One of the best things about RV travel is that you go everywhere with your own bathroom—even if it is smaller and in need of different care than the one at home. Here are a few ways to help you better organize, maintain, and beautify your RV bath.
Storage Tips and Tricks
A wall-mounted hair dryer is convenient and saves space. RV suppliers carry 12-volt models. If you have wall space, hang magazine racks: they’re good for holding bathroom reading or even a bathroom scale.
A spring-loaded shower rod costs little, and you can put it up and take it down in the shower stall as needed to double your drying space for hand-washed laundry or swim suits. A retractable line in the shower stall further increases the space available for drying lightweight delicates.
RV’s rarely have enough towel racks, so damp towels often get crammed together, dry slowly, and get musty. Add more racks, either by ordering matching hardware from the RV manufacturer or by purchasing an entirely new set—perhaps one that’s more your style—from a home-improvement store.
It’s a nuisance to repeatedly secure loose items on bathroom counters before moving. Get a hang-up toiletry kit for each family member. Not only are these kits easy to stow in a cupboard or drawer, they also save space and keep everyone organized. And they’re handy at a campground: just grab them and go to the shower or gym.
If the RV designer didn’t provide a clothes hamper, decide on a place to keep dirty clothes, and ensure that it has plenty of ventilation.
Steam and odors build up quickly in small baths. Most RV bathrooms have an overhead vent to help prevent this. If yours isn’t powered, upgrade to a solar-powered or 12-volt-electrial fan. These come in standard sizes that fit easily into existing vent holes.
If your RV bath has a household-style exhaust fan, and family members forget to turn it on before showering, consider having it wired into the light switch so both go on together.
Bathroom still too stuffy? Home-improvement stores sell louvered vents in many sizes and styles. Install one low in the door. Without loss of privacy, it draws in fresh air that goes out through your vents.
Toiletry racks that slip over the showerhead are good space-savers at home but not in the RV. A heavy load on the showerhead could damage plumbing, and, when the rack moves with vehicle motion, it scars the wall.
Buy bath cleaning supplies from RV stores or marine suppliers. Household chemicals could damage fiberglass surfaces or plastic plumbing. Read manufacture instructions for care of other surfaces such as marble or Corian®. Note that some RV bathroom mirrors are actually made of plastic, not glass. Don’t use abrasive cleaners on them.
Maintenance and cleanliness go hand in hand. To prevent sanitation-system odors from permeating your RV bath, replace seals or hoses at once if they dry out or crack.
If guests use your RV bathroom, make sure they understand how to operate the toilet. Nothing should be put in it but human waste and quick-dissolving toilet paper. Flushing other things could lead to costly plumbing repairs. Plus chemicals, prescription medications, and the like that you might be tempted to flush can harm a campground’s septic system.
Creature Comfort Considerations
If you have a choice of bathroom colors when ordering a new RV, choose white. This way, you can add visual impact with soft goods and linens in any color you like, and it’s a snap to change the color scheme when you tire of it.
You can use soft goods not only to add pops of color but also to make your bathroom quieter and more comfortable. Opt for fabric shower curtains rather than plastic ones and curtains rather than blinds. Keep things plush with a fluffy lid cover and throw rug and a thick, rubbery, non-slip tub or shower mat.
Many home improvement stores now sell curved shower rods. These will make your shower feel more spacious.
Instead of a water-saving showerhead that delivers a mere mist, look into Oxygenics® technology. The company’s showerheads and wands take in air that mixes with the water, providing a powerful stream that still conserves water.
If your hair isn’t behaving even though you’re using the same shampoo and conditioner each time, it’s probably because the water is varying from campground to campground. Install a showerhead with a built-in filter.
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