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Old 08-17-2013, 04:10 AM   #1
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I travel alone and want a pop up outside shower (on the RV) that is easy for one person to put up and take down. I've looked at some that are very reasonably priced, but wonder if anyone has some experience with one they'd share.
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Old 08-17-2013, 01:31 PM   #2
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I travel alone and want a pop up outside shower (on the RV) that is easy for one person to put up and take down. I've looked at some that are very reasonably priced, but wonder if anyone has some experience with one they'd share.
Many of the campgrounds we stay in have postings about no grey water dumping on the ground, so that might be an issue unless you are way out boondocking.
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I had thought of doing something like this http://www.safaricondo.com/acces/doucheeng.php on my van if camping where it was permitted. I doubt that I'll do it but it looks easy enough.
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............Many of the campgrounds we stay in have postings about no grey water dumping on the ground, so that might be an issue ............
I wonder if straight to the ground outside shower water can be considered differently. Just about every RV sold now has an "Outside Shower" head on a hose with hot and cold water supply. Obviously you don't want food particles and grease from the sink fouling the campsite and attracting insects and animals. The outside shower water never mixes with the waste grey water tank.


http://www.safaricondo.com/acces/doucheeng.php

Campsites are far from being "clean" environments with all the cooking, vehicular, wildlife and pet activities going on. Is it just a perception problem?
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It is perception. Todays soaps don't have the bad things like phosphates any more so showering would not pose environmental issues.
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Link to Wilton's outside shower idea: http://windsurf.mediaforte.com/roadtrek ... hower.html
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Thanks for the responses. The windsurf was what I was thinking about constructing even though I'm not very handy. I looked at others, but they stand too far away from the van to be useful. I'll try that one and see if it will work. I like how little space it takes up.

And I do do boondocking as much of the time as I can. I don't think shower water is classified the same as dishwater for gray water.
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Not an answer to your questions, but after a day on the bike or out on the hike, the last thing you want to do is sit in your vehicle all grimed up for a long drive home. I found I can get about 95% clean with minimal water. One thing I do is a 'shower' in a box; I take a couple of small round tupperware containers, fill them with water and a squirt of peppermint soap, then roll up a common hand towel and stuff it in. If it's warm I'll leave the 'boxes' in the sun and after the ride I pull out the soaking towel and take care of business. I save the second for the second pass, and sometimes a 3rd with just plain water for a rinse off. It is much easier than the sun shower, and I can get most parts clean without fully undressing or needing a privacy curtain. (though I do stand behind the door or at the back of the vehicle) I also have a super long XXL shirt that I call the 'changing room'

If I want no effort and no extra laundry I use a spray bottle with a bit of peppermint soap and some washcloth type disposable wipes, the kind of thing used for bed baths in hospitals. They are sold in most drug stores next to the wipes. They's just thicker. If you don't have much grime they are pre-moistened and you don't need the the spray bottle or any extra water.

That all said an outside shower for rinsing the bike, body, shoes, and even clothes, would be ideal.
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check out the magnet shower head idea on this page:

http://www.forestriverforums.com/forums ... 39370.html
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The magnet idea is a great one. I have a 1996 Coach House and there's an awning near the outside shower. I was going to hook something to the awning to hold up the shower curtain, but that risks tearing the awning off after awhile I think.

Here's what I'm thinking of doing. When I want a shower, put a 3" magnet on each side of the shower head above the awning (not permanently attached). Have 2 small plywood boards with a pvc screw in thing (don't know the name) on one side and a magnet on the other. Attach the magnet to the magnet, screw in the pvc pipe (probably do this first, actually), then hang the curtain.

1. Do you all think this will work and not fall down?
2. Do you think I'll need a pvc pole about the middle of the U-shape pvc to hold it up?

Any thoughts or ideas appreciated.
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