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Old 07-18-2016, 10:43 AM   #29
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Lot of folks with FGRV are fine with a porta pottie under the couch or in a closet. Been some lively and almost heated debates on the trade off between space for a bathroom and the convenience it offers vs. having that as living space or the desirability of keeping the open feel.

Lot of the "value" of a feature depends on the individual. And their own pre-conceived viewpoint. Sister had a dry bath, wouldn't want anything else, she compared it to a wet bath in prior camper.

I had a wet bath, I compared it to wrapping a tarp around some trees and making a pot of hot water, which I dumped into a bucket of cold water, that and a plastic cup from the mess kit inside the little booth formed by the tarp was called a "shower", toilet or pit was a different tarp booth so I guess that makes this a dry bath.

Anyway you can see why I considered a shower head, water heater, real walls and a floor to be a major upgrade.

Now however I'm back to no bath in the camper. This time I'm getting me one of those pop open little booths and propane portable showers that run out of a bucket. No more tarp and coffee pot of hot water for me, getting to old for all that fussing around
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Old 07-18-2016, 10:50 AM   #30
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Nope. Only dry baths in all-molded fiberglass I'm aware of are larger Bigfoot trailers: 21' and 25'.

Most molded fiberglass trailers are narrower than similar length stickies, Bigfoot being one exception. That may play into the decision to go with a wet bath. The mold-making process also limits the number of choices that can be offered. I'm thinking the front bath section is identical on the smaller and larger Olivers.

I agree that takes it off the table for many buyers. But as the molded fiberglass market constitutes less than 1% of total RV sales, they are not marketing to the masses. Their buyers generally have a less-is-more philosophy.
Thanks for this. Good to know.

It makes sense but is disappointing. Wet bath is a deal breaker for the wife. She'd give up storage space, etc, in order to have it.

Maybe I could change her mind by renting one and she could get over the fear....
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Old 07-18-2016, 11:38 AM   #31
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It is actually sort of nice to have a place to sit when washing ones hair. But then I'm a touch over 6 ft. so sitting and using hose is less hassle than trying to get head under shower while holding it between my head and the ceiling....
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Old 07-18-2016, 12:42 PM   #32
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It is actually sort of nice to have a place to sit when washing ones hair. But then I'm a touch over 6 ft. so sitting and using hose is less hassle than trying to get head under shower while holding it between my head and the ceiling....
Yeah. At the very least this makes the argument that one should try the wet bath before ruling it out....so getting her into a rental will be useful.
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Old 07-18-2016, 01:10 PM   #33
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I don't buy the premise. The wet bath in our Scamp is dry and ready to use the toilet almost immediately after a shower. It takes less than a minute to wipe down the area with a washcloth and then wring it out into the toilet. The whole room can be dry and clean in just a couple of minutes after a shower.
In fact it may be superior to a "dry bath" in that the external toilet area is kept clean in an ongoing manner.
There is a learning curve involved though, which involves how to shake and stow the shower curtain and how to use the showerhead effectively.

I don't see the point, but some folks have devised a shower curtain which simply isolates the toilet while the shower is being used.
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Old 07-18-2016, 01:15 PM   #34
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It is actually sort of nice to have a place to sit when washing ones hair. But then I'm a touch over 6 ft. so sitting and using hose is less hassle than trying to get head under shower while holding it between my head and the ceiling....
Adding an additional wall holder at about waist level makes the use of the wet shower much easier. It makes showering easier by reducing the need to get further away from the showerhead to wash the below the waist and also facilitates washing your hair from the sitting position.
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Input Plz!

I am trading in the 13ft Scamp for a 16 ft Scout and I am supper excited as it is being redone to suit me needs, colors etc. There is a closet that we will be turning into a bathroom/wash room. Any ideas on what toilet to use, is there a little sink that doesn't have to be hooked up to water? If we do put in the shower/toilet combo do you then have to hook up to water, or will the holding tank suffice? I am very new to the entire camping worked and I am just not sure how the shower etc work if you are not hooked up to water, which we usually are not. Thanks!

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I don't need a dry bath. Every inch put into a bathroom of any type has to be taken from someplace else... in this case the closet. My closet is my pantry/cooking implement/coffee maker storage. Wouldn't want to lose that!
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Old 07-26-2016, 08:35 PM   #36
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I think I finally understand the difference between a wet shower and a dry shower. The terms seemed a bit weird to me as showers are made with water - which is wet.


Our wee home on wheels has a porta potti. For personal washing we either use the campground facilities or go in the lake for a swim or use my Nana's system for cleanliness. Nana removed the clothes from her top half and used a slightly damp facecloth (that she called a flannel) to wipe her face, arms, and what she could reach of her torso as far down as possible. Then her clothes (or clean ones) went back on. The clothes from her bottom half came off and she wiped her legs, feet and torso as far as possible. Finally she washed 'possible' and got dressed again.
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Well we finally did rent a unit with a wet bath and yep, it turned into a deal breaker. Will give it one more try at some point.
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I'd look into a Hilton or Westin hotel myself.
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Well we finally did rent a unit with a wet bath and yep, it turned into a deal breaker. Will give it one more try at some point.
Some of us put down a wooden bamboo or teak floor in our wet bath, turning it into a dry bath. Any water on the floor stays off your feet.
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Some of us put down a wooden bamboo or teak floor in our wet bath, turning it into a dry bath. Any water on the floor stays off your feet.
Thanks, yes, I need to plan well to sell the concept better.
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I do not have a wet bath, only a privacy room in my Scamp 13. I did install a composting toilet, but I have no shower.

My plan, if I ever order a new Scamp, would be to request just the shower, no toilet installed. I will transfer my composting toilet to the new Scamp. I have wondered why folks with wet baths, who do not like having to wipe down and dry the toilet do not just cover it with an inverted garbage bag while showering. Seems that would keep it perfectly dry. When done showering, just pull the bag off and hang it outside to dry, wipe down the walls and floor and you are done, no need to dry all the nooks and crannies of the toilet.
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The wet bath in our Oliver is the cleanest part of the trailer. Shower, quick squeegee and wipe with a small microfiber towel and done. No curtain, nothing on the floor. We have a small rug that we put outside the door during a shower and it goes back in after. Easy. Mike
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