Five Mistakes People Make When Showering in an RV

21st Mar 2024

Series 1, Episode 5   

Showering in an RV comes with some added complications that people need to think through. Here are five common mistakes RV owners can make when showering and how to avoid them.

 Not Conserving Water

This may sound obvious but the water supply in an RV is limited. A typical RV holds only 40-60 gallons of fresh water. If you use water as liberally as you do at home, you may find yourself out of water sooner than you'd like.

To avoid this, limit shower time and turn off the water while soaping up. Consider using a low-flow showerhead to reduce water consumption as well.

 Neglecting the Shower Pan

The shower pan is often overlooked, but it's a crucial component of your RV's shower system. It's the base of your shower, collecting water and directing it to the drain.

Ensure your shower pan is properly sealed and the drain is clear of debris. If you notice any cracks or damage, replace the pan immediately. Ignoring issues with your shower pan can lead to leaks, which can cause serious damage to your RV's structure.

If you need a new shower pan, or want to upgrade your existing one, then ICON Direct can help. We have a wide selection of quality pans for many different models.

 Forgetting Ventilation

Ventilation is a vital part of maintaining a healthy and comfortable RV environment. Without proper ventilation during and after showers, condensation can build up. This leads to damp conditions, which are the perfect breeding ground for mold and mildew.

Open the bathroom vent or window while showering, and leave it open for a while afterward to allow moisture to escape. If your RV lacks sufficient ventilation, consider installing an exhaust fan.

 Mismanaging Storage

Space is a precious commodity in an RV. So, it's essential to manage it wisely. Cluttering your shower with multiple bottles of shampoo, conditioner, and body wash can make the space feel cramped and uncomfortable.

Consider using refillable travel-sized bottles and shower caddies to organize your supplies. This helps keep your shower tidy and prevents items from falling during transit.

 Ignoring Regular Maintenance

Many RV owners avoid regular maintenance for their vehicle, which is a dangerous thing to ignore. Your RV's shower is not a set-it-and-forget-it part of your vehicle. Regular inspection and maintenance can help prevent major issues down the line.

Some good news: you can do much of this maintenance yourself. Check for any leaks or drips, ensure the water temperature is consistent, and clean the showerhead regularly to prevent build-up. Regular maintenance will keep your shower running efficiently and help you avoid costly repairs. After all, a small repair today is much less money than a large one down the line.

Showering in an RV requires a different approach than showering at home. By avoiding these common mistakes, you can enjoy a comfortable, stress-free shower while on the road.

Where to Get Your RV Shower Parts

If you need high-quality parts for your RV, including shower pans, then look no further than ICON Direct. We have the parts and supplies for your RV that you need, all at prices you won’t believe. Look through our catalog to find what you need for your next great RV adventure.

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