Dorm Life 2.0

I remember walking down the halls of my dormitory, carrying my towel and basket of toiletries, my shower sandals flip-flopping on the ground, passing hoards of girls on the way to the bathroom.  I remember how weird it was the first time I had to shower there, pulling the curtain shut carefully so I didn’t leave a crack.  Eventually, it was something most of us got used to and comfortable to the point of just walking down the hallways in a towel.

After moving out of that situation, into my own apartment and eventually house, I never thought I would need to experience anything like that again (aside from at the gym).  How wrong that thought was.  Our RV has a shower.  Actually, a decent shower considering our small space and compared to other RV showers.  However, we are currently using it as a greenhouse for our plants so the cats won’t eat them.  The plants are enjoying it and seem to be thriving but that leaves us with two options: move everything out to shower or use the showers at our campgrounds.

Our shower greenhouse
Our shower greenhouse

Since we have a limited supply of water and our holding tanks fill up rather quickly, we have opted for showering at the campgrounds because it is included in the site fees and doesn’t force us to dump our tanks as often.  RV living takes water conservation to a whole new level.  You know like at those hotels that advertise reusing your towel to conserve water?  We have to think about that with everything that we do (dishes, showers, toilet, etc.).  But I digress…

My point actually is that this incredible lack of space, the close quarters with roommates, and public showers have all made me think about dorm life again.  I’m not sure it’s with fondness either.  But that’s all a part of the adventure!  Breaking out the shower sandals again and toting our basket of toiletries, we now march with confidence towards our shower houses.

Shower at the more expensive campground. A woman came to clean them Monday-Friday
The water pressure was awesome, consistent heat, and the water would stay on for more than a minute at a time!
Shower at the secluded campground--hot water not always available! Water was a timed, push-button that would go off after a minute.
Shower at a typical state park campground.  The water pressure and heat are inconsistent and uses a push-button for water that only stays on for 45 seconds.

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