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Re: Shower Secrets

Postby ae6black » Tue Sep 30, 2014 3:20 pm

I am not very inventive. I just take a simple 5 gal plastic bucket and drill a hole about an inch up from the bottom and install 3/4" pipe with a cheap shut valve between the bucket and a cheap shower head purchased from Lowes. I simply drill progressively larger holes in the center of the inner shower head assembly until I get the stream I want. You discover the hole size by trial and error. I've made three of these and every one because of a different shower head has a slightly different hole drilled in it. Very simple assembly, the thing is gravity fed and 1 gal of hot water in 4 cold gals gives a nice warm shower. I just have the bucket assembly sitting on a shelf in a wooden frame 4 x 4 feet X 8 foot tall that is wrapped in a dark tarp. I discovered the hard way that a dark tarp works better at blocking the heat of the sun than a light colored one. You also don't put on a shadow show when the sun is directly overhead. You don't have much money in such an assembly and it works great. The whole thing breaks down and sits up on the top of the Tow vehicle.

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Re: Shower Secrets

Postby Deediggler » Sun Feb 22, 2015 9:48 pm

This has been my Camp shower for the last couple years. The only thing I wish I would have done is find a stainless version that is the same size. Working on installing a Suburban water heater on my camper so I won't need to worry about it for too much longer.

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Re: Shower Secrets

Postby Patti » Tue Feb 24, 2015 8:22 pm

Dr Bronner's Soap is supposed to be fine for any kind of outdoor use. I use it for everything around the house from kitchen to bath to laundry.

http://blog.outdoorherbivore.com/camp-t ... ners-soap/
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Re: Shower Secrets

Postby Wolffarmer » Tue Feb 24, 2015 11:16 pm

I use Bronner's for shampoo and shaving cream. The two times a year I shave.

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Re: Shower Secrets

Postby ZugZug » Wed Feb 25, 2015 6:38 am

Have been reading this thread with interest.

Thinking at this stage I might stick with my current method. Which is about as simple as it gets.

My camp shower is just a bucket with a lid and a scoop. Inside the bucket I keep whatever I need for my shower (to suds up with, and a flannel). I take those out of the bucket, place them on the lid and place on the ground (so it serves as a little table top for my stuff, and they don't get dirty).

That leaves me with the bucket, which I fill with water. Then I take a pot full of water out of the bucket, boil it on the stove, and pour it back into the bucket. That seems to give me the perfect temperature, just about every time. But if it needs a bit more I can always do it again. Takes less than 5 mins.

Anyway, then the scoop is used to tip over myself, I lather up, then the scoop again to rinse.

My 10L shower always seems to leave a few litres at the end, not needed (strictly speaking) but absolutely lovely to up-end directly from the bucket over my head to finish off.

It's the way a lot of people shower in India, but using the hot and cold water tap in the bathroom (at bucket level). I picked it up as a method on a visit there a few years back.

It's amazing how nice a shower method this is. And no issues about pumps, pressure, hoses or anything like that. So long as you have somewhere to boil a pot of water, you're all set :D

P.S. No doubt this has been mentioned before, but in my quick flick through the thread I couldn't see it, so thought I'd mention it just in case.
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Re: Shower Secrets

Postby KCStudly » Wed Feb 25, 2015 7:36 am

Zug Zug, Thanks for posting that. I think I like your method best of all, out of all of these. Simple, to the point, and a bucket is required equipment in the main area I plan to visit, so it becomes a multi-tasker. :thumbsup:
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Re: Shower Secrets

Postby Patti » Wed Feb 25, 2015 10:59 am

@zugzug, you and Christina of Tiny Yellow Teardrop think alike. Here are pics of her setup.

http://tinyyellowteardrop.blogspot.com/ ... hower.html
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Re: Shower Secrets

Postby Wolffarmer » Wed Feb 25, 2015 11:59 am

I been doing this for 3 years next month. I heat up about 2-2.5 gallons of water on my stove to near boiling and put in a 5 gallon plastic bucket and fill with cold water until just warm on my hand and then use an unbreakable coffee cup to dump water on me. I usually use 4 and a bit gallons and dump the rest on me. Give me more exercise dipping water out a cup at a time. Not a bad thing. I probably use more water than most people need to but if you lived in my skin you would also. :(

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Re: Shower Secrets

Postby ZugZug » Sat Mar 21, 2015 4:34 pm

Pleased to see I'm not the only one likes this simple approach.

