The weirdest things happen when you live in your RV. Suddenly you begin to appreciate all the little luxuries of a stick house that you previously overlooked. Like showering.
Stick House vs. RV Shower
- In a stick house, you can shower continuously for more than 3 minutes without running out of water.
- In your RV, it’s a good day when you can wash your hair and shave your legs without running out of water.
- In a stick house, you can usually depend on decent water pressure.
- In your RV, water pressure is always a surprise. It can fluctuate from a fast trickle to a fire hose depending on where you’re parked.
As a full-timer, you have to accept some trade offs for this great lifestyle. Showering is at the top of my trade off list. It’s been reduced to a way to wash the grime off – until the day our factory-installed RV shower head broke and we needed a new one.
Why the Oxygenics Shower Head Rocked My World
You know a product is really good when someone is writing about it and they aren’t getting paid by the company. I love this product that much! Here’s why:
This is genuinely a matter of “you get what you pay for.” And coming from a frugal RVer like me, that’s saying something. It costs more than twice as much as standard RV shower heads ($46.99 MSRP) but these benefits make it worth every penny:
These packaging claims are true:
- Reduces shower time with a special spray pattern that make washing and rinsing faster, especially for those with long hair (that’s me!).
- Designed to achieve maximum performance within tank size and pressure limits (my water tank only holds 50 gallons).
- Non-stick internal parts prevent mineral buildup and clogging, even in hard water conditions (we consistently camp in desert areas with hard water).
It’s as close to a residential shower experience as you’ll get.
I though my days of a good, long hot shower were over when we hit the road. But if you’re hooked up to RV utilities, the Oxygenics fools you into thinking you’re showering in a stick house. At full force the spray is nice and hearty. There’s something about the special spray pattern that makes every drop feel huge. As a result, it rinsed my medium-length hair quickly and leaves enough hot water in our heater to let me relax under the spray for a minute or two.
You’ll save water boondocking.
We were only hooked up to utilities for a short time after we bought the Oxygenics. A week or so after installing it, we headed out to buy a new RV solar power system and spent the rest of winter dry camping. I knew that would put its water-saving claims to the test – and it passed with flying colors.
The Oxygenics has a feature that lets you put the shower stream into a “dribble” mode. This enables you to stand underneath a stream of water that’s adequate enough for soaping up and shaving. When you’re ready to rinse, there’s more than enough water saved for a minute or two of quick, full spray.
By the end of our winter dry camping season, Jim and I both agreed that our water supply lasted longer in between dump station runs. The Oxygenics had a lot to do with that. Four months after buying it, we’re both thrilled with this little ‘upgrade’ to our RV bathroom. The Oxygenics lived up to every claim, making us wish we had bought one years ago.
Rene Agredano and her husband, Jim Nelson, became full-time RVers in 2007 and have been touring the country ever since. In her blog, Rene chronicles the ins and outs of the full-timing life and brings readers along to meet the fascinating people and amazing places they visit on the road. Her road trip adventures are chronicled in her blog at LiveWorkDream.com.