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Old 01-23-2010, 01:13 PM   #1
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Has anyone used a solar shower , the black bag and hose , i'm curious to find out how well it works . I bought one last year at the end of summer and haven't used it . How long does it take to heat the water and are you happy with it .
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Old 01-23-2010, 01:20 PM   #2
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Not sure I have the same brand, but the little hose thingy bob flips off (I think due to pressure of the weight of the water) which makes me crazy, but I have used it when boondocking and it's far better than ice cold water. But don't expect a hot lengthy shower. It's quick, tepid to warm. Far better than nothing. Bought mine at wallie world think it was less than $20
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Old 01-23-2010, 01:36 PM   #3
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Has anyone used a solar shower , the black bag and hose , i'm curious to find out how well it works . I bought one last year at the end of summer and haven't used it . How long does it take to heat the water and are you happy with it .
Hi Perry:
I used to use them all the time when wilderness camping.
Used to fill it and leave it in the sun for the afternoon, or a few hours
anyway.
Hung it from a tree, turned the spout on to get wet, then off,
soap up, then on again to rinse off, and it was enough for 2 people.

I thought it was a great idea, and the water was quite warm,
certainly not real hot, but I felt clean afterward, lol!

Cheers, jake.
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Old 01-23-2010, 01:40 PM   #4
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We use them all the time and have found that the cheaper brands are quite flimsy....BUT... the more expensive ones are amazing. Sometimes on a sunny day the water warms so much that you have to add some cold water to the bag before showering so you won't burn yourself. The better bags have a built on temp guage on the front and you can see how hot the water is from that."

If nothing else, you can use them just as a wilderness shower even if you have to add warm water yourself...better shower than buckets over head!
The one we like is called " H2O Sun Shower 11 "at 5 gallon capacity made by" Stearns Outdoors"

We have 2 of them and also use them to heat water for dishes. Met someone who had 2 rigged up on the roof of the van to heat water while driving and have hot water at the ready when they parked for the night!
Going to try that ourselves this year.

Everyone travels differently, but we travel simply and it does suit our needs. Soon on the road and the solar showers are packed already!
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Old 01-23-2010, 01:41 PM   #5
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In Arizona you have to be careful using these because the water will get so hot it will burn you. Other then that it's been great when needed.
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Old 01-25-2010, 07:36 AM   #6
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I had one which I used and it was ok, not to good. I have tossed it out and replaced it with a 1 gallon garden sprayer. I have to heat the water seperately, but I am mush happier.
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I could not do my lifestyle without one. I'm also another one who throws it up on a roof rack if I'll be out driving for a few hours. If the bag gets punctured (like if you travel with a cat!), it can easily be patched with a bicycle tube patch.
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Old 01-25-2010, 03:07 PM   #8
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Yep, I carry and use one and prefer it to heating water with my water heater for a hot shower. I find that the 2.5 gallon one is more than sufficient for a one person shower and two can use it if the first one is frugal, taking a "navy" shower. I find it takes a couple of hourts to heat up bu it works well and there is no grey water to lug around. I just wander off and hang it onto a tree limb in some non-visible location and shower down, saving some for a hot shave, too!
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I had one which I used and it was ok, not to good. I have tossed it out and replaced it with a 1 gallon garden sprayer. I have to heat the water seperately, but I am mush happier.
I'll put in a hearty second for the garden sprayer. I love mine. It's great for showering, and has many other uses too. The pressure spray makes it handy for all kinds of things, and it also seems to make it easier to conserve water. It's like you can kind of "blow" some of the soap off with a fine mist of water.

I found that with a black one, I often did not need to heat the water separately from just solar heating. On the occasion that it's not quite warm enough, or I want "instant" water, I sort it out with a bit of water from the kettle/stove.

Raya

PS: I took off the original hose and replaced it with a longer one; then I shortened the wand to make it handier. You can also put on one of those "right side of the kitchen sink" sprayer handles.
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