My best tip (and it took me a little while to find one) is to get hold of a plastic jug/scoop that has a hook for a handle, rather than the usual loop handle. I got one from a kitchen place (it's a medium sized measuring jug). That way, when the scoop is being rested (i.e. you're shampooing your hair or whatever), the scoop is waiting nicely hooked over the side of the bucket (from the inside of the bucket). So it never touches the ground and never gets dirty.

And yes the bucket can be multi-tasking. In our current tent camping set-up, it also serves as my coffee table alongside the bed. Still with my shower gear inside it, but the lid on the bucket is perfect to put a cup of tea on, and my kindle overnight or whatever.

In our new camp setup, with our luxe new teardrop, I'm guessing it will be used as a little table in the lounge area (outside the galley) when I'm not using it for showering.

Checked out the tiny yellow teardrop set up too. A bit more involved than mine, but also really good. I don't have a shower tent yet, and generally shower in my bathing costume. But if we were going for an extended stay I might consider doing this as well.
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Re: Shower Secrets

Postby rowerwet » Sat Mar 28, 2015 10:07 am

After trying the garden sprayer and solar shower my wife decided she likes this the best.
http://zodi.com/hot-showers/hot-tap-with-bag
The only thing to add is a bucket of water, we found the best thing to do is run the shower head back into the bucket until the water is the temp you want, then turn off the gas and take a shower. 5 gallons is enough for both of us to shower and still have some left.
I think the heat exchanger in the zodi is faster, more efficient than boiling water on a stove or fire.
I got a great deal on the zodi $75 on clearance at wallyworld.
We use the side tents on the tear to shower or a pop up changing tent for canoe camping. http://www.amazon.com/Portable-Changing ... B00BXLTPWY.
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Re: Shower Secrets

Postby the deer farm » Sat Mar 28, 2015 8:50 pm

I have the same zodi....bought 2 at a yard sale for 15 bucks for both...lady said one did not work. All it was a loose clamp on hose...the other one was brand new. I use a OUThouse camo hunting blind I picked up another yard sale for 5 bucks...make a great shower stall. These showers are GREAT!!!
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Re: Shower Secrets

Postby Ron Dickey » Sun Aug 16, 2015 9:51 pm

there is a system out there that you carry above you car or trailer. I offers a metal BLACK cylinder with caps at each end a place to put a hand pump and a spigot.
you add pressure and hook a shower to the spigot and you have a shower.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xF5EBUPeWOw

this guy offers one that goes around his luggage rack and offers a pull out shower rod to attach curtain to.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WxVxPxQKA8

This is another ABS shower put on a vw camper van
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KdH52d8GMnA
smart elbow to bring it down for shower hookups.

I would like to make one into a luggage rack so it has a double use for the top of the car.
Just need a hand pump, ABS fittings, a outdoor spigot, a pressure valve, a hand shower, and a shower enclosure.
Fill after you get to camp sit or fill before hand before you go to the beach or even work site.

I have been looking at solar cooking and remember these so I thought I would tell you folks about them.
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Re: Shower Secrets

Postby tfunk » Thu Sep 17, 2015 9:09 pm

The 5 gallon Cornelius kegs work well. Have a dip tube. One in one out, pressure relief at 35 psi built in, stainless steel. Typically 25$ at a home brew supplier.
I have been using a 10 watt pump. 35 psi @1.2 gpm, hooked it up with 3/8 air and water hose. The high pressure allows me to use less water.
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Re: Shower Secrets

Postby accrete » Wed Dec 02, 2015 1:39 am

like other's posts...my wife and I chose simplicity.

Pour a kettle of ambient temp water into a ~2 gallon bucket.
Pour a kettle of boiled water into same bucket.

Stir : )

Toss in a hand shower's water-pump in the bucket. Plug in its 12v power cord to an appropriate power supply and enjoy a nice shower.

In our rig it all fits inside this nice shower closet my MacGirlver wifie designed.

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open in shower mode (it doubles as our porta-potty area during the day. pictured above the shelf is our shower-version 2.0 garden sprayer...we're now on v3.0 the link above)

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Re: Shower Secrets

Postby MidTNJasonF » Wed Dec 02, 2015 9:24 pm

tfunk wrote:The 5 gallon Cornelius kegs work well. Have a dip tube. One in one out, pressure relief at 35 psi built in, stainless steel. Typically 25$ at a home brew supplier.
I have been using a 10 watt pump. 35 psi @1.2 gpm, hooked it up with 3/8 air and water hose. The high pressure allows me to use less water.


I wish you could find them for $25. They are $60 to $75 for ball lock style and about ten bucks cheaper for pin lock fitting kegs.

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