Mod #71: Shower Dispenser
Submitted on: 02/16/09
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The RV shower dispenser is another one of those mods that should come from the factory as standard, or at least be an option when ordering. RV showers are already small enough and having to find a place for your shampoo, soap, and lotion is no easy feat. There are several solutions to this issue, such as wall-mount wire racks, or just reaching out of the shower to grab what you need from the sink counter. But there is a neat solution to this “problem”. It’s the RV shower dispenser. And after you mod your RV with one, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it.
Installing one of these dispensers is one of the easiest mods you can do to your RV. Almost all dispensers are mounted using double-sided tape and silicone glue. This is the easiest way to go. The other less popular and slightly more difficult way is to use wall anchors and screws. While this will work is most residential installations, RV interior walls are generally hollow, so the supplied plastic wall anchors won’t work very well. If you must go this route, use butterfly style anchors. These spread out behind the wall and offer good mounting security.
If you opt for the integrated 3-chamber dispenser, there are two ways to go, mounting the housing on a flat wall or the corner mount style. Since most RV showers are small, corner mounting in the front part of the shower stall will give you the most room. If you have a corner style, or triangular shower enclosure, mounting the dispenser directly below the shower head bracket will make the best of the available room.
Once you have decided how and where you will mount the dispenser, clean the area thoroughly with rubbing alcohol to remove any soap film. If the surface you are mounting to is molded fiberglass, it must be cleaned with nail polish remover without oil. This eliminates any wax residue left behind by the molding process.
After cleaning, test fit the dispenser in the location where you want to mount it to ensure there is enough clearance to remove the chambers for both cleaning and filling. Now remove the chamber from the mounting bracket. This will help reduce the weight of the assembly so the glue can dry without the risk of the unit falling off the wall. Of course, if you are using wall anchors, this won’t be a problem.
Here is where you choose whether you want to flat or corner mount because it makes a difference where the double sided tape and glue goes. Once you have decided, affix the four double sided tape pieces to the appropriate corner areas on the bracket. Along the two sides of the bracket, there is an rectangular area to spread the glue on. Spread a generous amount on but not too much as you don’t want glue oozing out from the sides. If it does, clean immediately.
Next, press the bracket firmly against the wall and hold for a few seconds. The tape should easily hold the weight but you want to ensure the glue spreads out under pressure. This will ensure a good bond with the wall and bracket. Let the glue dry for at least a few hours before mounting the dispenser chambers to the bracket.
Finally, place the chambers in to the bracket and fill with desired shampoo, soap, and lotion. The dispenser kit will usually come will label stickers for each type of liquid, so be sure to affix them to the right dispenser. Now you’re done. No more reaching out of the shower or fumbling around for the soap!
ModMyRV recommends these parts for this mod:
Shower Soap and Shampoo Dispenser
Shower Dispenser Installation Video