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Old 03-05-2007, 02:03 PM   #1
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How much space are you willing to give up for extra comfort?

How much space are you willing to give up to have a full sized tub and shower or a toilet area with some room? I have a friend that has a big 5th wheel. I hate using his bathroom. You can't turn around in it without hitting something. While his shower is not the kind that doubles for a toilet, I think I would want something bigger. I understand that if you have a smaller bus, wasting/using space might not be a luxury that you have. But if you had a 40 foot bus, would you put in a full size bath and shower? How about a w/c (never understood why they called it that)? I thought I would put this out there before I put in a full sized setup. Someone might point something out that I had not thought of.
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Old 03-05-2007, 02:06 PM   #2
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i think full size is a good idea
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Old 03-05-2007, 02:12 PM   #3
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That coming from someone with a hot tub in their bus. Just kidding.
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Height is the bigger issue for me. I'd need an Elliott Naess skyscraper roof lift to fit my 6'5" body in a shower and still have the showerhead above me. I'd rather sit down and have the shower over my head than have a tall shower with a head that shoots at my chest. I had enough of that during away games for high school football where we ended up in the girls locker room of a school built in 1930 by the CCC.
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Old 03-05-2007, 06:38 PM   #5
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I'm only 5'8", so height won't be as much of an issue. I don't know if I would put it lengthwise down the side of the bus or at a right angle. That would allow me to put the shower head towards the middle of the bus for more height. Someone suggested putting a woodstove in the middle of the bus(isle) on the other site. You could put your shower in the middle of the bus like the woodstove. That would give you a few more inches. I thought that was a real swell idea.
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I have a shower room in my bus, but currently it is unfinished and full of WVO filtering equipment. I'm thinking I'm going to end up doing like a lot of the newer slide in campers I've seen do. They have a platform outside the folds out with walls the fold up for an external shower. I could do the same just about anywhere on the bus. I would like to be able to reclaim the water into a greywater tank just because I don't like the idea of a very wet campsite, but I think I can make something work. I don't do much winter camping anyway (none, actually) so the temperatures wouldn't be much of a concern. Even if I did do a lot of winter camping....the cold would just encourage quicker showers!
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Old 03-05-2007, 08:15 PM   #7
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Someone suggested putting a woodstove in the middle of the bus(isle) on the other site.
someone suggested that here as well....don't remember anyone agreeing with him.
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I made the bathroom in mine a little bigger than what is in my TT, I knew it needed to be bigger than what I had. The shower too is a little bigger, but at 32x32 it is not huge.

I gave up having a dinette so that I could put in extra kitchen counter, and a Euro recliner... I do have a small table like device that is going in the emergency exit area....stool seating for one!!

I gave a up few things in order to come up with more kitchen. My TT has a 5' counter, and the sink & stove take up most of that 5'.... I have only a few inches areound each of them for actual counter top. The bus by contrast will have 9' of counter, with 5' actual counter space....finally, a place to put the coffee maker and the toaster!!
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I've bought a 36" x 36" one-piece fiberglass shower stall for Millicent. I had a 32x32
in my "practice bus", and I was real glad when I broke it while trying to remove it.

I've already mocked up the bathroom and made sure there is good space for getting
dressed and so forth. Big priority for me. I hate banging into things while pulling a
shirt over my head or stooping to pull my pants on. So uncivilized.

Of course, I cannot fathom why anybody would want to NOT raise the roof!

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I had a corner shower in a 5th wheel once. It was pretty roomy. 'Course I have 5 children now so I have no idea how we're gonna do it. And my wife is insisting on a washer/dryer. With the water we will use I guess boondocking is out of the question. Actually, maybe we'll always camp in a forest wherever we go and set up a portapotty for the kids under a tree somewhere...
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