How to add an instant bathtub to your shower

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Some people are just plain creative. They see opportunities where others see obstacles (or more likely don’t see anything special at all).

If you have a shower in your RV that doesn’t double as a bathtub and you crave a bath, then here’s a quick, simple way to allow your shower to do double-duty. Simply head out to your nearest big box store and buy a cheap, children’s inflatable swimming pool! This photo is not very good quality (we’re not even sure where we found it), but you get the idea.

Okay, it may not be the biggest bathtub, but in more spacious showers it might be fairly close to the real deal.

This would be really useful for bathing a child. Or heck, you could even keep some live bait in it, too.

Please send your “creative ideas” to Emily at Emily@rvtravel.com

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Dwight
7 months ago

When we were traveling with small children we had a large plastic “bushel basket” type washtub that fit nicely inside the shower. It had handles on the top so it could be picked up and poured out to drain it. It was the perfect size for a small child to take a bath in. It doubled as a tub to give our dog a bath outside as well. We also set our hexagon-shaped fish tank down in it when traveling in case the tank tipped over (which it never did).

Sharon B
7 months ago

That pool bath tub is the best idea yet!

Diana
7 months ago

I travel with my plants. I put them in the shower on the road to protect them and the trailer from spills. The pool might offer better protection from the plants falling over b

Laurie
6 months ago
Reply to  Diana

I do the same. Going to consider this, but im wondering if the clean up will be more work than its worth.

anne
7 months ago

Or even wash chickens or ducks in it if you are traveling to a poultry show

M. Will
7 months ago

A great idea until it develops a leak. And how exactly do you remove the water from it after it is filled? If that thing did leak inside of your RV you’d be basically up the creek!!

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RV Staff (@rvstaff)
7 months ago
Reply to  M. Will

I would think if it developed a leak that the water would go under the pool and down the drain? Also, to empty it maybe just pull up the front side and let the water go over the side in the back corner and down the drain. 😀 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Sink Jaxon
7 months ago
Reply to  RV Staff

Thank you Diane, there’s always one… : /

WEB
7 months ago
Reply to  RV Staff

The bottom plastic would be sealing the shower drain if water was in the pool so you would have to have to have some type of channel for water to flow to the drain. Or as mentioned, stab a hole thru the pool into the drain and duct tape the hole for the next use (only tape the topside).

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RV Staff (@rvstaff)
7 months ago
Reply to  WEB

Yep, that sounds like it would work well, WEB. Then put the tape back on the (dry) hole for the next time. 😀 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Randy Shrimplin
7 months ago

and when done you simply stab the bottom of it with your pocket knife to drain!

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RV Staff (@rvstaff)
7 months ago

Ha ha! I was thinking the same thing, Randy. “Disposable” bathtubs. 😀 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Connie Van Horne
7 months ago
Reply to  RV Staff

Well heck, it’s doable!! Then tape over the slice with a vinyl repair kit.

But I might just step on the side nearest the drain and dry off up top while it empties out and down the drain. Then towel off the rest of my way down standing on deflated pool.

A rounded plastic hook or two inside the shower would help to further de-drip the wet pool. Then sun or air dry outside before folding for reuse again.

I love the idea!! Where there’s a will…THERE’S A WAY.

steve
6 months ago

Thats a $25 one time bath

Ray Leissner
7 months ago

Looks good but its risky. The round plastic kiddy pool is meant to hold water at full extension. When not fully extended the sidewalls must depend on the shower walls for support. Are they strong enough? Maybe but they were not designed for it. Plus plastic is prone to puncture. I would not fill it over the top of the shower doorway. One Oops and you have a major mess.

John M
7 months ago

Looks like a good idea if you have small kids. The only problem I see using a swimming pool like that is most don’t have a drain plug. It looks like it could be a problem draining without making a mess. Maybe it could be easier if you had a siphon hose .

Wayne
7 months ago
Reply to  John M

Perhaps cutting a small opening over the drain in the shower and then cover it with but tape? You would also have to deal the underside also, around the opening, so the shower basin didn’t fill and overflow.

Where there’s a will there’s a way but, I would also agree that it would not be necessary to fill beyond the first ring if you’re just using it for a small child.

Connie Van Horne
7 months ago
Reply to  Wayne

Dry off while standing on the side nearest your shower drain. It drains, you dry, then you dry it for another use.