Originally Posted by TBUNCH
I think I have been successfully talked into the OUTSIDE SHOWER.
Some people think that how much water you haul is the limiting factor for a shower.
I have an 18 gallon tank tank and can get about 8 showers but it takes wetting
down, soaping up and a very quick rinse. Big hair = using lots of water. You can carry
extra water but it all takes up space. I do carry separate drinking water as a rule.
SMB has installed filtration systems in the Fuso vehicles so you can fill up while in the
field if there is a stream nearby. There are also portable filtration pumps as well out there.
In a nut shell while heating the water, propane systems do take up space but I prefer a
flat plate provided you take effort to protect it from cold. I have a diesel water heater.
The problem I've found with "out the back door" shower wands is the amount of water
you waste waiting for the hot water.
A tempering valve is necessary but if the wand plug-in is close to the
water heater and pump, lag time is reduced. SMB has outside ports and those should
have ways to drain them for freezing weather. Mine freezes quicker than the inside wands
that normally mount just inside the back doors.
Then you have the truly portable units but they are something extra to haul and you
still need water. Those work for many. Then there is the roof mounted water tanks that
good luck on your choice.