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Message posted by Greg M21/7/2016 at 7:48am
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Just been reading some reviews of a camper who had had trouble with no seat or hooks in a shower block.
I am sure this has been discussed before but to avoid the soaking wet clothes and inconvenience ,we found it helpful to carry an overdoor coat hangar and folding plastic step which can be bought quite cheaply in the local cheap shops.
They don't take up a lot of room but boy do they come in handy.

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Message posted by clbewi21/7/2016 at 9:22am
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Not only a lack of hanging space either, we are away at he moment in North Wales the site is great. My gripe with the showers is they are the push button type ( which in itself is annoying enough ) with no way to control the temperature!

The shower head is fixed on the wall which cannot be adjusted, with holes that are so small it takes an age to get wet or wash the soap off. I do think with a little thought things would be so much better. Add to the fact this is an adult only site, so no kids to go in and leave the showers on! I think it get a better shower under a watering can😆

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Someone recommended to me on here to pop a couple of hooks in your shower bag that suction to the wall. A perfect solution to the hooks, but not for the lack of seat 🙁

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We take a couple of S hooks to hang over top of door or side panel.

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For the push button showers have a look under equipment review on this site for showerfriend. My husband always has his in his washbag. I gave up with mine, it did work but i just couldn't be faffing around with it!!

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Quote: Originally posted by Mummymills on 21/7/2016
Someone recommended to me on here to pop a couple of hooks in your shower bag that suction to the wall. A perfect solution to the hooks, but not for the lack of seat 🙁



Now why didn't I think of that, brilliant, thank you very much!!!!



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Message posted by GCMS201222/7/2016 at 9:52am
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Quote: Originally posted by roni j on 21/7/2016
For the push button showers have a look under equipment review on this site for showerfriend. My husband always has his in his washbag. I gave up with mine, it did work but i just couldn't be faffing around with it!!



Wasn't there a long running thread on here about them a while ago...???



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Message posted by checkley197322/7/2016 at 1:51pm
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thats why we shower in the caravan, most of the shower blocks we have seen are somewhere between grubby to disgusting.

Message posted by Campernic22/7/2016 at 3:03pm
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I've just been to two campsites that had push button showers with no temperature control. The first was Hooks House in Robins Hood Bay and the second at Baysbrown Farm in the Lake District.

Hooks House was a tad on the hot side but just about bearable for me (good enough pressure), I would be cautious about taking a child in. The cubicles were small but adequate and because all internal finishes were plastic clad it was easy to clean and was spotless in all my time there. There was an abundance of hooks. A high windowsill meant I could but the bottles on the sill rather than on the floor.

The stream of water lasted about 20 seconds, a bit annoying but luckily the button was exactly the same height as my head so I just leaned back against it. My 6ft son reported that because the shower height wasn't adjustable he was taller than the shower head and had some difficulty given the lack of space in the cubicle to get down to the same height as the shower rose.

In Baysbrown the cubicles were huge. The walls were plastered render with a glossy paint finish, and the floor was a painted concrete. The doors were checkered plated metal and a single drain with a black plastic vent ran the whole way under a few showers. Quite agricultural but very easy to clean surfaces and again spotless the whole time.

This time the stream of water was a good temperature and pressure, not too hot or cold, but the push button only lasted 10 seconds. That got annoying. Two sets of hooks (4 altogether) on the back of the door. Nowhere to put bottles except the floor.

I carry extra hooks but did not need them on this occasion.

For me a good shower and toilet facility can make or break a site.

The worst I was ever on was a big campsite with lots of showers and toilets in one large room, with a partial wall dividing the shower side from the toilet side, with sinks backing on to the partial wall in the middle. The lack of ventilation meant every surface was dripping in condensation from the showers, even the toilet seat.


Message posted by Greg M22/7/2016 at 7:21pm
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I find it a shame you feel that way checkley1973 as my own experience is British campsites have improved a hell of a lot since the bad old days of take it or leave it, and just give us the money.
I have visited 3 different sites in the past 3 weeks and the shower blocks were all clean and functional, if not the most modern.
That is where this website is so useful, you are able to comment on the facilities that you encounter to warn others.
Hope you have been able to enjoy the recent good weather.

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Message posted by RTS522/7/2016 at 9:09pm
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I've got a bathroom squid that I use for holding bottles in the shower. If you use little travel bottles you can get 4 on there. It will take a couple of normal size ones. It sticks to pretty much any surface, and when you've finished, you can just take it off the wall with the bottles still stuck to it.

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Message posted by Fiona W22/7/2016 at 9:25pm
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Quote: Originally posted by checkley1973 on 22/7/2016
thats why we shower in the caravan, most of the shower blocks we have seen are somewhere between grubby to disgusting.



Can't agree. We find that's the exception not the rule. Club sites, Forestry sites, private owners, most take huge pride in their facilities. But we also don't use the motorhome shower as we have to take the water on board, so it's more of a faff than those external rolls of water that caravans use.

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Message posted by Grandad Kenny22/7/2016 at 10:13pm
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I am convinced that having a normal shower tap uses less water because it is much like being at home, whereas a push button just keeps on getting pushed. I stayed at a lot of Spanish sites over winter, that had normal taps, why in UK do we do the push button ? Site owners?

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Message posted by Campernic22/7/2016 at 10:26pm
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Quote: Originally posted by Grandad Kenny on 22/7/2016
I am convinced that having a normal shower tap uses less water because it is much like being at home, whereas a push button just keeps on getting pushed. I stayed at a lot of Spanish sites over winter, that had normal taps, why in UK do we do the push button ? Site owners?



because one malicious or stupid person will leave it running, and the water meter is ticking. At least that's what I think it is.


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Quote: Originally posted by Campernic on 22/7/2016
Quote: Originally posted by Grandad Kenny on 22/7/2016
I am convinced that having a normal shower tap uses less water because it is much like being at home, whereas a push button just keeps on getting pushed. I stayed at a lot of Spanish sites over winter, that had normal taps, why in UK do we do the push button ? Site owners?



because one malicious or stupid person will leave it running, and the water meter is ticking. At least that's what I think it is.





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In our case it is the way the showers were supplied.... To change them would cost a fortune and a total reconfiguration of the boiler system

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