Some may remember my story about how we got our Little Joe
. I was going to build a teardrop. Laura asked me if we could get a toilet in there, so I modified the plan. Then she asked if we could have a shower. Well, long story short, we ended up with the Little Joe
, with a cassette toilet, but no shower.
I've had an idea for a shower of sorts banging around in the bean for some time, so on our last trip I brought along a 15 x 19 inch Rubbermaid commercial buss pan, with the idea of buying a 1 gallon pump sprayer and a shower curtain on the road. My idea was to hang the shower curtain from the ceiling using Velcro backed hooks on the rat fur.
Well, lo and behold, we walk into WalMart and there, right by the front door, are 1 gallon pump sprayers on special for $5!
So, here is the setup. Place hooks on the ceiling to match the outline of the buss pan, which is placed on the floor. In the Joe we put it in the galley, between the stove and the sink. Hang the curtain from the hooks, with the opening toward the sink. Put half a gallon of cold water, then add a half gallon of hot water to the tank, pump it up and place it in the sink. Run the hose sprayer through the curtain opening.Voila, a shower! In the Joe this puts the shower directly under the Fantastic Fan, so we also have effective shower ventilation.
Yes, you do have to be careful that the curtain bottom stays inside the buss pan, and we are talking about a 15 x 19 inch shower, so you have to plan your moves, but it works. And, you also have to pour the water from the pan to the sink.
Now, to keep all in perspective, this is a warm 'shower', as opposed to the ice cold Navy showers we are used to in the Smokies.
We have a set of those 3M Command hooks, the ones with the pivoting metal hook on a white pad. We place Velcro Heavy Duty hook pads on the backs. These hold very well on the rat fur and we use them to hang a variety of items on the walls while we are camping.
But we have also found that we use less water rinsing dishes with the sprayer. And, if you remove the wand, it's great for washing hair. Removal of the wand is recommended for rinsing the nether regions as well.
I set up the sprayer and buss pan under our canopy and washed Laura's hair. She felt that she was in the lap of luxury.
When we are packing up, the sprayer is used for rinsing debris from some of our outdoor items.
So, there you have it. The Little Joe
has a shower........ of sorts. Actually, I think this approximates the shower setup in the Ponderosa version.
I was in WalMart this week. The pump sprayers were still on sale.