a walker to be used? I can't speak for the OP's unit but in our 5er none of the shower' walls would support a grab bar.
Maybe a rod across the top of the enclosure as long as it was low enough to reach.


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Posted: 06/08/22 08:15am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

jdc1 wrote:

Why not remove the paneling on the opposite wall and put real wood backing where you want the grab bar? Safest long-term thing to do, IMO.


Thats worth looking into.
For a person with balance issues ANYTHING besides a smooth wall would help.
This one: Adhesive Grab Bar is rated at something like 250 pounds.
(the suction cup type are rated at 5 pounds)

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