Exterior Shower for Camper Van Conversion


Exterior Shower for Camper Van Conversion

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:

  1. We drink a lot of craft beer
  2. 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 on Amazon)
  • Adjustable Curtain Rod (Such as this one here: Buy on Amazon)
  • Swivel Hooks (Buy on Amazon)
  • Showerhead Bracket with Suction Cup (Buy on 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:

Eccotemp Shower Camper Van Conversion


And here is the back of our van with the Mosquito Screen down (read everything about our Mosquito Screens here: https://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!):

Exterior Shower Campervan Conversion (3)


Finally, here is the back of our van with the exterior shower setup fully deployed:



The curtain is hooked on the back doors:

Exterior Shower Campervan Conversion (11)


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:

Exterior Shower Campervan Conversion (14)


We also added an adjustable curtain rod (Buy on Amazon) 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 (Buy on Amazon):

Exterior Shower Campervan Conversion (1)


Satellite view:

Shower View from Top


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 (Buy on Amazon):

Eccotemp L5 Camper Van Conversion Hot Shower


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.




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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39 thoughts on “Exterior Shower for Camper Van Conversion”

  1. Salut Antoine!
    J’ai découvert votre site la semaine dernière. OUFFF C’est le cas de le dire,vous êtes sa coche!!!!
    Mille Bravos pour l’ensemble de votre projet! Ça me pousse encore plus à réaliser moi aussi cette magnifiqueaventure!
    LOL!!! Vous êtes les Céline Dion de la VanLife!!!!

  2. Hi Antoine! I’m still over here hard at work on my ’20 Transit. Love this thing! Hey, question on installing the EcoTemp to the Propane Locker…does it impede your ability to remove the tank? It looks like it would be a really tight squeeze, I’m just curious if I’ll have to make my bed as high as yours (I think 40″ is what you guys did)…I was hoping to drop to about 36″. Let me know your thoughts and as always I appreciate your insight and info a million times over!

    Rob H. – Denver

    • All our propane appliances are connected to the Cross manifold, which is outside the locker. So all we have to disconnect to remove the tank is the hose connected to the tank. See our propane diagram: https://faroutride.com/propane-system/
      36″ should be enough clearance for most bike (that’s what we’ll do next time), but obviously check with you own bike just in case 🙂

  3. Love your build ideas. Borrowing this one for sure. Where did you find the shower head? I’ve looked on Amazon but can’t find anything like it. Does the stop button cut off the water entirely? The one I have now lets water dribble when turned off. Thanks, Mehosh

  4. Hi
    Thanks for all the info. I’m doing a minimalist temporary conversion that has to be done in 3 weeks, so I’m not doing things as in depth as you. I don’t want to shlep around a big propane tank and I’m wondering if the ecotemp will run off the small propane tanks you use on camp stoves?

  5. When using the Eccotemp shower unit which appears to be attached to your propane locker, how do you deal with the exhaust from the top of the unit, particularly when the back screen is down covering the unit?

  6. Hello Isabelle and Antoine!

    Thank you for this amazing resource. I’m at the point where I’m trying to figure out if I can make vanlife work for me. It’s a lot of fun sketching out layouts and thinking about the possibilities though. Are there any stipulations with where you can shower? (i.e: I’m assuming the water from your shower does not need to be collected as grey water?). If not, do you know if it would be possible for one with an indoor shower setup to simply drain to the outside? (similar like your “To China” setup).

  7. Hello,
    Just an idea. If you don’t want to stand in the mud, you can make a temp floor that installs in the trailer hitch


  8. Great set and love following your adventures! We bought a similar water heater/shower. I was going to mount on the rear door, but now considering your set up/location. Any issues with heat/exhaust with it being mounted under your bed? How much clearance do you have between heater and underside of bed? Thanks so much! Bill

    • No issue, in fact with the heater location most of the heat goes outside, not under the bed. Ensure to have at least 8-12″ clearance with the bed I’d say.


  9. Wonderful couple and helpful site; we’re progressing our build for the van life as well. Could you provide a link to the Eccotemp L5 upgrade. I saw it once, though now I’m unable to find it again.

    Cheers !!

  10. Have you guys come up with a winter shower yet? I’ve got some thoughts on a cheap-fix to the situation I think and easily stored after use. Use two of these: home water heater pans, plastic in many sizes too.
    Two because your going to join two (white?) polyester-nylon shower curtains together (form a tube) using ‘Stich-Witchery) to in a tapered manner and pinch the tapered bottom portion, tapered to fit about 30″ and in between the two pans (gotta cut one to allow the drain hose access when ‘stacking’ the two pans) Using 1/8 bungee/shock cord, affix this to the ceiling in some manner I know you’ll be able to come up with. Shower access is done one of either two ways; 1) step over and into shower and affix to ceiling, or 2) when using the ‘stich-witch’ you overlap the curtain somewhere and make yourself a ‘slit’ permitting access while the shower is up and installed. Either way you gonna want to do a small ‘slit’ to permit the shower-head/hose access to the inside. Of course, the side adjacent to the sink. I think from here you get the idea. Now, if you really want to put a twist on it, make the bungee setup so that when you step out of the shower, it retracts and lifts the one side opposite the drain so it essentially is a self-draining out the slider door that is ‘ajar’ for draining outdoors, or a jug. You got a cheap, storable, 30″ minimum shower in a V-Shape ‘funnel’ with plenty of room for two, maybe, to minimize water use. Any thoughts?

    • Yeah, it’s 75% done, we just need to figure out a clean way to attach the curtains rod on the ceiling. It’s very similar to what you propose: a plastic drain pan, 2 sewed curtains (taper). The curtain is attached to the pan using velcro (so it can be removed to dry) and is hold using two semi-circular PEX curtain rods (the two semi-circular PEX rod can be disassembled for storage).

      That’s pretty much it! Like I said it’s 75% done, we just need to finish it when it’s too cold to shower outside!

      Thanks for your input!!

  11. Hello!

    Lovely site! I’m planning on a back kitchen with Ecotemp for hot water and back outside shower. Don’t really want an inside shower but am fretting over cold weather. “If winter was out of the equation, we would go for the Ecotemp.” Is that because you will move the Mr. Buddy to another area of the van? or is there another reason. I’m looking forward to reading your winter showering solution. Cheers!

  12. Remember — voyeurs are everywhere! Your “satellite” view proves you still have some work to do! 😉

    Seriously — nice work. We’ve been planning something very similar, just haven’t felt dirty enough yet. 🙂

  13. “(If you expected the typical like-magnet-ass-shower-van-picture, you’re at the wrong place; we’re not that desperate for attention.)”
    hahahaha love it!!
    Well done guys!


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