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Old 01-23-2009, 09:57 AM   #15
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How about considering the simple solar water heater? A 2.5 gal one is more than ample for one frugal shower. Get a 5 gal one if you require two or more showers or extra hot water for other tasks. It is just slightly more of a hassle but the cost outlay is minuscule in comparison ($25.99/5 gal & $15.99/2.5 gal) and only consumes free energy.

Five Gallon Model: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000J2Q0T4

2.5 gallon model: http://www.amazon.com/Advanced-Elements-Ga...ref=pd_sim_sg_4

I prefer this avenue


ME too, Me too....... ......just be careful cause sometimes those solar showers just TOO hot and one has to add a bit of cool water. Like the bags with the attached temp gauge on them.
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Old 01-23-2009, 12:46 PM   #16
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Garden sprayer on solar steriods: Solar shower

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Oh come on -- I've been holding off on my Garden Sprayer spiel

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Old 01-23-2009, 05:03 PM   #17
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How about considering the simple solar water heater? ...
And when do you take your showers in the middle of the day? Does not make sense to me to stop my routine in the middle of the day for a shower
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Old 01-23-2009, 06:38 PM   #18
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to each his/her own.
i'll pass on the solar shower. i prefer to have a nice hot shower when i get back from playing in the desert.
the weather in the desert right now where i like to play is 50 day and 29 at night.
most often i come back to the trailer from my day of rolling around in the dirt just before dark where the temperatures are chilly.
a hot shower sure sounds nice.

if the bag-o-water works for you... more power to ya'. i prefer to have a HOT shower over a 50 shower.
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Old 01-28-2009, 03:00 PM   #19
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to each his/her own.
i'll pass on the solar shower. i prefer to have a nice hot shower when i get back from playing in the desert.
the weather in the desert right now where i like to play is 50 day and 29 at night.
most often i come back to the trailer from my day of rolling around in the dirt just before dark where the temperatures are chilly.
a hot shower sure sounds nice.

if the bag-o-water works for you... more power to ya'. i prefer to have a HOT shower over a 50 shower.
Oh you can have one with a bag. We have used these a lot kayaking and here on the wet coast we often just added a bit of boiled water to get it up to a nice warm shower level when the sun failed us or we did not have time to wait for the sun.


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Old 01-28-2009, 03:06 PM   #20
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We have to add cool water to our bag shower here in Arizona.
I don't think a stove can heat water as hot or a s fast as the Arizona sun can....
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Old 05-16-2009, 06:56 AM   #21
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[quote]i am trying out this new (to me) gizmo i picked up from camping world.
it is a tankless water heater for camping.
http://www.campingworld.com/shopping/item/...er-heater/37786
it works with propane and ignites with a couple of D cell batteries.
i have hooked it up in my yard to see if it does what they say it will, and low and behold for $125 bucks and 13 pounds there is a hot water heater that is as mobile as my trailer.
just thought i'd share with the masses.
if you already have one of these or something similar, what are your experiences?
is i get an opportunity to put this to the test, i'll post my findings. at the moment with my back-yard test it is doing what they say it would do.


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Eric, I really like this idea. With how some campground showers are, I like the tankless heater and shower tent MUCH better
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Old 09-23-2009, 06:13 PM   #22
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Based on the good reviews, I bought one of these Eccotemp L5 units from Overstock.com, $120 no tax no shipping. Kind of an indulgence purchase... hot showers are what I miss most when camping, and the SunShower sometimes isn't ideal. As others said, this unit seems to do just what it is supposed to. The manual warns that it can reach 'scalding' temperatures when run at max gas/min water setting, but I tried it and it seems like a nice hot shower to me! Haven't camped with it yet, building a temp shower to go inside my Scamp 13 for when in cold weather/"no grey water on ground" campsites. Going to hang the heater outside on the side of the Scamp (a rope over the top!) and just run the shower wand through the cracked-open door. Seems like a versatile little unit, adapt it to the conditions you find. I expect I will eventually replace the bulky wand with a small metal $5 low-flow head with built-in on/off, like from Lowes.

