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!

Crabbing on the Gulf Coast

How does eating fresh blue crabs dipped in butter sound? Now just imagine if you caught those blue crabs yourself! If you have not tried crabbing before, you are missing out. Add some fun to your next trip and visit Surfside, TX, or anywhere coastal in the Gulf Coast area and give crabbing a try. We visited Surfside for a few weeks we’re hooked!

Crabbing is inexpensive and easy to do

Crabbing is a whole lot of fun for the entire family and can be done with almost no equipment at all.  You will need a few things, but a boat isn’t one of them. And if you’re looking for places to go, places like Crabbing Pier in Surfside is a perfect place to start.

Crabbing Pier in Surfside, TX is a great place to try your hand at crabbing

A fishing license is needed for crabbing in Texas

Before you begin, you will need to obtain a valid fishing license with a saltwater endorsement to legally harvest crab in Texas.  They have made the process very easy and you can take care of it online. If you prefer, you can also stop by the many locations that offer licenses.

No daily limits on catching Blue crabs

No worries about hitting a daily limit, crab all day! There are, however, size limits and harvesting any females carrying eggs is illegal. When carrying eggs, females are termed “sponge” or “berry” crabs and are illegal to be retained. 

There is no daily bag or possession limit for blue crabs and stone crabs, but they each must meet a minimum criteria to be taken. The legal size at which a blue crab may be harvested is when it measures 5 inches across the widest point of its body, from tip to tip of its spines.

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Identifying male and female blue crabs

There are two ways to determine whether you have a male or female blue crab. First, look at their claws. Males have blue tips and females have red tips.

The sex of a blue crab is also identified by the abdominal flap or “apron”. In males, it is shaped like an inverted T and females have a broader apron, an appearance more like a pyramid.

Blue crabs aren’t picky when it comes to bait

Crabs are not picky and can be caught on cut fish, shrimp, squid, and any other type of bait you might use for other ocean game. But did you know the most common bait for crab is chicken? You can go to the grocery store and buy chicken drumsticks, but the cheapest way to go is stop off at any of the bait shops and buy a pack of chicken necks. These will run you anywhere between a $1-3 for 3-6 necks.  

Get started with a ball of string, a net and a bucket

All you need is a ball of string, a hand net  and a piece of chicken and you have all you need to start catching blue crab. Tie your chicken to the line and toss it out from the bank or pier.  You’ll know a crab is on your line because the crab will start to drag the bait back deeper into the water which will tighten the string. Once you see this, slowly retrieve the line (the crab will not let go because he wants the yummy bait) until you see it and then use a net to scoop it up and place it in a bucket.  

Hoop nets

Hoop nets for crabbing

These nets are called umbrella nets or hoop nets and can be purchased at most bait shops and even the local Wal-Mart for about $4.00 each. The umbrella or hoop net has two metal rings attached by string netting. The larger top hoop is attached to a pull line, and when baited and dropped to the bottom, the device drops flat. This allows the crabs to walk right up to your bait and when you feel them or see the line move you simply lift on the pull line and scoop up the crab. Even if you can’t see them or haven’t seen your string move still pull the traps up to check them about once every 15-30 minutes. 

Crab pots and traps

Crabbing Pot

A crab trap, is a rectangular device typically made of chicken wire or other thin metal that can be baited and left to sit. You can purchase these crab traps from Amazon or you can also find them at the local Buc-ees. The traps have inverted funnels on its sides that allow crabs to enter but makes it difficult to for them to escape. NOTE: You can only use 6 traps at a time for recreational purposes.

Crab traps must be marked with your name and address and must be marked with a white buoy featuring a contrasting stripe and measuring at least 6 inches high, 6 inches long and 6 inches wide. 

Storing crabs before cooking

Blue Crabs Gulf Coast
Blue Crabs

Once you’ve caught a whole mess of crabs, you should either keep them moist (not wet) and cool. Read How to Buy and Store Crabs Like a Pro for options. If you put them in a bucket with ice, have a way for the melted water to drain. Be sure to cook them as soon as possible and throw away any crabs that have died before you cook them. 

Cook crabs the easy way

If you are looking for a fast and easy way to cook the crabs, try our recipe for Blue Crabs in an Instant Pot.

Crabbing will provide you, your family and your friends an excellent opportunity to recreate while enjoying a memorable outdoor experience and is also rewarding when your efforts take shape as you sit down at the dinner table. 

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