Camper Vans With Bathrooms: Van Shower & Toilet Ideas (2022)

As regular followers of our Sprinter Camper Vans Instagram account will know, not all Sprinter van conversions end up as camper vans with bathrooms.

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Most converted Sprinter vans are classed as small, motorhomes (‘Class B’ in the US) and don’t always have bathrooms – but some do! Some of these small RVs have showers, some campers have toilets, and some have both.

When we share cool Sprinter van conversion interiors one of the most commonly-asked questions is ‘what about the bathroom?’. Or for variations on that question, ‘where’s the bathroom? Does this small camper van have a toilet? Where is the van shower?’.

It’s an important question and, for many, having a camper with a shower and/or a toilet is very high on the list of must-haves when planning to build or buy a converted Sprinter camper van.

In this post we are sharing some of our favorite camper vans with bathrooms, including interiors showcasing indoor showers and toilets.

Be prepared to be amazed at some of the innovative and creative solutions professional and DIY van builders have come up with to the van bathroom challenge!

We also share some advice on planning your own camper van layout and things to consider when looking at building or buying a van with its own toilet and/or shower and fitting it in around your camper’s bed, kitchen and cabinet plans.

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The best camper vans with bathrooms for van build inspiration

Full campervan bathroom with a cubicle for privacy

If your dream Sprinter van conversion involves having a full bathroom cubicle like you’d find on a larger RV, with a shower and toilet combo built in for plenty of privacy, perhaps this style of camper bathroom is what you’re after.

This may be especially important to you if you are planning full-time van life like Brits Charlie and Lara and want as many tiny home-style amenities as possible in your van conversion. Their van bathroom features a composting toilet in the shower cubicle.

FOLLOW THEM on Instagram: @city2_vanlife

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Another great example of a conversion van with a bathroom is Jake and Heather’s van, which is large enough to have a permanent bathroom area with a shower and toilet (and to be able to carry the water needed to supply the shower!).

If you want to learn more about the difference length Sprinter vans you can choose from, here’s how to work out which Sprinter van is best for your conversion.

Their built-in van bathroom features a waist-height wall and shower curtain, and the space can be used for storage when not in use as a bathroom.

FOLLOW THEM on Instagram: @goandlivefree

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Hidden pop-up indoor camper shower

If you don’t want a full camper shower cubicle, then how about something like Kirby Winson’s ingenious hidden van shower, which is a neat solution to having an indoor shower in a camper that you can use year-round, including when camping in winter.

The shower folds neatly away in the van’s floor when not in use, and it uses the van’s existing faucet with an extendable hose to reach and serve as the showerhead. Clever!

FOLLOW them on Instagram: @kirbywinson

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For another innovative solution to putting a shower in your Sprinter van, also consider a hidden shower tray in your van’s seating area.

The van shower in this build by Seth & Scarlett is totally hidden in the cabinet when you’re finished with it (swipe across on the IG image below to see it!). Great engineering, we think you’ll agree.

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Install a hidden camper van toilet

If having a camper van toilet is a must-have but aren’t overly concerned about having a full interior camper van bathroom with a shower inside your van, then plan to install a composting toilet or port-a-potty somewhere it can be hidden within a seat or cabinet, and revealed only when you actually need to use it.

In this build from Freedom Vans the toilet slides out from the base of the tall cabinet using heavy-duty drawer sliders – a neat solution!

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Here’s another secret van toilet! Can you guess where the secret toilet is in this van conversion layout by Alastair and Helen from Trail & Kale?

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Install a composting toilet in your camper van

Worried about the chemicals that are involved in having those porta-potties in your camper van? Composting toilets are an increasingly popular solution to having a camper van toilet without the smell and disposal-related concerns that a chemical toilet can create.

One of the most popular of these is the Nature’s Head composting toilet, which you can buy directly from the company or on Amazon.

Used properly, composting toilets do not smell and are easy to use and clean, and you can install them with your van shower, or separately, hidden in a pull-out drawer or base cabinet, like the two layouts shown above (both feature Nature’s Head toilets).

This van from Freedom Vans is also worth checking out if you’re researching van bathroom layouts, as the build also features a secret shower…

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Consider an exterior van shower

If you don’t have the space inside your van for a shower, and plan to camp mostly in warm weather, then a shower point at the rear of your van is significantly less expensive and easier to install than an indoor van shower, and still allows you to have a refreshing wash when you don’t have access to campsite shower facilities.

Plus, this type of van shower also doubles as a shoe, gear, dog and bike wash for cleaning up after all those trail and beach adventures you’ll be having.

This sprinter van conversion from Sync Vans also features a port-a-potty in the main cabin (click the image to scroll through photos of this build on Instagram).

