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A bit of a travel journal from some of our experiences as fulltime RVers

Pros and Cons of an RV Wet Bath

Wet baths in RVs are common, so why do so many people sigh when they fall in love with an RV only to find out it has one? There are those that won’t even consider an RV that has one. Are they really that bad?

What is a wet bath?

Typically found in small RVs, campers, travel trailers and Class B vans, wet baths are areas where there is no separation from the toilet and shower. The floor in the bathroom IS the shower floor. Occasionally a sink will be integrated into the space.

What’s good about them?

More room for other things

Space is everything in a small space. Wet baths have a smaller footprint and therefore frees up valuable space.

Space to sit while you shower

Particularly convenient when needing to shave your legs, you’ll appreciate the ability to sit down when showering. Having the toilet in the shower space provides a ready-made bench for you.

Easy to clean

Cleaning a wet bath couldn’t be easier! Spray everything from the walls, floor, fixtures and toilet down and dry off. You’ll be done in minutes.

TIP: We replaced our showerhead with a handheld shower nozzle, which makes showering and cleaning the bathroom much easier.

Keeps wet items out of the way (and secure)

Hang up that wet jacket or towel in the wet bath to keep it away from other items in your small space. Even if you are staying at a campsite, letting your expensive gear dry off inside is more secure.

No damage if you leave the roof vent open

We like to keep our Fan-Tastic fan open and have been grateful for our wet bath when a surprise rain shower descended upon us and we forgot to close the cover in the bathroom. The water simply fell into the area and down the drain.

The not-so-great side

Wet baths are small

A smaller footprint also means a smaller space. Typically you’ll have just enough room for you to step in front of the toilet and that’s about it.

Less privacy

Even if you have an actual door rather than a glass/acrylic door, there isn’t a place to keep your clothes or towel inside the wet bath while you take your shower. This means having to open the door to the main living area to get items and/or get dressed.

Many wet baths have a space at the top of the shower door that is open to the main living area for airflow. For those who prefer more separation when using the bathroom, this might not be an ideal situation.

Storage space is minimal

Very utilitarian in nature, but the vast majority lack dedicated space for storage of toiletries.

Wet baths are…….wet

One of the more irritating things about a wet bath can be if it is not properly wiped dry after use. Wet socks are never enjoyable…just saying.

Shows wear faster

A wet bath can show signs of aging quicker than most areas in an RV or camper. This is largely due to the materials used. For example, the shower pan is also the main floor. Unlike a traditional shower, a wet bath floor will often have people stepping on it more often and from time to time, with shoes on. This will cause scuffs and cracks on the floor over time. Also, exposure to standing water or hard water will cause discoloration and staining.

Making the most of the small space

When asked, the majority of our fellow RVers prefer a traditional bathroom over a wet bath. That being said, there are ways to make a wet bath more appealing.

Get a small squeegee and keep it in your bathroom. After showering, use your squeegee and either a paper towel or a microfiber towel to finish drying off the bathroom. 

Run your bathroom fan to help air out and dry the area. 

Mount several hooks where you can hang towels, wash cloths, soap-on-a-ropes, and other bathroom items. 

Mount a multiuser soap dispenser and toothbrush holder to the interior to keep things within reach and clutter free.

Place a raised mat in your wet bath. This will protect the shower pan from getting scratched and dirty from shoes. It will also protect you from inadvertently getting your feet wet stepping into the bathroom. Just remember to lift it and dry off under the mat regularly.

For more ideas on maximizing small spaces, check out our post Tiny Home Tips: How to Maximize Your Space in a Tiny Home or RV

Wet baths are a good option in small spaces

Overall, wet baths are a good option for situations where space is a premium and you want to save time and effort cleaning. It allows you to have everything you need and the ability to spend more time doing what you bought your RV for – camping!

Big Benefits of Small Trailers

Small trailers and campers may be small in size, but there is a lot to be excited about. RV sales have been skyrocketing and the demand for small units only continues to grow. Why? There are some pretty great benefits that you may not have realized and they just may make you realize, bigger is not always better!

Small RV’s are better!

What is considered a small RV (small campers or small trailers)?

Typically speaking and for the purpose of this article, we are defining “small” as 5000 lbs or less and shorter than 24ft. Within this category, you will often hear terms such as mini, micro, and teardrop associated with a unit. There is also a differentiation between campers and trailers.

Travel trailers insulate campers from the wild while camping trailers immerse them in it

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Small trailers allow more tow vehicle options

Not every RV needs to be towed with a large truck! Many small campers and trailers can safely be towed with SUVs and cars. MyPods, for example, can even be towed with a motorcycle. We own a Little Guy Max and tow it with a van. Just make sure you check your vehicle’s tow rating and use sway control and weight distribution when needed.

Campgrounds & getting in when others can’t

The days of pulling in to a campground at the end of a long day and expecting to grab a spot are nearly gone. Due to the increase in RV sales, more people are camping and campgrounds are filling up and spots can be hard to come by. We ran into such an issue over Labor Day Weekend. The campground was full, but the owner asked how long we were. We responded 21ft. The owner then gave a us a site typically reserved for Class B vans because we were small enough.

Are National Parks on your must-see travel plans? Keep in mind, National Parks also have length restrictions.

Maximum lengths for trailers, campers and motor homes vary from park to park. The average maximum length permitted is 27 ft, but some parks can accommodate up to 40 feet in length

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Small RVs give you more room at campgrounds

Cramped spaces at campgrounds can be annoying. Give yourself more room with a small trailer. Small trailers take up less space and therefore give you more space to relax and enjoy outside at your site.

Take the roads less traveled

Small campers can often get to locations that bigger rigs can not access. Get off the beaten path and get your camera ready for those instagram-worthy photos! Read our post on Boondocking Basics and camp to an envious level in places most only dream about.

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Spend less time on maintenance

You’ll still have routine maintenance, but since your RV is smaller it will take less time to do it. Spend more time camping and less time washing and waxing!

Save money on storage

If you don’t travel full-time, you need a place to keep your RV when not in use. Many small trailers and campers can be stored either in your garage or in your driveway, saving you hundreds of dollars a year. If you have a small trailer but still need to store it, fees are typically less for smaller RVs.

Small RVs are less intimidating for beginners

Whether it is being nervous about towing for the first time or worrying about fixing things if they go wrong (which you’ll learn is the expectation rather than the exception), small trailers and campers can’t be beat.

We have, what my husband calls “self-rescued” ourselves numerous times. We have been out in the middle of nowhere during the winter and our furnace stopped working – fixed it. Kitchen sink leaked – stopped it. We are not handy people by any means. But the simplicity of our trailer allowed us to problem-solve much easier. This not only gave us a sense of pride, but saved us time and money from bringing it back to the dealer for repairs.

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