Outdoor shower solution?

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  1. firepit

    firepit Well-Known Member

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    I would like the ability to hose off outside and do not
    want to buy a portable rinse kit or cut into a practically brand new camper.
    Has anyone installed a diverter faucet on their pop up camper sink?
    We never use the kitchen sink but would use some sort of outdoor shower.
    I see just the standard diverter faucet and the faucet with spout also...which i would prefer
    just in case we ever used the sink for some reason.
    I was thinking i could unzip the canvas just enough and run quick connect shower
    hose through.
    My camper has fresh water holding tank as well as pump and water heater.
    Again i would prefer not to cut a hole in a fairly brand new camper so i am brainstorming
    other options.
    Has anyone done this or are there any drawbacks besides the obvious?
    I will attach a couple pics to help explain my thinking.
    Thank you.
     

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    Good idea. Other ones i have dont look as good. In my basement slop sinks i always make sure the faucet has a thread for a hose to screw on. They are not pretty. If at water hook up site, i always add a wye and a second hose for rinsing.
     
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    Do you camp with hookups? Could just add a splitter to the spicket.

    Most household faucets have threads, you just unscrew the aerator/screen. You can also buy adapter fittings so you can use a garden hose. That is how we used to fill our waterbeds back in the 80’s.
     
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    I dont know why it wouldnt work unless i am missing something?
    The temprature adjusting could be a pain at first...but u could mark the hot and cold water knobs once u had it close.
    Then u could turn water on to the setting you marked and be done.
     
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    No camping places i go have water hookups...i am thinking of it for a quick rinse off as well as a full shower when i go dry camping.
    My faucet in the camper now has no threaded cap...we have never used the sink either.
    So either way i would have to change that faucet out.
     
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    I would think the temp adjustment would be the hang up with it coming from your inside sink. You'd use up half the hot water before you got it right lol. Just kidding...but have you looked into any of the portable propane water heaters? I was looking at them for an outdoor shower when we had the pup. Some are pretty decent and not all that expensive really.
    Someone else posted about using their low point drains to make an outside sink...you could use that idea for a shower.

    Post #15 by galsofescape in thread:
    "Moving the sink outside"
     
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    I think you could adjust the temp on the inside, switch the diverter (with the shower end in the closed position), grab your towel and go outside.

    But if this is something you'd use, it really might be worth it to cut that hole. Good for dishwashing too (I hear).

    Most popups with water heaters have external showers. Have you checked out your plumbing to see if yours might be laid out for the option? It might be easy....
     
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    Good point i will look into that.
    As well.
     
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    The hole might be worth it... The units aren't huge so it's not a great hole.
    The shower assemblies I have see are only $45 and up.
    We use ours in a pop-up shelter next to the trailer.
    Great for giving the kids a bath (and sometimes adults)
    The 5ft hose they come with is too short... I need to get a longer one so we can put the shelter further away from the Furnace and DHW exhausts
     
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    we are also considering an outside shower rig of some sort for our 2002 PuP - When an outside shower is used in a campground, does the "gray" water need to be collected? or can it just drain away on the ground? It probably has something to do with if and what type soap (?).
     
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    Mostly it needs to be collected. No matter what.
     
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    They are super old fashion but it does the job, and I would do something cheap like this first and see how it works out. Maybe it is enough, or upgrade.

    In most campgrounds, you will have to collect the gray water it all depends on the site's rules there are some good ideas on collecting on here: https://www.popupportal.com/threads...n-w-outdoor-shower.122297/page-2#post-1291116
     
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    Not really to the OP,but to some of the replies discussion these option: I bought a Camp Chef propane heater and love it. I put the pickup line in my wheeled water cart (Like the one you probably use to drain gray water) and hook it up to a 12V pump hooked up to a 12V car jump starter. It works wonderfully completely off grid. A cheap eBay changing/shower tent completes the setup. I have about $200 total in the whole deal.
     
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    I put one of these on our faucet. I occasionally use it to wash my hair in the sink.
    I had also thought about a cheap 2 gallon pump sprayer- heat some water, into the sprayer, hose off. Super cheap, super portable.
     
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    Ha! This is exactly what I'm thinking of trying. There's the type with a shut off valve near the spray head too. I have one for the dog that attaches to the shower head with an easy push button diverter at the point of connection. Might be just the ticket.
     
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