Shower Review Travel Plaza Georgia Carnesville

This “Shower Review Travel Plaza Georgia Carnesville” is a review of the shower facility at the Carnesville Travel Plaza in Carnesville, GA, USA, based upon our own expectations of what a shower facility that caters to professional truck drivers of commercial motor vehicles should be like, our own preferences (especially in comparison to a home bathroom), and our observations.

Shower Review Travel Plaza Georgia Carnesville

Date: 5/24/2010

Location: Carnesville Travel Plaza, Carnesville, GA, I-85, Exit 160

Overall Facility: Shower Review Travel Plaza Georgia Carnesville

  • Showers assigned by clerk in travel store.
  • Key assigned by clerk in travel store.
  • Able to get one more towel from truck stop laundry room.
  • We paid for this shower with USD $10.

Shower #18 (oops!) #17
(Note: The clerk originally assigned the first shower, but upon our finding the door open and used towels and a used washcloth in the room, we determined that the shower had been used without being cleaned. Mike returned to the clerk who took the key from #18 and gave him the key to #17.)

Pros: Shower Review Travel Plaza Georgia Carnesville

  • As this was a “double shower,” two towels, two washcloths, two thicker paper bathmats and two small packaged bars of soap were waiting for us in the shower room.
  • Counter space at and adjacent to sink was spacious
  • There was a light fixture on the wall directly over the sink/mirror by which male drivers can get a close shave without nicking
  • The mirror was well positioned on wall behind sink for both short and tall drivers
  • Water pressure from sink was good
  • Electrical outlets worked well
  • There were two showerheads in the shower
  • Both showerheads were positioned in the stall so as to allow the user not to get wet when turning on the water
  • This shower had a shower door to prevent splattering of water outside the stall
  • Towels and washcloths were sufficiently thick
  • Toilet flushed well
  • The fan worked very well
  • The mirror did not fog at all, even when the fan was off, meaning that there was good ventilation in the room
  • Showerheads could be positioned where needed
  • The movable seat was more than big enough for an oversized shower bag
  • Although the toilet paper holder allowed for only one household-sized roll of tissue, at least Mike was not crowded by a dispenser when he sat down.

Cons: Shower Review Travel Plaza Georgia Carnesville

  • One towel hook was on the wall opposite the shower stall; two others were over the movable seat across the room from the shower.
  • There was no door restrictor and no locking knob on the door.
  • The showerheads, although looking like the ones that typically deliver a “sand blaster” type of spray, ranged from a decent delivery to one that was just ok — definitely not like a home showerhead.
  • Water pressure in the shower reduced significantly when a toilet was flushed
  • Water temperature in the shower rose significantly when a toilet was flushed
  • There were the beginnings of mold/mildew in the grout in the shower
  • The mirror was discolored in numerous places
  • There were three corners on the counter where there was a greenish discoloration like it hadn’t been cleaned really well
  • The soap holder near the showerhead on the other side of the sink wall was placed such that Vicki described it as an “elbow breaker”; it should have been installed on the same wall as the showerhead instead of being installed in the line of the water flow where a user could easily hit it with an elbow
  • The toilet seat has numerous dark spots on it. When we arrived, there was a small piece of toilet paper on it which appeared to have been wet some time in the past and left to dry. Also, there were some small dark floating objects on top of the water in the toilet which we won’t even bother to speculate what were. To us, the toilet paper on the seat and the objects floating on top of the water were sufficient reason to believe the toilet had not been thoroughly cleaned since being used by a previous shower customer.

Note: Shower Review Travel Plaza Georgia Carnesville

We’re sure that this shower was in better condition in days past. The age of the unit can best be summarized by the type of toilet paper roll holder, which allowed one household-sized roll (not the industrial-sized rolls that are being used in some other shower facilities).

In case there is any doubt, we took pictures of some of the problem areas in this room, but are loathe to publish them for public viewing.

Overall Grade

Overall grade for this shower at this facility on a scale of A+ to F- (with A+ being the best, F- being the worst): C

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