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Old 09-30-2015, 01:19 PM   #71
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Back to the original question: I have a 13 footer camper and have always been a camping fool. Camping year round. Boondock mostly. I use an outdoor shower tent and a ZODI Hot water shower. All you need is a bucket of clean water and 6 batteries for the submirsable pump and propane cylinder. Works great! Also use a Porti Poti inside camper for nightly use. Just put chemicals in, Dispose of paper in trash can, NO SMELL, NEVER A MESS. Have used this system over 30 years. Many use the motos, " No muss, no fuss" or "Keep it simple stupid" Just do what works for you Diane. There is no right or wrong way...you will find your way.
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Old 09-30-2015, 01:24 PM   #72
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Really nice kitchen counter and sink. Is that an IKEA sink?
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Old 09-30-2015, 02:47 PM   #73
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Yes it is an IKEA sink and drain. The counter top is a Poplar 2' X ?' butcher block type panel from Lowe's stained with a mixture of several stains and pre-stain conditioner to get the color I wanted. It was then "varnished" with epoxy resin.
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I am kind of amazed at how this post about the facilities is such an active one... who knew???
Hi, the one about the sawdust porta potty installation went twelve pages before the moderator decided we'd had enough. Apparently this is an important issue, one every camper has to deal with, and one that probably deserves a lot of discussion...I know it's of interest to us! (Still looking for that perfect egg, and fascinated with the possibilities!)
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Greetings Diane and best wishes on your hunt for the perfect-for-you camper : )

For my wife and I? We wouldn't think of spending XX$$ on any rig without having the ability to shower and do-business. Even in our Van Conversion my MacGirlver of a wife managed to design, and then have Van Specialties of Portland, build her a bathroom-closet... ~18" deep from wall X ~30 wide when closed, and when open can be used as a private shower or powder/pottie room.



There are soooo many great ideas floating around this and other related forums that you are bound to find simple, affordable solutions for taking care of business.

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Back to the original question: I have a 13 footer camper and have always been a camping fool. Camping year round. Boondock mostly. I use an outdoor shower tent and a ZODI Hot water shower. All you need is a bucket of clean water and 6 batteries for the submirsable pump and propane cylinder. Works great! Also use a Porti Poti inside camper for nightly use. Just put chemicals in, Dispose of paper in trash can, NO SMELL, NEVER A MESS. Have used this system over 30 years. Many use the motos, " No muss, no fuss" or "Keep it simple stupid" Just do what works for you Diane. There is no right or wrong way...you will find your way.
Onboard bathroom involves lighting the water heater and pouring a shot of tank treatment down the toilet. Then use it for a week between visits to the dump station.
Sounds much more "Keep it simple stupid" and less "Rube Goldberg" to me, and the paper goes down the toilet!
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We used (and still have) a Zodi shower unit that we used in the past with a shower tent until we added a water heater and an outside shower panel to both of our past 13'ers for showers when they aren't available in campgrounds. Works neat, we have it when we need it, and it's not taking up space when we don't. Ditto for the porta-potty vs a fixed bathroom.


As mentioned, different systems work for different peeps and, so far, none of them are "Rube Goldberg" at all, just different.
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Here is the shower unit we use. Plug it in to a 12v supply and your bucket of choice with your temp of water and enjoy.

Amazon.com : Portable 12V DC Powered Water Pump & Shower Unit : Portable Camping Shower Gear : Sports & Outdoors_

and this collapsible bucket:
http://www.amazon.com/COLOURWAVE-Col...4414610&sr=8-8

We get a nice shower out of two kettles full of water (one ambient + one boiled) .

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We used (and still have) a Zodi shower unit that we used in the past with a shower tent until we added a water heater and an outside shower panel to both of our past 13'ers for showers when they aren't available in campgrounds. Works neat, we have it when we need it, and it's not taking up space when we don't. Ditto for the porta-potty vs a fixed bathroom.


As mentioned, different systems work for different peeps and, so far, none of them are "Rube Goldberg" at all, just different.
Unless you stash it in another accessible dimension, it takes up space whether you need it at the moment or not!
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Yep, that's it's major drawback, but the Zodi unit only take up about the same space as a Group 27 battery box and is a lot easier to move and store than an entire bathroom.... LOL
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Yep, that's it's major drawback, but the Zodi unit only take up about the same space as a Group 27 battery box and is a lot easier to move and store than an entire bathroom.... LOL
if you want a box full of boxes you gotta get an HC1, then you'll never know where something is when you need it. but it sure is cute!
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A question for the group. I hardly ever camp at developed campgrounds. I normally just find some dirt road or a pull out and (for now) sleep in the car. This works great when I am by myself, but for the two of us it becomes a hassle. Subaru Forester is a pretty small car Wife and I can sleep fine, but there's no space for gear.

Essentially I almost always "stealth" camp. I have been trying to decide between getting a van and a fiberglass trailer. A trailer is more appealing since it is cheaper and holds value better. A van is stealthier.

If I were to go with a trailer, should I get a toilet and a shower? A portable toilet vs real plumbing? I'd probably just get a new Scamp 13, so can choose my options.

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I can assure you Floyd as having twelve trailers with similar layouts as your scamp that none are as easy to keep organized as the hc1.
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First place to shop is in your owners manual to determine the towing capacity of your Subaru, with special attention to the tongue weight listed.


And, as manufacturers listed weights are only a low-ball starting point, the second place is here, seeing what comes within those limits.
Trailer Weights in the Real World


There is at least one earlier thread about towing a 16' FGRV with a Subaru, and the outcome wasn't all that great for the driveline.


Basically you are pretty much limited to a 13' and the Scamp 13' is the easiest to find with a bathroom, but somewhat harder to find with a shower. New is an option, and the last I heard the wait time for delivery was only about 4 months.


There are a number of lighter and slightly small options in the previously owned category, but finding the exact options desired may be difficult.


FWIW: We pulled the loo and holding tank out of our Hunter and went to a Dometic 975 SeaLand porta-potty and find it much more convenient, especially if you are adverse to visiting conventional campgrounds. But there are extensive threads on the pro-and cons of that issue. And again, wanting a 13' with a full (?) bath will severely restrict your choices.


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