Saturday, September 23, 2023


Keeping your powder – er, paper – dry in a wet bath

By Russ and Tiña De Maris
Our first big RV, when we moved away from a teeny-tiny truck camper, was an even bigger truck camper. Just what the dear-heart wanted: An air conditioner and a bathroom! No more porta-potty blues for her, no sir! But the big old camper had a big-old bathroom problem: Wet bath.

Yes, some RVs have a bathroom situated in such a way that you can sit on the pot and take a shower at the self-same time. For some, that’s a mighty convenient thing, especially for those of us with bad knees or sore feet. But it does tend to create one unintended consequence. How do you keep those bathroom roll goods from turning into a pulpy mess, and useless for their intended purpose?

We’ve heard several ideas to try and resolve the soaking-toilet-roll issue. Some say, “Just stick the toilet paper outside the bathroom when you take your shower, and put it back inside when you’re done.” Now, admittedly that simple solution ought to do the trick. But I’ve found that along with bad knees and sore feet, sometimes comes a little disconnect in the upstairs department, too. Mister, it’s called, “Got to REMEMBER to put the TP outside.”

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Others said they didn’t have any trouble in that way; they simply put the TP roller just outside the bathroom door and left those roll-goods there permanent-like. Uh uh. You’ve never lived with “Mrs. Fastidious,” or her mother, the one who said proudly that after decades of marriage, her husband had never seen her unclothed.

Other suggestions include the illustrious use of clever TP roll covers. Gallon freezer bags as an example. Or coffee cans. One backpacker noted, “Coffee cans are wonderful for keeping your important papers dry and ready for use under any outdoors weather condition. And they come in two flavors, European Roast and Gourmet Supreme … er, I mean metal cans and plastic cans. The nice thing about the plastic Folgers can is the built-in handle for easy carrying.”

We never did resolve the problem suitably. We just got a new rig with a dry bath.

Do you have tips to keep the paper dry other than buying a new rig? Please leave a comment below.


Russ and Tiña De Maris
Russ and Tiña De Maris
Russ and Tiña went from childhood tent camping to RVing in the 1980s when the ground got too hard. They've been tutored in the ways of RVing (and RV repair) by a series of rigs, from truck campers, to a fifth-wheel, and several travel trailers. In addition to writing scores of articles on RVing topics, they've also taught college classes for folks new to RVing. They authored the book, RV Boondocking Basics.


  1. We have the same TP cover that seals in our inTech Sol Horizon wet bath and never have any problems.
    My previous camping mode had the TP roll flattened and in a Ziploc bag; of course there was a little orange shovel that went with that!

  2. I have owned my Casita for 14 years and use the wet bath regularly. Not only can I shower and potty at the same time, but I can brush my teeth as well! Major time saver! I used to just move the TP out at shower time, and I have used the red Folgers can, but about four years ago we bought a marine toilet paper holder that mounts to the wall and has a cover that rolls over the TP. Love it! At the same time, we mounted a plastic sanitary napkin dispenser to use as a trash can so now I don’t have to move the trash out when I shower. Both were two of the most helpful mods we’ve done.

  3. 3years with a wet bath and never used it. The {bleeped} that designed it should be shot and the {bleeped} that bought it ( me) should have his head examined. Just no room. You can’t bend over,you can hardly stand sideways. How do you try something like that. Guess thats what motels are for.

    • Our Lance 11.7 foot with wet bath presents no problems for us and we full time it! Plus the entire bathroom gets a thorough cleaning every time we shower. Lance has the tp roller cleverly attached to the inside of a water resistant cabinet door within easy reach of the pot.


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