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Old October 22nd, 2014, 09:13 AM
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At Expo I saw this kool contraption that attaches to any roof rack:



The price tag for the shower is $300 (she's unobtainable ).

At first the price seemed ridiculously high.

But, After doing a quick estimate on how much it will take to manufacture my own... The price was $275 for parts only. (using 6063-T52 aluminum rectangle tube, low pressure relief valve, fittings, hose, filler neck, etc). A 3" x 6" x 60" 6063-T52 aluminum rectangle tube will hold 3.8 gallons of water without taking in consideration the hose.

PVC is out of the question due to its low thermal conductivity.

Anywhoo...

What do you guys use? Without shelling out 300 clams?
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Old October 22nd, 2014, 09:18 AM
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------ Follow up post added October 22nd, 2014 09:22 AM ------

I did one out of PVC and painted it black and trust me, that water got hot throughout the day..but yeah, 300 clams doesn't seem too bad..just make sure you don't hit anything low laying with that thing..
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Old October 22nd, 2014, 09:28 AM
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I did one out of PVC and painted it black and trust me, that water got hot throughout the day..but yeah, 300 clams doesn't seem too bad..just make sure you don't hit anything low laying with that thing..
That was the first inexpensive solution I thought off. But, I ruled PVC out because of its low thermal conductivity...

Since you have effectively used it, I have a few questions:

PVC 40 or 80?
What diameter pipe? 3" or 4"?
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Old October 22nd, 2014, 09:41 AM
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C'mon Pedro. All of this crap can wait. You need to get the truck first. Then get is sorted mechanically. Only then should you be looking at flair.

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Technically (or literally) it can't. This year alone I've done 3 (4 with URE) events and I plan on taking the kids next season now that they are older.

I smelled like a bear out of hibernation after Expo and had same issues when I went to RC.

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I'm "flaring" what I have.
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Old October 22nd, 2014, 09:45 AM
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I've used a few different things..

I have a Zodi outdoor shower (http://amzn.com/B003EEESPW) ... but I never really liked it... the water temperature was never consistent, it'd either be cold or scolding hot. Pressure wasn't that great.

I've also used a Nomad H2O to Go (http://amzn.com/B0024M3OJ6) ... there are a couple of different models, one with battery, one that is just 12V... it has great pressure... you just need to warm up some water to put into the reservoir

Also, just regular solar bag camp showers aren't bad.. they do the job and are the cheapest.
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Old October 22nd, 2014, 09:54 AM
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I've used a few different things..

I have a Zodi outdoor shower (http://amzn.com/B003EEESPW) ... but I never really liked it... the water temperature was never consistent, it'd either be cold or scolding hot. Pressure wasn't that great.

I've also used a Nomad H2O to Go (http://amzn.com/B0024M3OJ6) ... there are a couple of different models, one with battery, one that is just 12V... it has great pressure... you just need to warm up some water to put into the reservoir

Also, just regular solar bag camp showers aren't bad.. they do the job and are the cheapest.
Thanks Ryan.

I had in mind this way before I went to Expo:

http://www.amazon.com/Stansport-Caba...dp/B00DYVQGB4/

www.amazon.com/Docooler-Gallon-Camping-Hiking-Outdoor/dp/B00KT5IA5S

Can't beat the $55... But now you have to store more stuff
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Old October 22nd, 2014, 10:02 AM
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There were showers @ Conclave. There was a shower trailer 100 yards away @ Expo. There are showers @ the camp @ Uwharrie. You want to wash your junk out in the open out of a piece of black pipe on your roof rack? Help me understand
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Old October 22nd, 2014, 10:12 AM
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Pedro,
There were showers @ Conclave. There was a shower trailer 100 yards away @ Expo. There are showers @ the camp @ Uwharrie. You want to wash your junk out in the open out of a piece of black pipe on your roof rack? Help me understand

What he said.

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Old October 22nd, 2014, 10:13 AM
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Bottomline, those things only hold 5 gallons of water. That will provide an okay rinse off but not much else. Add the fact that it's gravity fed with steadily reducing pressure as it empties. No thanks. I had an old ChrisCraft water/oil cooler that was plumbed into a 45psi 12v pump and 13 gallon tank under the chassis ('71 IIA). That worked like a charm. If it's worth doing it worth doing it right. Here is several viable options though they do take up a bit more room...but only when actually needed. Just convert to a handheld shower head and pump through a propane water heater.
http://www.northerntool.com/shop/too...-spot-sprayers
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Pedro,
There were showers @ Conclave. There was a shower trailer 100 yards away @ Expo. There are showers @ the camp @ Uwharrie. You want to wash your junk out in the open out of a piece of black pipe on your roof rack? Help me understand
It's more than showering. You can clean stuff, have additional water stored if needed. There are endless uses for water.

