The Motor home
The Motor home
It’s strange the things my wife and I disagree about when choosing a campsite and showers s one of them. My wife has a massive thing about campsites that charge extra for showers, and prefer to choose campsites where there are “free” showers, i.e. the cost of a shower is included in the fixed nightly cost.
I have to say that I am in two minds about paying for showers. If the showers are reasonably priced and last for a reasonable amount of time I have no problem with paying for showers at all. I have been to a few campsites where the showers cost 20p – 40p for 4 – 5 minutes, which I think is about right.
On the other hand I have stayed at one particular campsite where the shower cost £1.20 and lasted 12 minutes, which I was not impressed with. When the campsite owner explained the shower system to us (we were not aware of it before we went to the campsite – we just turned up) I made a comment about both the cost (which I thought was way too high) and the duration (which I thought was way too long). I don’t need to be in the shower for 12 minutes, and I don’t want to be in a shower for 12 minutes however that was all that was available. You basically put your money in the machine, the shower started and 12 minutes later it stopped. What a joke!
The campsite owner tried to justify the cost and the duration by saying the shower cubicles are designed for two, so basically the wife and I were to go to the shower at the same time. The shower cubicle wasn’t big enough for two so we effectively shared the cost and shared the 12 minute shower. This is good in theory but in practice it simply doesn’t work……………………..
Firstly, my wife and I want a shower when we want and the times don’t always coincide. For example, I like to do a spot of fishing when I go away and I think it is pointless getting up, having a shower and then spend a few hours fishing. Sitting out in the sun and sweating, getting covered in stinky bait, getting covered in even stinkier fish slime etc. means I need a clean up after a fishing session so I generally forgo the morning wake up shower and have a clean-up and get fresh shower instead. My wife doesn’t fish, and she always has a wake up shower.
There are times when I fancy multiple showers (for whatever reason) but my wife only wants one. Similarly, there are times when my wife wants multiple showers and I only feel the need for one. I should point out there are times when we both have multiple showers.
Another issue we had with this arrangement is, whilst we obviously don’t mind showering together, there are times when you just want to be alone, I mean you do live in each other’s pockets when you have camping holidays, and having a s**t, shave and shower is the perfect opportunity for some alone time. My wife also shares this view.
Another problem I had with the shower arrangement was shaving. The shower cubicle comprised the toilet and wash basin as well, and using the shaving mirror when my wife was in the shower was impossible. The only thing I could do was shave before turning the shower on but then my wife would be sat around doing nothing – and no woman is happy doing that.
Because of our showering habits both using the shower in one sitting simply wasn’t feasible and the showers ended up not only costing us an absolute fortune but also a waste of water. It was absolutely ridiculous, and I told the campsite owner at the end of our stay, as well as including it on a detailed review of the campsite posted on UK Campsite.
Given the choice, I would prefer to have the cost of showers built in to the nightly pitch cost but if a campsite charges for showers it’s not a deal breaker for me, and I don’t have issues with it like my wife does, providing the cost and duration is reasonable of course. Having to keep a load of loose change and shrapnel is a faff, especially for someone like me who never has cash on them and relies solely on my “flexible friend”, i.e. the debit or credit card.
We are finding that many campsites are now starting to charge separately for showers and cite the “we are trying to save the environment” argument for doing so. I really wish these campsite owners would cut the crap and be honest. Basically, they want to charge for the showers because it is another way of getting more money out of us, and making a profit in the process.
If campsite owners were that bothered about the environment, water wastage, water pollution, air pollution, green house gases etc. they wouldn’t own and run a campsite in the first instance. I mean, look at the gas guzzling vehicles needed to tow a caravan – not environmentally friendly or clean are they? Look at the motor homes (mine included) not really “green” vehicles are they? How many times have you seen people at the hose pipe wasting water by over rinsing things, cleaning muddy boots, washing dogs etc.? I have seen it loads of times – not really conserving water is it? It’s about time campsite owners stopped paying the “holier than thou” card and simply charged for showers without giving any reason at all. Simply lying doesn’t really make then endearing people does it? I digress…………….
Back to the point. Do you mind paying for showers or are you more like my wife and think they should be included in the pitch cost and not an additional extra? I look forward to hearing your thoughts and reading your comments.
About the author
A total motor home newbie with a six year camping background in a folding camper. A keen blogger sharing my experience of researching, choosing, buying and owning a motor home. and every thing that goes with it.