Types of RV showers

Types of RV showers

Types of RV showers

Types of RV showers 

There’s nothing like a nice warm shower to get you squeaky clean after a long day of exploring. And thanks to RV showers, you can enjoy that time in the privacy of your own caravan without having to wait in line at the campground’s communal showers.  

But RV showers typically aren’t like the ones you’d find at home. Not only can they be cramped, but you may also have to deal with a limited water supply. We created this guide to help you navigate the ins and outs of RV showers and to teach you about them. 

What to expect in an RV shower 

If you don’t have an RV yet, you might be wondering what to expect in an RV shower.  

The first thing to note is that there are 3 types of RV showers: 

• RV wet bath 

• RV dry bath 

• RV outdoor shower 

Wet bath vs. dry bath 

There are two main types of indoor RV bathroom configurations: the wet bath and the dry bath


RV wet bath


A wet bath, on the other hand, has these amenities combined into one space, like an RV shower toilet combo. The entire bathroom floor is waterproof and has a drain.  

This is most common in Class B and small caravans. 

RV dry bath


A dry bath is similar to what you would find in a house. The bathroom has a toilet, sink, and shower, all with its own designated area. 

This is most common is bigger RVs — Class A Class C  and large Caravans. 

Pros and cons 

Both configurations of RV showers have their pros and cons. A wet bath is more spacious, but you have to worry about keeping everything else in the bathroom dry. A dry bath is more like your traditional setup, allowing one person to shower while the other brushes their teeth, uses the mirror, etc. On the downside, the shower stall itself is usually much more cramped. 

Dry baths may have a smaller version of a bathtub, but it’s more common to see a shower pan, which are shallow basins that keep water from running out but don’t hold water like a tub.   

RV outdoor shower

An RV outdoor shower is just what it sounds like — a shower outside of the RV. Its simple design features the RV shower head on the outside of the RV. This is a popular option for teardrop caravans and campervans, as it saves space inside of the caravan. Though, it is not ideal for colder temperatures. 

RV shower similarities 

While the specifics will, of course, depend on what type and model RV you have, there are a few things that nearly all will have in common. 

• In general, the area will be smaller than residential showers. 

• Unless you are connected to a water hookup, your water supply is limited to what is in the freshwater tank. Hot water is even more limited since hot water tanks are only six to ten gallons (compared to the forty-plus gallons that a residential water heater holds). 

• Your water will drain into the grey water tank (or black water tank if your rig doesn’t have a grey water tank.) 

Luckily, there are several ways to make the most of your shower, even with these limitations!

How to get the most out of your RV shower 

When you first have your RV, its shower may not be completely optimized for the best experience possible. Try these small fixes to get the most out of your RV shower.  

Find the best RV shower head 

The key to the best RV shower experience is the shower head. Heres’ what to look for in your RV shower head: 

• water conservation 

• ease of use 

Water-conserving RV shower heads 

First and foremost, your RV shower head should be a water-conserving, low-flow model. Especially if you are dry camping without hookups, conserving water is of utmost importance. 
Easy to use RV shower heads 

Additionally, many RV shower heads have a wall mount, but can also be handheld with a wand. This allows you to quickly rinse all areas without having to simply wait for the water to trickle down. Having a shut-off or low-flow valve for flow control is also a great feature to have for maximum water conservation.  

Keeping your RV shower clean 

An RV shower may help keep you clean, but that doesn’t mean you can skip cleaning the shower.  

The key to shower maintenance is preventing buildup. Soap scum, mildew, dirt, and grime can all cause issues in your shower. The quickest way to clean is just to give your shower a quick wipe down or squeegee after every use. 

RV shower tips 

Now that you know how to use an RV shower AND find the best RV shower head, we leave you with our final tips: 

• Keep your showers short 

• Use a water-saving switch 

• Keep an eye on your gray water tank levels 

So fresh and so clean 

While RV showers may not be the same as what you have at home, they are a much-welcomed amenity when out on the road. Just by implementing some of these simple tips, you can upgrade your existing shower to work more efficiently, saving you water and a headache. 

Now just is missing to take your caravan and start the next adventure, happy camping!

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