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Old 03-06-2013, 07:23 AM   #15
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With a 13' boler we've been utilizing the shower bag and a pop-up cabana for years because one of our favourite Provincial Park Campgrounds (Kiosk) in the northern end of Algonquin has no showers. We like the pop-up cabana rather than the shower Tent because it only takes about 30 seconds to pop it up and when it's folded back into it's bag it hides beneath the mattress. We also keep the porta potti in there when it's not in use as a shower.
We also use the cabana here at home as a change room for the pool when a bunch of our grandchildren are here. Saves on our floors!
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Old 03-06-2013, 08:23 AM   #16
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It may be a moot point, the ad has been pulled
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Old 03-06-2013, 10:56 AM   #17
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The door opening in my Bigfoot is 67" x 22.5". The 2 piece front window is 68" x 24". The actual dimensions may be slightly larger if all the mounting trim was removed and measured from the bare fiberglass.
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Old 03-06-2013, 04:13 PM   #18
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I'll add my 2 cents.


While it would be complicated, and a dirty job, you could build a shower pan and walls in place.

You could also cut open a section of your camper, install it and repair the opening.

I've seen this sort of thing done on boats.


You have to weigh the time and expense against buying another camper with one already installed. If you are handy with fiberglassing and work for free, the materials costs are not bad. You also have to be willing to cut holes in perfectly good fiberglass, or otherwise cut up something that is working. For most people this is the hard part.

Fiberglass works is 30-60 minutes of work a day over a week or two. Sanding can be a nasty job and you need a good respirator.

The most difficult part is matching gel coat colors, but painting is not difficult either.
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Old 03-06-2013, 05:58 PM   #19
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My shower solution

Hot showers are important to me. So I'm rigging up something I can use in my 13' Scamp, that will be easy up and down as well as not take up much space.
I purchased this dog wash tub at a different site--I think I paid $30. I will add a hose to drain it to an outside gray water container.
Portable Collapsible Pet Bath Tub Indoor Outdoor Large Labs or Any Size Grooming - Shampooing & Washing

I also purchased a shower tent that I will suspend against the cabinets using an adjustable tension curtain rod.
Amazon.com: Texsport Privacy Shelter w/Shower: Sports & Outdoors

I had planned to use a pump sprayer with water warmed on the stove, but decided to splurge when I found this water heater/shower unit. It had great reviews and I found it below the msrp, so I went for it. I plan to put it under the rear dinette seat and add a small access panel to flip the switch on and run the hose/showerhead. Will also adapt to run off of my propane tank.
Amazon.com: Basecamp by Mr. Heater Aquacube Digital Shower (Blk/Silver): Sports & Outdoors

With the Fantastic Fan I just added, I think it will vent the moisture out without a problem. I also plan to purchase a large popup shower tent to use outdoors with the setup when the weather is warm.
I don't plan to travel with everything in the Scamp, I'll just take what I intend to use for my trip depending on the time of year.

Anyhoo, that's my plan and I'm sticking to it. Tub with fittings and hose $40; Hanging Shower tent $20; Basecamp shower unit $280; popup tent $50 = Total under $400. Hot daily shower...PRICELESS!
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Anyhoo, that's my plan and I'm sticking to it. Tub with fittings and hose $40; Hanging Shower tent $20; Basecamp shower unit $280; popup tent $50 = Total under $400. Hot daily shower...PRICELESS!
Neat! Coincidentally, I'm working on something similar. I was sold on a mortar mixing tub from Home Depot for a base, but I'll look at the dog washing tub as a possibility.

Edit: Reviews on Amazon say the dog tub is not that water tight. Could be problem in a trailer. Another alternative is a plastic pan made to go under water heaters:

http://www.homedepot.com/p/t/1001774...2#.UTfiD1cj6rM

This is the large mortar pan, there is one a little smaller, too:
http://www.homedepot.com/p/t/2020861...4#.UTfiS1cj6rM
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Old 03-06-2013, 06:32 PM   #21
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Thank you all for your insightful replies and ideas. This. A great forum for feedback. As suggested, I think the shower tent/pop up is the way to go. Sounds simple...I like simple

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Thanks for posting the links!
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Old 03-07-2013, 12:27 AM   #23
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Edit: Reviews on Amazon say the dog tub is not that water tight. Could be problem in a trailer. Another alternative is a plastic pan made to go under water heaters:
I saw the amazon reviews but thought perhaps it was due to dogs with claws, so I decided to give it a try since it folds flat and is light weight. I was also considering the Home Depot mortar pan, but thought it looked a little to shallow, so I was considering the Tuff Stuff trough as an alternative if the dog tub doesn't work out. Its under $30 too.
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I saw the amazon reviews but thought perhaps it was due to dogs with claws, so I decided to give it a try since it folds flat and is light weight. I was also considering the Home Depot mortar pan, but thought it looked a little to shallow, so I was considering the Tuff Stuff trough as an alternative if the dog tub doesn't work out. Its under $30 too.
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Wow, that feed tub is super heavy duty. For my UHaul, my plan is to leave the tub in place semi-permanently acting as a drawer to hold miscellaneous stuff, so a rectangular or square tub is most space efficient.

My initial shower used dollar store curtains hung from a PVC water pipe frame. I attached a hula hoop to the bottom of the curtain. This was very effective in forcing the water into the base, so a high tub side was not necessary. I was using a doggie swimming pool which had a 6" side but could have been much lower.
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Wow, that feed tub is super heavy duty.
My initial shower used dollar store curtains hung from a PVC water pipe frame. I attached a hula hoop to the bottom of the curtain. This was very effective in forcing the water into the base, so a high tub side was not necessary. I was using a doggie swimming pool which had a 6" side but could have been much lower.
It is heavy for sure. When considering it, I planned to keep it in the back of the pickup and store stuff in it, so I wasn't as concerned about weight. Its definitely too big to keep in the trailer all the time. I also thought about using a plastic storage bin, but in my past experience they eventually cracked when storing items in them in the trailer. Good to know that you didn't need very high sides. That was my concern. If the doggie tub doesn't work out, I think the concrete mixing tub is a great solution.
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It is heavy for sure. When considering it, I planned to keep it in the back of the pickup and store stuff in it, so I wasn't as concerned about weight. Its definitely too big to keep in the trailer all the time. I also thought about using a plastic storage bin, but in my past experience they eventually cracked when storing items in them in the trailer. Good to know that you didn't need very high sides. That was my concern. If the doggie tub doesn't work out, I think the concrete mixing tub is a great solution.
Ikea has some big containers, too, if you have one near you.
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Old 03-07-2013, 09:51 PM   #27
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Portable showers inside trailers isn't anything new. Check out this great thread from Ken James back in 2005 for inspiration: The portable shower
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