Being a Full Time Airstreamer since 2006 I’ve noticed an interesting phenomena with other RV’ers that I just don’t understand. About half of the RV’ers I’ve met don’t use their RV Bathroom!
Full timing this long, I do use the bathroom and shower in the Airstream. I have since I first started traveling with the Airstream. But I’ve observed other RV’ers always heading off to the public showers and restrooms at the parks I visit. I’ve even talked about it with other travelers, and I’ve never gotten a consistent answer.
One set of friends use their restroom as an additional storage area. The extra gear that has no where else to fit travels around in their shower. And if you’re putting a bunch of stuff in your shower area, you’re most likely going to want to keep it dry (so don’t use the shower). So I get that, and as they use their RV recreationally for only a few days at a time I could see opting for the public facilities. But what about the rest of the folks I observe every day? What is it they don’t like about their RV Bathroom???
Thinking about my own RV, I would like some more storage space. But I’d also prefer to shower in my nice clean shower, and not to use shared showers offered at many of the parks I’ve visited. There have been a few times over the years where my water intake has frozen (super cold weather nights), and I’ve been forced to use a park’s facilities. Showering in my sandals isn’t my idea of a good time, and standing in a chilly public shower during the middle of the winter is even less of a good time.
I will say this. The Airstream bathroom is SMALL. I wish for a larger shower every time I’m in there. And often it feels smaller than an airplane bathroom. But I still favor using my own facilities above park offered facilities. And I’m always wondering, why don’t the folks in the next lot over use their own restroom???