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Old 07-18-2017, 6:19 PM
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Looking into a backup solar shower.

Anyone have good luck with any of the store bought ones?
Has anyone done their own diy?

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I have used several different types, the only quality difference I have found between brands is the upper handle (where you hang it from).
Some of them are cheap and break with a few uses, making the shower nearly useless. Some others have been tough and held up.
For example....I wouldn't go with the two on the right, looks like the handles would break quickly.

They all heat the water well, even too well if you leave them in the sun too long.

On a side note, the tent-like shower enclosures that are meant to be used with these have also proven nearly useless to me. They are great if you want to shower on your knees.

I built my own camping shower out of a hula hoop, cheap shower curtain and rings, and some rope.
I put the shower curtain on the hula hoop, made up a webbing harness with some paracord, attached the pinnacle of the harness to a D-ring. I tie a rope to the D-ring, throw it around a high tree branch and hoist it up. I then clip the D ring to my shower bag.
This way I cover my private parts and get the shower above my head.

Edit: forgot to add that the hula hoop shower doubles as a media blasting enclosure, provided you put a water heater pan on the floor to catch the media. I just hoist it up to the rafters and hang my metal parts with a piece of wire.

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Old 07-18-2017, 8:45 PM
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Sorry, I'm too much of a caveman to use one.

My SOP is to hit the creak/river with clear or near clear water and take a bar of Ivory soap to police up the stink & sticky regions.
That'll wake you up in the morning!

Nice idea with the hula hoop Bainter. Good use of gear/imagination.
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^I am in the Mojave desert, soooo....what is this creek thing you speak of? lol

Plus, my SO is a reason for this or else I would just let the funk flow.
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Reminded me of this from another thread:

https://youtu.be/dG2HK9JsAjw
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A calgunner has some surplus Swiss water bladders in this thread.
http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/s....php?t=1246634
$5. New, durable 5 Gal. Enough for 2 showers. I got two. He's in So Cal, Santa Fe Springs.
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I use a Harbor Freight weed sprayer for general washing up and not-so-cold pressurized showers when it's hot out. You could easily paint it black or spray it with bed liner to make it warm the water, but I find that I'm just fine with it at air temperature, unless it's freezing out.
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^I am in the Mojave desert, soooo....what is this creek thing you speak of? lol

Plus, my SO is a reason for this or else I would just let the funk flow.
Showering is necessary to keep the peace. 😆

In my case olfactory fatigue is my ally and it can't happen too soon.

I have other tricks to keep hygienic sans creek/river.

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We built one for a work camp a few year ago. Budget was $500, but we had 5-6 guys using it 4 night a week for 2-3 months. Used a small on-demand propane water heater and a 12 volt RV water pump. It was almost like a home shower, but might be a little much for what you are looking for.

Last time it did the creek thing the water was 51 deg and I didn't get all the soap residue off and i felt more dirty that before the wash.
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I think I am going to go do something like this diy:

http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Outdoor-Shower/



Get a 25 gallon container and paint it black.

Then put in a bulkhead fitting and spigot at the bottom.



And add a pump spray handle to pressurize.


I can then, as needed, route it through the small shower window.

I still will buy an off the shelf shower bladder though.
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I use a Harbor Freight weed sprayer for general washing up and not-so-cold pressurized showers when it's hot out. You could easily paint it black or spray it with bed liner to make it warm the water, but I find that I'm just fine with it at air temperature, unless it's freezing out.
This is a BRILLIANT idea!!!!
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Metal Hudson sprayer . Add a air hose coupling and what ever length of hose you need .
Heat up water in a pot on the camp stove to desired temp.
Pour into tank pump up and enjoy a nice hot shower every night in camp.

Shower enclosure optional .

https://smile.amazon.com/Hudson-6206...hudson+sprayer
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I have used several different types, the only quality difference I have found between brands is the upper handle (where you hang it from).
Some of them are cheap and break with a few uses, making the shower nearly useless.
good tip, I'll add a black mesh laundry bag to cradle the unit.http://www.ebay.com/itm/Commercial-M...kAAOSwXYtY4RXM
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Shower in a bottle. Mist as needed.
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This is a BRILLIANT idea!!!!
Yeah, just pop the nozzle off and cut the hard tube down to a usable length. It worked so well for me the first time that I didn't even bother modifying it to accept a sink type shower nozzle. Keep the included nozzle in case you need it for another application. I mean, for $12 or so, it's really all you need. And I guess if you do want a hot or warm shower, you could just use one of the above mentioned bags to heat it then dump it into the sprayer.

