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Old 08-21-2013, 04:21 PM   #1
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Who has "replaced the water heater with a outdoor camp shower unit?

I am looking into doing more boon docking and taking a 55 gal barrel of water with us. I am looking at a 12 volt or even a 110 volt water pump (have a Yamaha Gen) but like another source of how water like the instant camp shower hot water units sold. They are powered by propane but I was thinking since I have the generator why not just use a 110 volt ele water heater? Has anyone done this yet and if so what is your set up? I could just run a camp shower with propane for heat but since I have the generator and I will be using anyway why not a ele water heater?
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Old 08-21-2013, 04:33 PM   #2
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Ariston makes a small 6 Gal 120 VAC water heater , The heater is well insulated with foam . We used one at our deer hunting shack ,seemed to work well for dish washing or a short shower
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Old 08-21-2013, 04:40 PM   #3
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Just remember to calculate that 450 lbs into your carrying capacity. As to the water heater, my 6 gallon Suburban draws around 12 amps @ 120V which is most of the capacity of a 2k generator. Mine usually runs for about 45 minutes before shutting off. It will hold the heat overnight if it isn't too cold out.
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I know I installed a 6 gal WH in my house bedroom for hot water running on 110 volt and I liked very well.
I also plan on hauling a 55 gal barrel (drum) with water while boon docking but want to heat the water for showers or what ever. Since I will be running a Yamaha 2000 watt Gen I thought why not just use a ele 6 gal water heater than propane.
I was looking at a camp shower propane WH but since I am already running a gen why use propane.
I know I can take a shower on a ele 6 gal WH with no problem so why bring another propane tank. Am I missing something here? I will be taking a 55 gal water barrel (drum) anyway so the water weight will still be the same.
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Old 08-21-2013, 05:33 PM   #5
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It should work, but...
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Am I missing something here?
  • Efficiency - the generator is less efficient than a propane heater, so the amount of gas (by weight and cost) you'll burn in the generator will be likely be greater than the amount of propane you would burn in the heater
  • Noise
  • Generator wear / maintenance
Your call, but those are a few factors to consider.
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Old 08-21-2013, 05:44 PM   #6
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Since I would be running the gen any way why not use it for the WH.
A Yamaha gen is low noise and if I am using it already there will be no more noise.
Has far has wear goes it s a Yamaha.
This post was for people who already did the swap or add on. I know propane is cheaper but if you running on a generator why not use it for a WH too?
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Old 08-21-2013, 09:48 PM   #7
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Am I the only one here that was a backpacker and filled a black jug with water to warm in the sun? When the water ran out... you were done! It only took one or two showers to figure out "shut the dang water off" when you soaped up....

This is really a simplistic explanation. But it's really about your needs and maybe you need that 55 gal drum of water....

IMHO, keeping items that go into my mouth (when boondocking) CLEAN is more important than my body.

As is said in "deer camp" everyone starts to smell the same after 3 days
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I was thinking since I have the generator why not just use a 110 volt ele water heater? Has anyone done this yet and if so what is your set up?
I think your answer here is "no".
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Am I the only one here that was a backpacker and filled a black jug with water to warm in the sun? When the water ran out... you were done! It only took one or two showers to figure out "shut the dang water off" when you soaped up....

This is really a simplistic explanation. But it's really about your needs and maybe you need that 55 gal drum of water....

IMHO, keeping items that go into my mouth (when boondocking) CLEAN is more important than my body.

As is said in "deer camp" everyone starts to smell the same after 3 days

Backpacker yes!! I use a solar shower, black vinyl bag with a clear window. 2.5 gallons, enough water for two of us to have a shower. You gotta be careful, in direct sun for too long and the water is hot enough to burn. But the price is right.
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This post was for people who already did the swap or add on.
Shawn, you asked a question and I answered. I didn't know there were qualifications required of those permitted to answer. I'll stop responding, and I assume everyone else should, too.
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Old 08-22-2013, 06:35 AM   #11
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I bought an Eccoterm 5L off of Amazon based on its reviews. I am in the process of welding a post to my U-Haul Trailer Tongue which I will mount my propane tank on one side and Propane Heater on the other. The heater will provide hot water to the sink and the newly added outdoor shower. I have not actually used the heater yet but am anxious to see how my project turns out.


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Rob, Me like! Are you going to leave the heater on your egg or will you store it when not in use?
So will this replace your water heater in your unit or? I like the outdoor shower and I might try to do the same as you did with the outdoor shower. Please send more pics when you have time. Thanks a lot.
I like the hook up for your ele. I need to do the same to keep out the ants.
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Rob, have you thought of putting some kind of shower curtain with your shower? I was reading reviews on the stand alone units that look like small tents but I was thinking of making something to hang off the egg to use as a shower curtain. Love to hear how others set up their eggs.
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Rob, Me like! Are you going to leave the heater on your egg or will you store it when not in use?
So will this replace your water heater in your unit or? I like the outdoor shower and I might try to do the same as you did with the outdoor shower. Please send more pics when you have time. Thanks a lot.
I like the hook up for your ele. I need to do the same to keep out the ants.
The water heater will be stored when not in use. The construction of the heater allows for easy mounting on a screw since it's considered portable. I will only hang it when I get to the campsite and remove it before going back home. I will post more when I weld my new tank / heater post. In answering your subsequent post, I already purchased a privacy tent from Walmart. It has two sides, one side will be used for showering, the other for the toilet. I'm looking forward to camping this year stating in October.

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