How to Install an Outside Shower on an RV

Outdoor showers are great space savers for recreational vehicles.
Stay comfortable on the road with an outdoor shower.Stay comfortable on the road with an outdoor shower.
Using the shower outside also keeps dirt and debris from being tracked inside the RV. Outdoor showers don’t mean showering without privacy. Many designs have a simple loop at the top for attaching a curtain that will slide all the way around. Installing an outside shower is just a matter of tapping into the water lines and mounting the shower in a convenient place outside of the RV.

Step 1

Determine the type of shower you will install. Standard RV showers are mounted flush with the exterior of the RV and have a hose with a handheld sprayer attached. Look behind the wall where you plan to mount the shower and measure to assure there is enough room to install the unit.

Step 2

Drain the water out of the plumbing system in the RV. Locate the hot and cold water pipes. Find a place in the line that allows enough space to cut the pipe and insert a T coupling. Analyze the route you will take from that location to the shower location.

Step 3

Cut the pipe and insert the T couplings. Attach PEX pipe to the T coupling and route it to the shower location. Place clamps along the way to hold the pipe securely in place.

Step 4

Mount the shower at the desired location according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Flush mounted showers require a large hole to be cut into the RV but other types can be installed by drilling holes for the pipes only.

Things You Will Need

  • Tape measure
  • PEX water lines
  • Pipe cutter
  • T coupling
  • Shower unit
  • Pipe clamps
  • Drill
  • Screwdrivers
  • Reciprocating saw

About the Author

Ed English began his writing career with his first book titled "SCUBA Diving A Newcomer's Point of View" published in 2005. English has owned businesses for over 25 years; he holds several certifications from the National Cable Television Institute, Professional Association of Diving Instructors, American Sailing Association and a Home Inspector Certification.