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April Wilcox 12-23-2008 01:41 PM

This was posted in the pump shower thread, so I thought I would carry it over to a new topic...

****Hi all,

While checking out the info. on April's Zodi shower, I found that the company also makes a simple shower stall. I kind of liked it because it doesn't have a roof. It has always perplexed me, why a roof on a shower stall? I would think that without a roof the stall would dry faster, and the sun would feel great.
Anyway, another thought. Are these stalls (any brand) made to withstand the weight of a sun shower? I've only used my sun-shower for simple sponge baths and washing dishes, but my husband is thinking a stall would come in handy.
What brand do you all have, how do you like it, and how sturdy is it???

****Thanks, and Happy Holidays, Marjie :snowman

I was also wondering about that. I have been looking at the different shower tents online, and noticed a few of them show what looks to be a full solar shower hanging from the top inside, but there is no mention in the product description about it supporting that kind of weight. Has anyone out there done this successfully?

I thought having a roof on a shower was kind of silly too, until I starting thinking of also using the stall for the porta potti, then I started to think it wasn't such a bad idea in case of bad weather to be self contained. If you don't need a roof on top, why not just build a stall out of a tarp or some sheets? We have done that in the past when tent camping, makes a good temporary stall, as long as you have some trees around to tie off of.

Parker Buckley 12-23-2008 02:06 PM

We have a Paha Que shower stall, which comes with a clip-in net shelf to put your shower bag on. It holds the weight with no problem, but the bag won't drain fully on its side. I've since come up with a short piece of rope that I loop around the four poles at the top, and then hang the shower bag with a caribiner. Easier to do than desribe, and it works fine.

As for the shower tent itself, it works great. It was a little tedious to learn how to put up at first, but I've since conquered that. If someone is contemplating buying one of these, I recommend the aluminum poles over the fiberglass ones. The fiberglass ones are heavy and have large ferrules at the joints that make it more difficult to fish the poles through the loops inside the tent. This may be peculiar to Paha Que. By the way, they seem to be having a sale on all their tents right now, including the shower tent. It's still a little pricey compared to the competition, but it's very well made. www.pahaque.com

Parker

Eddie Longest 12-23-2008 04:03 PM

I found the Outback Porta-Privy works great with small trailers. They are sold at Bass-Pro and Cabelas.(About $60.) It is a self supporting structure and folds up like a wire frame windshield sun shade. From the reviews the biggest complaint is people have trouble folding them up. Just go to the Outback Website they have a video on how to fold it up. (Just takes seconds once you get the hang of it.) Stores flat and has no poles. It will not support a sun shower. I just tie the sun shower to a tree or throw a line over the trailer and hang it from the trailer. I had a shower tent with poles and trust me the Porta-Privy is the way to go.

Daniel V. 12-23-2008 04:16 PM

Here's a more detailed description/review on three different shower enclosures.

Donna D. 12-23-2008 04:18 PM

This one says it comes with a "Texsport Sun Shower - 5 gallons" so I guess it should support the weight: Texsport Deluxe Camp Shower/Shelter Combo

April Wilcox 12-23-2008 05:35 PM

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I found the Outback Porta-Privy works great with small trailers. They are sold at Bass-Pro and Cabelas.(About $60.) It is a self supporting structure and folds up like a wire frame windshield sun shade. From the reviews the biggest complaint is people have trouble folding them up. Just go to the Outback Website they have a video on how to fold it up. (Just takes seconds once you get the hang of it.) Stores flat and has no poles. It will not support a sun shower. I just tie the sun shower to a tree or throw a line over the trailer and hang it from the trailer. I had a shower tent with poles and trust me the Porta-Privy is the way to go.
I got one similar called the Aussi privacy hut, but found it very difficult to fold it back down, so I got rid of it on ebay. As much as I dislike putting tents together, I think having a solid enclosure would work better for us in the long run. I wouldn't go as far to say that the Outback design isn't good, just not right for what we need. It is a very good concept for an instant shelter, takes almost no time to set up.

After reading a dozen or so good reviews about the Ozark Trail shower tent, I think we are going to give this one a try. I found it here> http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...uct_id=8571890 for a reasonable price. If I can't find a better deal on line somewhere else, I will probably be going to Wally after the Christmas madness is over to find one. Has anyone else used this one?

