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Old 09-04-2004, 10:54 AM
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Ok what gizmos do you use to get hot showers while out camping? I have seen the coleman propane version. Does anybody here have the gizmo that you hook up via hoses on the car engine, for a heat transfer, and have continous hot water? Are there any other gizmos that will give you continous hot water for showers?

I need a good comfortable place to sleep, and a hot shower, I will be set.

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Old 09-04-2004, 03:05 PM
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I was at MAR a few years back and used one of these:

http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/te..._A&_DAV=search

It was a bad ass little unit that produced super hot water. Just add a shower tent to the system and you are set.
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Old 09-05-2004, 09:05 PM
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i think Safari Gard sells one, i dont know anything about it, but it seems cool
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Old 09-06-2004, 12:05 PM
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Yes the hot water on demand works really well for dishes, coffee and showers. Used it for 2 weeks and loved it. Like many, it will heat only as quick and as hot as the incoming water since it pumps at a constant speed. Has pressure regulated adaptor for attaching to house water. The termastat is regulated so that the hottest setting (where you are most likely to burn yourself), must be held on with your hand.

I like it, but have no experience with any other brand. Has a good warranty too.

http://www.discoweb.org/forums/showthread.php?t=1599

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Old 09-06-2004, 08:50 PM
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SO , you guys often talk about "Hot showers" amongst yourselves ? Rob should be in on this one... He might have some insight..


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Old 09-07-2004, 08:23 AM
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Did a google search. Check this idea out. This is what I will end up with because you can have a hot shower for as long as you want. When I go to the "Outback" I get really dirty chasing Upland Birds, swamps, etc. This is the Ticket.
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Old 09-07-2004, 09:36 AM
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Old 09-07-2004, 09:40 AM
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What is the deal? I post about showers and get one response, someone else posts and you all show up! Ugh, sometimes I hate being a girl.

Paul, we are looking at getting that Zodi extreme. And I think for me, I'll get the shower tent! 4 days at MAR without a shower is too long! Do you think it's strong enough for someone with long hair?!

Aside from rigging it in the engine, I think the propane-heated tanks look best.
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Old 09-07-2004, 09:43 AM
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The extreme is a hand pump, like a insect sprayer, so likely it will spray pretty well, but run out quickly and you will have to pump again.
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Old 09-07-2004, 10:00 AM
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Sorry about the amount of responses to my post. My pick will be for the largest amount of shower water in the shortest period of time. Looks are important, but in this case, functionalility is the most important.

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Old 09-07-2004, 10:15 AM
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I meant look like the best bet/best deal. Not the way they look on the OUTSIDE!

I agree Bri. We were actually considering getting a sprayer, like the kind you use for gardening, and just adding hot water from the stove!

Nothing for camping will be quite like home, but I think those systems with a 5-10 gallon reservoir will give you the best shower for the size and portability.
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Old 09-07-2004, 12:31 PM
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In general for me and my S.O. 5 gallons would work for 2 showers, if you occasionally turn it off during your shower, i.e. wet down, turn off, lather-up, rinse.
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Old 09-07-2004, 12:55 PM
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Shower?

Kyle, you know It's easy as 1-2-3 for me.

1)Rubbing alcohol
2)Baby Powder.
3) shit, I guess it's just 1-2

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Old 09-07-2004, 01:32 PM
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Rob, I wondered about you!

Bri, I agree. We used to take showers like that on my parents' boat....with a 200 gallon tank, and four people for a long weekend on a 40 ft-er....you had to be conservative!
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Old 09-07-2004, 03:45 PM
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Thats funny I do the rubbing alcohol modified french shower when back packing. Works great and feels great on the peds.

For sunday meetings add some Axe.

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Old 09-08-2004, 08:36 AM
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Deckers Hot Showers. Find them via Google search.
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Old 09-08-2004, 11:10 AM
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http://www.hotcampshowers.com/
http://www.off-road.com/toyota/reviews/shower/


"During one test I started with 50 degree water from a bucket. The output water was 105 degrees with good water volume and I could see the steem coming off the water. "

That is not so good compared to the Coleman. At least when I took water from a well, it would heat it well beyond what you could tolerate on your skin (if desired that is). 105 is like a hot bath (many keep their hot tubs at 104). The coleman will make coffee if you wish.

I wonder if the above have any impact on the performance of your heater?

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Old 09-08-2004, 01:44 PM
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What is the deal? I post about showers and get one response, someone else posts and you all show up! Ugh, sometimes I hate being a girl.

Paul, we are looking at getting that Zodi extreme. And I think for me, I'll get the shower tent! 4 days at MAR without a shower is too long! Do you think it's strong enough for someone with long hair?!

Aside from rigging it in the engine, I think the propane-heated tanks look best.

I have the Zodi one burner, and have used it alot. Last year at MAR, if you recall, it was quite cold Friday night. That night I fired it up and let it reciculate the water for a bit, until the water in the tank was warm to the touch, then showered and it was fine. The higher you have the showerhead, the slower the flow and so hotter the water.

Bass Pro Shops also sells them.

If I'm in the mood for a long shower, I use a 5gal military surplus water can (like the NATO gas can, only a wider mouth). I can take quite a few showers on a set of new batteries. It also comes in handy for washing up after dinner.
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http://www.overland.co.za/HomeMade/Gerard_Bodde.html

check this site out they are rather thrifty
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Old 10-10-2004, 11:44 AM
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I have two of the Zodi Hot Extreme's. They heat up pretty fast if you are not at high altitude. I used them at a little over 10,000 feet last month and it took awhile to heat up. At lower altitides it heats up fast and they work great and are easy to use and don't require any plumbing through your engine or require you to run your engine. Keep it simple has always worked best for me.
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Old 10-10-2004, 12:28 PM
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Old 10-10-2004, 01:37 PM
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So we can all shower in your room? Seriously though, I don't think it possible to wash my hair in the 2.5 gallon Zodi. The Coleman with the shower attachment would probably work. For now, I think I'm stuck with PTA baths and a pony-tail.
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what about a solar shower. cheap, fairly durable and easily hung or thrown up on the truck. heats up with the sun. fill it up and it takes anywhere from 5 minutes to 15 minutes to heat up. if its to cold outside to heat up then its to cold outside to take a shower. we have been using these for years on our guided trips and never had a complaint.
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Old 10-12-2004, 08:25 PM
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Witha section of flexible hose you can heat that bag on the rack with the exhaust , just dont get it too close or leave it on too long.....
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Old 10-12-2004, 11:21 PM
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solar bags are nice and can get hot, yet, its kinda a hit or miss on hot it gets - no control. they do work though and last plus the KISS concept is there.

ZODI offers the deal for heating on a large stove-top which for extended camping in one spot is very nice. especially if you have a propane tank with you.

depends on what you're camping needs are for that trip.


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