Thursday, June 24, 2010

Calling all campers...

So we're in the process of tearing apart our motorhome to remodel it.  We'll be starting over from scratch, which means we can basically set the floor plan up however we want.  Ande and I are currently discussing the need for a shower in the RV. 

The current floor plan includes a shower.  However, we're wondering how necessary a shower really is, since we will not likely ever stay somewhere that is very far from "facilities".  (I'm sort of an 'indoor' kind of girl, so camping for me has to at least include a toilet & shower being available nearby). 

So...for any of you who are (or would be) campers, what do you think?  Ande spoke to a person at one of the car dealerships that he works at, and she said she and her husband have never used the shower in their RV.  I kind of think of it as one more think that can leak/break/malfunction in some way.

Jury's still out on whether or not the toilet will stay.  For the sake of convenience, I'm tempted to say "yes", but then I think of having to empty the tank and there's a resounding "NO!!!" that goes off in my head.  Your thoughts on this are welcome as well.


Julie said...

I say it stays! At least if it was my camper I would. Have you ever been in a campground bathroom? EWW, there is usually slime on the floor and spiders everywhere. Growing up we had a camper with a shower and we weren't allowed to use it, so it was a big 'closet'. I Loved having one so we'd have somewhere to wash the kids, and not freaking out about them touching everything in the public bathroom. It's also nice after a really hot day to just rinse off to cool down. But that's just me.

I'd also say keep the toilet. (Bet ya saw that one coming!) Yes, emptying it is gross... but that's what husbands are for! It's great to have when it's raining or storming (which it seemed to do a lot when we camped!) and just for kids waking up in the middle of the night to go.

So yes, it might eat up some space but I'd keep them both!

Shelly said...

as someone who did extensive camping in my youth i vote--KEEP THE TOILET! a shower you can live without but a toilet? when you have to go potty at 3 am? priceless. =)

Mom2-2goodboys said...

Julie, I have been a camper my whole life. Personally, I would forget the shower and opt for more living space in the RV. I am one who prefers to stay in campgrounds that have nicer facilities. They are usually cleaned daily. If you are like me, then you will avoid the "Rustic" campgrounds with outhouses. A good pair of flip-flops keep your feet from touching public shower floors. They are cheaper too.

I am not one for the toilet in the camper as well. The idea of having to empty that container underneath just bothers me. But to be honest, I have 2 boys. Getting up to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night has not been much of an issue for me. If I had had daughters then I would probably rethink the toilet.

Good luck with this remodel. Post some pictures when you are done.

Devin said...

My camping experience is NILL, so I will stay out of this one...but the answers you got were worth clicking the comment button! Ha!