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Old 07-01-2012, 09:07 AM   #1
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Bath Towels - Microfiber, Cotton, Other?

My wife and I want to find some towels - bath, hand and washcloth - that are more compact, more absorbant and dry more quickly than conventional cotton towels.

We're already using relatively small, lightweight cotton towels but our main complaint is they don't dry quickly between uses. We hang them in the RV but the next time we take a shower our bath towel might still be damp.

What about microfiber? Any other ideas?
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Old 07-01-2012, 11:39 AM   #2
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Microfiber towels are made from sythetic fibers and will definately dry out faster than a cotton towel will. Their absorbency comes from the micro sized fibers of the cloth, not so much the weight of the cotton. They're a great choice. For wash clothes, we ended up getting some of the little plastic puff balls and hanging them on hooks in the shower. They take a little getting used to if your accustomed to using a wash cloth, but they work well enough, rinse clean quicker (less water used) and dry out quicker even if there's a tiny bit of soap left in them.

A side note, but sort of related. We don't use bar soap in our mh. To much mess and soap scum. We purchased a push button dispenser from Walmart and filled it with shower gel and shampoo. Very convenient and works well with the little shower puff balls.
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We're already using relatively small, lightweight cotton towels but our main complaint is they don't dry quickly between uses. We hang them in the RV but the next time we take a shower our bath towel might still be damp.

What about microfiber? Any other ideas?
I'm curious as to why you hang them inside to dry. I hang my cotton towels outside and they dry in no time. Nothiing dries a shower wet body like a nice soft cotton towel.
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I'm curious as to why you hang them inside to dry. I hang my cotton towels outside and they dry in no time. Nothiing dries a shower wet body like a nice soft cotton towel.
I see your point and I will start doing that when weather permits. Most days we are away from the rig and hesitate to leave items outside due to changing weather conditions, wind, etc. In addition, many times we are traveling from point A to point B so we cannot hang them outside. Since we have a TT there is no AC/heat in the rig to move air to help them dry. We have, at times, hung them in the tow vehicle to dry while we're going down the road.

We recently bought a 12V fan that we probably could run to blow air (even while traveling) and this would help dry the towels.

Even if we dry them we also have the fact that cotton towels take up quite a bit of room. We generally travel with three sets - one in use, one may be soiled and in the laundry hamper, and the third set is standby in case we don't get to the laundry in a timely manner. Once again, we're in a TT so we don't have an on-board washer/dryer.

Thanks for the comments. Keep them coming.
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We have 2 sets hanging....usually does the trick. I do the same for our stick home.
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I'm curious as to why you hang them inside to dry. I hang my cotton towels outside and they dry in no time. Nothiing dries a shower wet body like a nice soft cotton towel.
We usually hang outside too, I have a "hitch mount" type bike rack, it is the kind that grips the top bar of my bicycle, I built a PVC brame that fits the hitch and strung closthsline between the ends of the frame, Very handy, and fits here in the bedroom when on the road.

However,, on those rare occasions when the sunlight is arriving in liquid form (RAIN). .That don't work so well.
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IHMO the microfiber towels are the devils spawn give me a nice soft cotton towel every time !!!!

We have a towel rod that starts over the shower and goes across to the other side of the bath... we hang the washcloths over the shower area to drip dry (leaving the shower door slid back of course) and hang our drying towels over the rod outside the shower where the most air can get to it... but we do have two ac's going that will pull moisture out of the air quickly!

we always have the exhaust fan on when taking a shower to 'get ahead' of the humidity and we will sometimes leave the bath vent open and exhaust fan to continue drying it out for a bit... (we do have a vent cover so no worries about rain coming in)
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IHMO the microfiber towels are the devils spawn give me a nice soft cotton towel every time !!!!
Same here. Give me a good fluffy cotton towel anytime.
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Cotton; my vote.

Microfiber for your RV, dishes etc.

Perfect your drying technique perhaps. Open them up, hang them loose, a little air movement.
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If you fold your towels nice and pretty and hang them, they will take longer to dry. Hang them full width in a single layer and they dry sooner.
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We usually hang outside too, I have a "hitch mount" type bike rack, it is the kind that grips the top bar of my bicycle, I built a PVC brame that fits the hitch and strung closthsline between the ends of the frame, Very handy, and fits here in the bedroom when on the road.

However,, on those rare occasions when the sunlight is arriving in liquid form (RAIN). .That don't work so well.
I know what you mean about rain. In that case I hang small stuff in the shower from one of those things from CW with all the clothespins attached. Bath towels hang from hooks that fit over the bathroom door. But they take awhile to dry inside when it's raining. Your "clothesline" sounds like something I'd love. I just bought one of those that stick in the ground for drying when using the TT (good for Florida's sandy soils when we snow-bird) and will get one that attaches to the ladder for the Class-C, for traveling.
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One needs a certain amount of decorum, so hanging the towels outside has its downside. LOL
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One needs a certain amount of decorum, so hanging the towels outside has its downside. LOL

True indeed. First the towels, then the shirts, then comes the underwear
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good rv towels

Linden street makes quick drying towels perfect for RV use. JCPenneys sells them that I know of.

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