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Built a solar shower for camping.

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussion' started by MountainMan, Aug 1, 2020 at 8:19 PM.

  1. Aug 1, 2020 at 8:19 PM
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    MountainMan

    MountainMan [OP] New Member

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    I sold my pop-up camper this Spring in anticipation of buying a regular 18' RV for camping since my girlfriend indicated she would not camp without a toilet and a shower.

    But, due to the whole virus thing and not wanting to invest in an RV, decided to just stick with tent camping. I assured the GF that I would indeed have a shower and toilet available.

    The toilet was easy; a port-a-potty and pop-up shelter took care of that. But the shower took some more work.

    Went on YouTube and found various designs for solar showers using PVC tubing and a schrader valve to pressure it.

    I was initially going to mount it on the roof rack of my 4Runner, but decided I didn't want to have it permanently mounted up there full-time.

    I have a 6x10 utility trailer that I haul my UTV with and got the idea to use it as a base for a tent. I bought a pickup bed tent that fits in it and provides the same amount of security as a pop-up camper.

    I mounted a ladder rack on the front of the trailer and then mounted my PVC tube solar shower to it.

    It took me an hour to build the shower and initial testing has been good. I pressure it up to 25 psi using my mobile air compressor and it provides a couple of minutes of pretty good water flow.

    Next project is some sort of folding bench attachment to the trailer so I have an area for meal prep, and then a folding shower stall.

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  2. Aug 1, 2020 at 10:26 PM
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    MeefZah

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    Assholes call travel "overlanding"

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