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Old 02-27-2013, 11:46 PM   #1
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External shower unit...

I was watching "Extreme RV's" a few days ago, and on one of the segments they showed a cool outside shower unit.
I think it was a chrome/aluminum door with a seperate shower head that plugged in...
Maybe it was on the Global Expedition Vehicle..
Was I dream this, or has anyone seen something like that?
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Old 02-28-2013, 06:37 AM   #2
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Airstream Interstates have an external shower, right next to the controls for the built-in macerator pump for emptying the holding tanks. No shower stall, just the shower head, but if you want to strip down for an outside shower, Cabela's offers a portable shower stall that can be set up next to the unit. If you just want to remove beach sand and don't need to strip off a swimsuit before showering, you don't even need that, just a small patio mat to stand on while showering.

Given the location of the external shower fitting, it's mostly useful in case there's a mess (or you made a mess) at the dump station. I've also used the external shower to hose saltwater off my inflatable kayak before deflating it and packing it away. The shower hose isn't long enough to use it for washing the RV, but I may look into getting a LONG shower hose for that purpose in the next year or so, now that I've thought of it.

I already bought an extra shower hose, and modified it so that I could plug it into the black tank flush fitting (the fitting has a check valve) and use hot water from the external shower to flush out my black tank.
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Old 02-28-2013, 06:41 AM   #3
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I did not see the program you are referring to but in the marine world it is common to have a transom or cockpit shower installed. Here is a link to a good "outside" shower fixture supplier.
Scandvik Marine Inc. - list

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The Airstream we have has an external shower. I doubt we will ever use it. I suppose it might come in useful to rinse off dirty dogs or sandy feet.
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The Airstream we have has an external shower. I doubt we will ever use it. I suppose it might come in useful to rinse off dirty dogs or sandy feet.
That's what we use it for.
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Or dirty grandsons. It's great for that and saves room in the gray water tank.
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That's what we use it for.

My old SOB had one and we used it a lot for feet, pets, and kids. My AS does not have one, but I rigged a hose and cheap hand held shower head to attach to the outside spigot in the "connections" compartment. It's cold water only, but good for the feet and pet thing.
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Thanks for the info so far.
Here is my issue...
We live in Ca... and will be travelling with our dogs... and sometimes with surfing kids.. so an outside shower would be awesome.
Also, sometime in my MH's life the furnaces were replaced and the v exhaust vent was converted from horizontal to vertical... tread ugly mess.
I am gonna make a patch to cleanup that rear furnace exhaust area and thought i could incorporate an external shower. The hot and cold waterpipes are right there!
Makes sense... just need to find a unit that will look nice. A white plastic door is not gonna cut it!
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Airstream uses the white plastic unit on the Classic trailers outdoor shower and paints it silver/gray. I think CW has those same units for under $40.00.
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If any one knows where to find a nice aluminum or stainless cover for one I would like to know. I despise the plastic cover!
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Ok, here is a pic of the area I am thinking on...
This is on the rear street side. The hatch opens into a storage area under the bed, when the fresh water tank/pump is housed.
This is also right above the waste dump valves. Hot and cold water flows right behind the wall there, so tapping into a supply will be easy. I will need to check how much space I have behind the wall there.
As you can see, the furnace was changed and so converted from vertical to horizontal...
I was thinking I would put a patch that covered the area from the storage door, to the line of vertical rivets just forward of the exhaust, and would house the shower unit, and a "D" ring for dog leashing..

My idea was to
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I was thinking I would put a patch that covered the area from the storage door, to the line of vertical rivets just forward of the exhaust, and would house the shower unit, and a "D" ring for dog leashing.
Another thing you might consider, that I wish mine hadů A fitting that the shower nozzle can rest in while it's hooked up but you're not using it. My Interstate doesn't have anything like that, so if I want to leave it hooked up at the campsite, I have to just lay the nozzle on the ground.

The same sort of clip used in my Interstate's wet bath to hold the handheld shower nozzle should work to hold the exterior shower nozzle, even though I'd have to mount it below window level, too low to actually shower under it. At least I could keep the nozzle off the ground that way.
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Another thing you might consider, that I wish mine hadů A fitting that the shower nozzle can rest in while it's hooked up but you're not using it. My Interstate doesn't have anything like that, so if I want to leave it hooked up at the campsite, I have to just lay the nozzle on the ground.

The same sort of clip used in my Interstate's wet bath to hold the handheld shower nozzle should work to hold the exterior shower nozzle, even though I'd have to mount it below window level, too low to actually shower under it. At least I could keep the nozzle off the ground that way.

Great Idea!
Maybe drill out a couple of rivets on the edge of the each window frame and add a fitting that would support a removable bar that would span the two...
Then maybe a fold out arm that would support a shower curtain if needed as well as the shower head...

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I decided, after my last post, to go a different route, that will work even with the frameless windows on the side of my Interstate: A suction-cup shower head wall mount. It will stick to the glass just as well as it will to the sheet metal, and can be removed when I pack up for the drive home. There's no shortage of choices, some for as little as $5.00 at Walmart.com, though I suspect it might be a matter of "you get what you pay for." I'll start off with a cheap one, and if I like it, I'll stick with it, but if I don't, then I'll start moving up the price scale until I find one I like.
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