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Old 04-10-2017, 04:40 AM   #1
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If we buy a 2005 Airstream Interstate IRS 22 Class B RV, we will not be using the toilet or inside shower. That space will be used as a storage closet. We may occasionally use the outside shower. We will camp in campgrounds and use their electric and sometimes water. We will sometimes camp off-grid. Most of the time it will be my wife and me camping. We will be using this RV as our 2nd vehicle and sometimes have up to 8 passengers including driver.

Given the above, what basic accessories do folks recommend? What accessories will we not need since the toilet/inside shower won't be used?
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Old 04-10-2017, 01:41 PM   #2
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I'd venture that you don't need plumbing at all. A solar shower or a pan with heated water works fine outside with a portable USB-charged shower head.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Any other washing is easily accomplished with a paper towel moistened from a spray bottle if you use disposable dishes and Teflon-coated cookware.
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Old 04-10-2017, 02:23 PM   #3
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You don't plan to get up and go to the bathroom in the middle of the night?

For me that is kind of like does a bear poop in the woods kind of question.
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Old 04-10-2017, 04:51 PM   #4
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Thanks for shower ideas and link to Amazon shower head gizmo. It looked interesting.
Actually we're less concerned about what we'll use instead of inside RV plumbing. There is an outside shower set up on the RV. So, we might be interested in getting campground water hookup, unless we're off grid. If we're not using the RV toilet/black water tank etc., do we still need to put chemicals into the black tank?
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Not sure what the 'bear poop in the woods' question is. Of course bears poop in the woods. We're planning to 'go' using the campground bathrooms or the same way we have for years while wilderness backpacking. Really more interested in what accessories are needed or not if we don't use RV toilet/black water tank? We might use the RV inside galley faucet / sink / grey water tank, so would still need what ever accessories to do that.
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If we're not using the RV toilet/black water tank etc., do we still need to put chemicals into the black tank?
A properly functioning rv black water system does not need chemicals. If your bathroom smells, you have a leak.
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If we buy a 2005 Airstream Interstate IRS 22 Class B RV, we will not be using the toilet or inside shower. That space will be used as a storage closet. We may occasionally use the outside shower. We will camp in campgrounds and use their electric and sometimes water. We will sometimes camp off-grid. Most of the time it will be my wife and me camping. We will be using this RV as our 2nd vehicle and sometimes have up to 8 passengers including driver.

Given the above, what basic accessories do folks recommend? What accessories will we not need since the toilet/inside shower won't be used?
First I'll mention I do have to go along with the others as a toilet was one of my necessities and I and in fact no one including yourself don't know if your ideas will change in the future, but based on your statement I will ask if you will be cooking? If so a microwave and or stove top. How about a refrigerator or do you think a cooler and ice will work. Another one of my must haves was an air conditioner. If you always will be in a campground you may get by without a generator. Keep in mind a genny is good to run everything if you just stop someplace for lunch or something. If you don't have a sink you can get by without plumbing all together. Will yo be out in the winter? If not you don't need a heater, My AC has a heat strip that does fine if it is not too cold or you can get a plug in space heater. If you need 110v you can have an invertor with a house battery or two. That can fire up a microwave or electric stove top. If you decide on not having a LP heater you don't need the LP tank unless you want it for the shower hot water.Other than a bed I doubt there is anything else you will actually need. Do keep in mind if you change your mind years down the road it is a little late or a lot more expensive to add anything.
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Thanks for your reply. By definition all RVs have sinks, showers, microwaves, usually a generator, AC, heat appliances and features. You get and pay for those features whether you want or need them or not, unless you spend as much or more money having a custom built camper, or you have the skills time to DIY. Our situation pretty much dictates a ready made traditional RV. I am actually asking about accessories, like water hoses, waste hoses, levelers, surge protectors, water pressure regulators etc.. Accessories are things that are normally not part of or included when you buy an RV. Your advice on accessories (as I have just defined) would be appreciated. Thanks.
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If you need 110v you can have an invertor with a house battery or two. That can fire up a microwave or electric stove top.
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Thanks for your info., although we are not currently considering either RV you mentioned. I am actually asking about accessories, like water hoses, waste hoses, levelers, surge protectors, water pressure regulators etc.. Accessories are things that are normally not part of or included when you buy an RV. Your advice on accessories (as I have just defined) would be appreciated. Thanks.
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