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    When drinking water is not readily available in remote areas it can be a problem. Its a known fact that you must cater at least 2l of plain drinking water per person per day. The larger the party the bigger the problem. Water containers are bulky stuff and sometimes empty. I resorted to a filter system and also 2l bottles they fit in the smallest of spaces and its strong. I try to reduce the use of 20l containers. Also use fold up containers. For 12v I use a jump starter
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    Yes true. We lucky that we have lots of space so we normally also carry cases of bottled water. The drinking water in the containers is used for things like making coffee
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    My home built shower - keep it simple! (see attached .doc)
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    Quote Originally Posted by StephenT View Post
    My home built shower - keep it simple! (see attached .doc)
    Stephen, brilliant Geyser. Just a question, why not add a cone lid on top with a 20 to 30mm exhaust hole. Then you won't be burning up so much gas and wasting heat ie almost like a pressure cooker but with a hole in the lid ie more remaining heat in cylinder before being exhausted out so to speak.
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    Good day Hunter26, Thanks for the idea - valued! After it worked, I just moved on...Ö. Maybe next Lockdown :^(( I will have a look to improvise a Damper in order to reduce the flue (choke it a bit).Go well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Betts View Post
    For the Best Shower with no fear of Break down far off the Beaten Track and costs NOTHING is 2 x 2 litre plastic Coke Bottles where tiny holes are drilled into the caps at home before the trip. At camp in say Central Kalahari ..fill each bottle half way with water from the Kettle on the fire . Top up with normal temp water ..1st Bottle ..soap up ..2nd bottle rinse off ..Done ..best shower you will ever have standing next to your vehicle .. My wife and I are in our late 60's and love our 'fancy' shower
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cobus RDW View Post
    I took a 2m x I think 6mm copper tube. Coiled it to fit inside my alu kettle with 2 points sticking out. One side cold water in from 12v submersible pump and hot water out to small handheld shower head with ball valve.
    Fill kettle with water and put on cadac burner. Circulate water through copper pipe once kettle is warm. Use very little space, only pump and piped is exstra. Fit in one hand.
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    Back when I still had my Jeep, I fitted one of these heat exchangers into the engine cooling system. The in/out lines then came to quick release fittings on the bumper.

    So long as the engine is hot and running, you can pump water from tank/can/river/bucket/whatever through the heat exchanger and into a showerhead.

    Super simple. Yes, the engine needs to be up to temp and running, not perfect, but just plan your shower times carefully.
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    Some innovative heating methods shown here. I agree with the KISS methods though, especially preheating shower water into some container and then showering from that using a pump or gravity. This way you know exactly how much water you are using, without any wastage.

    Most shower methods via heating coils etc waste water until the right temperature is found, and then it's difficult to reduce the flow rate, if necessary, eg for soaping in, and then keeping the water temp constant. And it's not easy to limit water volume to say 3 litres per person when drawing directly from a tank. These automated shower methods are great if you have an unlimited water source like a dam or river.

    It's difficult to beat a shower bag with water of the right temperature, with tap for flow rate, or a container of preheated water with a small pump which can be switched on and off.

    In my camper I have a diesel heater, tap mixer for the right temperature and shower head. But we do not use this as it uses too much water by the time you get the right temp. We use the heater to preheat the water into a bucket, and then use a pump in this bucket for showering with a switch for on and off, as there is not enough height for a shower bag above. This way we know that both of us can shower comfortable using only 5l of water.
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    We have been overlanding for loooong time and if u go into a park for some time, volume and weight wood and water are huge matters and overweight overlanding vehicles also, especially if u do not trailer.

    We use a backpacing shower most times and it is black and 10l cap. So we plan a bit and get it hot in the sun between game drives and both shower well with about 6 liters water about total. We drive without trailer and prefer the style. If ### happens and rain or whatever, use gas to boil water and bit more effort, but this is rare. Also when we wash hair we plan more. Or we feel like more pamper.

    Have kept optimizing comfort and mass for a decade plus.

