Showering, bathing, and hygiene is a concern when you’re planning on living in a van full-time. While I look forward to being “HomeFree”, I don’t want to look unwashed or smell suspect. LOL! We had discussed this in depth, before deciding to live in the Prairie Schooner, and had found several options for bathing and keeping clean.
The best solution seems to be converting a simple garden sprayer into a miniature, pressurized, hot water tank. We gauged the bath water usage we would need over a day or so, and selected a 3-gallon garden sprayer with a shoulder strap and pressure relief valve.
To assist it in warming the water, I masked off the level indicator markings, and spray painted it with some flat black we had laying around, left from a previous project.
I snipped the end of the garden sprayer off, installed a coupler, and attached a kitchen sink sprayer with the little on/off lever for water savings. The kitchen sprayer portion is a 4′ length, then the garden sprayer portion has another 4′ in length, plus the sprayer body adds another 1.5′ in height! Plenty of hose to maneuver around with…
Time to test it out!
Around noon, I filled it with garden-hose-water-faucet temperature water, and set it out on a semi-cloudy day, in late March sunshine. By 4-5 that evening, I washed my hair with it to test for sufficient water-flow, quantity, pressure, and how warm it had gotten. While it wasn’t hot, it was definitely warm enough and had pressure enough to sluice the gunk out of my hair. It has plenty of pressure to get through my mess of curly hair. And three gallons was more than enough, as I only used a little more than a gallon – and that was just playing around. I could have washed my hair with under half of a gallon.
- Anderson Metals 57001 Brass Hose Fitting, Adapter, 1/4″ Barb x 1/4″ NPT Male Pipe, $3.22
- A couple wraps of Teflon tape, we had this on-hand
- Masking tape, spray paint, on-hand
- Stainless Steel Hose Clamp (1/4 To 5/8-Inch Pr), $3 for a variety pack of four, WalMart
- Rainmaker Pump Sprayer, 3-Gallon, $28.70
- LDR 501 6200 Sink Sprayer Replacement Kit with Spray Head, 48 Inch Hose, Black, $13.42
A friend in town with a Ford Transit Wagon
Camper has a great idea of using the open back doors as two walls of a private shower stall, and hanging a curtain across the open end of the doors for the third wall and privacy… The windows are then about face height, while everything between shoulders and knees are covered by the doors while showering.
So I am thinking that mounting an open/enlarged hose clamp to hook the sprayer on, might make for a great “shower”! We will let you know how that concept works out… LOL!
So, in conclusion, for about $50 you can look forward to showering in hot water! I am thinking that I might make another, smaller one to assist with dish washing!
Update: I finally found the original YouTube video that outlined this handy camp shower project. Kudos to Mark Keeler and his wonderful tutorial!
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