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A couple of pictures of the shower build in progress.

The first picture shows the two shelves down in normal position. Second picture shows them pivoted up against the back wall when portapotti is used. The bottom shelf will have two storage bins on it and the top shelf is at sink counter height to add to counter space. Shelves are removed when showering. The front stops and the back "hinges" are made from 3/8" rubber to prevent rattling. The portapotti is sitting on a wood box which will be replaced with a 14 ga. SS tank which will be the 5 gallon shower water tank. The top is sloped toward the fabricated SS shower pan that will be installed to the left of the portapotti. Shelves are also temporary and will be replaced with aluminum angles with a Corian shelf insert. Portapotti has SS clips on the bottom to attach it to the top of the wood blocks that are bolted to the top of the tank.
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YouTube is a great source of info a campervan build. Here's one:
Also, Google 'campervan shower' (or whathaveyou), select 'images,' select one that looks interesting and follow the link/thread provided therein via 'Visit page.' Good chance you'll end up in the U.K.
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I have the 130 WB medium roof. It's high enough for me to stand up in. It's a Sportsmobile build with a 2.5 gal electric hot water tank, a 20 gal water tank, and a shower hose in the back. There are small bar braces in the ceiling. I haven't tried it yet, but I plan to set up a shower curtain (two curtains actually) and stand in a basin. I could also open the back doors and shower outside.
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I have to post my opinion, which always the best opinion, imho:

A van is just too small a space to have a dedicated shower and toilet, AND sink, and all the tanks and pumps associated. Especially if they are only used occasionally. And to add to the misery index, trying to travel and sleep with more than 2 people in such a van. And then try to squeeze in a 4 burner stove! It's worse than every prison cell in the country.

I know it's a popular layout for some reason, maybe because it's become so common, or because people want to mimic an actual house because they cannot conceive of functioning differently. I like the multi-use concept, there's no reason why the shower stall couldn't also be a closet, tossing everything out to take that once every few days shower. Maybe have it set up so the water runs onto the ground; only using biodegradable soap/shampoo. Portable toilet, or even better and more expensive, a composting toilet. BLAMMO! No need for a black water tank and all their issues!

As for water and hot water, any 5 gallon bucket will do, but there are some better shapes and sizes. One of those portable Coleman hot water on demand systems for the shower, which runs off a 1lb propane tank and has a built in pump. One cool thing about that is you can take it out of the van and use it in a shower tent if you want, it's not built-in or wired to the van.

My uses are different than your uses, I am seldom in a position where I wish I had a full bathroom in my van, everywhere I camp there are either bathrooms or it's so remote my cat-holes would never infringe on anything. For showers, I have a RoadShower and I put a shower curtain on a bar between my open rear doors and shower on the ground. Haven't set it up yet in the Transit, but it got a lot of use in the Sprinter. Note, I really like the roadshower, I'm planning on making a semi-permanent mount for it on top of the Transit. Being able to pressurize it with a bike pump is a great concept. If I trusted the fittings more I would mount it vertically inside the rear door. It has plastic fittings in some places, which I'll replace with brass.

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Couldn't agree more with the above. We have found that spare "living" space makes travel less stressful. If one is too boxed in by fixtures there is suddenly no room for the books, spare jackets, dog food, box of pastries from the bakery, favourite hat(s), biking shoes, bedding, iPads, the 6 pack of guiness nitro IPA you just had to buy but can't get in the fridge yet, and countless other things two people seem to need access to at any moment on the road. And if getting at some of this stuff means lifting the mattress and digging it out, that gets old.


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I fully concur with those, like Orton, who believe a shower takes up a lot of space., In fact, we've lost 4.5' from the back of our van for our bathroom configuration. And we don't have the extended version, just the medium height 148" wb. When the Murphy-style, full size bed is down there is virtually no floor space left. Then again, when the bed is down we're sleeping, so who needs the floor space? When the bed is up we regain a significant amount of that cabin space which can also be used for the table and seating.

On the other hand, to use the toilet or shower we open the door and step inside. There is no need to move shelf A to position B and rotate 63 degrees clockwise. Nor do we cart sewage to a staging point. And although the composting toilets probably work great, the thought of one inside a van just turns us off completely. (Don't you still have to separate waste before it goes into the unit?) We have purchased a (not-yet-installed) dry flush toilet.

Then again, although we have a sink and refrigerator, there is no stove. This is not a problem for us, as my wife has frequently noted, "We're not cooking, that's why there are restaurants all over the country." We're not interested in 'stealth' or 'boondogging.' Just comfortable traveling.

So it really is just a matter of each person's priorities. Our priorities are a clean bed and a clean bathroom - with shower -wherever we travel.
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I think a sauna would be a great addition. Just the thing after a day on the slopes!

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I think a sauna would be a great addition. Just the thing after a day on the slopes!
That's easy if you've insulated well, just don't put your window covers on and you'll wake up in a sauna.
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YouTube is a great source of info a campervan build. Here's one:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PyynYuQAgMw
Also, Google 'campervan shower' (or whathaveyou), select 'images,' select one that looks interesting and follow the link/thread provided therein via 'Visit page.' Good chance you'll end up in the U.K.
I like this idea. It doesn't mean that you are giving up a lot of space for a bathroom. It makes for more flexible storage. A utility room with easy access or a closet for hanging clothes, shoes, boots and coats. A place to hang winter coveralls. It also allows for an open floor plan up front. A LWB would end up having the same floor space as a RB plus a garage.
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Hey ORton,

Great build site and pictures. Really love the attention to detail. I really like the way this table folds out when the door is open. That's a nice easy way of moving the kitchen outside when camping.

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