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Old 01-01-2015, 04:07 PM   #1
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Places to shower?

When boon docking and doing wash cloth cleanup or navy showers, the time comes that a good full hot shower and cleanup are desired.

What are the options?

Showers at a truck stop? Assume there are fees and protocols?

Other public shower locations? How to find them?

Thanks!
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After a couple of days boon docking, we stop at a full hook up campground and take showers in our RV without worrying about water or grey tank capacities since we're hooked up. You could use the showers at a truck stop, there is a fee. You could also search for a youth hostel, they offer showers for a fee. While back packing in Yellowstone a couple of days, I confess I used the showers at one of the cabin areas. Not legal, but it felt good!
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It depends on where your at. A couple years ago was in Oakanogan Wa. and they had public showers at the city park. They were not very clean but was only couple Quarters.


A lot of RV parks will also have showers, and you can usually for a small fee use them.
Most of the Truck Stops like Love's and Pilot charge 10 to 12 per person.


Here in Quartzsite you have a few options. Main Street Laundry and Showers,7.00 ea. Use your shower in your RV and then pay a few bucks to empty.


A buddy of mine will go to a State Park and shower early AM before Staff arrives.
All kinds of choices. Happy New Year and Happy Camping.
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In some of the more popular Boondock areas there are public showers, For eample Quartsite, the laundromat has them.

Truck stops, epically the "Truck Plaza" types (Flying-J, TA)

And even if you are not staying at a full service campground, Often they will rent you a shower site,, (Basically one hour site rental) have done that once.... Decided I will not be staying at that campground (did not like management attitude) so moved 3 miles up the road for the long stay but for the time, it was useful.

In the last case I rented a full hook up site for an hour,, they charged me like 10 bucks, Dump, Fill, Shower and shave, and back to the boondock site I was using that week.
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You could check how much Health clubs charge. We boat in Elizabeth City and the local health club charges $5.00 for a shower.
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I have found showers at truck stops, laundromats, campgrounds, YMCA, Community Swimming pools, GYM's & Health Clubs, State and National Parks to name a few.

Nothing comes free though unless you have a bar of soap and a nearby lake or stream.

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Bathing in lakes or streams is heavily frowned on by the outdoor community. You could get a lot of flack including some of the legal kind for getting caught doing it.
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In addition to the places listed above, hiker hostels usually charge a small fee just to use their shower.
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Lots of good ideas above but I am curious about the length of your stay. My wife and I boondock for up to 6 days at a time and we each have showers every morning. Of course we kill the water while we suds up but we get a complete shower each day and never have any capacity issues and are as clean as we get at home after each.

Are you referring to just the need to soak and relax some achy muscles or are you running into capacity issues for fresh water and storage of grey?

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Lots of good ideas above but I am curious about the length of your stay. My wife and I boondock for up to 6 days at a time and we each have showers every morning. Of course we kill the water while we suds up but we get a complete shower each day and never have any capacity issues and are as clean as we get at home after each.

Are you referring to just the need to soak and relax some achy muscles or are you running into capacity issues for fresh water and storage of grey?

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Usually a want when we are out for a week or more. You describe what I refer to as a navy shower (suds up, killing the water, etc.). Grey tank capacity issue usually occurs before the end of a week. We do various conservation measures of course.
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Well you have to eventually dump the tanks anyway. I just find a reasonable CG with full hookups, dump everything and take a nice long shower(s). Then when we leave we are all set for another round of days where we don't need hookups if we don't find them in a place we like. I personally don't like to use public showers/restroom ect unless it's an emergency. And if you have to pay for a shower facility for two people you might as well pay a few more dollars and get everything fully recharged. Just my opinion, and it works for us.
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Nothing comes free though unless you have a bar of soap and a nearby lake or stream.

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I believe you can get back packing soap that is biodegradable and approved for lakes and streams.
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I believe you can get back packing soap that is biodegradable and approved for lakes and streams.
Yes you can, but unfortunately I've never found any that floats like good old Ivory soap. The fact that it floats was one of the reasons it was so popular - you wouldn't lose it bathing in a river or lake.

It's property to float was an accident when a P & G worker left a batch churning so long air was whipped into it. P & G recognized that air introduction not only made it float but also they could make more bars from the same amount of soap.

For the hardcore boon dockers that want a way to get rid of black and grey liquid waste see if any Thermasan systems are still available. The system took your waste water and injected it into your hot exhaust to 'burn' the waste and expel it out the tailpipe.

http://www.bdub.net/manuals/Thermasan-Flyer-2.pdf
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Soap is only part of the problem. Body residue is a worse contaminant. That is why the accepted backpacking method is to get a pot or bucket of water out of the lake or stream then bath 100 yards or more back from the shore. The biodegradable low suds soap is then broken down by the time it leaches into the waterway. Ditto body waste.

FWIW figure any place one is likely to go in a MH one can also get a patrol car to. Most outdoor folks will have no sympathy over the ticket.
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