Shower Dispenser Setup for Recreational Vehicles
The RV shower dispenser is another aftermarket addition that ought to be standard equipment or at least an available upgrade. It’s not simple to find a space to store your shampoo, soap, and lotion in the cramped showers of an RV. Solutions to this problem include installing wire racks on the wall or grabbing what you need from the sink counter as you step out of the shower. The “problem” can be easily solved, though. This is the water dispenser for the RV shower. And once you’ve installed one in your RV, you’ll wonder how you ever made do without one.
One of the simplest RV upgrades is to install one of these dispensers. Double-sided tape and silicone glue are the standard mounting materials for dispensers. This is the simplest option. Using wall anchors and screws is another, albeit more complicated and less common, option. While the included plastic wall anchors will work in most homes, they will not be secure in an RV because of the vehicle’s hollow internal walls. If you must go with this strategy, butterfly anchors are the way to go. These extend well behind the wall and provide solid attachment.
You can install the housing for the integrated 3-chamber dispenser in one of two ways: on a level wall or in a corner. Corner mounting in the forward area of the shower stall will provide the maximum space due to the compact nature of most RV showers. Mounting the dispenser precisely below the shower head bracket makes the most efficient use of space in a corner or triangle shower enclosure.
After deciding where and how to put the dispenser, remove any soap film from the area by wiping it down with rubbing alcohol. Mounting to molded fiberglass requires cleaning with oil-free nail polish remover. In doing so, any traces of wax from the molding process are removed.
After cleaning, try mounting the dispenser where it will be used to ensure the chambers can be removed easily for maintenance and restocking. Take the room down from its support now. To prevent the device from coming loose from the wall while the glue dries, this will assist in lightening the construction. This won’t be an issue if you use wall anchors.
The adhesive and double-sided tape placement will differ depending on whether you choose a flat or corner mount. Once selected, attach the four pieces of double-sided tape to the bracket’s corners. A rectangular space between the bracket’s two sides provides a surface for applying adhesive. Apply a thick layer, but not too thick, since excess glue will leak out the sides. If it does, you must clean it right away.
The next step is to firmly press the bracket against the wall and keep it there for a few seconds. The tape should be able to support the load without a problem, but you’ll want to check that the glue opens up under stress. This will strengthen the connection between the bracket and the wall. After the glue has dried, attach the dispenser chambers to the frame.
Finally, fill the chambers with your preferred shampoo, soap, and lotion, and insert them into the bracket. Label stickers for each liquid type are often included in the dispenser kit; apply the appropriate label to the suitable dispenser. The work has been completed. You’ll never have to leave the comfort of your shower again to get some soap.
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