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  • #16
    If you have a Northern Tool outlet, they sell the AMB Safari Towels for $2.99, and as I recall the large AMB container of powder is $6.00 (a bargain at any price)--apply before a long trail ride on your ATV--you'll like it.

    Actually those monkeys look like they could have been using the Harbor Freight towels
    dieselhorse: Former owner of a 2001 Nash 24-5N


    • #17
      There is a new gadget out for RV showers that doesn't waste any water, you always get the exact temperature
      you want (once you set it) no more wasting water.
      The only problem with it is that it sure wastes a lot of your money.

      Temperature controlled shower unit high-end but so comfortable
      by Greg Illes

      Many modern homes enjoy the benefits of a temperature-controlled shower. No more hot and cold valves, but rather one handle for setting water temperature, and one handle for controlling the flow. Once hot water reaches the valve, the output temperature never varies, and you never have to "fiddle" with the hot and cold knobs (in fact, there aren't any) while you're being frozen or scalded by a bad adjustment.

      Different users of the shower simply remember their personal temperature setting, and set the handle to that position before turning the flow on. Variations in hot or cold input water temperature are no longer a problem the temperature controller compensates, and you still get your requested water temperature.

      Unfortunately, most such valves take up a LOT of space behind the wall, and are difficult to retrofit to an RV. Also, most valves incorporate a separate shower feed, which then requires a separate hole and fittings in the shower wall.

      Enter the Grohe Grohtherm 3000 series of thermostatic control valves. These are available from plumbing supply houses and even from Amazon. It's a well-made European product that works well for retrofit applications. This model has all of its control valving on the shower side of the wall virtually no space is required behind the wall and it will fit almost any existing RV. Furthermore, the Grohe also has a built-in shower hose connection, making it even more compatible.

      In addition to providing guaranteed comfort, the temperature-controlled shower will also save water. You will not have to spend "water time" adjusting the temperature, nor will you have to wait that extra half-gallon to make sure the hot water is there. Since the valve has built-in backflow-prevention valves, there is no necessity for that water-wasting trickle when you shut off the water to soap up you just turn the flow handle off. It even has a "soft-start" feature which prevents surges and temperature fluctuations.

      Installation can be a three- to four-hour DIY project that costs around $300. The valve is somewhat heavy, and you'll want to add a reinforcing piece of plywood to the outside of your shower stall. A new backing plate can be made from a piece of half-inch white polyurethane.
      *Bruce & Ann
      2012 Dodge Ram 3500 Laramie Longhorn Crew Cab 4:10 MaxTow 68REF DRW LB 4x4 (Gone to a new home in the US)
      2013 AF 32-5M Ground Control 4 point , Center Point Air Ride (Gone to new home in Ontario )


      • #18
        That's pretty cool, Bruce--and pretty spendy!
        Linda & Dave (retired US Army) and Magic, the Yellow Lab Duck Dog
        2002 Arctic Fox 25R, Yamaha 2400i, Les Schwab 105 6-volt batteries, Maxxis Tires, Torque Lift Steps
        2017 RAM 2500 Bighorn Crew Cab 4x4, CTD, 8' Bed, Granite Crystal, new 7/1/17
        2003 DODGE 3500 SLT Quad Cab 244K mi. SOLD 7/20/17


        • #19
          If the Grohe had included a "dump the not-yet-warm water" feature, it truly could have been interesting for RVs.

          Such a feature would accomplish what some individuals have done to conserve water -- they add a valve (some are the push-down-runs-for-a-while variety) on the hot-water line near the shower that the user activates to "discard" the cold/cool/not-warm-enough water back into the fresh water tank.
          Some also install one at the kitchen sink, depending upon distances from the water heater.

          For $300 the makers of the Grohe could also have made it smart enough to recognize being served via the RV pump (power is at the pump) as compared to supplied by an outside water source: then dumping to either the fresh-water tank or into the gray-water waste lines.
          -- David

          Home: 2007 Arctic Fox 27E which dutifully follows a 2007 Dodge RAM 2500 to new neighborhoods.