Bathroom Features in Recreational Vehicles

Recreational Vehicles Offer Space Saving Bathroom Features

The bathroom in your RV may be small, but it is one of the most important features to consider when choosing a recreational vehicle for your personal use. Most RVs have fully functional bathrooms that can be used while hooked into a septic on a campground's system, or by using a water holding tank that is onboard the RV. If you want a comfortable vacation experience, you will need to look for some basic bathroom features that make your RV more like home.

Features Available

RV bathrooms are typically much smaller than those you find in homes but offer many of the same luxuries. If you are camping in a campground, you may be able to hook your holding tanks directly up to the water supply and sewer provided by your campground. You will find that the design of your motor home affects the size of the bathroom significantly. Some RVs offer nearly full sized bathtubs and showers, while others offer a mini tub and toilet combination.

The hot water heater is an important feature of your bathroom. If you will be using your RV in campgrounds with electric hookups, you may want to opt for an RV with an electric hot water heater. Propane or gas powered hot water heaters are also available but require a constant supply of fuel to work. Remember that your hot water heater will be much smaller in an RV, with most standard sizes being around ten gallons in travel trailers. You may be able to upgrade to a tankless hot water heater, which heats water instantly to provided unlimited amounts, or a larger sized water heater if you find that you run out of hot water too quickly.

Care and Maintenance

Most larger sized RVs and travel trailers have a basic bathroom that includes a toilet, a sink and a shower or bath area. You will need to know how to care for the RVs holding tanks before leaving home. In general, there are two types of wastewater produced in your recreational vehicle. Black water is water from the toilet and grey water comes from sinks and the shower. Your black water holding tank is dumped into a separate sanitary station than your grey water.

You will need to dump your wastewater at an approved sanitary station regularly to keep your systems running smoothly. Most experts also recommend flushing your holding tanks out on a regular basis by using separate hoses for grey and black water holding tanks. You may also want to use special chemicals that are added to RV holding tanks to reduce odor and help control bacteria. Additionally, you will want to avoid using your black water hoses for any other holding tank to ensure your RV is safe and clean. Upkeep and maintenance is fairly simple once you learn the basics of emptying and flushing your holding tanks.