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Old 09-23-2009, 08:24 PM   #23
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....... building a temp shower to go inside my Scamp 13 for when in cold weather/"no grey water on ground" campsites. .
John,

Please let us know how it goes. I made a temporary shower for our 13' Scamp, using a plastic bin and fiberglass rods to hold a couple of shower curtains. The rods came from driveway reflectors (Lowes) and I attach them with suction cups from the bath/shower department of Lowes (of course). We heat water on the stove and pour into a garden sprayer ala Raya. It works fine, but it's a lot to mess with. We like camping in national parks, which typically do not have showers (sometimes pay showers) and consistently do not allow shower tents. All this is having us thinking more and more of a 16' Scamp with shower, but it's a lot of money to pay just to improve the shower situation!

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Old 09-24-2009, 11:19 AM   #24
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I'm glad this topic popped back up.

ErikJ, did you have a chance to give this product an in the field testing?
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Old 09-25-2009, 04:50 PM   #25
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Please let us know how it goes. Parker

Will do, but it'll be a few weeks til I get to really use it. Current plan, compatible with no-shower-tent areas/ no-grey-water-on-the-ground areas:

Shurflo pump hooked to my Scamp's freshwater drain, supplying 9 gallons, rigged to a cigarette lighter cord driven from Scamp or Subaru.

Outlet of pump running via garden hose to Eccotemp L5, hanging on side of scamp with a rope over the top to hold the unit.

Hot water line/hand wand snaked through door.

Shower enclosure consisting of PVC pipe shower curtain frame (not made yet), the curtain being a SunShower portable vinyl enclosure, 30" square.

Shower tub being the top half of a plastic cartop carrier, inverted. My measurements say it will fit and take up the whole floor... haven't tried it yet... otherwise, the bigger of the two Lowes square plastic washing-machine anti-leak pans ($30)

600 GPM bilge pump , with a switch in the cig lighter cord, to evacuate the tub to a 9 gallon spare Scamp-type tank on the ground ouside the door.

Yes, it is too complicated. Parts are all modular and many can be omitted when using in less restrictive areas. I had all this stuff (other than the enclosure) running on 12V in my kitchen this morning, troubleshooting, sans propane.

BTW up to now I just carried a SunShower and that enclosure, for nice weather it is fine.

Parker, I wouldn't worry about having a built-in shower in your camper, for me, I can't stand up except in the dead-middle of my Scamp anyway. The front-shower units would be difficult and I would lose the open-plan feeling which is so nice in a Scamp 13.

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Old 09-25-2009, 06:27 PM   #26
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John,
I think maybe you have your letters wrong.
I believe it should be 600 GPH

This is what the showers on my boat have.

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Old 09-26-2009, 06:25 AM   #27
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Parker, I wouldn't worry about having a built-in shower in your camper, for me, I can't stand up except in the dead-middle of my Scamp anyway. The front-shower units would be difficult and I would lose the open-plan feeling which is so nice in a Scamp 13.
John,

Ooooh, you hit a soft spot with me. My wife and I both feel like our Scamp 13 is more open than many larger rigs. Maybe I'll continue with the garden sprayer for a while yet! I do want to check out your shower curtain source, though. I'm using two cheapo plastic curtains right now, and have thought of trying fabric shower curtain liners; something that doesn't want to cling to the person trapped inside!

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Old 09-26-2009, 10:52 AM   #28
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Bill K, yes you are correct. Basically the smallest/cheapest one I could find locally. Preference would have been a 350 GPH Rule pump. I have it necked down to 3/8" line anyway. I noticed it cavitates if it is on before water is present, therefore the switch so you can toggle it if if it needs to be 'burped'.

Parker, not sure if Cascade Designs/SunShower still makes this hanging enclosure I have - it is handy though, and I am trying to make this system mostly with stuff I halready have around...

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