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Old September 22nd, 2015, 06:57 AM
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Trevor Griffiths
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Camp shower

I'm looking for ideas for making hot water for a shower. I have solar, water, and propane in the camp trailer (a Latitude Everest I), and am looking for ideas for hot water.


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Old September 22nd, 2015, 07:07 AM
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The best place to ask is over at the Expedition Portal site (Expedition Portal) as they are experts on Overlanding. I have been building an off road trailer for the last year, so I have researched this exact topic. What I would do (am doing) is the Eccotemp propane water heater (Eccotemp L5 Portable Tankless Water Heater and Outdoor Shower - Portable Hot Water Heater - ) and using a water pump such as a Shurflo 12V. There are other models, but the principle is the same. Forget solar showers, forget rooftop "tubes" and all that crap. This system is good in any weather and if you need more water, you don't need to wait to have it get warm. The only power you will need is for the pump and you can supplement the battery with your solar panel.

If you have running water from a hose, that can go straight into the Eccotemp and you don't need a pump. For that you just need the propane. Otherwise you need pump/battery, a resevoir, and the Eccotemp. Plus it is cheap, under $120.

Here is a sample set up.
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Old September 22nd, 2015, 07:55 AM
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You can use a FPHE and pump clean water for your shower in one direction and antifreeze in the other.
Then use your temp control on your vehicle heater to adjust the shower temp.
We had one that circulated water while driving and would heat a whole tank up so you could take a hot shower after a trail ride for example.
Quick release self sealing connections work good to connect and disconnect the water tank when in and out of use.

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Old September 22nd, 2015, 08:03 AM
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I've used an onboard 13 gallon tank, 12v wash down pump, and a liquid to liquid heat exchanger for showers years back in my IIA. I now use a 26 gallon sprayer tank with the same type of wash down pump and the Ecotemp. I really have little to say of the Ecotemp. It works when it works but they tend to flame out too. I'll cycle the water until it reaches a good temp then I divert it to a hose with a small shower head. Nothing beats a hot shower after a day of wheeling.
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Old September 22nd, 2015, 08:22 AM
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I saw one at ROTR - Justin @ L8 seemed to have a decent setup that everyone used. Give him a holla Trevor
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