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Old 03-23-2017, 04:00 PM   #1
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Is a shower worth the space?

Our bus is for trips and RVing. I am struggling with the question of if we will use a shower or not. If I dont put in a shower we would create a pantry on one side with a small shelving closet in the bedroom instead. My quesiton to folks who dont live in their bus is if they use the shower enough to justify the space? Obviously we don't know what the future will hold but I dont think I would find my family living in it.

Currently I have a 2x4 black soft plastic water troff I planned to use as the tub portion of the shower.
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Old 03-23-2017, 04:04 PM   #2
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I think alot depends on the type of places you plan to camp, how long, and whether out in the boonies or at campgrounds..

if you plan to go to beaches.. then ocean water goes a long way toward washing the stank off....

if its just weekend outings.. washing up each day is usually good enough for a few days without a shower...

if you have a family gym membership to a chain gym, and are near locations for it.. you can shower there...

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Old 03-23-2017, 05:08 PM   #3
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i vote no.

for an rv or camping, its wasted space. an out door shower is just fine for any rv. without doing a roof raise taking a shower in any rv is like doing yoga in a closet. nothing you would do if you were choosing to relax.

if you ever are living in a bus, that changes the necessity for a bath.
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Old 03-23-2017, 06:05 PM   #4
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we have a shower and wouldn't be with out it.
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Old 03-23-2017, 06:49 PM   #5
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I'd rather have a cramped, crappy shower and be that much more independent, than have no shower. An outdoor shower would be easier if the bus is too small.
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Old 03-23-2017, 07:00 PM   #6
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If you want to come over to my bus and have a beer.... I think a shower is a good idea.....

I met some folks down in Vegas some years ago that were full time in what some would consider a very nice ($300k) class A. When I used their bathroom I noticed clothes hanging rods in the shower and they looked to be permanently installed.

I asked how they showered? They told me that they had never used the shower in their coach. They preferred using the showers in the RV parks where they stayed.

To each their own. I would not consider going out on the road without an indoor shower. My last bus had a 36" neo-angle shower that was bigger and nicer than the showers in some of the apartments I have lived in.

I have used the showers in a number of campgrounds/RV parks. Some where pretty nice. Some where disgusting. Mostly, I prefer sleeping in my own bed and performing my morning constitutional in my own bathroom. Just more comfortable. Especially in February.........
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Old 03-23-2017, 07:07 PM   #7
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No, not stinking is overrated. Lol

I use my bus as a tent. We plan to use a solar shower & changing room tent from Wal-Mart.
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Old 03-23-2017, 07:28 PM   #8
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I wouldn't be without a shower living fulltime or just camping/traveling

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Old 03-23-2017, 07:38 PM   #9
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No, not stinking is overrated. Lol

I use my bus as a tent. We plan to use a solar shower & changing room tent from Wal-Mart.
Arghh!! I just flashed on a cross country flight I took a few years ago. Packed airplane and I wound up in a middle seat between two people who obviously had not showered in a few (many?) days. I tried to get the flight attendant to move me. Unfortunately there were no available seats. I did get free wine for the looooong flight though...

BigDave makes a good point. We each will use our bus differently. His will be an "upscale tent" on wheels. Mine will be my full time home. different uses, different needs.
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To me, it all comes down to how you plan on moving about. If you only go out for weekends at campgrounds that have full shower facilities...why bother. On the other hand...if you boondock out in the wilderness for weeks at a time...you might want to hose off every few days. Me...I don't like crowds so a small, hand held shower thingie is a must have.
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