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How Do You Shower in a Campervan?

Written by the JK Team
Published 15 July 2021
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How Do You Shower in a Campervan?

For a lot of people, a large barrier preventing them from going camping or caravanning is the lack of showers, and hot ones at that. However, this doesn’t have to be the case.

Showers are readily available and there’s a solution for every need, whether you’re happy to brave the outdoors, or want something a bit more luxurious. You can also fit your camper with a DIY alternative, or get a pre-formed solution that simply requires sealing in.

We’ve looked at some common questions and misconceptions around showering in a campervan. In this guide, we provide practical fitting tips as well as helpful tricks.

How Do You Shower in A Campervan?

There are three key areas when showing in a campervan to be aware of. Once you know what to look out for, you can plan to shower more efficiently.

1. Be frugal in your water use.

Water tanks, typically, have enough capacity for a couple of showers, along with regular use. You will also have to consider the capacity of your wastewater tank. For these reasons, and to reserve capacity, you will need to be quick in your showering.

2. Thoroughly dry the shower area down after each use.

Regardless of how your shower works, any inside area near your shower needs drying well, either with a microfibre cloth or something similarly absorbent. This helps to prevent limescale build-up as well as residual damp, something which is hard to repair in a campervan and may result in costly damage.

3. Choose products that are environmentally safe.

When you’re camping out in the wild, disposing of water waste that potentially contains chemicals and could damage the natural wildlife is irresponsible. Products that are natural and created with as few chemicals as possible are ideal, as well as ones that aren’t too harsh or aggressive. This includes the cleaning products you use, as well as your showering ones.

Showering Outside when Campervanning

Showering under the stars or the blue sky is the ultimate outdoors goal for many. Showering in nature means that you can set up somewhere convenient for you, rather than having to make your way to a shower block or other facilities, and you can enjoy the sights and sounds of nature while you get cleaned up.

The easiest way to create an outdoor shower is to get a camp shower, or solar shower, and hang it from the back of your camper. Solar showers aren't usually powered by solar electricity, but instead use a black water bag made of a material which will help heat the water when you leave it in the sun, which is incredibly useful. If you've got double rear doors on your camper, you can use these as a two sides of a privacy screen, and then hang a shower curtain between them.

A sun-warmed solar shower is a really cheap, really effective way to get a warm shower outdoors. It'll give you the flexibility to shower any time, no matter where you are. As the special material which holds the water is black, it will heat up in the sun, creating a warmer shower.

It won't get as hot as your shower at home, unless you're camping somewhere much closer to the equator than the UK, but it's still far better than a freezing wash!

If you want a reliable and portable way to shower outside of your campervan, then a shower and toilet tent could be ideal for you. It’s simple to erect and provides a standing height place to shower whilst providing sufficient privacy.

Showering in your Camper

For those with larger campervans, showering inside your campervan is a popular option.

You may have a designated bathroom space installed, in which case regularly checking for routine wear is important. Campervan showers may not always be built to last for regular, repeat use, as the trend of living in a van has only become mainstream in the past few years.

A lot of campervan owners choose to use an air shower head, which forces air into the water, creating a higher pressure and more water-efficient shower.

Some people also use a foot switch to safely turn on and off the water pump without the risk of running electrics near water. This can be mixed with a submersible water pump, which is fantastic for indoor showers without overloading your campervan electrics, especially if you’re retrofitting.

Fitting A Shower In Your Campervan

If you’re building or retrofitting a van, here are some considerations to think about when fitting a shower.

1. You need to fit your shower at the beginning. To properly plumb in a shower, it needs to have a drainage point, which needs underfloor plumbing. You’ll also need to install waterproofing at the beginning and seal the shower properly.

2. Add in proper ventilation. Whether a ceiling vent or on ventilation on the side of the van, good ventilation is very important to prevent damp and mould growth.

3. You can always install a pre-formed shower. Depending on the type of van you have, some websites offer fully enclosed units that simply require installation and sealing.

So, Can You Shower In A Campervan?

In short, yes! There are many ways to get creative with showering and you don’t have to feel limited by your campervan.

View our range of shower products for your campervan today and get ready for your next adventure.

Some of our favourites are listed below, so take a look and see just how easily you can shower on your own terms next time you're away with your camper!

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