Get Your RV Shower Ready to Roll

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The shower in an RV is pretty much like the shower in a house, except it’s usually smaller… and it often rolls down the highway. There are also times when it’s really important to be extra frugal with water usage, when we’re dry camping for long periods. We take a quick look inside our shower to see how we set it up to meet our needs on the road.

One of the most important things about the shower is the shower head itself. At only 1.5 gallons per minute (GPM), ours has a very low flow, but still provides a great spray pattern and plenty of water for a satisfying shower. It also has a valve that allows us to reduce the flow, or shut it off completely, which is perfect for dry camping. When we’re connected to water and want a stronger flow, the hand-held wand runs 2.5 GPM. That’s downright luxurious for an RV!

Of course we don’t want bars of soap or bottles of shampoo rolling around the shower while we’re cruising down the road, so liquid soap dispensers are perfect for RVs. We have two twin-size dispensers, giving us room for shampoo, conditioner and two kinds of body wash.

The dispensers also have built-in razor holders, which is really handy if you like to shave in the shower like we do. Of course we have a mirror for that, held in place by a suction cup. Suction cups are also handy for other things as well, like hanging a shower puff or a squeegee.

Since the “R” in RVing stands for “Recreational,” we also have a great tip to help make your shower easier to clean, saving you time while you’re on the road. Apply a coat of car wax to the fiberglass walls of your shower once a year and it will make the water bead off, avoiding water spots and leaving it cleaner. This makes cleaning easier, making your recreational vehicle time more… recreational. Just don’t wax the floor!

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  1. Madam, Sir,

    My wife and I are first time RVer’s and we very much enjoy all the videos that you have posted on Youtube. We have purchased the same shampoo and soap dispensers that are featured in your video. For some reason, the soap and shampoo that we use appears to be too thick and will not come out when we press on the dispenser buttons. We have tried different types of soaps and shampoo without success. Can you offer any suggestion in order to remedy this situation? What brand of shampoo and soap are you using? Thank you for your time. Claude Perrault (Canada).

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      Hi Claude. Sorry you’re having difficulty with the dispensers. Is this a brand new dispenser that you have not yet used? If so, the problem is most likely that they have to be primed before the first use or after they’ve been completely emptied, especially with thicker liquids. The priming steps should be in the instructions, but it basically goes like this… To prime, fill the dispenser, then push the button in and hold it in. Using one finger, cover the dispensing spout at the bottom and keep it covered while releasing the button. Remove your finger from the hole. Push the button in again, and if nothing comes out, repeat the process (keep the hole covered while releasing the button). This forces the pump to pull from above, not from below. You may have to do this several times, but once it’s primed, you will never have a problem again (unless you run it totally out, which might require priming again).

      Here’s a YouTube video showing the process:

      We’ve had them for 10 years and used a wide variety of soaps, shampoos and conditioners (we usually use whatever Costco or Wal-Mart has available in a large economy size) lol. Some of them are pretty thick and we’ve never had a problem.

      Let me know how you make out!

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