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Old 07-03-2017, 04:01 PM   #1
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Solar showers

Anyone use these? I'm looking for any tips and tricks that might help. I have a solar shower and tent, I cut the hose just long enough to connect the nozzle directly to the bladder. I have to sit on a 5 gallon bucket and bend over to wash my hair.

I'd rather have one that is a little wider, a lot taller, and with a pulley for the bladder. The square bladder is a little unruly trying to lift it to the hook.
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Old 07-03-2017, 04:08 PM   #2
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Over 20 years ago I used to use one on backpacking trips. It was a round, black rubber bladder. Fill with water, leave in the sun a few hours, then hang from a tree branch. It worked pretty well.
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I used one many years ago.... In warmer weather maybe good. But,when hunting in the 20's - 30's, not so good!
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Coleman makes a D cell pump built for a shower. How ever you heat the water DOESN't matter. We used it hunting, heated the water on the wood stove in the tent, mixed with cold water in a 5 gallon bucket to temp desired. Got a really good shower and could start in the hot water rinsing for a long time after clean. Then the below freezing exit from the shower tent, Don't know who the tent was from maybe Coleman as well.

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Old 07-04-2017, 10:55 PM   #5
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Len, that's how we heat water in the Finnish sauna that I have access to. I'm going to have to look into the Coleman shower pump. My current situation is a little less than desirable, but I'm making due with what I have for now. I'll be glad once I get my conversion completed, and running soundly.

memtb, if it's that cold, I'm going to try to be somewhere else. If that doesn't work, baby wipes, the occasional charcoal wipe, and truck stops would be in order.
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Trilug, That's one of the "many" reasons that we now do our winter camping in a 4 season unit!. A nice "hot" shower every few days while hunting is "Priceless"!
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We made a 4'x4' pvc frame for an outdoor shower; wrapped with tarp. Bladder hung from top and gravity fed. Nothing like a brisk shower in the forest in the buff!
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Love mine! Easier than sq plastic model. I lay it on the hood of the truck to speed up warming. It can get too hot - even in the NW, so use caution. Much easier to hang in a tree too. Very compact, excellent company. 5 stars ⭐️ Click image for larger version

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I've heard good things about Sea to Summit, but I haven't tried any of their products. Looking at their site, I might have to change that. That thing looks handy, though it would be hard pressed to get to hot for me. Thanks for posting the pic. Looks like a huge space saver over the bulk that I have. I've made 5 gallons stretch for 4 showers, so the extra bulk isn't needed.
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I have a bunch of Sea to Summit products for kayaking -- solid stuff.

Then there's this:
http://zodi.com/hot-showers
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WARNING: Your solar shower will not heat as efficiently during a solar eclipse.
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Love mine! Easier than sq plastic model. I lay it on the hood of the truck to speed up warming. It can get too hot - even in the NW, so use caution. Much easier to hang in a tree too. Very compact, excellent company. 5 stars ⭐️ Attachment 173675
Hey there. Sorry for bumping this. But I really like this Summit shower, I had two of these. But is there any cheaper alternative? According to this article, there ARE alternatives, but it either lacks a foot pump which is absolute nonsense these days or it's just small. Any thoughts? Thanks.

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WARNING: Your solar shower will not heat as efficiently during a solar eclipse.
That's a good one
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The solar showers heat up fine, and they work fine if you can find a place to hang it. But we found the biggest problem was our feet -- we showered outside and our feet got muddy. I suppose we could have put down a tarp to step on, but then it would have been a mess, too.

Nowadays we just shower in the trailer!!
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The solar showers heat up fine, and they work fine if you can find a place to hang it. But we found the biggest problem was our feet -- we showered outside and our feet got muddy. I suppose we could have put down a tarp to step on, but then it would have been a mess, too.

Nowadays we just shower in the trailer!!
We do too, but we still do the solar shower thing if we're camping where we can't bring the trailer, like for example on this trip in the Maze District of Canyonlands. To avoid the muddy feet we placed a couple of flat rocks for a tile floor. And when you're done, Crocs are the perfect shoes to slip into at camp and keep your feet clean as you walk back from the shower.



Note the cold beer, another essential shower accessory.
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