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Old 11-29-2005, 11:01 PM   #15
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I have a similar arrangement, tho my curtian is hung on suction cups. With the Burro glass walls, this is easy.

I snickered at Kens story of retreating to the trailer to shower when the house system goes down.

My Coleman shower is in my house right now. The wind keeps blowing out my pilot on my water heater! I have given up trying to keep it lit (It's in a shed outside the house) and have been using my camping set up for 3 days! Only in a real shower stall

"Always have a back up" even for the home on a foundation!

I sure hope the wind dies down tho...

I have had mine for over a year, no rust issues either. Maybe you got one with funky plating?
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Old 11-29-2005, 11:07 PM   #16
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Darrel, feel free to ask away, I'm only too happy to help if I can.

I first bought a plastic bin as a catch tray. They come in many sizes and may work for you. However, for me, I decided upon building a bin of plywood to my exact size and fiberglassing the whole thing. Under the new bed we built, I left a door to give access to the storage space under there. I made the catch tray so that it would slide in that opening. As luck would have it, when I pull the tray out it ends up directly under my hanging frame to which we hang the shower curtains.

Yes, we leave the pot on the stove. I first heat the one pot and regulate the temp with cold water and turn off the gas under that pot. Then the wife starts her shower and I turn the heat on under the second pot. As she gets down in water I add with a ladle if needed. She does the same for me of course.

A lone person could do all of this due to the small size of the trailer. You simply reach out through the joint in the curtains and the pot is within arms reach.

As for splashing, we never get a drop anywhere outside the enclosure. Remember, that shower head only works when you depress the button. So if you reach outside for some reason you merely turn off the flow before doing so. We lay out our fresh clothes on the dinette before showering then we step out onto the carpet, get dressed, pump the water back into the jug, and we have the whole trailer again. No bathroom space lost!


We wipe the curtains dry, fold them and put everything, pot, pump, thermometer, and curtains into the tray and push it under the bed and we're ready for another day enjoying our trailer.

Here is a picture of the catch tray I built.

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Old 11-29-2005, 11:25 PM   #17
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I have a similar arrangement, tho my curtian is hung on suction cups. With the Burro glass walls, this is easy.

I snickered at Kens story of retreating to the trailer to shower when the house system goes down.

My Coleman shower is in my house right now. The wind keeps blowing out my pilot on my water heater! I have given up trying to keep it lit (It's in a shed outside the house) and have been using my camping set up for 3 days! Only in a real shower stall

"Always have a back up" even for the home on a foundation!

I sure hope the wind dies down tho...

I have had mine for over a year, no rust issues either. Maybe you got one with funky plating?

Gina, you were smarter than we were. Why didn't we just bring the pump into the apartment? We could have heated water on the stove and showered without much inconvenience at all. Once again, thanks to this forum I'm a tad wiser. In future we'll follow your example.
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Old 11-30-2005, 08:56 AM   #18
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Gena and Ken you have convinced me to give the coleman another chance. I guess my experience with rusting was just a fluke. I will buy two colemens though just in case my luck holds true. With that in mind I will beplanning to incorporate a shower for my wife and me, when she insists, as I continue with my restoration.

Thank you again for your great help and everyone on this great forum. It really is like a great big family. I especially appreciate Michael and all the moderators who work so hard to keep this forum so great.

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Old 11-30-2005, 09:52 PM   #19
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Good mod Ken, I like it.

My Compact II is too low to install a built in shower, which is one thing my wife is not crazy about, but your mod would allow me to place the shower in the pop up area of my trailer and 'wala' instant shower.

I have a couple of questions about the pump set up. We have been using the coleman pump for a shower while tent camping. This last summer I tried to use the pump it would not work. I took it apart and found the whole thing rusted inside. I had been submerging the pump end in a water container and not screwing it onto the coleman collapsable like it was designed to do. I think the water got into the pump somehow and rusted it.

I think you said you drop your pump into a warm water source to shower and then into the catch base to pump it out when you are done. Do you think rust will be a problem for you down the road or maybe my problem was the exception? I am invisioning mounting a small 12 volt boat bilge pump which is designed to be submerged that could be used the same way as the coleman portable. It could be pluged into a 12 volt outlet located close where you set up the shower.

A similer set up is used in boat showers with a small submersable pump connected to a water level switch mounted in a sump area connected to the shower. Any time water level activates the switch it starts pumping away.

I know the coleman battery power is convenient but will it hold up over time by submersing it.

Thanks again for your mod idea.

Darrel
Frankly Darrel, I think you allowed water to get into your pump when you did not connect as it is designed to. We connect the hose long before we submerge the pump. That way there is no way water can get into the pump other than the opening which it sucks through. I'm sure if you use your pump the way I describe you'll not need that second Coleman you mentioned.

These pumps work on the same principles that garden pond pumps work - and they function for years on end submerged.
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Still unsurpassed!

More than 10 years later, I still find this an excellent idea. We think we won't always need a shower for our installation, because often there is an acceptable camp shower or some other solution. So this would be a great alternative, indeed. Wherever Ken James is, may he be blessed.
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