Looking into getting a shower for your RV, but not too sure where to start? This article is just for you!
Today, we’re going to address some of the most frequently asked questions related to RV shower heads. This material will help you make well-informed choices when it comes to upgrading, maintaining and repairing your RV shower. Let’s get started!
How to get more pressure in RV shower?
Many people seem to be facing a problem of low water pressure in their RV shower head.
As “low pressure” is a relative term, we feel the need to define it to keep on the safe side. The thing is, most manufacturers recommend not to exceed 50-60 psi of water pressure in the RV. This is because if the water pressure is higher, pipes may burst, causing damage to your RV.
Now that we’ve defined the water pressure we wouldn’t want you to exceed, let’s look into some possible reasons of low pressure. Perhaps, the water pressure as such is not a problem, but the flow is. And if you’re experiencing a flow problem, it’s possible to fox it without increasing the pressure!
First, have a look at the water fixtures. To do this, you will need to unscrew your RV shower head and find a water flow restrictor. When you found one – remove it, this should fix the problem.
If this doesn’t work, check what kind of RV water filter you’re using. The smaller the filtering surface, the less flow you will get – so you may need to install a larger water filter to increase the flow, hence perceived pressure.
Another way around the problem is to replace your RV water pressure regulator. Of course, some camp grounds regulate their water pressure, in which case a regulator is pointless. If, however, it doesn’t apply to the campground you’re staying at, a pressure regulator is a godsend. Replacing an old water pressure regulator may solve your problem. Many users also forget that the regulator itself ca get plugged up, in which case a simple swap out will solve the issue.
Also, check the hose that connects your RV to the water supply – if it’s damaged or kinked, water pressure in your RV shower will be much lower than it should be.
How to fix a crack in RV shower?
Fixing cracked RV showers may seem like a huge pain…and generally, it is.
In most cases, you will eventually need to order a new shower tub from an RV service centre. Needless to say, this is a lengthy and expensive process, which may very well cost you several weeks and more than a few hundred dollars. If only a reliable quick fix existed to keep pushing (and showering!) for a bit longer…
Good news: there is a trick in our sleeve. All you need is a bit of patience and a good quality adhesive tape product – we recommend Eternabond or something similar. It’s not terribly expensive, so you may want to stay on the safe side and grab a branded product, as according to the manufacturer, it’s intended purpose is literally to “stop virtually any leak or water proof any surface in minutes.” However, we’re not advertising anything here, and if someone you know suggests something similar that they’ve already used, and cheaper – go for it.
So, you’ve acquired some magic tape – congratulations! Now you just need to follow a couple of really simple steps.
First, thoroughly clean the surface around the crack. Don’t forgo this step, as it’s crucial to remove residue oils and soap from the site. Wipe the dry area, then rub it with some alcohol. Let dry – in the meantime, you can prepare your anti-leak tape.
Cut your tape to size using heavy scissors. You will need to cover some space around the crack too, so be generous. Round off the corners to protect them from peeling up over time.
Warm the anti-leak tape gently with your fingers, remove the release liner and carefully place the tape over the crack. Be careful, as once this stuff sticks, it will be very problematic to remove and reapply – you will likely need to start over. All you need to do now is firmly press the tape over the crack. Voila – you can shower straight away!
How to unclog RV shower drain?
Clogged drains are extremely frustrating! Luckily, we have a step-by-step solution for you. Remember though – RV plumbing is significantly more fragile than those at home, so exercise extreme caution when performing the procedures. If unsure, it’s always better to ask for professional help.
Still keen to try a DIY approach? Ok, you’ll need:
- Sink plunger
- Enzyme based RV drain opener
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1 cup white vinegar
- Wire coat hanger
- Hand auger
Acquired everything? Let’s get started:
- First, if your grey water tank is full, shower will not drain – so check it before proceeding
- Plunge a shower filled with sitting water using a sink plunger. If in 15 minutes your attempts are still unsuccessful, try a different method.
- Try using an RV enzyme-based drain opened, or make a DIY version by mixing soda and vinegar. Let the drain open to sit overnight – don’t rush! Plunge again for 15 minutes if there is still a clog
- Use coat hanger to remove any large visible clogs
- Your last resort is to use a hand auger – it’s a drain opening tool available from plumbing sections of home improvement stores. Refer to the manufacturer’s manual.
And there you have it – some of the common RV shower FAQs answered! Hope you found this material helpful, and enjoy your showers on the go!