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Truck Camper Shower Upgrades and Improvements

This week’s Question of the Week asked for your truck camper shower upgrades, modifications, and techniques that improved your camper shower experience.

“You already have the quick dry towel.  Now, get the quick dry shower curtain!  The cheap plastic ones stick to you and eventually get mold. The quick dry curtains don’t cling and they are washable.  This was a great improvement.

We have a wet bath, so we also put a wooden rack on the floor to keep our feet dry after showering and it keeps the shower cleaner.  The rack comes out for showering and goes back in after the shower.

As far as the water pump, I don’t know why the manufacturer pumps are so noisy.  After market pumps are much quieter, and not very expensive.  I upgraded with a SHURFlo water pump.

Campground showers?  Yuck.  That is one of the main reasons to have an RV, to have your own clean bath/shower!” – Bill Tex, 2006 Chevy 3500, 2013 Eagle Cap 850

“I bought a good shower head shut-off so that the pump doesn’t cycle when soaping up.  I also put up hooks for towels and a basket for shampoo, soap, etc.  When we’re in campgrounds we very seldom use the showers.” – Chip Collin, 2002 Ford F350, 2013 Chalet DS116RB

“The only thing I’ve done is to replace the stock shower head with the Oxygenics shower head.  I’m not sure how much water it saves, but the pulsing makes it feel like the water pressure is higher.  We got the white plastic Oxygenics and it leaks a lot when you put the shower in pause mode.  We plan to install our own water cut off to prevent this leaking.

For longer trips, when trying to save water, I soap up with a wash cloth first, and then only rinse off in the shower.” – Bruce Tinkler, 2013 Ford F-350, 2013 Lance 1181

“I found it strange that one of the premier builders would leave out so many of the details that are required to use the bath.  Such as a toilet paper dispenser, a soap dish, or a mirror for shaving.

Not wanting to drill holes through the fiberglass stall, I used 3M command tape to fasten items to the fiberglass.  I take the truck off-road and the tape is amazing.  Nothing has fallen off.

I put up a tray to place other toiletries, but the stuff usually would get bounced out on the floor.  I now use a plastic tray and set it on the shower floor for travel.” – Joe Ferraro, 2004 GMC Sierra 3500, 2010 Outfitter Apex 8

“I added an Oxygenics shower head with a shut off valve, replaced the vinyl shower curtain with a much nicer cloth-like shower curtain with new slides, and added an additional towel rack.” – Dave Riddle, 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 3500, 2004 Host Tahoe DSDB

“Like TCM did on their camper, we installed the Oxygenics shower head with an on/off valve on the shower head.  This allows us to turn on the shower head only to rinse.  Probably the biggest factor in our shower quality is that we have a dry bath.” – Gerard Pascazio, 2008 Ford F350, 2010 Eagle Cap 1160

“We modified the shower process instead of the facilities.  We think small campers are not big enough for a shower, so we take what you’d call a sponge bath.  We have a good sink where we can wash our hair and can fill it with warm water to wash from.  It may be only 85% as good as a real shower, but that’s about 500% better than nothing.

We use the campground showers if they are available and decent.  If we lived in a hotter climate, we probably would use a solar shower with one of those special tents, or just go swimming.

Keep in mind that, before about 1920, most homes did not even have a hot water heater, let alone a shower.  Showers are rather a new fad.  Wash cloths still work.” – Vince Kurpan, 2014 ProMaster, 2015 Custom Camper

“Just to be contrary, I don’t use the shower in the camper, but have developed some strategies for campground showers.  We both have our own shower shoes; flip-flops we carry to the shower house and use in the shower.  We also carry our own shower head and wrench and, if possible, will swap out the head for our shower.

A small drainable all plastic basket holds shampoo, soap and razor, etc.  We have also learned that many health and fitness clubs will allow you to use their showers for a small fee.” – Bonnie Belza, 2007 Chevy Silverado 2500HD, 2005 S&S Ponderosa

“I have a tip on drying off.  Use a wash cloth to do the initial drying to remove major part of water.  Follow with a towel.  The result is you get drier and the towel dries quicker.  I learned this in humid North Carolina summers where you shower to change the layer of water on your skin.” – Paul Thutt, 2010 Toyota Tundra, 2014 Four Wheel Camper Hawk

“This is somewhat of an offshoot, but improving our shower has improved our entire truck camper experience.  We T’d off the fridge propane line and installed an interior hose bib by the dinette floor.  A six foot hose attached to a free standing Olympic catalytic heater allows us to move the unit within the camper and into the bath.

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