By Chuck Woodbury
Once upon a time, back when I had a small RV with a small holding tank, I would take my showers in public restrooms. As you may know yourself, they are not all created equal. For example, some are in unheated rooms. And some shower heads project more of a straight stream than a spray.
In my RVing life I have had a few bad shower experiences. Here is an example of one type.
It begins on a very cold morning when you head off to the restroom, hoping, of course, for a hot, soothing shower. When you get to the restroom (often called a comfort station in government campgrounds — for some odd reason) — it’s as cold as outside, so you race to undress so the water can warm you before you freeze to death. Once undressed, now shivering, you turn on the water. As you wait for it to warm you notice that your feet are turning blue on the icy concrete.
Alas, after a minute, the water is still freezing cold and your teeth are chattering and you suddenly realize, with some degree of horror, that you have entered the Twilight Zone of showering: The hot water doesn’t work, never will, and there you are naked as a jaybird (why are jaybirds always naked?), freezing your fanny off and maybe 15 minutes away from death by hypothermia!
So you dress as fast as humanly possible, race to your RV in a foul mood, and are forced into an unsatisfying sponge bath (or something similar).
The moral of this story, which I learned after a few experiences like this, is to turn on the hot water before you undress to be sure it gets hot, and that the water sprays wider than two square inches. If it’s a pay shower and you need to waste a quarter to see if the water heats, then waste it — it’s worth it.