View Poll Results: How often do you use your trailer shower?
Never 18 8.49%
5 percent of nights camped 11 5.19%
25 percent of nights camped 14 6.60%
50 percent of nights camped 44 20.75%
100 percent 113 53.30%
Other (explanation please) 12 5.66%
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Old 02-02-2016, 02:36 PM   #15
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We LOVE having our shower in the trailer and use it everyday!
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Old 02-02-2016, 02:48 PM   #16
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Is a wet bath more nuisance to manage than a full shower? This is a small trailer and the trade offs for regained floor space and not having to stare at the throne are appealing and may be a fair trade for the hassle of gearing up for the occasional shower. Sink choices are to either go without one in the bath (the kitchen sink is 4 feet away) or add a small elevated corner sink tucked in behind the toilet.
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I have a wet bath in my Cayo, and a conventional bath in my Airstream. In either rig we use the shower daily unless the unavailability of hookups dictates that we use campground facilities.

Overall we've been happy with each setup. An often unrecognized advantage of a wet bath is that it is typically larger than the shower space in a conventional setup. I've done quite a bit of rework on the bath in the Cayo, and all surfaces are covered in marine epoxy, spar varnish, or some other finish that is suitable for use in a wet environment. The main disadvantage as we see it is that everything gets wet, so towels, TP, and anything else absorbent has to be stored in the hall closet or moved there before using the shower.

There are some intriguing waterproof TP dispensers out there, but our layout didn't have space for one. They are recessed which complicates placement.

In either bath we squeegee the walls and floor when done, something that isn't very time consuming and not a big deal for most people. We usually put a mat on the floor of the wet bath when not using the shower.
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Old 02-02-2016, 02:53 PM   #17
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We LOVE having our shower in the trailer and use it everyday!

Ditto ditto ditto. Dry bath was a must for us.

One thing that draws me to the vintage Airstreams is that shower/tub combo. We had a 1968 Phoenix Caribbean (back in '68) with a similar layout that I loved. If the DW would ever consider letting me do a reno I would look for a trailer with that configuration.
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Old 02-02-2016, 02:54 PM   #18
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What are the key features of a 'well designed' wet bath?
Janet, my first Airstream was a 2005 22 FB - the one that had all of the frame issues. I actually LOVED that wet bath. It was a large and comfortable either as a shower or as the "oval office". And it wasn't icky because it shared the space. In my current split bath picking up a dropped bar of soap is doable but tight, and easy for the door to fly open when you're bent over... Ditto for the side so side room on the throne. It is possible to cleanse one's behind with the door closed... but if you're alone in the trailer, you aren't closing the door. (Some replace it with a curtain just for the flexibility.)

Hopefully you'll be able to find a picture or two that shows how well designed that wet bath was. The bath was located in the roadside rear corner - and had a desk on the opposite side - which was a good place for makeup, etc. The entire thing was molded fiberglass and it was almost 4' x 4'. There were a few flaws that needed to be fixed but they were very minor - the hanger for the shower head was non functional and needed to be replaced, and the shower curtain - which kept the toilet and tp dry was cheap and poorly fitted, and the little medicine cabinet had an inadequate velcro closure - two more strips of velcro fixed that. The good parts: A small round stainless bar sink in the front corner against the outside wall - molded into a fiberglass surround - that you could fill with warm water and soap up before running the shower. And it was at the right height to use comfortably. If I'm boondocking I use a bucket to conserve water, but it sits at knee level and cools off almost instantly - Stayed hot in the 22.

I could completely wash (even my hair) with about half a gallon of water. The sink faucet pulled out and became the shower head. I mostly used it in hand held mode - and there was plenty of elbow room to rinse completely and quickly, saving more water. The toilet was in the back curve and once I replaced the curtain I could easily shave legs, etc using the covered toilet lid as a footrest. The size of the bath would make it comfortable for people a lot taller than I am, which is a problem in most side bath units. I never felt like I was showering OVER a toilet... but it was sure handy. The best thing was... having a "head" with floor drain. Clean the bathroom? Some liquid cleanser and a squeegee and even yellow streaks on the outside of the toilet were gone - rinsed away without having to be touched! No one with male children would fail to understand that benefit!

If I ever live in brick and mortar again there will be a floor drains in the bathroom just for ease of cleaning, and the kitchen and laundry room would be candidates for one too.
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In either bath we squeegee the walls and floor when done, something that isn't very time consuming and not a big deal for most people.
A handy hint I got from a book on sailboat maintenance… wax your wet bath or fiberglass shower stall. Spray wax is easier to use than paste wax, but either one works. Water just beads up and rolls right down the walls, so no need to spend time with a squeegee after each use; depending on how often you use the shower, you might only need to wax once a year, but even with heavy use once a quarter is plenty. Don't wax the wet bath floor, though!

I even do this in my tiled shower enclosure at home, but for a different reason; the wax blocks the pores in the grout and prevents the growth of mildew in the grout— which is a perennial problem in the New Orleans area.
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We use our shower in the Airstream every day that we are on the road. For the last five years we have been towing the Airstream with our Outfitter truck camper rig. The truck camper has a wet bath which we have used a number of times over the years.

I will admit that we prefer dry bath shower in the Airstream. The wet bath in the truck camper is a little more difficult to use and clean up, but not a big deal. The wet bath does afford the opportunity for the ultimate in multi-tasking. You can actually go to the bathroom while shaving and showering all at the same time. And if that is not impressive enough, you also have an ad hoc bidet.

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Old 02-02-2016, 03:22 PM   #21
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Daily - Occasionally I'll use a campground's facilities if they are outstanding - and some are.



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What are the key features of a 'well designed' wet bath?
There is no such thing. Every wet bath is a compromise. It will accomplish all functions adequately, but none of them well.

That being said, I'm all in favor of wet baths. Space is limited in many Airstreams, and extremely limited in an Interstate. The average person spends less time in the bathroom than any other living space, so it only makes sense that the floor space devoted to the bathroom be kept to the absolute minimum— thus leaving more space for the things you spend more time doing.
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Old 02-02-2016, 04:11 PM   #24
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Lou always uses the AS shower. I in the interest of time when we are both getting ready will walk over the the CG showers. A stall shower with a good door was important to us.

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Old 02-02-2016, 04:18 PM   #25
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I voted other. Our 16 Sport has the wet bath and we have never used the shower inside. We occasionally use it outside. It seems about 90% of the time the campgrounds where we stay have facilities and we don't mind using them. They are much larger and easier to move around in and we don't have to be concerned about excess humidity, dampness or leaks if we use the inside trailer shower. BTW we spent 115 nights in our Bambi in 2015. Good luck with your project.
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There is no such thing. Every wet bath is a compromise. It will accomplish all functions adequately, but none of them well.

Seems to me that a wet bath is the height of efficiency. You can sit on the throne, take a shower, brush your teeth, and shave all at the same time.

Saves time for more outdoor activities!



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Seems to me that a wet bath is the height of efficiency. You can sit on the throne, take a shower, brush your teeth, and shave all at the same time.
This is true, though I try to handle those tasks sequentially rather than concurrently. I don't have enough hands to handle all those tasks at once…

And one thing a wet bath does very poorly is when you want to conserve water by showering with a friend. Though it was fun to try…
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Old 02-02-2016, 04:57 PM   #28
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We use a variety of camping venues, even Walmart and such when on the road. Use our own shower boon docking or Walmart, often at campgrounds. When at an rv resort using pool/hot tub/sauna, gym or recreational facilities we usually use the adjacent showers.

We are on the road for months at a time, some places have great shower facilities, some not so good, some none at all. So it depends on where we are happen to be.
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