Question Of The Week

No Bath Truck Camper Confessions

One might think that asking, “Do you use the shower in your camper?” would elicit responses from truck camping folks who have an actual shower in their truck campers.

Not so fast our truck camping friends!  In this shower shocker, TCM readers respond with stories of truck camper showers, without truck camper showers.  Heck, many of these folks don’t even have bathrooms in their campers.  How is this possible?  Well, read on.

Here are the no bath shower responses:

“I do not have a bathroom.  I have an outside shower on my Four Wheel Camper Hawk.  Needless to say, I have not used it numerous times in a Walmart parking lot or I would not be writing this response.

I was explaining several years ago to a very inquisitive eleven year old that I did not have a shower in my camper, but I had an outside shower.  After showing her where it was and how it worked, she asked if I would use it.  I told her that during my trip to Alaska in 2012 that sometimes I would be camping in very remote places with no one around, so yes I would use it there.  I said the only thing that might concern me would be if there were bears around.

She look rather concerned, thought for a bit and then said, “Oh, Mr. Mark, don’t you think that would scare the bears?”  Enough said about my outdoor shower.  The rest I will leave to the imagination.” – Mark Turnbull, 2013 Chevy Silverado 3500HD, Four Wheel Camper Hawk

“I do not have a bathroom.  At this time I am camper-less.  When I had a truck and shell, I got used to bucket showers; a big bucket, several jugs of water, and a takedown/hang-up curtain.  The shell had a very handy floor drain and lead off pipe.  Worked pretty well.” – Alice Ann Lincoln, no camper at this time

“I do not have a bathroom.  When we had the great guys at Hallmark build our Everest, we asked them to put our shower on the outside with a shower tent.  The space on the inside where the shower would usually be put is a full flush toilet and storage cabinets.” – Rick Guffey, 2012 Dodge Ram 2500, 2013 Hallmark Everest

“I do not have a bathroom.  We have the optional outdoor shower.  It takes less space and, when we boondock, we still have our privacy.  When we camp in established campgrounds, we use their shower facilities.  It works perfect for us.” – Mike Kolinski, 2012 GMC 2500 HD, 2012 Four Wheel Camper Hawk

“I do not have a bathroom.  A shower is the only thing missing in our camper.  I would love to have shower enclosure with no built-in toilet since most campgrounds have toilets of sorts.

We have bought a propane shower that we can use outside the camper, but it is a pain to set up so it is seldom used.” – Laurel Wilson, 2013 Ford F350, 2000 Four Wheel Grandby

“I do not have a bathroom.  I have two Coleman shower bags and a portable shower enclosure that I attach to the passenger’s side of my camper.  It works wonders.  Most of my camping centers around my kayaking and state campgrounds.” – Chris Wheeler, 2003 Ford F150, Year, Make, Model Camper Unknown

“I do not have a bathroom.  The first time I tried to set up the shower curtain in my Four Wheel Hawk, which is suspended from an assortment of hooks on the ceiling, I was unable to get it in place.  Having had a few beers and camping at 9,000 feet may have added to the confusion in attempting to install it.

After getting home to 600 feet altitude, and stone cold sober, I worked with the shower curtain and hooks to figure it out.  After about thirty minutes of trying various possibilities, I did get it in correctly, and promptly marked it with a permanent marker so I could repeat it when not thinking so clearly.

We just finished a month-long trip from Texas to Washington State and back, and never used the shower.  It’s much easier to use a wet towel to wipe down and shampoo hair in the sink.  Oh, well, so much for paying extra for a shower!” – Bill and Francine Peters, 2013 Chevy Silverado, 2013 Four Wheel Camper Hawk

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