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.
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!