I don't know. It's effective and takes up very little space. I just fill mine at home and it will usually last a few days of just hand and dish washing alone.

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Yeah, just pop the nozzle off and cut the hard tube down to a usable length. It worked so well for me the first time that I didn't even bother modifying it to accept a sink type shower nozzle. Keep the included nozzle in case you need it for another application. I mean, for $12 or so, it's really all you need. And I guess if you do want a hot or warm shower, you could just use one of the above mentioned bags to heat it then dump it into the sprayer.



I don't know. It's effective and takes up very little space. I just fill mine at home and it will usually last a few days of just hand and dish washing alone.



I hope this isn't considered a thread jack


I've used the solar showers for years. It's such a pain attaching it to a tree or placing it on top of an SUV. Again, brilliant idea!!


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Yeah, just pop the nozzle off and cut the hard tube down to a usable length. It worked so well for me the first time that I didn't even bother modifying it to accept a sink type shower nozzle. Keep the included nozzle in case you need it for another application. I mean, for $12 or so, it's really all you need. And I guess if you do want a hot or warm shower, you could just use one of the above mentioned bags to heat it then dump it into the sprayer.

I don't know. It's effective and takes up very little space. I just fill mine at home and it will usually last a few days of just hand and dish washing alone.

I hope this isn't considered a thread jack
Not at all, it's a very good idea.
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Been using that gold bag off and on for 10 years. Gtg
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Just spent the last 10 days using Colemans in the lower right corner. We would put thm out in the AM and by 5 pm they were too hot to use and to put them in the shade to cool off as bit first. Nothing like a hot shower after a long day of prospecting! The bags are 5 gallon and two of us could get a shower a day for 2-3 days if we went quick.

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Hudson sprayer shower. I did one of these also. Works great. https://youtu.be/tmNddg9GK34
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I use a Harbor Freight weed sprayer for general washing up
This!!!

It is 100 times easier than any bag shower.

1) you never have to hang it up high.
2) you can fill with hot or cold water.
3) the nozzle is already adjustable, like those expensive shower wands at Macys.
4) to clean just run suds through it.
5) the wand will point the spray where no want it, saves water.
6) air pressure beats an electric motor, no batteries, very reliable.
7) these fine mist sprayers make each gallon water do the work of 2-3 gallons of a gravity shower nozzle.


The wand that comes with these sprayers will be too long. Just cut cut off part of it and sandpaper the end smooth.
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I have one of the original solar showers. It kinda looks like the gold Sun Shower in the upper right of the picture above. I have had it since the 1990's, and it still works. The wrong side is facing out in the picture. You have to turn it around so the clear side is exposed t the sun.
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Here is a review of backpacking/camping showers.
https://thoroughlyreviewed.com/outdo...t-camp-shower/
I always bring along a backup 3L hydration bladder and have used them in the past, they just don't hold a lot of water.

Nemo has the Helio and Helio XL pressure systems. If you buy through REI they will replace it if it leaks, as some do.

I will actually buy 2 and dip or paint one with liquid rubber and see if the additional layer helps with longevity and leaky fittings and seams. Flex Seal, from "as seen on tv" has worked with our pool floating devices and leaky bathroom plumbing, and it's inexpensive and readily available.
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I use a Harbor Freight weed sprayer for general washing up and not-so-cold pressurized showers when it's hot out. You could easily paint it black or spray it with bed liner to make it warm the water, but I find that I'm just fine with it at air temperature, unless it's freezing out.
Good idea.

I might have to buy one of these things https://www.harborfreight.com/4-gal-...yer-63092.html
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Good idea.

I might have to buy one of these things https://www.harborfreight.com/4-gal-...yer-63092.html
Perfect. I have the 2 gallon one in the side bar, but that extra 2 gallons is pretty tempting, plus I could figure out a way to connect my air tank to it with an auto shut-off.
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