Hang ‘em High
Hanging towels in the bathroom is personal, which is why many RV manufacturers leave towel bar and ring installations up to the owners. My 39-foot fifth wheel came with only one towel rod on the shower door. However, draping extra damp towels over the shower enclosure restricted air flow and prevented them from quickly drying, especially in cold weather.
Unfortunately, there were no available blank walls in my model’s bathroom to install extra towel bars, so I zeroed in on a way to utilize the space in the shower stall without impacting elbowroom. After some head scratching, I came up with a solution using a shower curtain rod.
Fortunately, I have very high ceilings in my shower and I was able to mount the rod overhead without being an issue for my 6-foot-tall body. The rod can be mounted in several places and can be left on the loose side so it can be removed from the brackets when you take a shower if your stall is not high enough.
Installation was very easy. In fact, I did not need the wall brackets because my substrate was solid, leaving the tension alone to hold the rod in place. Both sides of the rod are adjustable, so I decided to position them evenly to make the rod even stronger. I simply measured 36 inches and made chalk marks on the concrete patio outside to use as a template for adjusting the rod evenly on both ends. Because I didn’t use the wall brackets, I was able to move the towel rod in many different locations for best convenience. I can always keep the rod in a closet and put it up quickly when needed, but in this installation, the rod is not in the way.
Finally, I found a little carousel with clips on Amazon (Google “Ikea Asia Pressa Hanging Dryer 16 clothes pegs”; $16.89) that works hand-in-hand with the new shower curtain rod. This little device, which holds small wet items like socks or washcloths, can be hung in the shower to control dripping water, and be stored in a cabinet when not in use.
A little ingenuity and a few bucks and I now have my living room back — and can still enjoy dry towels.