Here’s a picture recently taken in the bath of one of our new Cabin Cruiser travel trailers (the Model 25BHS which you can find here). There’s a lot to see when you look up in one of our baths, so here’s a little tour of that small but critically important space!
Ventilation is Essential!
You’ll see a Power Vent Fan in the picture. Ventilating the space is essential to reduce moisture and … um… odors. There’s a world of fresh air just outside the bath, and our power vent fan is key to the “out with the bad air, in with the good air” process.
You can also see a round vent in the ceiling. That’s an air conditioning vent that pumps cool air directly into the bath. We install a vent in the bath whenever possible, using the ‘attic space’ in the ceiling for an H-shaped system of foil-backed, insulated ductwork. The foil and insulation help keep the chilled air as cool as possible as it travels from the roof-mounted air conditioner to the vent in the bath. (Heat ducts, by the way, generally follow a similar path under the floor.)
Let There Be Light
The ceiling light is an LED lighting fixtures. We use LED lights wherever possible because they save weight, run cool, last indefinitely, and use far less power than old style incandescent bulbs. Though you can’t see it, there’s a handy light switch for this fixture mounted on the bath wall just inside the door.
There’s another source of light in the shower, too – it’s a dome-shaped skylight. Besides flooding the space with up-and-at-’em morning light, that skylight provides just a little bit more head- and elbow-room in the shower.
This bath – and many of our others – includes a one-piece molded surround that includes handy spaces for soap, shampoo, and other necessities. The surround also helps separate the wet environment of the shower from the rest of the space, like your tiled bath at home.
But Wait! There’s More!
Of course we install a foot-flush toilet, a washstand, with hot and cold running water, counter space with GFI-protected outlets, a mirrored Medicine Cabinet, and, wherever possible, storage space or shelves for towels and other things in our bath. It probably goes without saying, but just to be complete – This is a DRY bath. Unlike other builders, Gulf Stream Coach doesn’t mount the toilet in the shower – That’s a trick that doesn’t make much sense to us.
Well, that ends this quick tour of a Gulf Stream Coach bath. We hope you’ll think of the features we put into our baths, next time you’re shopping for a new travel trailer or motor home. And remember – Start by looking up!