Some RVers are lucky enough to have an indoor shower in their rig. Some are even luckier to have both an inside and an outside shower. In fact, for many reasons some RVers prefer to use their outdoor shower instead.
Outdoor showers allow moisture to easily escape and there is more room in the outdoors than in some cramped trailer showers. In addition, outdoor showers also come in handy for washing pets and sports gear.
There is also something sensual about bathing in the outdoors. However, the regular outdoor RV shower leaves a lot to be desired. They are not always the most functional item on a camper or trailer, and there is a definite lack of privacy while showering in the outdoors.
These items and tips will not only make your outdoor shower more useful, but also more beautiful.
1. Conduit tubing shower stall
The San Luis Obispo Maker Space website has a tutorial for a simple handmade RV shower stall. Not only was the original outdoor showerhead upgraded to a water-saving model, but the stall was built with inexpensive electrical conduit tubing.
The tubing holds a shower curtain with wire rings and adds privacy to any outdoor shower area. Truck Camper Magazine also has a few ideas on how to build a privacy screen with plastic PVC pipe.
2. Cedar shower floor mat
Many manufactured cedar and redwood shower mats can be pricey. The Hallmark Channel has a quick and dirty (no pun intended) tutorial on how to build a wood shower mat.
Their mat is for an indoor shower stall, but the design can also be used to build a small outdoor RV shower floor that will keep your feet from getting muddy.
3. Fun shower curtains
Once you have installed a shower rod, why not pick up a shower curtain that is the talk of the campground? From Marilyn Monroe to your favorite landscape scene, the curtains at Curtains Market come in a variety of sizes and prices.
4. Themed bath towels
A variety of camping and outdoors themed bath towels can be found all over the internet. Bed Bath & Beyond has sets of towels reminiscent of classic lodges, fishing and woodland scenes. Hook these fun bath towels to the side of an RV with magnetic hooks or 3M Command Strips.
5. Bamboo room divider
If you don’t want to attach a curtain rod or stall to the outside of your camper, you can use something freestanding like a room divider. Room dividers can be set up and taken down quickly, and can be folded and stored away in a larger storage area or closet.
6. Shower/changing room
Another option for outdoor bathing is the popup camp shower and changing room. In addition to being usable with a solar shower, you can prop it up next to your outdoor shower and use one room for showering and one room for changing. These types of shelters can easily be found online and don’t break the bank.
7. Magnetic shelf
One of the most annoying things about outdoor showers is that there is no place to put your soap, shampoo and other items for bathing. If your RV has some screws or other metal on the outside, pick up a magnetic spice rack or magnetic container to hold your favorite biodegradable bath soap.
8. Waterproof lamp
Showering outside in the dark is a lot easier with an outdoor light. If your RV exterior doesn’t have a lamp, a waterproof solar light like this one by Albrillo can be hung on a hook above your outdoor shower area. This light also happens to double as a water container.
9. Outdoor cabinet
Having some sort of outdoor cabinet by your shower can be handy for placing towels, clothing, and other shower items. This type of plastic cabinet or storage unit is not weatherproof, but can withstand having a little water on it. This three-drawer version also has wheels for easy moving.
10. Foldable shower seat
For older RVers, having a place to sit down while showering outside will help to prevent falls if things get slippery. A small wooden or plastic bench is not only handy, but can be folded and put away when not in use. These types of stools are also useful for placing soap, shampoo, towels and other bathing tools.
11. Custom clothespins
These cute clothespins and clips from Etsy are not only fun, but they can be handy for clipping together a wayward shower curtain, attaching clothes or washcloths to a shower rod, or hanging up wet towels after an outdoor shower. The Etsy shop owner also customizes these clip designs.