I do not have a shower or toilet in my van. I don't know if I would use a shower but I know for certain I would use the toilet. I use my porta potty all the time and find it very easy to use and empty, but it would be nice to have the doors on the bathroom so I wouldn't have to worry that all the curtains are closed. I think what I miss the most is a built in generator. I have purchased a Honda 2000 but now I have to put it on a platform in back and have a box made and welded on so it won't be stolen. If things go as planned I will have a different van when I am able to do more traveling and don't need to use a parking garage at work. If you are mostly doing weekends you should be fine with your porta potty and CG showers.
Kathy with Sparkles and Ellie (the camping dogs)
2002 Pleasureway Traverse
I've found the Roadtrek's 'soft-sided' aisle shower & half-aisle closet toilet to be easy & not at all unpleasant to use for the past three years. Haven't de-winterized the Tiger yet, but the hard-sided BR is definitely a trade-off; more convenient with no set-up or curtains to close, but a lot more cramped, with only marginally more privacy. I'm looking forward to sorting it out, but it ain't going to be a 'transparent' experience .
The only CG shower I've used was on my very first B trip, at an early season, almost-empty state park. 'twas OK (clean enuff, & well-supplied with hot water) but I really wasn't impressed. And I _definitely_ object to getting up and dressed and wandering around in public 1/4 awake to go take a shower... I'll keep taking sea showers in my own BR.
Having at least a porta-pottie would save those long treks to pee in the middle of the night, if nothing else... It'd be fairly easy to rig a shower in a high-top; do a RT-style curtain track around the roof vent, a big shallow plastic storage tray for a drain pan, and an ag pump-up sprayer with hot water from the stove.
Jim, "Manure occureth."
'06 Tiger CX 'C Minus' on a Silverado 2500HD 4x4, 8.1 & Allison (aka 'Loafer's Glory') www.tigervehicles.com
1. Shower - never been used - either inside or outside shower -
we use the campground showers - never had an issue or concern
2. Toilet - we both use it during the night, and my wife during
the day - I enjoy the hike to the camp bathroom during the day
3. Stove - in 60 nights it has been used for one breakfast -
wouldn't miss it if it wasn't there, either - I have a 2 burner
Coleman stove, a Weber b-b-q, and a Cobb Cooker for outside use
PUPTENT - Barry and Wife
2003/02 Pleasure-Way Ford Excel RD V8
Novato, California (SF Bay Area)
I'd agree that the toilet or porta-poty is a must have. Campground showers are typically good enough too, so long as you aren't staying at the worlds cheapest campground. You tend to get what you pay for in campground showers. Most of the time anyways.
I've only been RV'ing for 7 months, but there have been several occaisions where I was very pleased to have a toilet in the rig. Lots of strange food & water as you travel the country. Plus the middle of the night issue.
Use our PW on extended trips over 100 nites a year.
Use toilet in camper - Always (we sure would miss this convenience. This is a must for us).
Use on-board shower - About 10 % of time (but works well. Campground showers take less time since we both have our own shower. Most campground showers are clean enough and only a short walk away).
Use propane stove - Always. Another must for us. (We also use the microwave frequently and its convection feature occasionally).
2003 Pleasure-Way Ford Excel TD Camped the lower 48 states and 9 provinces
Most multiple times and now on the repeat!
it really depends on your intended usage of the class b, we got it for the occasion camping, etc. but primarily for soccer runs on weekends...with that said,
having owned the RT for 12 months coming mid April 2006, we have never used the shower inside, used outside shower hose once to wash the children' hand after apple picking last fall, ...we've used the toilets only because i prefer the children use them than the public toilets in campground, though i have done most of my business in campground facilities...
never did much cooking inside, since we had campground grills, but would say we have fired up the microwave on many occasions to warm up lunch or the baby's milk.