There is nothing better than getting away from the hustle of everyday life. One great way to do that is to go to an RV park!
One of your concerns might be whether or not you will be able to take a shower, which can concern a lot of people who don’t have a shower installed in their RV already.
So, do RV Parks have showers?
Yes! One great thing about staying at an RV park is that they do have showers on-site for both RV and non-RV camping! You don’t have to worry about installing a shower of your own at most sites. You can have all the comfort of home in the great outdoors!
We’ve compiled a lot of information on the subject, so take a look!
Do All KOA Campgrounds Have Showers?
Kampgrounds of America (KOA) campgrounds are the world’s largest network of privately held campgrounds and include almost 500 locations spread out across both the United States and Canada.
KOA campgrounds each have features that make them a unique camping experience, even if you have been to previous locations owned by the same company.
All of the KOA campgrounds do have some features that are consistent no matter what location you are at. These include:
- Pull through sites for RV’s
- Clean bathrooms with hot water and showers
- Washers and Dryers
- General Store with convenience items as well as camping supplies
- Pet-Friendly policies
This means that no matter what KOA campground you decide to camp at, you will have a shower available to you.
These showers and bathrooms will be within walking distance from your campsite. You can also expect hot water in these facilities so you can wash off after a long day of outdoor activities.
These showers are also cleaned regularly so that you know you will be getting a nice and clean experience when you choose to utilize this feature.
There is no charge for these amenities at a KOA campground.
If you prefer to shower in your RV instead of a public shower, most campsites offer full hookups to make your stay more convenient. These hook-ups will provide your RV with electricity, water, and even a sewage system.
Having your RV hooked up can allow you the privacy to shower in your own personal space that you know has been maintained, and what’s even better is there shouldn’t be a line!
How Much Does it Cost to Shower at a Campground?
Showering at campgrounds can cost money, but this is not always the case. Most of the time, if you pay to stay at the campsite, showering and other hookups are built into the fees.
Campsites can charge you to shower if you are not staying there. This often is a small fee but can be highly beneficial if you are traveling on the road and you need to shower.
If your campground does charge you extra to shower, you will likely be looking at a few dollars per shower. This could be between $2 and $10 dollars, which is very reasonable.
Can I Expect Hot Water at Campgrounds?
You will want to expect warm or hot water when you are showering at a campground. However, this can vary depending on a few factors.
In my experience, you can expect the water to lose temperature with all showers running at once. But it is unlikely that you will be forced to take a cold shower.
Make sure that when you do try to take a shower, you go prepared. Even though most campgrounds are equipped with hot water showers, you don’t know for how long your water will be hot. You will want to make sure you have your soap and shampoo handy when you are in the shower so that you can be quick and efficient.
Most RVs come equipped with a hot water heater that can provide hot water for you to take showers and do dishes. This can be essential when it comes to taking care of being clean for you and your family.
If you plan to take a shower in your RV, you will want to make sure you have a full water hookup or you take a quick shower.
If you do not have a water hookup, campers and other types of recreational vehicles can run off of a water tank. Most water tanks can empty quickly at a gallon or more per minute. This means you will want to take a very fast shower, or else you will risk using all of your supplies that you will need to run the toilets and sinks for dishes.
If you have a water hookup, you will most likely not want to run the water for very long, depending on your RV’s water heater setup, to make sure you do not end up with a cold shower.
Portable showers are also an option if you are camping in a place where there are no hookups or public restrooms.
Portable showers can be very beneficial if you plan to partake in a more “off-grid” camping experience. There are also multiple types of portable showers that can fit the needs of any camper.
Some types of portable showers include solar showers, portable showers, gravity showers, and even portable showers that feature a water heater.
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One thing that you need to keep in consideration when picking your portable shower is the size, weight, and capacity.
If you plan to transfer your shower by RV, camper, or car you will want to look at a shower with a higher capacity instead of portability so that you can take longer showers.
If you plan to take a shower system with you for activities like backpacking or hiking, you will want to place a higher focus on a smaller size and weight.
How Often do RV Campers Shower?
Showering can be the last thing on your mind while you are out camping and having fun. However, after a few days, everyone can’t wait to take a nice long shower and rinse off all the dirt and grime.
Generally, how often campers shower can depend on what types of activities they partake in while camping.
I myself find more of a need to shower if I am in a place where I do not do a lot of swimming or water activities. While swimming or participating in other activities, like boating, you generally feel cleaner and less in need of a shower. If you are in an area that has a lot of dirt – such as dirt biking, off-roading or hiking – you’ll want that shower more than ever!
I have also gone on ATV trips that do not feature any water sports. In these instances, I feel the need to shower more often because I feel like I have more dirt, mud, and grime on me and my clothes.
The length of a trip can also determine how often you need to shower. Most campers will not worry about showering during their trip if they are only away for the weekend. A short trip like this can be done without a shower in most instances.
If you are camping for a week or more, you will want to make sure that you have a shower available to you or you could get uncomfortable. There is nothing that can ruin a trip quite like feeling dirty.
How to Stay Clean While Camping:
If you do not have a dependable shower while out camping there are other ways that you can maintain your cleanliness and comfort.
There are a few things that you can do besides showering that can keep you clean. These things include:
- Have more than one outfit and alternate wearing them.
- Rinse off in lakes or other bodies of water. You can also use soap while in the lake, just make sure it is biodegradable.
- Utilize baby wipes or other cleaning wipes that can help you clean off your hands or other spots.
- Use hand sanitizer after you use the bathroom and before you plan to eat food.
- Use dry shampoo on your hair to help keep it from getting too greasy.
- Make sure you keep up on your dental hygiene while camping.
- Keep clean with deodorant and other hygiene products.
With these options, you can also utilize a portable shower option.
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Staying clean while camping can increase your comfort levels and your hygiene levels. Staying clean is not only a comfort issue but can help you to stay healthy during the duration of your trip.
I don’t know about you, but I really like to be clean before I climb into the bed that I intend to sleep in.
Showering when you are on a camping trip can be a great way to stay clean and fresh while still enjoying your outdoor activities.
Even though you might not feel the need to shower every day, showering is still a great thing to have while you are out, and is often taken for granted in our day to day lives.
I know, I myself, have had camping trips where I get really muddy or dirty from the outdoor hikes and ATV rides, and on days like this, it can be nice to go to bed clean after a hot shower.
You can also stay clean and healthy if you utilize the other quick methods to ensure you are clean and healthy.
Make sure if you intend to stay at a campsite, you know what type of shower situation you are walking into. Most campsites will let you know what is available when you make the reservation, so you should be able to plan accordingly.
Shelby Sullivan is our specialist when it comes to pontoon boats and recreational watercraft. She is often found sailing the freshwater lakes of Michigan. She is also a light-traveler who enjoys camping and traveling the world. Read more about Shelby here.