And no... I'm not planing of showering on my birthday suit. You guys cannot afford the therapy after that scene.

Good to know URE has showers. (I know Cove has)

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Bottomline, those things only hold 5 gallons of water. That will provide an okay rinse off but not much else. Add the fact that it's gravity fed with steadily reducing pressure as it empties. No thanks. I had an old ChrisCraft water/oil cooler that was plumbed into a 45psi 12v pump and 13 gallon tank under the chassis ('71 IIA). That worked like a charm. If it's worth doing it worth doing it right. Here is several viable options though they do take up a bit more room...but only when actually needed. Just convert to a handheld shower head and pump through a propane water heater.
http://www.northerntool.com/shop/too...-spot-sprayers
That's the drawback and why I haven't pulled the trigger.
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Old October 22nd, 2014, 11:14 AM
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Pedro,
There were showers @ Conclave. There was a shower trailer 100 yards away @ Expo. There are showers @ the camp @ Uwharrie. You want to wash your junk out in the open out of a piece of black pipe on your roof rack? Help me understand
i don't think pedro means to doing HIS junk washing out in the open, it was for the other user
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Bottomline, those things only hold 5 gallons of water. That will provide an okay rinse off but not much else... gravity fed with steadily reducing pressure as it empties...
Mark made some good points regarding drawbacks.
I think the other drawback is that the only means to heat the water is the sun, so the wait time for warm water is what the outside ambient temp + some solar factor can provide which is useless for half the year in our climate don't you know.
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Old October 22nd, 2014, 11:24 AM
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I just picked up this thing. Haven't tested it yet but it's supposed to be a good unit. It has an internal battery to power the pump as well as AC and DC plugs. Propane only fires up when water is being pumped and you use an external water source such as jerry can, bucket or river. It's supposed to heat water 45 degrees over standing temperature.
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Looks like a good unit in the same price range as the Overland Shower.
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Pedro,
There were showers @ Conclave. There was a shower trailer 100 yards away @ Expo. There are showers @ the camp @ Uwharrie. You want to wash your junk out in the open out of a piece of black pipe on your roof rack? Help me understand
Reading this I was going to post the exact same thing Doug!!! Aint nobody wanna see Pedro's junk ---- dude unless you are in the freaking wilderness Pedro you do not need this.

THERE ARE MANY MORE IMPORTANT THINGS YOU NEED TO DO TO THAT DISCO...but once again...it is Pedro!
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Heat up some water on yer camp stove. Pour it into a $15 garden sprayer. Pump it up and boom, shower. You can get a pretty good bath with a 2 gallon one.
Very old sailboater trick for small boats with no hot water system or room in the head.
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I've used a few different things..

I have a Zodi outdoor shower (http://www.amazon.com/ZODI-Outback-G...ds=zodi+shower) ... but I never really liked it... the water temperature was never consistent, it'd either be cold or scolding hot. Pressure wasn't that great.
I have a Zodi as well. They work great, are low cost, and take up little room. You just have to learn how to use it and you should have no trouble with consistent and correct temperature for a full shower.
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I smelled like a bear out of hibernation after Expo and had same issues when I went to RC.
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I just picked up this thing. Haven't tested it yet but it's supposed to be a good unit. It has an internal battery to power the pump as well as AC and DC plugs. Propane only fires up when water is being pumped and you use an external water source such as jerry can, bucket or river. It's supposed to heat water 45 degrees over standing temperature.
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Thanks for the info. Let me know how it performs.

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Schedule 80 PVC is for higher pressure, PVC Schedule 40 can handle pressure as well, and should be fine. Personally I think what you have with this "solution" is essentially useless though.

-3.8 gallons? And you plan to use it for you, your wife and kids, and extra water supply?
-Showering with one hand sucks. You'll use more water than if you were using two hands.
-There are showers at just about every single event. If your argument is that you can also use this for additional water supplies, then I would figure out something better suited for those water needs (like jugs of water) and shower at the facilities provided.
-Most of the best Rover events happen in the Fall-late Fall-Winter, i.e. it's colder out.
-Showering outside when you're at the beach is awesome. Showering outside in the Fall on a chilly morning on the frozen dew with a light breeze, no curtain to block the wind, while trying to rinse off with one hand and your loofa, and the garden hose in the other will blow. You and your kids and your wife will see Gustavo stepping out of one of the luxury showers provided at some events, looking refreshed, and you'll have a family of deserters - you'll be the only one left using your shower for the rest of time, just to hold on to some little bit of pride for creating such a masterpiece.
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