Originally Posted by imnoo2rving
thanks all. this was our shake down trip and first ever in any kind of camper. we just bought our TT in December. No issues really except for the screen for the kitchen faucet was clogged. All the questions on the shower come from taking just a five minute shower with barely enough hot water. is this normal or should multiple people be able to take back to back showers? I know the hot water heater tank is small. thanks all for the help. always appreciated
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With a normal six gallon water heater, you learn to take what is referred to as a "navy shower". You turn the water taps on and get the temp correct to your liking.
1. Then just wet yourself down. Turn the water off at the handheld shower wand/head. It should have a shut-off button on the handheld wand.
2. Now put the soap on, shampoo, etc. Lather up.
3. Turn the water back on at the wand and rinse off.
4. Turn the taps off (but leave the wand button on so you'll know the shower is actually turned off) and exit.
This saves on two things. First off on the amount of hot water being used, and the amount of total water that is going into your grey tanks...that also have a finite amount of space..... if you are not hooked up to a campsite with a sewer connection so you can dump the water out.
I pointed out the part about making sure to turn the taps off in step 4, and not just the showerhead at the end for a reason. If you fail to turn the taps off, water will continue to dribble out of the handheld head, and can fill your grey water tanks up still while your gone. I had a friend do this and it actually flooded his trailer when the tank filled up and it backflowed back thru his shower drain.
If you fill up the grey tanks, you have to dump them out......which can require either hooking the trailer up and hauling it to a dump station at the campground.....or using a portable tote to do the same thing. Both of which can be a pain and are time consuming.
A lot of people use the campgrounds bathhouses (if equipped), so they don't have to do this.
Same thing, if using the sinks. Don't just let the water run, as it is filling up the grey tanks unnecessarily.
Water usage in your RV is different than your home, and it is just another one of the learning curves you'll get thru.