I have an older Bounder with a plain, lower quality, compartment shower and rinse off hose. While I wouldn''t have messed with replacing the faucet, hose, and shower head under normal circumstances, one of the faucet valves no longer would shut off completly, and all of the...
I have an older Bounder with a plain, lower quality, compartment shower and rinse off hose. While I wouldn''t have messed with replacing the faucet, hose, and shower head under normal circumstances, one of the faucet valves no longer would shut off completly, and all of the fittings for the hose and shower head were dry and checked, so replacement was the only option.
While my service compartment doesn''t need a "low profile" rinse off shower application, like the rinse down shower boxes you find on travel trailers, the shower hose was always in the way in the compartment with no place good to put the hose, and the hose itself was always stiff and didn''t coil up well. Bouncing around the Internet looking at videos about replacing exterior rinse off showers I stumbled upon a user who had found this product and linked to it. I was impressed with the concept; a simple faucet with a quick release coiled hose and a sprayer that was not like an RV shower head and more like the sprayer you would put on a hose when washing a car; a true utility sprayer.
While the YouTube video I saw this in was a few years old, I felt fortunate that Dura Faucet was still making this product or a variation of the one in the video. Prime delivery got it to me super quickly. I was impressed no only with how well package it was when it arrived, but the overall quality. Yes, the faucet and hardware is all plastic, but RV specific faucets are almost always plastic. The hose and sprayer are very nice quality with a good apparent weight and hand feel. The faucet itself is very simple and fits perfectly in a standard RV 4" spread application with standardized screw on connectors.
The faucet I purchased was the black body with black hose and sprayer. The faucet valves are 1/4 turn, basically on and off with minimal water pressure control. I presume this is because the hand sprayer is where you will have the greatest control over water pressure and quantity of water used. The coiled hose has two different ends; the end that connects to the faucet is "proprietary", using a two tab, 1/4 turn lock. You line up the tabs with the output on the faucet, push in and turn right about a 1/4 of a turn to lock on. This depresses the check valve in the outlet. So, you can turn the valves on when the hose is not connected and no water will come out. The other end of the coiled hose is a standard garden hose fitting. In theory you could put any standard garden hose sprayer attachment on this end of the hose, say if the included sprayer broke, you had a different sprayer that you felt was better.
The spray nozzle is a lightweight, multi-pattern nozzle. You could find this nozzle at any hardware store or home center, but it is colored to match the package you purchased, either all black or the white/blue combo. It is comfortable in the hand, easy to turn the selector for different spray patterns and has an adjustment screw on the trigger.
I do not store my compartment shower hose in my service compartment anymore, or rather I''m not forced to. I keep it with my freshwater hoses in my basement and take it out when I need it.
If you are a real clean freak you can purchase additional quick connect hoses and have separate hoses to use for, say, standard outside cleaning tasks, and a separate shower hose for doing sewer hose maintenance.