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Old 01-14-2008, 11:28 PM   #1
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Using the shower

I've been looking at a 28' Argosy with the rear bath. The MH needs lots of fixing but generally is in good shape. The problem I have with it is the shower. I tried stepping into the shower and found it to be extremely cramped. I can't imagine being able to use it without: 1. getting everything in the back of the camper wet; 2. Not being able to get half my body wet; 3. trying to sit down on the built in bench and getting my knees wedged into the opposite wall. Now I know most camp grounds have acceptable showers that beat using the MH, but I'm trying to sell my wife on this motorhome and she isn't excited about the shower. The rear bath seems to be the same on both the Motorhomes and the trailers, so a lot of you have this arrangement. How do you use the shower and what can I tell my wife to tell her it will work out okay?? Thanks.
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Old 01-15-2008, 12:32 AM   #2
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Reminds me shower in our first ClassC.
The ceiling was lower than my head and distance between back wall and curtain was smaller than between my shoulders.
But when you are sweating dust on 120F desert it is still excellent thing. Practice, practice, practice. Don't think your wife will have the same degree problems.
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Old 01-15-2008, 06:32 AM   #3
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At 6'4", I had the same issue with the confined space in my '59 but I will tell you that using a washcloth made a big difference. I sit on the board across the edges of the tub and get my whole body wet with the washcloth. I soap up and rinse off with it too. This keeps the water from spraying all over the place at least while washing my body. Now, washing my hair is another story.

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Old 01-15-2008, 07:45 AM   #4
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I am 6'3" and ditto the above as far as using campground showers and navy showers as necessary.

Just an idea: There are outdoors solar showers available pretty reasonable. Depending, it may please or disgust the neighbors.
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Old 01-23-2008, 10:05 AM   #5
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I you are willing to look at larger models then center bath floorplans have a dedicated shower. It's still curved, but only on one side. I even installed a nice modern glass door on mine.
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I am 5' 8" My gal is 5' 2"

I struggle trying to get the soap off, unless I use the shower wand. Then it's easy to get all of those uh.....hard to reach places. I assumed that most
trailer showers were outfitted with shower wands.
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Old 01-23-2008, 10:55 AM   #7
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At 6'4", I had the same issue with the confined space in my '59 but I will tell you that using a washcloth made a big difference. I sit on the board across the edges of the tub and get my whole body wet with the washcloth. I soap up and rinse off with it too. This keeps the water from spraying all over the place at least while washing my body. Now, washing my hair is another story.

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I thought this was a respectable Forum Now Brad, I have this vision of you whom I have never met - showereing in your 59 Airstream

I have spent lots of time here at the forums - and showers and baths seem to be a "hot" topic. I have always been curious as to why people need so much room in a shower (besided the obvious - but this is a respectable forum so you will have to venture to another forum for that discussion).

So the question boils down to - are you full timing (as good as living in your MH 24/7) or are you "camping" in the sense of camping. If camping, then everything seems to be scaled down in size and relative to the trailer or MH you select.

In the days of camping - how many people really did do the shower dance anyway - more like the river or the ocean or the nice lakes we either parked or tented by. Or it was the layers of clothes to alllow you to stand close to people at the campfire - but be sure you got in the billows of smoke to disguise the growing odors But that is what "camping" was all about.

But as we age - it becomes all about comforts - right? RV showers and baths have, as I see it, a distinct new conept. Instead of you going to the bath or the shower - it comes to you. Hence the novel idea of a shower wand, head, handle, or whatever one calls it these days - and they are usually attached to a length of flexible hose.

This amazing concept allows one to stand, kneel, squat or sit. Rinse, Lather, and lather some more and Rinse again. Seems to me, it is a real easy concept that requires only the space that you take up standing. Keeping your elbows tucked in tight of course.

The objective in the RV life style is to get Clean (rememer everything is smaller, tiny size ovens, tables, beds it is like a rolling doll house) Thus it is not the same objective you have at home - where you use the shower - to think, reflect, wake up, shave, day dream, or just blank out and realize that you have been in there so long that you have turned pruny

So instead of the major renos - to get the large space - to which you only spend how long cleaning ones self? I suggest that people step up their bathroom fixture - to a more ergonomic shower system - with longer hose, on and off switches to the sprayer - and longer handled sprayers to reach those difficult places -(oh stop that, that is on the other forum )

I am refering to those 6'4" types that want to keep the water in the shower pan without having to bend over and wack their head on the wall - or on the new shower towel rails that Airstream has wisely placed in the showers these past years - as an elbow funny bone hazzard!!! - and if you are not careful you could wack the corner of your eye on the ornate design of the Classic

Well now you can all have a vision of all of us showering in our Airstreams -

PS. I have shower on the brain - cause we are buying a new Sport Model 08 Shower Stall and retrofiting it into the 1963 GT. We were just at an RV show - and measured her all up - and she is going to fit nice. Yes we have a little cut we have to make on the one wall to access the back window crank. Nothing a bit of tub surround and glue will not solve.

So for those of you who are not happy with your shower/bath systems - you could also consider Airstream Factory to purchase a new one - Yes they are pricey but well worth it in the end. I look at the hours on the old tub-wishing for a nice new clean one and then the hassles with water streaming down the back unbeknown and eventual floor rot. Big fix vs nice shower stall...(sorry vintage purists - we are keeping the outside vintage the inside is our territory on this one )

...rub a dub dub...all of us in a tub....
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Old 01-23-2008, 01:50 PM   #8
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GT1963 has a very nice solution with the thought of installing a shower from a newer model. I am not familiar with the Argosy layout, but the shower in our 19' Bambi is in the back and is very generous (well, generous for a trailer). I am shrinking, but still probably over 6' and have no fit-into-the-shower problems. The hand shower on a hose is, of course, almost essential. We have changed the mounting position to the back wall and that has helped when using the handpiece like a permanently mounted shower head.
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Have you thought of constructing a wet shower in its place?
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Old 01-23-2008, 05:04 PM   #10
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Sam and I are having our house bathroom remodeled, so we are forced to use the second bathroom which has a pretty small shower stall. After my first shower in it I told her that I thought the Airstream's shower is bigger! It probably isn't but with the seat and handheld shower head, it's pretty good. And I'm amazed at how little water you really need to take a shower, if you turn it on and off as needed.
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Old 01-23-2008, 05:16 PM   #11
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Taking an RV shower

Taking an RV shower, when self contained, can be very demanding on the water supply.

Some people have trained themselves to take a 3 quarts of water shower.

When asked how can they do that, they replied.

First, take one quart and wash as far down as possible.

Then take the second quart, and wash up as far as possible.

They say, "it works for them."

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What about the 3rd quart? Must be the full-body rinse.

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Old 01-23-2008, 07:33 PM   #13
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I have not yet tried my shower....yoou guy are really making me look forward to the experience!
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Old 01-23-2008, 08:19 PM   #14
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Thanks for all the replies. Every place I imagine we would camp has nice showers so I'm not too concerned for myself about whether I fit or not. However, my wife, who has not camped much would rather be naked in private rather than a public shower, so keeping her comfortable is an issue. Either she has all the comforts of home or she isn't going. Her idea of camping is a motel with a black and white television. I presently own an old class C motorhome that is not suitable for our needs. It has bunk beds that neither of us can get in or out of, a jacknife couch that is not comfortable as a bed at all, and the over the cab bed that neither of us want to climb up into or out of. However, the bath and shower are quite useable. When I compared it to the Argosy, the Argosy shower seems quite claustophobic. Since she is smaller than me, it might not be an issue for her, but so far she isn't impressed. I have to talk harder.
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