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Here’s another exterior van shower – on this van from Overland Van Project the RV / marine-style van shower hose on the back of the van, which rolls neatly back into the cabinet when you’ve finished using the shower.

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Plan your camper van bathroom layout before starting your build

If you’re planning to build a camper van conversion van with a bathroom, follow the lead of Sirius the Sprinter’s owner, and spend time planning your Sprinter van’s layout before you start your build, to work out where your van shower and toilet will fit alongside the rest of your build.

Working out where to put the bathroom needs to be one of the first things you work out, because, together with the bed, the space needed for it is going to be one of the largest aspects of your van’s layout to get sorted early on.

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What you need to know before getting a camper van with a bathroom

If you’re debating whether or not to have a shower in your camper van then it’s worth learning about the main pros and cons of installing a van shower as part of your build, as well as things to think about when it comes to planning this aspect of your conversion.

If you’re set on installing an indoor shower in your van, that post may even change your mind!

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When it comes to deciding whether or not to have a toilet in your camper van, our general view on the topic is that you have to do what is best for you and anyone you’ll be sharing the van with.

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For many, a toilet is an absolute must-have. This makes sense – you know you will need to use one several times a day (whereas you don’t need to shower every day), so if you don’t want to be looking for public or campground facilities while on the road or out camping, then it’s worth being self-sufficient.

That said, you may prefer the simplicity and space-saving that comes with NOT having any bathroom facilities in your camper van – and the beauty of this is that it will save you space, money and maintenance, which may be more important to you than being overly-concerned about when and where your next bathroom visit will be.

The beauty of a custom camper van conversion is that you can build (or commission) it to be exactly as you want it 🙂

FAQs

How do people shower if they live in a van? ›

Outdoor Showers. Many Vanlifers choose to shower outside of their van. As mentioned, this decision usually comes down to space limitations. The benefit of showering outside is that you don't need to build a dedicated wet area in your small living space.

Do camper vans have a toilet and shower? ›

Self-contained camping means that you have everything with you in the camper van to be totally off grid. Toilet, shower, solar power and a fully equipped kitchen. With freedom, comes responsibility. The responsibilities around toilet management are a pretty big part of that.

Can you get a camper van with a toilet? ›

Portable toilets are the classic option that most people who have a toilet in their camper van will have. You can easily fit one under a bench or in a big slide out drawer, so they don't take up too much room.

Is it worth having a shower in a campervan? ›

So, no, you don't need a shower in your campervan! There's plenty of other options available to keep clean while on your travels and we personally love our USB shower – it's actually pretty powerful and we've only ever had to charge it once so far! How do you stay clean in your campervan?

Are van showers worth it? ›

We agree that installing a camper van shower stall might make sense for some people. But we think for most van life travelers, making room for an inside shower takes up valuable space, is costly to install, and overall, just isn't worth it.

How do you stay warm living in a van? ›

How we stay warm in our van during the winter
  1. Van Insulation. Our van has thermozite and ultra touch denim in the walls and a cork subfloor. ...
  2. Sleeping bags. ...
  3. Heating blankets. ...
  4. Clothing. ...
  5. Mini space heater. ...
  6. Van heat. ...
  7. Snuggle.
26 Oct 2021

What happens to toilet waste in a campervan? ›

Unlike most toilets at home, chemical toilets do not flush into a sewer system, instead, toilets in caravans and motorhomes empty into a cassette which is then removed and emptied at a chemical waste point, also known as an Elsan point.

Where does toilet waste go campervan? ›

You can find chemical toilet waste or black water waste emptying points at campsites or service points called a Chemical Disposal Point (CDP), Elsan disposal point or Black waste disposal point. In your motorhome hire, the vehicle should include a cassette toilet which can be removed and wheeled to the disposal point.

Can you use the bathroom in a camper while driving? ›

The good news is that you can use the RV bathroom while the vehicle is in motion. Because the electrical systems are in action while the car is on the road, you can use the bathroom and flush with the water pump as normal. This rule applies to Class A, B and C motorhomes.

Do camper van toilets smell? ›

The biggest cause of toilet odour in your camper is methane gas build up- which is why it smells SO MUCH WORSE either at altitude or in hot countries. This is also why you don't want your holding tank to dry out- more on that later!

Can you live in a camper van permanently? ›

Can you live in a motorhome all year round? Of course, you can, if you want. However, bear in mind that in the winter, when it's off-season for many campsites and caravan parks, finding overnight parking facilities isn't automatically assured.

How long can I shower in a campervan? ›

If water conservation is a priority because you're dry camping, 5 minutes or less in the shower is recommended. If you have water hookups and conserving water isn't necessary, you can technically take a shower for as long as your hot water will last. When RVing, a 10-minute shower is reasonable.

