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Shower Review Pilot South Carolina Gaffney


This "Shower Review Pilot South Carolina Gaffney" is a review of the shower facility at the Pilot Travel Center in Gaffney, SC, 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: "Shower Review Pilot South Carolina Gaffney"

Date: 7/20/2010

Location: Pilot Travel Center, Gaffney, SC, I-85, exit 90





Overall facility: "Shower Review Pilot South Carolina Gaffney"

  • Showers assigned automatically via kiosk
  • Keyless entry via keypad (code on printout from kiosk)
  • Shower customer number and shower number could be seen on display in the travel store.
  • Announcement of shower assignment could be heard in the travel store.
  • Shower is free with minimum 50 gallon purchase of fuel from a Pilot Travel Center anywhere in the nation within the last 5 days.


Shower #3 (This particular shower room had a photo of a Yamaha on the outside of the door and a photo of a Harley Davidson on the inside wall over the toilet.)

A photo of the framed photo of a Harley Davidson in Shower #3 at the Pilot Travel Center, Gaffney, SC.
Framed photo in room.




Pros: "Shower Review Pilot South Carolina Gaffney"

  • As we approached the shower room, the shower attendant (Kathy) automatically handed Vicki one more towel. Vicki asked for two and Kathy got another one for her.
  • One towel, one washcloth and one small packaged bar of soap were waiting for us when we entered the room.
  • There was plenty of counter space at the sink
  • Towels and washcloths were adequate to meet our needs.
  • Mirror was well positioned on wall behind sink for both short and tall drivers
  • There was a light over the mirror to allow male customers to shave without getting nicked.
  • A door restrictor was on the door.
  • Water pressure from sink was good.
  • Electrical outlets worked well.
  • There were two good sized towel hooks on the wall near the shower stall. (There was also a screw on the wall that could have been used as a hook even though it may not have been put there for that purpose.)
  • The built-in seat was large enough for an oversized shower bag to rest on.
  • There was no discernible change in either pressure or temperature of shower water when a toilet was flushed.
  • This shower stall had a built-in indention opposite the shower head where customers could put their soap, shampoo, etc. without having to bend down to access them from the floor or stall lip.
  • The tiles in the shower stall were larger and more comfortable to stand on than in some Pilot shower stalls we've been in.
  • There was a drain on the opposite side of the toilet from the shower stall by which water on the floor could be removed.
  • Although the fan worked well, it could not compete with the humidity in the room.




Cons: "Shower Review Pilot South Carolina Gaffney"

  • Two of the towels seemed a little rough to the touch. We're not sure what causes this as most towels in truck stop showers we've visited are softer.
  • Even though a deadbolt lock had been installed on the door, it did not work.
  • Shower water could not be turned on without getting wet.
  • Showerhead delivered water with pretty near "sand blaster" force. (Why not use a standard shower head and regular water pressure?)
  • The ventilation in the room most definitely did not allow humidity to be withdrawn well. Every solid surface (mirror, sink, walls, floor, toilet, built-in seat, etc., including our glasses, toiletries and shower bag) had condensation form on it during our showers. This situation may have resulted in part from the force of the water coming from the shower.
  • The toilet was positioned too close to the built-in seat to give large-framed customers sufficient room to sit in comfort. Why not install the toilet so that it is centered between the toilet paper dispenser and the built-in seat?


Photos: "Shower Review Pilot South Carolina Gaffney"

A photo of the very badly fogged mirror in Shower #3 at the Pilot Travel Center, Gaffney, SC. This shower has a bad humidity problem.

A photo of the very badly fogged mirror in Shower #3 at the Pilot Travel Center, Gaffney, SC.

This shower room has a bad humidity/ventilation problem. Not only did the mirror fog up, but condensation formed on other solid surfaces in the room.


A photo showing the proximity of the toilet to the toilet paper dispenser and the built-in seat in Shower #3 at the Pilot Travel Center in Gaffney, SC.

A photo showing the proximity of the toilet to the toilet paper dispenser and the built-in seat in Shower #3 at the Pilot Travel Center in Gaffney, SC.

The toilet is too close to the built-in seat for large-framed customers to sit on the toilet in comfort.

The toilet needs to be centered between the toilet paper dispenser and the built-in seat.



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








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