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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Even The Simple Things - Shower Clothes Line

    OK...you caught me...I shower. Regularly even. There is such a thing as conserving too much water! One of the best things about RVs (IMHO) is the ability to take a hot shower anyplace you happen to be camped. I spent a lot of time coming up with the perfect shower head now I aim to enjoy it. Regularly! I even have some fluffy, absorbent bath towels to dry off myself and then the shower enclosure (first I Squeegee!) when I get out. This always leads to the puzzle of how to DRY the towel. Sometimes Outside isn't an option. How about in the shower enclosure itself??? Of course, you aren't limited to towels! Any wet items can be dried this way.

 If this seems like an interesting idea....read on! If not...ask yourself, " Why Not?" I mean, it's the perfect place for drying wet items inside an RV, isn't it?


Why is it perfect? It has a drain, the bathroom vent can be left open to remove humid air. If you have one (I do!) open the window for additional air circulation. Even the skylight's additional "sun warming" will help dry a towel faster. So, how do you get the towel to hang in the middle of the enclosure so it dries more quickly? Remember, more surface area exposed to air equals faster drying. Oh, you'd like to know how? Right. Use a wall mounted retractable clothes line. That's how! If you look online, you can find these for under $15.00 shipped! It's easy to install, takes up no real room in your shower and when retracted, isn't an eye-sore. A win all the way around.

How's it work? In a word, simply! On one side of the shower enclosure is the clothes line, retracted into it's housing. On the other side, a simple "key hole" style holder. Pull the (8 foot!) clothes line out of the housing, across to the holder and insert the end. A slight sliding motion of the end in the holder locks it into place. Then hang up whatever you'd like to dry (Obvious I know! I have a flare for the obvious!) When done, simply slide the line's end out of the holder and retract back into the housing. Beautifully simple and functional. No muss, no fuss.


You could mount this almost anywhere you'd like, I like the enclosure since it's designed to be water-resistant anyway. My shower enclosure isn't all that wide, but I can dry two bath towels in there without any trouble at all. In the warmer months, I usually leave on one or two vent fans in the RV, just leaving the bathroom door open really circulates the air and keeps any "musty" odors from forming.

I've got a really sensitive sense of smell. My old nickname was "K-9" so odors in the RV are especially unpleasant for me!

Easy to install, easy to use, doesn't use much space AND the towels smell nice when they are dry! What's not to love. I'm always on the lookout for simple solutions to any problem. Now if I could only find some kind of robotic mini-maid to clean the RV, inside and out, THAT would be great!

Be Seeing You...Down The Road,

Rich "The Wanderman"
www.thewanderman.com







11 comments:

  1. We put up a removable shower rod to hang both additional clothes and/or wet towels, etc.

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    1. cool....what do you so with the rod when not in use? Or you want to take a quick shower? I am space challenged in my rig, so every little bit helps.

      Rich "The Wanderman"

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    2. We also use a shower pressure rod. It doesn't need to be removed to shower...it's high enough to be out of the way.

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    3. Depends on the height of your shower and the height of the person showering :) I seem to have a lot of tall friends!

      Rich "The Wanderman"

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  2. The $15 product doesn't last. If you'll be keeping the RV a while, spring for the $50 product - all metal - same as you'll find in hotels and cruise ships.

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    1. Good Tip. but mine is all metall...

      Rich "The Wanderman"

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  3. Why not just hang the towels over the shower door? We then turn on the Fantastic fan...they get dry in no time. Simple.

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    1. Wet towels + wooden door is BAD! The Moisture will eventually destroy the finish and the door itself. Not to mention the floor or carpet underneath. And what about power?

      Rich "The Wanderman"

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  4. Rich, how did you screw this in? I have a fiberglass RV and usu. use tape but for heavy wet stuff this won't work. thanks!

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    1. Nicholas,
      There is a bracket that gets glued to the fiberglass stall wall and then 3 screws hold it down. I put some adhesive on the screws as well to make doubly sure of a watertight seal.

      Works great!

      Rich "The Wanderman"

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