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Old 06-06-2003, 04:46 PM   #1
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portable shower heaters

A few of us where chatting about hot water and back woods camping at the mini in upsate ny
http://www.zodi.com/ is the link to little water heaters that work off your camp stove .
i have used one and they work great now if i win the lottery i might even buy one LOL
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Old 06-06-2003, 08:51 PM   #2
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If the price is too much to purchace one of these but you can put a few parts together, you could make one yourself. I built one for a friends cabin that is off the grid but has 12 volt power with a small converter. I was able to use mostly scavenged parts but if bought, the shower would be about $50 complete + any shower curtan or privacy encosure needed.

We heat water on a stove and pour in a 5 gallon bucket. Cool the water down and add volume with cold water. Keep it about just a little warmer than you like a shower as it cools a little along the way. In the bucket we have a 300 GPH Little Giant submersable pump. The pump runs water up from the pail to the overhead shower nozzel. We added a ball valve so we could shut down the water while soaping up but it was not needed, a full pail will get a 14 minute shower, 3 gallons seems to be plenty and is a 10 minute shower.

The biggest expence of this is the pump at about $40. I would like to get one of the little red shower heads from Zodi, with that and a flexable hose, the pump and shower hose would fit in a 3 quart container. All that is needed then is somthing to hold the water for the shower taking itself but I would guess most people already have something along in the trailer that would work.

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Old 06-06-2003, 10:42 PM   #3
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Jump over to this thread. Shower?? they have that Zodi site listed and about three or four others. some good alternative ideas for showers, too. I'm sure there are other threads that talk about showers but this is just the one I remember. I think someone even does a hot tub. now that is cool -:r - make that hot.
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Old 06-07-2003, 12:13 AM   #4
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Or you could go the cheap route (my specialty) by filling a plastic solar
shower with a kettle full of boiling water, topping it up with cold, hanging
it up and showering - with appropriate modesty screen of course. We built
a "shower enclosure" with black poly and some old aluminum lawn chair tubing,
and would suspend the whole apparatus from a pole on the top of our truck
camper. This was pre-trailer days, but we still have the solar shower.
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Old 06-08-2003, 02:01 AM   #5
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Those Zodi heaters are also on e-bay. They were much cheaper than list price last time I looked.
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Old 06-08-2003, 05:41 AM   #6
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deck sprayers

When we tent we take along a two gallon deck spayer (available
at any hardware store for around $20-$30). They're much easier
to fill than a floppy solar shower & you can easily get two showers
out of one fill because of the high pressure and easy to direct
nozzle. You an also adjust the spray from a very fine mist to droplets.
We also find it conserves water for rinsing dishes etc. They are also
very easy to fill with hot water as they have large fill spouts.
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Old 06-08-2003, 08:14 AM   #7
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spray the dishes. <img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3edb92fa0263akopfpatsch.gif/> where has my brain been? fabulous idea - Thanks
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We use three of the garden pressure sprayers. One for showering, one for spraying dishes and the third for the toilet.

The one for showering has a two gallon stainless steel pressure tank. That way the temperature of the water can be tested through the metal as you are filling the tank. The other two are cheaper plastic types. On each one I shortened the hose to just the needed length.

We use a two-gallon plastic one for the porta-potty. With it you can direct the spray where needed such that it takes much less water than the built-in flush on the porta-potty. Also, I mix a light concentration of the potty chemicals in the sprayer water. It seems to freshen the air a little and also seems to do a better job of cleaning the bowl. I also make sure a little bit of rince water is left in the bowl after shutting the valve - approx 1/2 inch. It lubes the gasket for the next use. Also, since there is no water in the upper tank of the porta-potty, it is easier to disassemble for dumping.

For the dish sprayer, we add about a tablespoon of bleach per fill-up of rince water. Then we collect the rince water as we rince and use it next time for wash water, since it already has a bit of detergent and bleach in it. The dish sprayer has a smaller one-gallon plastic tank.

I'm glad to see that there are others out there that put garden sprayers to use in their RV living.
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Loren, That porta-potty one is going to save me some plumbing. thanks a bunch for all three ideas.
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Cheap, light, easy to fill

I like that idea. Hmm, I just might be ripping out my water system after all.
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