How much water do you need to shower in a van? ›

Without a built-in shower, you can get away with 10-15 gallons of water for 4 or 5 days off the grid, especially if you conserve. Add a shower into the equation and you'll need at least 25 gallons, if not more, depending on the number of people and usage.

What is a cassette toilet? ›

The cassette toilet is really pretty simple. It's a permanent toilet in your RV with a portable black water tank underneath. They are primarily found in camper vans and Class B motorhomes. Most campers include a large built-in black water tank to hold waste.

What is a dry bath in a camper? ›

A dry bath is what you're used to at home. The shower is in its own separate enclosure and doesn't share the same space as your toilet or sink. You'll find dry baths in class A and class C motorhomes, as well as 5th wheels and many travel trailers (even some of the smaller campers).

How much does a tab 400 cost? ›

2022 TAB 400 Teardrop Camper Price

The standard model starts at $51,000, while the boondocking option starts at $53,000.

Is it realistic to live in a van? ›

Yes, living in a van can be realistic. It takes planning and not all people will be able to do it, but you can make it possible if you're keen on it. If you are ready to downsize, living in a van can be a great way to save money and travel within a budget.

Is it hard living in a van? ›

Vanlife is a lot of hard work.

You're always going things like finding water, parking, and dump stations (if you have an RV toilet). Every time you drive (even if just for a few blocks), you have to make sure your van is all secured and drive-ready.

What is it called when you live in a van? ›

Van-dwelling or vanlife is a lifestyle of living in a vehicle full or part-time. The names are compound words that derive from the fact that it is typically done in a van that has been modified with basic amenities, such as house batteries, solar panels, a bed platform, some form of toilet, sink, and storage space.

What are the disadvantages of showers? ›

Cons
  • Shower doors require routine cleaning, and shower curtains require occasional replacement.
  • It's harder to bathe small children in a shower.
  • Sealing leaks are harder to fix.
  • You have to stand to shower.
  • Your bathroom becomes a steam-room post-shower.
14 Jul 2016

Is Van life stressful? ›

Vans get messy, disorganized, and break down. Couples, sharing a small space, butt heads more often than they would at home. Weather, traffic, and parking rules can make life in a van feel stressful and uncertain.

How cold is too cold for van camping? ›

Cargo Vans

A well-insulated van without a heater is generally comfortable down to around 0°F with a good mattress, a large down comforter, and one person. With two people (twice the body heat) it's usually comfortable to around -10°F.

How can I heat my camper van without electricity? ›

Using these methods, you can keep your camper nice and toasty no matter where you are.
  1. Use Your RV Propane Furnace. ...
  2. Use a Portable Space Heater in your RV.
  3. Use Your Vehicle's Heater.
  4. Keep Your Camper Warmer by Using Insulation.
  5. Use Warm Bedding for Spot Warming Your Camper.
  6. Install a Wood Stove in Your Camper for Heating.
4 Aug 2022

Can you sleep in a camper van in the winter? ›

Sleeping in comfort in your campervan

While the van is cozy for sleeping, it can get pretty cold when the temperatures drop below freezing. If you plan to spend multiple days in your Escape campervan in below-freezing temperatures, I highly recommend bringing a sleeping bag.

Can I empty my caravan toilet at home? ›

Can you Empty a Caravan Toilet at Home? Yes, you can absolutely empty your caravan toilet cassette at home. The contents are no different to what usually gets flushed down your toilet, with the addition of a little Napisan or toilet chemical.

How often do you need to empty a motorhome toilet? ›

However, it's important to clean the cassette toilet to prevent or get rid of unpleasant odours and leaks. The most important thing is to empty the cassette toilet as often as possible, at least once every 2 days.

What is GREY waste on a campsite? ›

Waste water is also known as grey water and this is the water that goes down your sinks/shower and collects in an onboard waste water tank in your vehicle. Sometimes this is also piped into a separate holding tank that you attach to your vehicle.

Can you sleep in the back of a van while driving? ›

The simple answer to this is no. Nearly all states require all passengers to be seated and belted in while the vehicle is in motion. Check your state seat belt laws before getting up and moving around.

Should you go inside of a camper while driving? ›

Because of their lack of safety features, riding in a travel trailer or fifth wheel is strongly discouraged. Unless your trailer is equipped with proper seat belts and safety features, carrying passengers back there can, and should, be avoided.

What can you put in your toilet tank to make it smell good? ›

White vinegar and baking soda in equal parts is a cost-efficient and effective means of getting rid odors in a toilet. Add them to the tank, mix them in and then use the toilet brush to gently scrub the tank. Let it sit for a few hours, scrub the tank again and flush.

