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Old 02-02-2021, 11:00 PM   #1
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Water tank for solar shower

I started putting together a 5G tank on the sway arm over the rear bumper from Aluminess.
The idea is that the water can heat up in the sun while we travel.
Warm water will be available in camp for a shower.
Later I will build a shower curtain, also attached to sway arm... the goal is a fast and easy shower, warmed up by the sun.
The water will flow based on gravity. Tank stays in position while taking a shower.
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Old 02-03-2021, 07:27 AM   #2
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I like the concept Marcel, also think you did a nice job on the mounting bracket. Interested to see what you come up with for the shower curtain. Fun project!
I would inly question the pressure you're likely to get - Don't believe you'll get much through gravity at that height - may consider a simple battery powered spray head - very Portable, Affordable, & Functional for your application (especially with the wide mouth access on the top of your container).

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Old 02-03-2021, 11:07 AM   #3
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Good point about water flow based on gravity.
Our solar shower bags were fine though.. low flow helps conserve water.
If it doesn't work well enough getting a pump may be in order... with water saving shower head.

The issues we were running into that made me put together the tank were:
1. I can't transport water in solar bags... the bags would rip on the rough roads.
2. When I get to camp there is often no water, and if there is water, there is not enough solar time to heat it up before the sun sets.

So, I figured the tank would solve this:
1. I fill the tank when we encounter water. Typically creek water (drinking water is usually a premium and I like to keep it just for drinking, rather than also use it for a shower)
2. The water can just warm up during the day when we travel, including on rough roads.
3. This way we have water when we get to camp, and it is warm. This should solve my shower water problems.
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