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Old 06-09-2014, 08:26 PM   #1
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What would you think about no toilet/no shower?

Haven't been on here in a couple of years, but getting an Airstream is once again strongly on my mind! That dream never really died, but I've recently had the time to really start thinking about it again and have been looking.

In order to maximize space in a smaller trailer (thinking of getting a 22') I have been considering mostly gutting one in rough shape and building it out from scratch, without putting a bathroom back in it. This would allow us to put a bigger bed in it (a double most likely) and create a little bedroom in the back where the bathroom was, with a kitchen in the middle with booth table (where we'd be able to brush our teeth and wash up a little using the sink), and sofa in the front that could fold out into another sleeping space. We'd mostly park at campgrounds, and when we don't, we'd utilize truck stop showers.

I'm wondering if there's anyone else who decided not to keep their bathroom to maximize space? Do you think this would get old really fast, or do you think they're kind of a waste of space? I'm not worried about the resale factor. Appreciate your feedback! Thanks so much.
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Old 06-09-2014, 08:32 PM   #2
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I think it would get old really fast. If you want to conserve space you can certainly go with a wet bath arrangement where the sink, toilet and shower are all part of the same space. I suspect you could make a wet bath arrangement in less than 10 sq. ft.
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Old 06-09-2014, 08:45 PM   #3
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I have a wet bath in my Tradewind and really like it thought I am 6'3. When practical I will use public bathrooms though. I have also seen suitcase size portable toilets. But when I need my toilet, I really need it.
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Old 06-09-2014, 09:14 PM   #4
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I can't even imagine no toilet-no shower. When we quit tent-camping and back-of-the-pickup camping these many years ago, the idea of an in-house (so to speak) toilet was so wonderful--you don't have to get dressed with a bursting bladder, dancing from one foot to the other, in order to go out in public and use the facility. Or tiptoe along with your flashlight at night. And although I am grateful for public showers, I always am leary of lurking spiders, athletes-foot germs, and my clothes falling off the always-inadequate hooks onto the questionably-clean floor.

OK, so I'm too picky, but that makes an A/S just too wonderful for words in my book: don't skip the loo and the shower!

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I think you're going to at least want a toilet. If not at this moment, over time.

The wet baths are very small, but also very functional, and allow all needs to be met wherever you may be.

We have met a few people with trailer remodels who had no formal bathroom, but did have a camp toilet in a corner that met this need and was carried out to be emptied.

Served the purpose, without committing the space to s formal bathroom.

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We do not use the shower in the Avion, and only have a portapotty. Works great for us. Potty can be stored in a cabinet on the floor when not in use. Dumps in a dump station or at a full hookup site. We use campground facilities mostly and only the potty at night to pea in. Jim
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Old 06-10-2014, 07:09 AM   #7
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I admire individuals thinking as individuals, so certainly different people have different expectations from their Airstreams.

Two of the criteria for the trailer I wanted before i started reconstruction of the 72 were a standard size shower with plenty of hot water and a flush toilet with a real trap.

I really like my showers, they are one of life's simple pleasures, and as a person who used to drive a truck several months a year for many years, I don't like having to wake up from a sound sleep and have to get dressed prior to making the 350 yard trek to the toilet or shower. I have been there and done that, although admittedly I only duke in the A/S in a dire emergency.
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One of the things I love about having a trailer is having my own toilet and shower. I hate using public facilities and I am at an age where I get up during the night. Having my own toilet close is nice. I would not even consider a trailer with no toilet.
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Old 06-10-2014, 09:28 AM   #9
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Thanks everyone for the insight and input so far!

I think a wet bath might be a great option for us. I'd just like to avoid the full bathroom if possible. I feel like a bathroom sink is also unnecessary as well (since the Airstream is so small, we can always use the kitchen sink to wash up). Some may think this is weird, but it doesn't bother me.

Also, I like the suggestion of a camp toilet. Takes up little space, and can be emptied out. Thinking a similar thing with the shower. Maybe we can instal something that can be mounted to the side of the Airstream or freestanding for an outdoor shower. I happen to really love outdoor showers.

Looking forward to hearing any other ideas/input. Thank you!
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We don't have a bathroom sink, and do just fine.

I have two round dishpans in the kitchen sink. One for dishes, the other for trapping handwashing water and to use with a bit of pinesol for cleaning.

Works great, both can be dumped in the toilet for the larger, black water tank.


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Thanks everyone for the insight and input so far!

I think a wet bath might be a great option for us. I'd just like to avoid the full bathroom if possible. I feel like a bathroom sink is also unnecessary as well (since the Airstream is so small, we can always use the kitchen sink to wash up). Some may think this is weird, but it doesn't bother me.

Also, I like the suggestion of a camp toilet. Takes up little space, and can be emptied out. Thinking a similar thing with the shower. Maybe we can instal something that can be mounted to the side of the Airstream or freestanding for an outdoor shower. I happen to really love outdoor showers.

Looking forward to hearing any other ideas/input. Thank you!
Hello: My first Airstream was a 2005 22 ft International CCD. (Yes the one with the broken frame problems. My frame was fine when I sold it, but the subsequent owner had problems.) Even though THOR screwed the pooch on this design with a bad frame and OSB floor, it had the BEST wet bath you'll ever see. It was in the rear roadside corner, and was fiberglass top to bottom with an integrated small corner sink at standing height. There was a curtain you could pull to isolate the toilet and it's paper from the shower. GI showers were - fill sink with hot water, scrub with washcloth, Turn on shower head and rinse down. Worked FINE and the shower fit in as the sink faucet. I quick squeegee prevented most spotting on the fiberglass. It was about 4 x 3 feet with the door on an angle. Comfy for even large people to use - and a porcelain toilet.

I think you can still buy the fiberglass for this wet bath, but you have to have the current evolution of the curve - not a real old A/S.

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Old 06-10-2014, 11:32 AM   #12
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Thanks for the info Paula! Sounds ideal. But alas, I would be getting an AS from the 90's or earlier (most likely 70's).
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I have had to deal with a non-working shower in our previous Agrosy, but NO way would l go without a toilet. I tend to need a nocternal pitstop and there is nothing worse than having to put on your clothes and shoes and stumble out of the trailer with a flashlight at 2 am in the morning (alone in the dark) to use the public facilities. NEVER AGAIN!! That's why we bought an Airstream...for the amenities. I do think that would be a challenge when it came time to sell the trailer, too.
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In addition to all mentioned above, if you ever sell the trailer you will take a bad hit on price because most people do want a toilet and shower and selling one without them is going to reduce your market a lot.
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