We LOVE riding our mountain bikes. It can only means two things:
- We drink a lot of craft beer
- We take a lot of showers
Let’s focus on the latest point. We had two main requirements for our summer exterior shower:
- To have hot water (for colder days and because we’re both princesses)
- To have intimacy (so we can wash at the trailhead right after the ride)
TIME SPENT ON THE JOB: 8-12 hours
TOTAL COST : Approximately 100$ (excluding the Propane Instant Hot Shower)
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- Waterproof Fabric (We sourced it from our local store)
- Zipper (We sourced it from our local store)
- Velcro (We sourced it from our local store)
- Grommet with tool (Buy from Amazon)
- Adjustable Curtain Rod (Such as this one here: Buy from Amazon)
- Swivel Hooks (Buy from Amazon)
- Showerhead Bracket with Suction Cup (Buy from Amazon)
- Propane Instant Hot Shower (Such as the Mr Heater BOSS or the Eccotemp L5)
Let’s get dirty.
Here is the back of our van:
And here is the back of our van with the Mosquito Screen down (Read everything about our Mosquito Screens here: http://faroutride.com/mosquito-screens/ ). The fabric is waterproof, so our garage doesn’t get splashed while we shower (if you don’t have that, don’t worry it’s not mandatory. Portable showers don’t have THAT much pressure.):
And this is our exterior shower setup:
The curtain is hooked on the back doors:
Voyeurs are all over the place, so we made sure they get no chance to watch:
We added a zipper to get in and out:
We also added an adjustable curtain rod (http://amzn.to/2yFd1pg) to prevent the curtain from getting blown inside when it’s windy. It’s adjustable for easier storage (the rod slides-out of the curtain):
The shower head is held by a neat little bracket with suction cup (http://amzn.to/2fQ4NTn):
When the shower is not used, we roll the curtain and store it in the van.
We use the Mr Heater BOSS XCW20 portable shower (http://amzn.to/2xKw6rW):
It can be run with 1lb camping propane tanks, but it’s cheaper to run it directly from our 20lb propane tank. We have an adapter to emulate 1lb propane tank, check it out here: http://faroutride.com/propane-system/:
The Mr Heater BOSS has it’s own pump, so we keep a 7 gallons aquatainer (http://amzn.to/2hz7Lf9) handy:
That’s pretty much it. Thanks for reading.
(If you expected the typical chick-ass-shower-van picture, you’re at the wrong place; we’re not that desperate for attention.)
ON SECOND THOUGHT
Nothing to say about the summer exterior shower, it’s doing what it’s suppose to!
Mr Heater BOSS VS Eccotemp L5?
We went with the Mr Heater BOSS (http://amzn.to/2xKw6rW) because it is fully “portable” (there is an internal battery for ignition, can be used with 1lb camping propane tanks and uses it’s own water pump), meaning we could take a shower down by the river or something. In the real world, we always use it in the back of the van. But then there is winter: we’re working on a super-simple-lifesaver-indoor-shower-system for the cold days, so we will need the shower in front of the van. We’re not there yet, but winter is imminent!
The Eccotemp L5 (http://amzn.to/2wSdJ5n) is a great unit (so we heard); it’s much cheaper and can be incorporated into the pressurized water system. If winter was out of the equation, we would go for the Eccotemp.
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Hello! We’re Isabelle and Antoine, a couple dreaming of being on the move and we’re seeking for the ride of our life. We bought a Ford Transit van, converted it to a campervan, sold our house, quit our jobs and hit the road full-time to make our dream a reality. We are sharing this in hope of inspiring and helping others to follow their dreams too!