Van Toilet & Shower
This one is going to be really brief because a) Vanessa is going to have the full bathroom in her bus and b) I just wanted the simplicity of not having a water tank, water heater, and full blown toilet system. I wanted a minimalist approach to the bathroom facilities. With that said, these are the few products I used to do the trick. Click on the photos to check prices for each item.
I did a lot of research on camper van toilets before settling on this one. Vanessa is going to have a Nature's Head composting toilet in the bus, which is the creme-de-la-creme of toilets. But this will do the trick for our other basic needs. The best part about this whole toilet setup is that it is located under the seat by the table. I added a hinge door to it so that it is tucked away and out of sight.
Since Vanessa is also going to have the tub/shower in her bus, I still wanted to cover all my bases in case we were traveling separately or if I wanted quick rinse without leaving the van. This battery powered, rechargeable camping shower head is pretty amazing plus it is inexpensive, too. All I need to do is bring some water to warm on the induction and place the end of this into the pot. From there I have warm water pumping through in order to get a quick shower in.
Obviously you can't use be showering in a van without something to catch the water, right? While many people set up outdoor showers or take space inside to set up a whole system, I wanted something simple and easy, that can be tucked away when not in use. So this right here is an outdoor baby/pet shower base that does the trick. You can sit in it, stand, whatever you please and then with a drain spigot on the side, drain it outside when you are finished. It folds up nicely when it's not in use, too.
This toilet and shower setup might be a bit too minimalist for some, but it really comes from a place of wanting simplicity. In the RV, heating the water took a long time plus used a lot of propane. We were constantly worrying about our grey water tank being filled for two to three showers or not being in a place to dump the black tank. It was more of a headache that I wanted in the van. For around $125 I have a toilet and shower setup that is as simple as it gets.
Just a heads up, some of the links above are affiliate links, which means that at no cost to you, I will earn a commission if you click through a purchase. But just know that I am not getting paid to promote these products and I did, in fact, use everything I’ve mentioned within this van conversion.