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Dry Bath Truck Camper Confessions

We store our outerwear on a rack in the shower along with our brooms, extra water, soda, beer, and wine on the floor.  It’s not a big deal at all to me to simply grab the hanging stuff, the brooms and plunk it all on the bed.  I move the other stuff onto the dinette temporarily while we use the shower.” – Joanne Hall, 2014 Chevy Silverado 3500, 2014 Lance 1172

“I have a dry bath.  We use our shower frequently, depending on tank levels, and distance to the next dump station.  I shower in the morning and my girlfriend showers in the evening before bed.  Truck camping has definitely redefined the quick shower!” – Bob Manley, 2012 Ford F350, 2004 Lance 1121

“I have a dry bath.  We like the independence of having our own shower and it’s easier than going to the public shower.” – Dwight Phillips, 2002 Ford F350, Alpenlite

“I have a dry bath.  Yes my wife, two kids, and I showered every night for five nights at Dumont Dunes, San Bernardino County, California.  We turn the water on, get wet, shut it off, lather up, and then rinse.  It just takes some common sense.” – Ed, 2008 Ford F350, 2008 Arctic Fox 960

“I have a dry bath.  It’s used as a closet stall because it’s too small.” – Len Lewis, 2003 Ford F350, 2003 Lance 1130

“I have a dry bath.  Yes we use our shower.  We want to shower in our own place, not a public bath house.  It is tight, but very doable.” – Pat, 2002, Chevy Silverado 2500HD, 2001 Lance 1030

“I have a dry bath.  We always use it when dry camping.  If convenient bath/shower facilities are available at RV Camp, then we use them.  I enjoy a ten minute shower now and then.

My chief complaint of the shower is the ridiculously low water pressure at the head.  Presumably figured into the design to conserve water and prevent the holding tank from filling after a couple of uses.  The pressure throughout rest of camper is adequate and the temperature is always hot.  Lance, are you reading this?

We keep the shower free of clutter and don’t use it for storage, except for a few light weight items on floor during transit.” – Frank, 2014 Ford F350, Lance 1191

“I have a dry bath.  We are now on our thirty-eighth day of traveling in our truck camper to Alaska.  Of these thirty-eight nights, only twelve nights were spent with hook-ups.  The other twenty-six nights were spent boondocking at Walmart, provincial parks with no hook-ups, pull-outs on the side of the road, overflow parking at state parks, etc.  We use ours and like you guys.  We’ve showered in many Walmart parking lots!

We keep a mesh bag in the shower for dirty clothes, a gallon bottle of water for extra water for coffee, cooking, brushing teeth, etc.  We do this to conserve our water tank supply.  We just take these items out for a quick shower.  You do learn to take very quick showers!  Conserving water becomes an art!

So our answer to your question would be, we would not give up our shower for storage.  We’ve learned to pack carefully and light.  We find that items that are not used on a daily basis can be strategically placed in the back seat of our truck.  Our 1191 has plenty of storage for two people traveling for three months as we are doing!  Loving our Lance!” – Ron and Marie Hebert, 2006 Dodge 3500, 2007 Lance 1191

“I have a dry bath.  Yes we use it, enjoy having it, and can’t imagine not using it.  We have a dry shower in this camper only because it came with it. Our other camper had a wet bath and we would prefer it because it has more room.  When you’re done, just wipe it down, and it’s always clean.

The extra space would be much more usable having eighteen inches more on the kitchen counter.  You only use shower once a day or every other day for a few minutes, but the counter is used all the time.  I would like you to see how many want a dry or a wet bath and why.” – Frank, 2007 F350, 2007 Arctic Fox 1150

“I have a dry bath.  We use our truck camper shower every few days when we are boondocking.  With an unlimited water and propane supply (and dump station) we would use it more often.  Between showers we take sponge baths and use pre-moistened towelettes.  Installing an Extend-A-Shower curtain rod gives us welcome additional arm room.  While we are traveling, we store laundry bags and a two and a half gallon water jug in the shower.” – George Dunstan, 2010 Ford F450, 2009 Lance 1055

“I have a dry bath.  Yes, we prefer our level of cleanliness and the comfort of having our toiletries readily available.  We also use campground showers if they’re clean and handy.  We don’t need any more storage than we have inside.  We dry camp quite a lot, so our own shower is a must.” – Jim Cornwell, 2011 Chevy Silverado HD, 2012 Lance 1191

“I have a dry bath.  We shower in it and also store easily removable stuff.” – Michael Fenwick, 2008 Ford F450, 2002 Alpenlite Santa Fe 1150

“I have a dry bath.  Yes, we use the shower.  When we downsized from a thirty-three foot fifth wheel, I said I’d use the campground showers.  I haven’t.  I find it is nice to get up in the morning and not have to get dressed to go to washrooms in the campground.  When not showering, we keep our laundry mess bag hung up in the shower and do store some bags in there.  The bags are easily removed when showering.” – Sue and Bill Billyard, 2000 Dodge Ram 3500, 2000 Forest Real Lite 11.5

“I have a dry bath.  Yes, my wife and I both like to shower every day and generally camp at state parks or boondock.  Generally, there are no showers where we stay, and we don’t like using public showers even if they’re there.  We are willing to pay the price in water usage and bathroom space.  We find that water and dump facilities are easy located.” – Bruce Tinkler, no rig information given

“I have a dry bath.  I love my shower and use it all the time.  And yes, even in Walmart parking lots!  I also have a bucket of cleaning supplies that lives in the shower stall, and I just put it on the floor outside of the bathroom when I’m using the shower.

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