RV outdoor showers can be a contentious topic among RVers. Some people swear by them…others swear at them. If you’re considering an outdoor shower, here are a few things to know that might help you make your choice.
1. Why do I need an outside shower for RV?
There are several reasons you may want an RV exterior shower. Here are a few:
- You travel frequently with kids, dogs, or other animals and pets who get their feet dirty frequently
- You like to camp at the beach and often need to wash off sandy items
- You get your rig dirty often and like to be able to hose it down quickly and immediately
- You like to cook outside and want an extra source of water for washing
- You camp often in good weather, like the idea of showering al fresco, and want to keep your indoor bathroom free and clean
- You have a smaller camper that does not have an indoor shower available
I’m sure there are other reasons and would love to hear them in the comments!
2. Why wouldn’t I want an RV outside shower?
If you’re not going to use it for any of those reasons, and can’t think of any other reason you would use an outside shower for RV, it may be a drawback. There’s a sad story of someone who never used their RV outdoor shower at all, then went to winterize their rig and discovered it had sprung a leak. It’s not for everyone and that’s okay.
3. Ideas for outdoor showers
In its most basic form, your RV exterior shower is just a hose, plugged into the outside of your RV. However, you can buy all sorts of attachments and make all sorts of things on your own to fancy it up. Some people fashion RV outdoor shower enclosures from PVC pipe and shower curtains so you can have an entire shower experience. Some people just fit it with an RV outside shower faucet. You can shop all kinds of RV outdoor shower parts and customize yours to fit your family and your needs. It helps to think first about what you’ll use it for. If you’re going to be hosing off your motorhome, your pets, or your kids, you may just want to keep it as a hose. If you want a more pleasant experience and have people actually showering out there, you may want to upgrade a bit.
4. Some outdoor RV shower accessories to consider
If you’re looking for an outdoor shower, these accessories may be helpful:
- RV Exterior Outdoor Shower Box Kit Faucet Hose
- Teak Bath Floor Mat – to help keep from getting muddy while showering outside
- Decorative Freestanding Woven Bamboo 4-Panel Hinger Privacy Screen – in case you don’t want to build your own shower enclosure
- Officemate Magnetic Organizer – if you’re showering outside, it’s nice to have somewhere to put shampoo and other shower items
Outside RV showers can be a game-changer for some travelers – allowing you one more way to clean off everything from shoes to dishes to animals and people. A little research into how to use them and how to make yours work for you can help you plan the perfect, fun accessory for your rig!
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