    We play around also with a piet fluit on our fire, which is kept modestly sizes, when occasion warrants. Also we often game drive near sunset and mix and drink cocktails and/or sundowner - depends - with a motivation to keep clean and also have fun out there. Falling is part of it. Admit that trailer adds something to how much you carry but not for us.

    Our good friends do trailer and we sometimes benefit but do not rely on it as we often overland alone.

    Horses for courses. Interesting thread.

    Good friends trailer out there and carry more water but that is OK as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RiaanJ View Post
    This works for me in the sticks..... Just shorten the nozzle pipe, half fill with cold water and add some hot water to get the temperature right.
    Might not quite be what the OP is after and it involves pre-heating water in some way.

    But it is very water efficient. I (being female) shower and wash my hair in 3,5 L. Just a shower is 2 - 2,5L.
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    Referring to my comment in #45, photo regarding our setup.
    The shower head has a tap that you can adjust the flow of the water with.
    We set the water temp on the geyser.
    The plastic pipe is unplugged when the door is closed and we travel

    We only operate the geyser with the side door open.
    The hot water can also be directed to the basin taps at the back of the BL Kewer
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    Ek het ook die Totai 5L gas geyser oorweeg vir R1795, want ek het reeds water tenk, gas en 12V water pomp op trailer, maar sy gas verbruik van 1.26kg per uur is vir my hoog. Ek ry 'n totaal van 8kg gas saam.
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    Het iemand ondervinding van die Alva Portable water heater. Dis bietjie duurder teen R2195, maar kom met sy eie water pomp, en ek sien sy verbruik is slegs 287 gram per uur wat vir my meer sin maak.
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    Ek besef ook dat hie Alva baie minder warm water gaan lewer as die Totai, maar mens gebruik mos maar wat beskikbaar is en as dit voldoende is dan maak hy vir my meer sin. Sal dus graag wil hoor van mense wat dit besit, of weet waar ek dit kan toets in Kaap omgewing, want Ecodepot hou nie voorraad aam nie so mens kan nie by hulle gaan demo nie.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TJWM View Post
    Ek het ook die Totai 5L gas geyser oorweeg vir R1795, want ek het reeds water tenk, gas en 12V water pomp op trailer, maar sy gas verbruik van 1.26kg per uur is vir my hoog. Ek ry 'n totaal van 8kg gas saam. .
    Ek aanvaar daai verbruik is by maximum hitte. Ek sien ander soortgelyke geysers se verbruik is bietjie minder.

    Ons doen n 2 weke trip met 3 kg gas maklik. 2 plaat gas stoof en soortgelyke 5l geyser.
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    Has anyone thought of making a small version of the donkey boiler. Same as those that were put into houses and one used newspaper rolled into balls or small pieces of wood for the fire to heat up the water instead of the gas guzzling portable geysers. Just asking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrTolbos View Post
    Having to make a fire first was my main gripe also when you want to leave early morning, and where do you pack away that dirty jerrycan them?
    We use the bundu shower from http://bundushowers.com. Very compact, and itís cool enough to handle by the time you are dressed. I paired it with a 3.8L/m shurflo pump. We get away with using 5L of water per person if you close the taps between soaking and rinsing.
    And itís proudly made here in SA!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TJWM View Post
    Ek het ook die Totai 5L gas geyser oorweeg vir R1795, want ek het reeds water tenk, gas en 12V water pomp op trailer, maar sy gas verbruik van 1.26kg per uur is vir my hoog. Ek ry 'n totaal van 8kg gas saam.
    Hoeveel water ry jy saam?

    Daai uur / 1.26kg gas gee vir jou 300L warm water

    Die helfde van jou 8kg gas gee jou 950L warm water........

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    Hi all, I made my outdoor shower from 110mm pvc pipe,glued 2 pvc cup ends, glued in plastic tap on one end, pressure valve the
    other end. It takes about 12ltrs water. painted mate black, on the top of canopy, works every well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eager beaver View Post
    Hi all, I made my outdoor shower from 110mm pvc pipe,glued 2 pvc cup ends, glued in plastic tap on one end, pressure valve the
    other end. It takes about 12ltrs water. painted mate black, on the top of canopy, works every well.
    Nice and simple. What do you use to pressurise it?
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