How to Remove a Mobile Home Bathtub

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While tubs in most homes are made of porcelain, mobile home bathtubs are usually made of plastic. Leaks or cracks in the tub often require complete tub replacement. Removing a bathtub from mobile home is slightly different than a standard tub. Fortunately, all of the plumbing fixtures, including the drain, are usually accessible in one spot. Once you remove the tub, you may need to make some minor repairs to the wall or floor.

Things You'll Need

  • Slip-joint pliers
  • Phillips-head screwdriver
  • Utility knife
  • Cordless screwdriver
  • Helper
  • Go to the access panel in the adjoining room of the faucet side of the tub. Turn the water supply handles clockwise to shut off the water supply to the tub. Unscrew the water supply line connections to the tub faucet, using a wrench to turn the nuts counterclockwise. Remove the lines from the faucet.

  • Unscrew the coupling from the tub drain and the overflow pipe, using the slip-joint pliers. Remove the nuts securing the faucet to the tub wall. All of this is done through the access panel.

  • Go to the tub and pull the faucet away from the tub. If your tub has an overflow plate at the top, remove the screws securing the plate with the Phillips-head screwdriver and pull away the plate.

  • Remove the heads of plastic rivets securing the plastic tub surround wall together, using the utility knife. Score along the outer edges of each panel to cut through the caulk with the utility knife. Carefully begin pulling the surround panels away from the wall, cutting through caulk with the knife as necessary.

  • Find the screws securing the lip of the tub to the plywood wall. Remove the screws with the Phillips-head screwdriver. Use a cordless screwdriver with a Phillips-head bit to make the work go quicker.

  • Lift the tub out of the opening with assistance from a friend. Tilt the tub on its side and walk through the doorway and out of the mobile home.

Tips & Warnings

  • Some newer mobile homes set the tub in an enclosure. The general process is the same, although you might need to lift the tub straight up and out of the enclosure to move it out of the bathroom.

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