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    I would like to set up a camping shower system. It will be mounted in my canopy. Im guessing it will include, a water tank, pump, gas geyser and obviously the piping and shower head. is there anything else?

    Please could you recommend a no hassle setup to be used far off grid.

    - What size water pump do I need?
    - What geyser is best? I was looking at something like this : Total Outdoor Gas Geyser with shower set
    https://ecodepot.co.za/products/tota...CABEgK7P_D_BwE

    Any other suggestions?

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    Hi Bruce,

    A lot more basic than what you're proposing, but we use the following:
    https://4x4direct.co.za/camping-and-...et-12v-dc.html

    This is fed from an old metal water jerry can which is placed on the coals for 30 minutes - nice hot water with decent pressure.
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    I built a system into an ammo box. The ammo box contains:

    1) Pentair/Shurflo AquaKingII 11.4 LPM pump, R 1500 or so ex
    2) The Kariba combination hot water / LPG burner - http://www.karibaproducts.co.za/
    3) On/off switch for pump
    4) 50A BH plug for 12v supply
    5) 2x Hella sockets for accessories
    6) Intake port with strainer
    7) Output port on front to connect hose/shower
    8) Output port on back to allow the pump to recirculate water thru the Kariba, back to the source water tank.
    9) Battery voltage meter

    There are two ways the Kariba can be used:

    A) Water pumped straight thru it, to a shower head. Because there is no tank in the Kariba, and no on demand function to ignite/extinguish, water must always be flowing thru it, which means better use is B)

    B) Water pumped in a loop, from a low fitting on a water tank, thru the Kariba, back to the top of the water tank. This tank can be any size - 10l, 20l, 40l. In my case, 40l. Run the water in a loop, until the desired temp in the tank is reached, then turn off the loop, and run water thru the head.


    In use, the Kariba comes out of the ammo box and sits on top. There is also room in the ammo box for hoses, shower head. this also allows me to plumb a connection for a sink, or wash down hose (nice for the beach). The ammo box and gear mounts to the roof rack, but can be moved anywhere that suits. The other add-value here is I can use this to pump water thru a 5 stage filter system, if I wanted to, eg, from a river.

    The Kariba can also be used to cook, so is dual purpose. The kariba unit is expensive. But in terms of far-off-grid, this has the value of being multi-purpose - which is important when space and weight are limited.

    You could go with a smaller pump - this pump has enough pressure to be properly used as a wash-down. We connect it to two 40l tanks with individual shutoff, so I can heat water in just one of the tanks. These pumps have pressure switches, so you can leave them on, vice the submersible pump, which is either on or off.
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    Same as matty2.8tdi

    If in a hurry - one kettle of hot water enough for lovely 5 liter warm shower. my wife prefer this to many shared ablution showers.

    It is so small/light/cheap - I even carry a spare!

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    Quote Originally Posted by matty2.8tdi View Post
    Hi Bruce,

    A lot more basic than what you're proposing, but we use the following:
    https://4x4direct.co.za/camping-and-...et-12v-dc.html

    This is fed from an old metal water jerry can which is placed on the coals for 30 minutes - nice hot water with decent pressure.
    I can second this, works very well - I stuck a magnetic thermometer on the side to monitor the temp - it easily gets too hot.

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    Thank you for the replies.

    We've used the pumps and jerry cans but would like something a bit less hassle, as it will sometimes not be possible to make a fire. The kariba looks like an option and the only negative i think, is having to pack it away in a wolf pack, so will have to wait for it to cool down first I would guess?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BruceT View Post
    Thank you for the replies.

    We've used the pumps and jerry cans but would like something a bit less hassle, as it will sometimes not be possible to make a fire. The kariba looks like an option with the only negative is having to pack it away in a wolf pack, so will have to wait for it to cool down first I would guess?

    It runs quite cool, actually, when water is circulating thru it. You can actually put your hand on the top of the heat exchanger, when it is circulating.

    It would still need to cool a bit, yes - but it would not be long. In our case, the tanks are mounted to the roof rack. So it's not a lot of hassle. I'd rather have the tanks inside, but that's for the future.

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    The most straight forward system and probably less expensive as well is a 12V pump connected to a hand held shower and a blue metal jerry can.
    Leave the half full jerry can in the sun for the day or put it next to the fire, add cold water, put in the pump and enjoy your shower.

    If you do a setup with a tank, make provision so that you can connect the geyser directly to a tap as well. Often you get to a place with a water tap but you want to keep the clean water in your tank for drinking, then you can connect the geyser directly to the tap and shower like that. In my experience if you get to a place with a tap, you don't always want to put that dodgy water in your tank and threw your entire system, so you rather keep the clean water in your tank for cooking and drinking and shower directly off the tap.
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    I had seen a photo of setup that consist out of a 110mm pipe painted black on the roof rack. Filling hole and all those things. Just connect and shower

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    Quote Originally Posted by BruceT View Post
    - What size water pump do I need?
    - What geyser is best? I was looking at something like this : Total Outdoor Gas Geyser with shower set
    https://ecodepot.co.za/products/tota...CABEgK7P_D_BwE

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    You should get the pressure requirements for the geyser also. That is a 5l/min geyser thus the pump must deliver at least 5l/min at the pressure that the geyser requires. My guest would be it would be a pump that can pressurize up to 30 psi , else the geyser will just frustrate you.

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    Silly idea... But what happens when you run your battery down for some unexpected reason and if using solar you have a few bad rainy days... Fear not, best is buy a boat bilge pump. Pump your shower , or if you want to get fancy. Get a tank with a non return valves on one side and the other side with one tap to shower head on the other. Pump water into tank till bar pressure is achieved. The air compresses, when opening tap you will have pressurized water to shower with. No electricity required.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hunter26 View Post
    Silly idea... But what happens when you run your battery down for some unexpected reason and if using solar you have a few bad rainy days... .
    Start the vehicle.
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    Have a alva gs205 geyser but rarely use it. Found that a 40 l pioneer plastic water tank on the roof rack reaches about 35 degrees in September to October. Then use a bucket with a 12v oztrail shower.

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    For my long term camping I use a system that I built.
    Dewhot 6L geyser
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    120L watertankName:  IMG_20171208_084227.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by fatbike View Post
    For my long term camping I use a system that I built.
    Dewhot 6L geyser
    12v waterpump 8l/min
    120L watertankName:  IMG_20171208_084227.jpg
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    You take bathing seriously . Gone are the days of taking a small zinc bath with when camping. Water heated in a 20ltr cleaned out oil drum on the fire, use a jug to pour water over self.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hunter26 View Post
    You take bathing seriously . Gone are the days of taking a small zinc bath with when camping. Water heated in a 20ltr cleaned out oil drum on the fire, use a jug to pour water over self.
    Jip its 2020 need to stay abnormal clean. 😂

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    Quote Originally Posted by BruceT View Post
    Thank you for the replies.

    We've used the pumps and jerry cans but would like something a bit less hassle, as it will sometimes not be possible to make a fire. The kariba looks like an option and the only negative i think, is having to pack it away in a wolf pack, so will have to wait for it to cool down first I would guess?
    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 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!
    Thank you. That looks like a great option.
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    Just received the pricing for it. Ummm nope!

    So far the outdoor gas geyser type of geysers are leading the pack at half the price of the "camping" showers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BruceT View Post
    Just received the pricing for it. Ummm nope!

    So far the outdoor gas geyser type of geysers are leading the pack at half the price of the "camping" showers.
    Good morning. Are you prepared to share that price?
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