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Old 06-23-2016, 04:43 AM   #1
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Bathing outdoors...

At the risk of incurring the wrath of the anal retentive out there, I must ask. I see many RVs being listed as having an "exterior shower". I understand this is just a tap from the water line and hot water heater. To ME, a shower means soap, otherwise you're just rinsing off dust with a water hose.

What are the "rules", generally speaking, for using it as an actual shower? I know they would vary from campground to national park to BLM land, etc.

If you can't use "soap" then how do all you people get away with washing your RVs anywhere but a certified truck wash?

I know the prurient among you would require something to hide your (gasp) naked bodies (yes, you ARE actually naked under those clothes!) and that "decency" laws require covering genitals in public areas, but what about way out in the boonie by yourself on BLM land somewhere?

I don't really want to reopen the "grey water" debate, I've read some of the past threads :/ But I want to know if I'll be able to reduce my grey tank usage if I get a unit with an exterior shower.
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On one hand you don't want to start a grey water debate , however the only issue with showering in a private area ( where you wouldn't be seen or offend anyone else ) is grey water. I only used mine to wash my hands when needed .
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I don't know if it's against the rules, but I have seen people with the shower tent like enclosures on the water bay side of there campers in state parks in TX. So I assume they use them. There are biodegradable soaps out there. If in campground I would be concerned about water puddling for my neighbors. Out on the boonies I see nothing wrong with it. May want to use environmentally friendly soaps.
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When I had my Hurricane with an outside shower, sometimes after taking a dip in the lake at a state park, I'd wash off using the outside shower while still in bathing suit. I'd also soap up and rinse off.

Out in the boonies I'm sure the squirrels won't mind a free show!
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I've labeled mine "Dog Shower".

That's what it gets used for 90% of the time.

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Be sure to check with the local wildlife to see if they have any problems with you running around naked ! Of course it would be a little hypocritical of them to complain since they are doing it as well! Use environmentally friendly soap, if there really IS such a thing, and move on.
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I use mine for rinses after time on the beach or a quick cool down.

Even then, the silly thing has a lock, so I need to get the key.
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I don't know if it's against the rules, but I have seen people with the shower tent like enclosures on the water bay side of there campers in state parks in TX. So I assume they use them. There are biodegradable soaps out there. If in campground I would be concerned about water puddling for my neighbors. Out on the boonies I see nothing wrong with it. May want to use environmentally friendly soaps.
From what I'm seeing elsewhere on the interwebs, this seems to be pretty common, but rarely do folks differentiate between "washing" (with soap) and "rinsing" (water only), so it's been hard to get a real handle on.

Obviously concern for others is foremost. And a shower curtain is fine, I've seen some pretty cool setups out there. A crowded campground is not the place and probably has water and sewer anyway. I'm really more concerned about rules on government land.

I've seen everything from anecdotes about park rangers telling folks it's fine to take a soapy shower or wash dishes outside all the way to large fines if ANY water escapes your control so I'm sure it's somewhere in the middle.
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Be sure to check with the local wildlife to see if they have any problems with you running around naked ! Of course it would be a little hypocritical of them to complain since they are doing it as well! Use environmentally friendly soap, if there really IS such a thing, and move on.
That's part of it, too, never want to offend the local wildlife

I had a few good laughs when reading some of the "urine in the grey water" debates.... I suppose everyone opposed is donating to the Diapers for Deer Project and they just assume there are large fines being levied against hikers taking a quick break behind the closest oak tree.

There are plenty of harmless surfactants out there and I suppose I should have prefaced my post with the usual statement about doing no harm.... except to the emotionally traumatized raccoons and rabbits
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I had a few good laughs when reading some of the "urine in the grey water" debates.
I do not want to start that debate all over again but I would dare say that those people that get so upset about grey water soaking into the ground for sure have never used an "out-house" in their entire life.

So where do they think that all of this crap ends up, in a bio-hazard dump?

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I do not want to start that debate all over again but I would dare say that those people that get so upset about grey water soaking into the ground for sure have never used an "out-house" in their entire life.

So where do they think that all of this crap ends up, in a bio-hazard dump?

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Or a septic tank. Out here in the corn fields, if it wasn't for my septic tank, drain field and two dry wells I'd up s*it creek

Sorry if that broke the forum rules, but come on.... it's FUNNY
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we use ours to rinse off the kids' sandy or muddy feet prior to going inside and that's about it. While it's not a huge bonus to have it is nice to have on occasion.
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If you're comfortable to be seen/not be seen go right ahead. Make sure the water is draining away from your site and not puddling around your tires and jacks, and of course don't drain the water towards your neighbor.
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