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Old 03-27-2014, 12:02 AM   #1
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Showers - how many use them?

Not talking about your personal cleanness, I'm talking about the shower in your trailer. Do you really use it? Are there advantages or disadvantages of the having the shower in the trailer?

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Old 03-27-2014, 12:07 AM   #2
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My wife and I MTB race and ride and also ride dirt bikes. At the end of the day we can be pretty dirty and sweaty so have a quick shower can be pretty nice. If we camp somewhere that has showers we would likely use them, but often, especially with the dirt bikes, showers are no where in to be had.

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Old 03-27-2014, 12:12 AM   #3
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We don't and the previous owners said they didn't either.
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Old 03-27-2014, 12:18 AM   #4
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We do! Well, I do... My husband prefers washcloth baths, but I like my running water, however briefly I let it run. I think it depends on your camping style; we camp at places without any services or just with pit toilets at least half the time, so don't have other options. Last summer we were at a campground with showers when the septic system backed up and they had to bring in porta potties for everyone, so we were the only ones in our group who could shower for 36 hours. I don't see it as wasted space since I wanted a toilet in the trailer regardless and I would find it inconvenient to get a toilet in and out of a cabinet and close all the blinds each time I wanted to use it. Everyone is different, to each their own!
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Old 03-27-2014, 12:40 AM   #5
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I concur. If you are going to have a toilet, you might as well have the shower.
I've used it less than a dozen times in five years, but I was happy to have it.
Mostly, we use the outside shower to wash our hair or rinse off.
I take the all-weather mat out of the RAV and stand on it so dirt doesn't splash up.
I'm not hauling a porta-potti around. Had one at a cabin I owned. Never again.
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Old 03-27-2014, 01:08 AM   #6
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If the campground has nice showers we will use them but if they aren't nice or we have to pay or are boondocking we use ours. We also have a 25' extension hose for the outside shower and a quick erecting enclosure but haven't used it yet. The 19' inside shower is definitely nice!
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Old 03-27-2014, 06:11 AM   #7
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Our shower too has been used about 10 times in 5 years. But, we do use the toilet at night and would not want to be without it, so no harm in having the shower.

We do mostly boondocking, so water conservation (without hauling lots of extra) is a bit of a concern, so we usually just sponge bath if needed. Much more fun with help. Besides, we are camping, so don't worry too much. The campfire smoke smell overwhelms most body odours.

We are very used to spending 7-10 days in the backcountry, where simplified hygiene is required. It is amazing how a washcloth and a couple liters of hot water can feel absolutely luxurious.

If at a campground, we always just use their showers. More room, so less hassle.
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Old 03-27-2014, 06:51 AM   #8
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I'm not buying my trailer with forward thoughts on resale. BUT, if you are... check the listings where trailers didn't have showers, the replies and the lower resale value. I figure it's better to have it and not need it than to not have it and need it.
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Old 03-27-2014, 08:08 AM   #9
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Our sticky has a small dry bath, not as small as the Escapes wet bath, but still small. We only use it when CG showers are not available or in very bad order. A couple times a year, maybe. We also have the external shower, but we've not used it, never had a need.
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Old 03-27-2014, 09:32 AM   #10
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We tend to camp at cooler times of the year, do a lot of hiking during the day, and use our shower frequently. With the on/off switch on the shower head we just get wet, soap up and wash, then rinse off. Its amazing how little water it uses this way. Even when there are CG showers it is nice to stay all warm in the trailer. (Getting older and lazier!)

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