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Nobody can deny that being able to take a hot shower anywhere you travel is one of the very best parts of RVing. The problem is, most RV are small and run out of hot water quickly. Besides, who likes dealing with all the toiletry bottles falling from the sides of the tub while driving, or using those little built-in shelves?
Fortunately, there are things you can do to improve your RV shower situation. By changing just a few things, you can make the fact that you can shower in the middle of the woods or in a Walmart parking lot even better than ever. Why not get started today?
Curved Curtain Rod
Let’s start by addressing the issue of size. Nobody likes turning around in a tiny shower only to have the curtain stick to them as they go. The solution to this annoying problem? A curved shower curtain rod. Curved shower curtain rods take the middle of the curtain out away from the side of the shower, giving you more room to move as you wash up.
Pressurized Shower Head
With your space problem solved, it’s time to tackle the problem of too little hot water. A pressurized shower head uses air to increase the water pressure without using as much water. This, in turn, empties your hot water tank much more slowly, resulting in more hot water for longer. Another major bonus is that you’ll use less of your fresh water, thus taking more time to fill your gray tank when boondocking.
Tankless Water Heater
If the new shower head doesn’t do the trick and you still find yourself running out of hot water, you’ll need to turn to the water heater itself. An on-demand tankless water heater can solve this problem for good, leaving you with hot water whenever and wherever you need it. Just be sure to invest in an RV-specific heater in order to ensure you can run the heater while off the grid.
Wall-Mounted Soap Dispensers
Tired of picking your shampoo bottle up off the bathroom floor? Want to be done with moving everything off the shower shelves for moving day? Wall-mounted soap dispensers are a great solution. Simply mount one for your shampoo, one for your conditioner, and one for body wash, and you’ll never have to deal with unwieldy bottles again.
Nobody likes drying off with a damp towel, and this becomes even more annoying when the towel isn’t even within reach of the shower when you’re ready to dry off. Command hooks are the quickest and easiest way to fix this issue. Simply hang one or two heavy-duty hooks on the wall nearest your shower and leave your towel on a hook to dry after each shower. Then, when it’s time to dry off the next time around, your towel will be dry and within reach.
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Debbie (@missonyxk9) said:
Great tips! I also put a Command hook inside the shower for my loofah, and Command also makes a wall shower caddy that holds shampoo, conditioner, and body wash bottles for more than one person. Bonus: Everything stays in the caddy during travel. They also make a razor holder that will hold 2 razors. I loved the organizational and space-saving aspects so much I ended up using some of these ideas in my sticks & bricks bathroom as well.
To make sure I have plenty of hot water to rinse off with I fill a tall bucket with straight hot water. Once filled I wait about 20-30 mins for tank to reheat then take my shower. I also turn the water off while I soap up or am applying shampoo/conditioner. Usually water in bucket is still too hot & I add cold to balance then use mug/cup and rinse.
William Kelly said:
I installed one of those “high-pressure” air-shower nozzles and was disappointed in its performance. I think you need adequate flow and pressure in the first place to get it to work properly.
One boondocking thing I use to conserve is to bring the coffee pot in the shower with me, and use the first 10 seconds of cold water flow to fill the pot, to use in the morning.
T K Saroch said:
The water saver shower head works like a champ for us. Even turned down to almost a trickle. I am guessing your problem is a defective head or some cheap spinn off. Try a different name brand & see what happens. Also check your water filter, are you getting proper pressure on your outlets? We can’t praise ours enough,& have recommended them to all our rv friends. One guy bought us dinner because he liked it so well. Good luck.
Becky Redford said:
What brand is the shower head you recommend?
Becky Redford said:
Excellent suggestions! My favorite addition to my shower (besides the curved shower curtain rod) is a rectangular mesh holder with 6 large pockets and plastic or nylon grommets at the top that attach via the shower curtain hooks. It has plenty of room for shampoo, conditioner, facial cleanser, a 24 oz. bottle of body wash, scrubbie pads, facial scrub, moisturizer oil, etc. The pockets hold everything securely while you shower and during travel, and they fold up with the shower curtain when you tie it back. The mesh drains all the water away, so everything dries completely between showers with no mold or mildew, and it’s fairly flat and out of the way, so I’m not hitting my elbows on it like I did with a shelf.
I got a household shower curtain rod that you twist to tighen againt the wall. The shower stall in our rig has a little ledge at the top where the plastic turns in to meet the wall, and the rod rests on this lip. Set it up so the rod ends just touch the wall, then a quarter turn tightens the rod enough to hold it in place, but not tight enough to damage the wall. This will work in a shower without the lip, but the pressure of the rod will have to be greater to hold it in place. During a shower, loosen the bar and roll it againt the wall, then then when done place it in the middle of the stall to hang towels, clothes to dry, etc.
The curtain rod does double duty – our bedroom closet has just a round bar to hang clothes, and we use regular hangers. When we travel I move the shower curtain rod to the closet and lay it on top the hanger bar and tighten it against the closet walls (Ours is reinforced where the hanger bar connects to the wall) to trap the hangers between the closet bar and the shower rod. Haven’t had a hanger fall off the bar since I started doing this.