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View Poll Results: If the Park has Facilities and sewer hookup
All the time 27 30.34%
Part of the time 31 34.83%
Send husband to the Public Shower 2 2.25%
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Old 10-28-2007, 11:27 PM   #1
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Ok, since we only have a porta-potty and no bathroom in the 13 Scamp, I've noticed that when we're in the parks with toilet/showers and sewer hookups all these folks are using the public loo and shower when most of them have a bathroom in their rig. What's up with that?

I'm not sure if that is what happens generally when you have a bathroom, and if so, why we would want to upgrade eventually if people don't use the trailer bathroom much.

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Old 10-28-2007, 11:35 PM   #2
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First Reply!

I've only had the Play Pac camping once, since I bought it, but I do own a Porta Potti and intend to use it at night and in dry camping situations. Public showers aren't my thing, tho' I would and could use one if needed. I do, however, have a private shower arrangement worked out. Now, that I've seen the orginal guts of a Play Pac, I am leaning towards waterproofing the closet so I can use it as a full bath.

Your original question about using the bathroom, I think has been discussed here on the forums. Seems to come down to convience verses cleaning and maintenance. Others who own full baths will no doubt chime in.

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Old 10-28-2007, 11:50 PM   #3
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Question: What's up with that?
Our Answer: We use the campground bathrooms during the day but use our trailer toilet during the night. It is one of the reasons we got a trailer! Getting up to go to the campground toilet in the middle of the night was the main reason that I gave up tent camping. Now we have the Scamp, we have started camping again, yeah! And, btw, we have a full bathroom in our Scamp but a porta-potty would work just as well for this.

We have a shower too but it is the Scamp side-bath model, a very cramped space. So far we have always elected to use the campground showers. Maybe someday we will use the shower in our trailer, but haven't yet.

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Old 10-29-2007, 05:58 AM   #4
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The discovery of the porti-potti changed my camping life. Saves those night-time stumbles to the campground bathroom. So far, that's all we have used it for. No shower in trailer.
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Old 10-29-2007, 06:10 AM   #5
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My trailer came with a bathroom. Wasn't ever going to use it ... that resolve was short lived. Now I would be hard pressed to camp without one, and that is coming from an old tent camper.

As a side note, I have noticed that regardless of rig size, there are always those that use the campground facilities. Go figure. To me, taking care of the bathroom every few days is way less trouble than trekking to loo or public showers.
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Old 10-29-2007, 06:21 AM   #6
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The shower in our UHaul VT needs some work. This trailer did not come with a shower, and some previous owner installed the shower. But the drain sits above the floor, so until we get that fixed, it will have to be the showers in the campground. Sorry. But we are half way there.

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Old 10-29-2007, 07:02 AM   #7
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Joanne uses the trailer facilities exclusively. I prefer the campground because the showers have more room to move around. Of course water temp, shower fees and crowds play a major role also.

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Old 10-29-2007, 08:52 AM   #8
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Every time I step out of my shower into the warm privacy of my own living space, with the smell of coffee going and knowing my feet have hit a clean floor, and my clothes that are laid out have not picked up some one else's "Gunge" , I tell myself.. This was worth every penny I paid for it".

Like Lynne, I could get by with a porta potti, I don't have to have the fancy schmancy toilet and black tank.. I just need a place to sit in privacy and warmth. Considering what you do on it, it is not a religious experience.

Like Suz, cleaning the bath and removing the "Product" every few days is indeed, a small job. I used to think it would be a hassle, after listen to my friends with them grumble about the dump station, but it really is no more, LESS even, than wandering thru the park, or going to the bushes with your roll of paper.
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Old 10-29-2007, 09:08 AM   #9
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We have rigged our Scamp 13 as others here have done - PortaPottie for nights, and a Coleman shower set-up in a pinch. However, when we dry camp we have a great 'privacy room' for our shower and that's great! However, we do use campground showers if they are well-maintained. Also as others have said, if we had a full bath set-up I think we'd use it. What we have works for us tho'. L 'n D
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Old 10-29-2007, 09:55 AM   #10
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Considering what you do on it, it is not a religious experience.
Oh Gina, I beg to differ... moving up from only campground facilities to my own flush toilet was completely like a religious experience!

Oh what a wonderful thing!
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Old 10-29-2007, 10:04 AM   #11
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We're on the other end of the spectrum. I don't look at the night trip to the potty as something to avoid. If it's a clear night the stars and moon are at their brightest. The night is also the quietest so you can hear a slight breeze in the trees or night birds, sometimes a rustle of a small creature in the leaves.

As for showers, I don't see iron or calcium build up as dirty or something that's gonna get me. If a shower was contaminated enough to get me it probably would have gotten enough others before me that it would be shut down.

So the trade off of the fuss, mess, additional weight, and additional space taken up by shower and toilet, even a porta-potty aren't worth it me. I wouldn't expect others to see things my way particularly since we live in such a fear driven society.
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Old 10-29-2007, 10:41 AM   #12
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The toilet/shower is a great convenience, especially at night, and especially as we age. I can stand up straight for a shower in ours, and I get my exercise bending down to adjust the faucets, which are next to the floor on ours, or so it seems (gotta do something about that).

There is something about my eyes that resembles black light sensitivity, I think it is. I imagine I see highlighted every cluster of staph germs and other unsavory invaders which threaten my health and well being. There are enough of them already to keep my immune system working, so I don't need any extra ones from unauthorized sources. My idea is to work with the germs I know. We appreciate and use the bathroom.
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Old 10-29-2007, 01:18 PM   #13
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I don't think my wife has even seen a campground shower / toilet since we got our camper. She worries about bugs and infections and the lot. MRSA in the news has just made that worse. Both of us have always loved camping but she didn't like the part of going to public baths.
Me--- I would use the shower if I couldn't find another larger one but I have used it. Little small for me but usable. The toilet - I try not use it if I have to sit down. After all, I have to empty it! Definitely glad it's there in the middle of the night and so are the neighbors.
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Old 10-29-2007, 05:56 PM   #14
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Where's the box to check that referres to NO bathroom. We use the Path of no return at the end of The Green, Green Grass of Home. OR public washrooms. Once in a while I do take along the porta-potty.It all depends on conditions at the time. We used to keep it in the back of the van and had blackout window curtians made, but with the pickup it has to take up space in the trailer.

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