In this article we discuss about building a DIY exterior shower for a camper van conversion. 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 van’s exterior shower:
- To have hot water (for colder days and because we’re high-maintenance dirtbags)
- 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)
- Eccotemp L5 On-Demand Propane Hot Shower (Buy on Amazon)
Here is how our van exterior shower works:
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. We sometime take our shower without the screen down!):
Finally, here is the back of our van with the exterior shower setup fully deployed:
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 Eccotemp L5 on-demand hot shower (amzn.to/2tXrHOY):
Everything about the Eccotemp is here (installation, operation, review):
That’s pretty much it. Thanks for reading.
Yeah, unless you’re thirsty for Instagram’s likes, we recommend using a shower curtain.
ON SECOND THOUGHT
Nothing to say about the summer exterior shower, it’s doing what it’s suppose to! The only downside we can think of is that it MUST be dried out before storing (to prevent mold); that’s the most time consuming part about that setup. But hey, there’s no rush 🙂
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Hello! We’re Isabelle and Antoine 🙂 In 2017 we sold our house (and everything in it), quit our engineering careers and moved into our self built campervan. We’ve been on the road since then and every day is an opportunity for a new adventure; we’re chasing our dreams and hopefully it inspires others to do the same!