How do I keep my camper smelling fresh? ›

RV Tips: 6 Camping Tips for Keeping Your RV Smelling Fresh!
  1. Dehumidifiers. One of the best ways to eliminate unwanted smells from your RV is by limiting the amount of moisture in the air. ...
  2. Air Out. ...
  3. Trash. ...
  4. Use the Facilities. ...
  5. Air Fresheners. ...
  6. Diffusers.
24 Oct 2019

How do I keep my van smelling good? ›

Natural Ways to Keep Your Car Smelling Fresh
  1. Clean the upholstery, mats, and vents. ...
  2. Get a washable cover for the seat or cargo area. ...
  3. Invest in charcoal. ...
  4. Let baking soda do its thing. ...
  5. Don't put the baking soda away yet. ...
  6. Leave a bowl of vinegar out. ...
  7. Make a DIY vent clip. ...
  8. Make a scent sachet.
27 Apr 2021

Do you need a TV Licence for a campervan? ›

You'll need to buy a TV Licence for your static caravan, mobile home or moveable chalet if: anyone, at the same time, is watching live on any channel, TV service or streaming service, or using BBC iPlayer* at your main licensed address. the caravan or mobile home is your main residence.

How much does it cost to set up a van to live in? ›

A typical modern campervan conversion usually costs between $5,000-$15,000 dollars. This is usually enough to build a comfortable DIY campervan with basic home-like comforts.

Where do you empty a cassette toilet? ›

How Do I Empty A Cassette Toilet? Emptying a cassette toilet is really easy. Unclip the waste tank from the fresh flushing tank (slightly different on each model but evident once you see one). Unscrew the lid from the drainage pipe on the toilet and empty waste into the drain at the service point.

What is the smallest motorhome with a toilet and shower UK? ›

The Compact Supreme SP is the smallest motorhome in the Adria lineup. It comes in at just under 6m in length (5.99m) and has a height of 2.78m. Four people can travel with the Compact Supreme SP, however, it only sleeps three people so someones going to have to spend the night in a tent.

What is the smallest campervan with a shower and toilet in Australia? ›

The smallest caravan in Australia (with an internal toilet, shower and kitchen) is the Winton 10 by Ezytrail campers (the first one on this list, actually). At just 10ft, it sure does pack a lot into its diminutive dimensions.

Does the Winnebago Travato have a bathroom? ›

Bathroom – The Winnebago Travato comes with a standard wet bath with ample dry storage and a wardrobe in the 59K/59KL floorplan.

What is the smallest campervan in the UK? ›

VW's smallest camper comes to the UK: Caddy California at £29,965.

Where do campervans empty their toilets? ›

Unlike most toilets at home, chemical toilets do not flush into a sewer system, instead, toilets in caravans and motorhomes empty into a cassette which is then removed and emptied at a chemical waste point, also known as an Elsan point.

What is the difference between a campervan and a motorhome UK? ›

A motorhome or campervan is a single-vehicle which can be driven, it doesn't have to be towed. The difference between motorhome vs campervan is that motorhomes tend to be larger, built into truck/bus/large van style bodies. Campervans tend to be smaller, simpler, and more conventional van-sized.

Can RV bathroom be used while driving? ›

The good news is that you can use the RV bathroom while the vehicle is in motion. Because the electrical systems are in action while the car is on the road, you can use the bathroom and flush with the water pump as normal.

Can you sleep anywhere in a campervan in Australia? ›

It is often legal to live in a campervan in Australia since there are no federal laws that prohibit sleeping in a car. A campervan is still a car and subject to the same rules and regulations as other motor vehicles, depending on the state or city they are in.

What is the cheapest camper van on the market? ›

If you're wondering about the cheapest campervans in 2022, we've reviewed the most affordable models you should consider buying.
...
The 7 Most Affordable Campervans on the Market in 2021
  • Mazda Bongo / Ford Freda. ...
  • Ford Transit Conversion. ...
  • VW T4. ...
  • Mitsubishi Delica. ...
  • VW T25/3. ...
  • Vauxhall Vivaro Conversion. ...
  • Fiat Ducato.
15 Jun 2022

How much does a Travato camper cost? ›

$116,177

Can you sleep overnight in a campervan in the UK? ›

Yes, you absolutely can live full-time in a motorhome, if that's what you want to do. There are no laws stopping you from doing so – you must just ensure that your vehicle has passed its MOT and is fully road legal.

Which campervans hold their value UK? ›

Generally speaking, established motorhome brands that maintain a strong presence in the market will depreciate slower than less popular brands.
...
Brand
  • Auto-Sleepers.
  • Auto-Trail.
  • Bailey.
  • Elddis.
  • Rapido.
  • Roller Team.
  • Swift.
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