Showers / Hygiene Options for Dry Camper Vans
- Anytime Fitness - $35 per month. My favorite for showers / clean-up. All are always open, but staffed during typical business hours. For the first 30 days, you can only use the gym you signed up with. Some Anytime Fitness centers only have one Men's and one Women's bathroom. Avoid those because you can piss off someone if you take time for a shower. Only frequent facilities that have at least one unisex backup bathroom. Some (about 7%) have no shower. AFs are independently owned, therefore you will be monitored far more heavily than other gyms. Many owners get very upset if you take a shower without working out first. Most have a lot of rules posted to include inside the bathroom. AF can be very difficult to cancel. Many clubs have warning signs that threaten to cancel your membership for violating their policies (they can make up anything they like); if they cancel you, you may be obligated to a $50 cancellation fee, collection fees, etc. AFs often have obnoxious members who make loud noises and drop weights when working out.
- Planet Fitness - $20 per month. About half are open 24/7. Partly communal shower (typical setup: About five small stalls with plastic curtain, one small hook on the outside and two dressing rooms you have to walk out in the open to get to and from). You will be given a small check-in card that fits on your key-chain. Judgement free environment that discourages loud noises.
- 24 Hour Fitness allows you to sign in with your fingerprint and phone number. Compared to Anytime, 24 Hour is more crowded, far less private (bathroom / shower) but has more features (some have basketball courts, swimming pools, saunas, etc.). Generally popular on the West coast range.
- YMCAs offer discounts to those in a hardship (scholarship). Ask for "AWAY" program admission for other location use. You have to fill out a waiver form for every new gym you visit as a guest. YMCA culture is of old men and kids, not much in between!
- Community centers are low cost plus recreation facility use
- Campgrounds - vary... if not a camper there, you will either have to pay $2 to $5 or they may allow for free. Many campgrounds have showers and many don't. Showers are typically unremarkable and not very clean. Some may be very cold if also cold outside.
- Truck Stops usually charge around $8 for every shower.
- Spray the shower with at least a little bit of bleach or disinfectant before entering.
- Wear shower shoes and disinfect them after use.
- Never lay anything of yours on any wet surface as that likely is highly rich in bacteria. By doing that and being very careful what you touch and wash hands frequently, it's possible to come in dirty and leave clean. Bring extra underwear and towel in case you drop any on the nasty floor.
- Use their disinfectant wipes on shower hooks, seat, shower handle, door handle, etc.
- Use baby wipes liberally to clean yourself when a shower is not available.
- Ask for a veteran discount everywhere you go if you are one.