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    Mr. Mike

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    Shower?

    Post by Mr. Mike on Wed Aug 21, 2013 8:53 pm

    I just had a lightbulb moment reading on Expo about the desire to have a shower at camp during the VOT. Why not find a bilge pump that runs off 12v and run a hose to fresh water(a stream or lake) and on the outlet have a shower head? Sure it would be a cold shower, but it would be a shower. Maybe? Am I over engineering this?


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    Post by Barrows on Wed Aug 21, 2013 9:13 pm

    You mean something like this........http://www.polyperformance.com/shop/Synergy-Suspension-Sit-Shower-Shave-Kit-p-30485.html.......similar idea but with a heat exchanger and portapooper........Twisted Evil 


    The pump is available for $100 by itself or the heat exchanger for $110, so the $300 seems like a good deal.

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    Post by Guest on Wed Aug 21, 2013 9:41 pm

    I have thought of using say 8" or 10"pvc tubing (painted black) with a filler cap on top with a schrader valve installed & on the bottom an air hose fitting or similar device for the shower hose/head

    it allows you to fill with water, pressurize & shower, while hopefully the solar heat will warm the water long before
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    Post by MtnClimber on Wed Aug 21, 2013 9:46 pm

    Mike, easy enough to get a pump and a shower fixture from a camper. Remember those pumps we used to extract fuel from your favorite Blazer? That was a RV pump.
    The pump won't draft too much height, but a wonderful idea/experiment!

    But one of these thru Cabela's is only 27 bucks...


    Cuz I'm certainly not paying $300 for a shower set-up, that's just plain insane. That, and I can poop in the woods, it's free Razz


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    Re: Shower?

    Post by MtnClimber on Wed Aug 21, 2013 9:57 pm

    AA1PR, be super careful applying any type of air pressure to PVC, it's not meant/designed for air pressures..


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    Post by Guest on Thu Aug 22, 2013 5:50 am

    MtnClimber wrote:AA1PR, be super careful applying any type of air pressure to PVC, it's not meant/designed for air pressures..
    roger that, but I have seen others do this with say 20psi, just enough to help push it

    & for those solar showers I have 2 of them here somewhere

    they never work(ed) properly, could never get them hot enough in the direct sun

    they need to be exposed almost all day & if you're traveling with them it gets equally challenging as to where to place them while mobile etc
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    Re: Shower?

    Post by MtnClimber on Thu Aug 22, 2013 7:42 am

    I guess it all depends on what temperature you need. I'd be happy with "room temp" water just to rinse off. Most of the time a river, stream, or lake/pond will do. The hanging bag-o-water is just an additional convenience, so I'm not that picky. But some people can't go an extra day or two without getting all freshened up. To each their own Smile 

    AA1PR, 20psi should do it. You could almost install a small hand pump like those found on the spritzer bottles at your local hardware store. That would make the black tube w/handpump super self-sufficient. Just add water, lol


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    Post by Guest on Thu Aug 22, 2013 9:19 am

    I use some of these from time to time also when camping & hot showers at not available

    http://www.walmart.com/ip/Coleman-Bio-Wipes/13848637

    they are not perfect but provide enough texture to at least scrub off the dirt & grime & feels great

    the towelettes are about 10x10"

    good ideas on the others too

    I think we have all jumped in various water sources at one time or another, but it seems as I age we seek civility or let alone the easy route
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    Re: Shower?

    Post by FJ Boozah on Thu Aug 22, 2013 2:55 pm

    I have one of the bags and it actually works pretty well, just takes forever to get it warmed up ie. 4-6 hours in direct sunlight.

    If/when I continue with the trailer build, I will be putting one of these on the internal kitchen for dish and hand washing duty. Cool thing is, set up a "shower tent" right near it and your can just swing the arm up and into the shower stall and use it as a shower as well.

    Needs: Camp Chef Triton Hot water heater.
    http://www.overtons.com/modperl/product/details.cgi?pdesc=Camp-Chef-Triton-Hot-Water-Heater&i=444096&r=view&aID=606E4&utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=googlebase&s_kwcid=googlepla&cvsfa=2587&cvsfe=2&cvsfhu=343434303936&cID=SHOPPING_444096

    Shower tent
    http://compare.ebay.com/like/400508624242?var=lv<yp=AllFixedPriceItemTypes&var=sbar

    And it would be nice, but not mandatory, but a wood pallet or something to stand on and allow you not to have to worry about standing in mud and it could dry quicker.
    https://www.google.com/shopping/product/7175356493978859730?sclient=psy-ab&q=teak+shower+mat&oq=&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_cp.r_qf.&biw=1280&bih=876&pf=p&tch=1&ech=12&psi=EV4WUsmKArj94AOrtYGgCA.1377197713749.1&sa=X&ei=m14WUrXrNK3F4APs6IGoCA&sqi=2&ved=0CGMQ8wIwAQ


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    Re: Shower?

    Post by MtnClimber on Thu Aug 22, 2013 7:25 pm

    Very similar to the one on sale @ Cabela's for $44.99 (normally $54.99), but the Cabela's one has a removable floor. Better than a heavy splintery pallet, lol.
    I've also read people say they just wear flip flops or Teva's too, but a floor of some sorts would be civil.


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    Re: Shower?

    Post by muffinman on Mon Aug 26, 2013 8:41 pm

    I think the way to do it with your bilge pump would be to run it through a heat exchanger under the hood hooked up to your heater core lines

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