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, 04:31 PM   #29
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Mostly festivals for me….I use my shower

The few festivals that had showers available, they were either really really gross, had a long line, or costed too much,

Quite a few festivals that I go to, have creeks or rivers.

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Old 02-02-2016, 04:32 PM   #30
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I guess I'm the only one to vote never so far We have used it maybe twice in 13 years. Seems there is always a campground shower available somewhere. Using the shower in the trailer just fogs up the inside, everything needs to get wiped down when you're done, and fills up the blue boy.


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Old 02-02-2016, 05:07 PM   #31
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We use the shower in the trailer 100%, whether boondocking or with hookups. I tote a lot of gray water in the blue boy. Though, we can go ~4 days in our 25 Safari before I have to replenish the fresh water or haul the gray. We use 8 to 10 gallons per day for 2 showers and dish washing.

I'm flexible, but my DW is not going to use the public facilities. If something happens to the shower in the trailer we will be camping at a motel.

I'm not a fan of a wet bath. Generally, they are too small for my big body.
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Old 02-02-2016, 05:51 PM   #32
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Almost never use my shower because it is too hard to clean and gets mildew easy because it's like a closet. There are too many nooks and crannies that trap water and the factory covered the sidewall with textured vinyl that holds moisture. I always wear flip-flops in public showers. If building a shower make it so the walls can be squeegeed and the stall can dry fast! Maybe an exhaust fan that can be run while using the shower, humidity in the trailer is a real problem especially in rainy weather.
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Old 02-02-2016, 06:02 PM   #33
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Now I am unsure if this thread is about using a shower in your Airstream, or the advantage/disadvantage of a separate shower vs. a wet bath.

I have had around 18 to 20 RV's over the years, most but not all Airstreams. Some have had wet baths, including my 75 GMC motorhome, and 4 or 5 of my Airstreams.

I have disliked, but still used every wet bath unit I have had. Wetting everything in the bathroom, toilet, sink, walls, and stuff on the counter is not fun, nor easy to prevent from becoming wet. Wiping down the walls, going into the bathroom an hour later with the floor still wet, etc are all things I hate about them.

My '74 Argosy 20' and my '14 FC 20' both have good separate showers and is one of the reasons I am much happier with them than I ever was with my '63 Bambi, my '67 Caravel, my 69 21' and my '71 Caravel, or my '75 GMC Motorhome, all which were wet bath units.

I just don't like wet bath RV's.
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Old 02-02-2016, 06:18 PM   #34
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Putting it in perspective, it's a luxury compared to the sponge baths or heating water on the camp stove to pour over us in the VW Camper days. But then it was something of a luxury not to drag a 7300 lb trailer around the country for the personal luxuries, I'm not sure which is a better mode of seeing the country.
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Old 02-02-2016, 06:30 PM   #35
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One of the things on my to-do list is to install an outside shower in the port side rear compartment. It will be next to the water heater where I can easily " T" into both the hot and cold water. I have had an outside shower before, and even have a transom shower on my boat. When boondocking with all the privacy I can shower off without filling the grey water tank.

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Old 02-02-2016, 06:32 PM   #36
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We love our shower!! No getting your feet dirty coming back from the bath house! Plus I have scary hairdo in the morning that a quick hot shower will fix!!! We could not live without it! Ps we have the original tub/ shower that we refinished.

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Old 02-02-2016, 06:47 PM   #37
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If you are going to use the "campground facilities," you might as well camp in a tent.
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Old 02-02-2016, 07:18 PM   #38
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I've never had a wet bath setup. I use my shower in the trailer every day - sometimes the outside shower when there are no neighbors to be offended (and am thinking about a portable suction cup shower curtain contraption...). Such a luxury.
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Old 02-02-2016, 07:26 PM   #39
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We tend to camp in campgrounds with electric, sometimes water, but not sewer at the campsites.

Mostly State and Corps of Engineer parks.

So we typically take our longer daily shower at the campground shower, and often will do a quick rinse in the AS before bed to rinse away bug spray and sunscreen before going to bed.

But even a quick navy shower will put about 4 gallons into the waste tank. We are working on remembering to use a dishpan so that we can save the water and use for toilet flushing to have it go into the black instead of the gray.

Once we get a blue boy tank this might change.

We like the AS shower a lot.

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Old 02-02-2016, 07:56 PM   #40
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To conserve fresh water here's the Navy shower we learned in Navy boot camp (1966), and practiced at sea. Turn on the shower and wet down, turn off the shower and soap and scrub, turn on the water and rinse off. A gallon or less.
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Old 02-02-2016, 08:12 PM   #41
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And, I truly thank the ghods I am no longer in Uncle Sam's Navy, and can take a nice long hot Hotel shower anytime I want to!

No more water hours, no mor drinking water that smells of jet fuel, no more freeze and scald out of control water heaters, either.

I love having a tankless water heater and a wet bath (Any bath style for that matter) that is clean, convenient and all ours!

I no longer have the patience to schlep over to the campground showers, tent camp, or not have a clean toilet just 25 feet behind me.

Besides, DW loves her hot showers, and with the AS in tow, she is happy.

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Old 02-02-2016, 08:13 PM   #42
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Originally Posted by AnnArborBob View Post
If you are going to use the "campground facilities," you might as well camp in a tent.
Exactly! When we decided to move up from tent camping, the shower and campground toilets were two of the reasons. Love the shower in our A/S and use it exclusively.


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