Daniel V. 12-23-2008 05:57 PM

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I had a shower tent with poles and trust me the Porta-Privy is the way to go.
Eddie: I am myself looking for something that is very quick to install and have read mixed comments about the Outback Porta Privy being a bit flimsy and prone to tears, as well as offering very little protection from the rain. Have you experienced otherwise?

April: Did the Aussie hut seem better in that respect? Where did you get yours?

Todd Sleeman 12-23-2008 06:11 PM

We got this one from Cabella's when it was on sale for $99. It came with a solar shower bag and a folding porta-potti that you hang a bag from.

Cabellas Shower

It weighs about 25 lbs and is very sturdy. It will easily hold the shower bag. The pain is in hanging it up, and for taller folks having to stoop.

Pros: Very spacious (4.5 ft by 4.5 ft), includes an optional roof to keep it dry, has shelves for holding stuff, an external towel rack, zips up completely, has a sold floor with mesh edges so that the ground doesn't get all muddy, mesh roof to keep out bugs, big mesh windows (that zip up) let it dry out quick, the poles are all external so there's no fishing them through the fabric. It also comes in a duffle bag that zips, has carrying straps, and is actually large enough to hold everything even after you've used it, unlike the typical tent bags.

Cons: A little tough to set-up alone-especially if it's windy, the floor holds water unless you're on a slope, The ropes are built into the optional roof, so you have to untie them then tie to the poles.

All in all, I'm happy with it. After three years of the PVC pole and tarp home-made contraption, this was a welcome change.

April Wilcox 12-23-2008 06:54 PM

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April: Did the Aussie hut seem better in that respect? Where did you get yours?
I found it on ebay a couple of months ago, I could not find anything about it online, and have not seen one like it since. It was nice that it popped open, all you had to do was stake it down. The trouble was folding back down, it had so much tension it kept popping back open when I was trying to get it back into the pouch. Very frustrating. I tried several tries before I got it down into the bag. Maybe I am just not strong enough, or maybe it requires 2 people, but it just seemed like too much trouble in my book. I can raise and tear down tents with little trouble so the few extra steps will be worth keeping my temper down. It didn't look like the sturdiest of material to me either, and with all that tension on the seams, I wondered how long it would really hold up. I recently sold it on ebay, hopefully the next owner will find it more useful.

here is a picture of it...

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Greg A 12-23-2008 07:53 PM

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After reading a dozen or so good reviews about the Ozark Trail shower tent, I think we are going to give this one a try. I found it here> http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...uct_id=8571890 for a reasonable price. If I can't find a better deal on line somewhere else, I will probably be going to Wally after the Christmas madness is over to find one. Has anyone else used this one?
I've got the Ozark one from Wally, but I haven't had occasion to set it up yet. We have a 5 gal solar shower for it and it has a shower hanger dead center of the roof, so I'm assuming it holds it.
Sure seems like a nice one. Might get to finally use it at the Quartzite gathering in Feb.

Raya 12-23-2008 10:37 PM

Good idea for a thread!

Since I'm interested in buying one of these, I'm reading avidly. I use a garden sprayer, so I won't be hanging a solar shower, but the set-uup/take-down information is invaluable.

Thanks all,

Raya

Rarebird 12-24-2008 06:55 AM

Happy Holidays, :snowhat
It appears that a shower stall with dark sides would be most private. Of course if you are out in the woods it doesn't matter, but at a campsite, with the sun coming through just right, a light colored stall may allow a silouette? (sp?)
I love the garden sprayer idea.

Marjie

Donna R 12-24-2008 08:19 AM

Holiday greetings
With all this shower talk, I started thinking about escape (again) and using what we already have.
We have one of those wonderul 6x6x6 twisty screen tents that go up in a moment and now takes only 15 secs to fold (years of practice!) It is very light and stable, and may be it could be duel purpose??? Because we always carry a light nylon tarp or 2, maybe we could use some giant plastic cloths pins to attach those to the outside when needed for privacy. Not fancy, Not good for hanging a shower bag ( without some clever metal stand or something) but OK for the Zodi or garden sprayer. Always try to lighten the traveling load and have items serve several purposes. Maybe not ideal but worth try for us. Thanks all for this shower stall talk.
This years resolution for us is "less is more"

Alan Weinel 12-24-2008 08:35 AM

one note of caution to all...


be sure that where ever you are using out door showers that it is OK to dump grey water. else you COULD end up with a ticket.


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