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« on: February 09, 2009, 05:51:56 PM »

One of the recent threads discusses finding potable water and has branched into some talk about tanks sizes.  I don't want to hyjack that one, so I am starting this as a new topic.

My question has to do with members who may have experience with externally mounted showers.  My bus has a normal indoor shower in the bathroom which drains to the gray tank.  But I have been considering supplimenting this with a hand held shower to be used outside.  My 4104 still has an operational emergency door in the rear and there a perfect spot underneath a false floor to store the coiled hose and hand held unit.

I recently reworked some of the internal plumbing lines and ran the cold and hot lines back to that area (capping them off for now).

I have three sons (ages 9-16) and an external shower could come in handy, especially at a beach or lake for rinsing off sand or mud.   I guess a full fledged shower (in a bathing suit) using a biodegradeable camping type soap, is a possibility also.

Anybody have this feature, and have any insight to share? Have you adjusted your tanks size or the water amount you carry?
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« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2009, 06:39:40 PM »

I've been thinking of putting one in my water bay.  Also thinking it would be useful after draining tanks, or working on the bus and not wanting to track stuff in. 

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« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2009, 06:50:38 PM »

I have had 1 in the past on Newells and miss the feature on this coach and I am planning to install 1 they are nice for the grandkids and the swing out faucet is another nice feature in the water bay


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« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2009, 11:15:56 PM »

I have one in one of the bays.  Actually, I'm using a bath/shower valve, with a diverter.  In the "normal" position, the outflow goes to a hose bib, and I use that mostly to wash up after dumping, or working on the bus.  When we need to use the shower head, we operate the diverter and, presto, outdoor shower.

I confess, though, that mostly we've used it to wash the dog.

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« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2009, 01:29:57 AM »

They are GREAT for letting the kids wash the sand off at the beach before getting back in the bus!  (And the kids love them!)
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« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2009, 02:25:04 PM »

I bought the external shower kit with mounting box from Camping World.  Although it is extremely cheap in construction, mostly use it as an external sink when at a campsite.  Also is nice for wash off after beach.  Mounting it inside the cargo compartments with a substantial fixture would be much nicer then the el cheapo door I have on the outside-but then again, I have a transit without big compartments.  Good Luck, TomC
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« Reply #6 on: February 10, 2009, 07:03:23 PM »

I thought about this for my grandkids but decided a hose does just as well, sure a lot simpler.
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« Reply #7 on: February 10, 2009, 07:37:24 PM »

A good deal of our camping is at commercial campgrounds, so there is the usual faucet post several feet from the bus. An inexpensive "Y" fitting and a short hose gets me a simple foot rinsing station. 

The biggest benefit from the hand held shower is the availability of heated water. Unless the outside air temp is above 80F, or the age of a person is under 14, hitting them with a 62F water spray above the knees is going to wipe the smile right off their face.

It's funny, but when I am backpacking with the Boy Scouts, I have no problem with sleeping on a hard floored tent, washing in cold water, dealing with crude bathroom facilities, and other challenges. In fact, I kinda enjoy it.  But put me in my bus and I want CREATURE COMFORTS!


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« Reply #8 on: February 13, 2009, 09:55:06 AM »

Just happened to be looking through NFPA 1192 RV Standards (I know, not enough to do).
Anyway 4-6.6.3(c) An outside shower hose assembly shall have a vacuum breaker to preclude cross connection unless the extreme end of the assembly is more than 12" above the ground in its free hanging position.

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