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How Much Water Does A RV Shower Use?

RV showers use about 2 to 6 gallons of water for each shower. The actual usage depends upon many other factors such as type of showerhead, duration of shower and whether you turn the nozzle off while using soap.

Camping lovers love to invest in luxurious RVs. The biggest reason behind the increasing popularity of these travel solutions is that they offer easy access to all the modern commodities. One of the best additions to the latest designs of RVs is a shower, and the best part is that experience to take a shower in RVs is more like home.

The frequent travellers might be interested to know how much water does RV showers use. However, the actual usage depends upon many other factors such as type of showerhead, duration of shower and whether you turn the nozzle off while using soap.

The actual quantity of water used by these showers depends on RV  and person  as well. Hence, it is better to consult the owner’s manual before taking any trip with your RV. Here we have listed a few essential factors on how to estimate water usage for your RV shower:

Length of the shower:

The biggest benefit of travelling in RV is that you can take a shower at any time, anywhere. Depending upon where you are planning to move in your trailer, the usage of the shower may also change. In case if you have to use the shower in the RV without hooking it up to some water source, you have to stay fully dependent on the tank. In this case, you may be able to take a limited shower.

Will I be able to shower in hot water?

Yes, you will! Well, that’s if you purchase an RV model that has a pre-installed hot water tank.

These tanks can take anything from 4 to 16 gallons of water, with 6 gallons being the standard size.

If you’ve already purchased an RV and you don’t have a hot water tank, it’s not the end of the world, you can always add extra amenities to your RV or make use of campgrounds to shower.

Hot water might not last as long as your heart desires, so make sure to get in and out for the best experience.


Tips and tricks on how to make an RV shower fun

You might have to come up with the best tips in the books to remind yourself of the limited time you have in the shower but also, to add a little magic to it.

It helps if you play your favorite song to a dance-off in the shower, get out as soon as the song stops, or by participating in the 1-gallon shower challenge.

You can save lots of water by showering every second or every other day; clean yourself with a cloth and water in the meantime.

Reusing greywater to shower or water your plants.

You may have to go the old school route; use a bucket and cloth to wash away your worries.

Making use of facilities at campgrounds and truck stops.

Collecting rainwater, if you’re so lucky, to reuse in the shower.

Replacing old, low-efficiency shower heads with modern low flow showerheads.


Common Issues

. The pump is pulsating from time to time: When this occurs, there is certainly a leak at some point. Start by investigating whether the cause of the problem is not the connections and clamps of the external and internal splices. Finally, also check that the taps are not dripping. When the water slowly drains, the pressure is lost, causing the pump to start. As the existing leakage is minimal, the pump soon pressurizes the system and shuts down, thus restarting the cycle.


. The automatic system does not switch off: It is possible that the reason for this has occurred, is that the water tank has run out or air has been entered. If this was not the problem, you should check the pump head and the automatic system. And many times the problem can be solved by just removing the system, opening it, and cleaning it.

. The pump won’t start: The first thing you should do is check the energy. Also, check the input fuse and check for a 12V current at the last splice. If nothing goes right, disassemble the pump head. Automatic can also be the cause of the problem.

. The pump turns on, but no water comes out: First, you should check if there is water in the box. Remember that the pump must never run without water in the housing, and that air is often introduced into the system. One way to solve this problem would be to suck at the tap. If sucking on the tap does not work, another option is to loosen the clamp on the pump outlet to see if water will escape after that. If, after these steps, no water is left, it is time to remove the pump and take it for repair.


Shower hoses and fixtures

The shower in an RV is smaller than standard showers at home, but it can be more fun than the typical shower experience you’re used to at home.

The fitted showerhead of an RV shower is typically very similar to that of the ones used in home bathrooms, but they use less water than conventional showerheads.

An RV shower head is mostly made from stainless steel or plastic.

If your shower head is a wand, you have the distinct advantage that your pipe is directly connected to your water supply.

The typical RV shower fixture concerns are functionality and aesthetics. You might have to turn the hot and cold water on an off to get that perfect temperature.

Before you buy a replacement, shower head, be sure to measure the size of the old head.


Freshwater tank:

As the name suggests, it stores fresh water for the usage of the RV inside it and you can replenish it once you reach a reliable source of water the water is clean and portable inside it and comes out through the RV shower and faucets Having an inline water filter connected with the freshwater tank reduces the bad taste, odor, chlorine, and sediment. If this connection is maintained well you can also use the water for drinking.

When compared with the sizes of the other two tanks fresh water tank is the largest depending on the RV it can range from a tank with the capacity to hold 10 -20 gallons of water and even 100 gallons.

When the RV is not in use you should drain out the tank completely or fill to prevent contamination. In case the tank develops a strange odor normal house bleach can help lose it and sanitize the tank.


Greywater tank:

It is also known as the ‘Galley Tank’. It stores the wastewater that is collected form the RV sinks, shower, and washing machine. It may contain soap residue and food particles. It can carry the wastewater for a few days depending on the occupant’s usage. The less you use the freshwater the lesser wastewater will be collected and in turn, it will give you a long time when it comes to the need of dumping the wastewater at specific hook-up sites made for RVs.

It is easier to handle compared to the other two tanks. Regular cleaning and sanitizing of the tank will keep it in a nice condition and free from all sorts of water associated troubles.


Blackwater tank:

This is the type of water tank most RV users dread. It stores all the dirty water and filth from the RV toilet. This container has a maximum capacity and will hold large amounts of water compared to the other two. While Traveling is necessary to inspect the RV dump valve and make sure that it is not leaking. Clean water and chemicals by flushing them down the toilet just after its use can go a long way in neutralizing the smell and helps in breaking down the solid waste.

And certain chemicals helps with cleaning the tank and keeping it smell free while traveling.

RV rated toilet papers should be used because they dissolve easily unlike the other kind of toilet papers which often clog the toilet and also blockages thereby creating trouble in the black water storage tank as well.

When it is time to dump the waste in the tank one should locate a dump station. It is advisable to keep in mind the issues that arise in cold weather because the water systems tend to freeze up. Tank heaters are used by most people but they are not good enough to protect water systems that consist of pipes between the different waste tanks and also the low point drain valve (dump valve) and if these are left un-heated will freeze and get closed. So it is ideal to install pipe heaters along the lengths of drain pipes between the Black and Gray tanks and also to their respective gate valve.





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