Thursday, September 05, 2019

Love Your RV Shower - Low-Cost Luxury Mod - Upscale Shower for Pennies!

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If you spend any time in your RV you should be taking advantage of the wonderful bathroom facilities that are clean, close and should be comfortable. 

What's that you say? You can't take a shower for more than 3 minutes before you run out of hot water? It takes you half that time to get the temperature right and by the time you get in the shower, you're running out of hot water and have to start adjusting the faucet again?!

You try to make it work by turning off the water in between soaping and rinsing (navy shower). This entails standing naked and shivering while you soap up and wash your head?

Doesn't sound like luxury to me!

Love your RV Shower - Luxury for Pennies - Wacky Pup blog - tons of ideas, projects, tutorials and information
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What if I told you that for under $40 you would never have to adjust the water temperature again? and for another $25 you'd have enough water to shower for half an hour on a 6 gallon hot water tank?

Interested? Keep reading!

(By the way, if you do not have a separate shower control, I have a blog article showing you how to add one easily. How to add separate shower controls to your Camper/RV shower)

Both the mods are easy - the showerhead replacement takes about 4 minutes, and that includes looking for the teflon tape that rolled behind the toilet.


The thermostatic mixing faucet is a little more involved, but not at all difficult.  It is an amazing faucet that AUTOMATICALLY keeps the water at exactly the right temperature! As soon as the hot water reaches your shower, it is adjusted to whatever temperature you've set. And it stays that temperature, even if someone turns on a tap somewhere or flushes a toilet or you start running out of hot water. It will retain the temperature until there is no hot water left. This is the best thing I've ever done for myself! I love this faucet! No more fiddling with the knobs!!

One side of the faucet adjusts the temperature, the other side adjusts the volume of water. It's easy to adjust so that it's just PERFECT!

Ok, let's get started!

The first and simplest thing is to buy an Oxygenics Shower Head.  


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You'll notice that though everything else in the shower is silver, the Oxygenics showerhead is white. That's because the white ones are $25 and the silver ones are $40.  They both work!

It mixes air in with the water and makes it feel like you're using a lot more water than you actually are. 

Now on to the real luxury -

This is the standard shower controls that came with our trailer.

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Unscrew them from the wall.

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Pull it out and detatch the supply lines from the back.
Make sure they don't fall down inside the wall!

Throw that tacky plastic faucet away!

Buy a thermostatic mixing shower faucet

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(the one I got was under $40 and is great!)

Hold the new faucet up against the existing hole - you may have to cut the hole a bit larger so that the pipes will fit.


Get a plastic cutting board from Walmart. This will be what you mount the faucet on, then the board is mounted to the shower wall. Pick up the conduit nuts while you're out.

Cut it to a size that will:
A) Cover the existing hole
B) be wide enough to hold the new mixing valve

Drill holes that the faucet fittings will go through

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You may need to put a couple fat washers or bushings on the fitting to make it tighten up. I cut them out of leftover pieces of cutting board.

(To make a cutting board washer, first use a hole saw to cut the outside, then hold it in vice grips and cut the inside hole with a spade bit)

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The photo below shows how it goes through the cutting board

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1/2" Conduit Nuts fit perfectly. 

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I recommend T Plus 2 pipe sealant

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A tube is about $2.50 and is a good thing to keep in the camper. 
It is messy, though. You'll notice everything has a slight white glaze to it LOL It cleans up easily (except on fabric)

Tighten everything up and screw it to the shower wall.
I put a piece of plywood inside the wall on top and bottom to screw into to reinforce the wall. The new faucet is MUCH heavier (solid brass)

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Put a bead of silicone caulking on the back of the plastic cutting board, and all the way around the opening. Wipe off the excess after you screw it on.  I put an extra bead of caulk across the top, just for insurance :)

I used two of the original screws and the rest are stainless steel.

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Now take a LONG GLORIOUS SHOWER!

And let me know how it turns out!

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Very nice!! Forgot all about these things but getting one now.

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