Coleman Hot Water on Demand

Submitted: Wednesday, Apr 05, 2006 at 18:53
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I think these have been out long enough now to get some feedback from people who have them. We are thinking of investing in one soon and I am interested in finding out a few things.

Does it get hot enough for a cuppa?

Does it get hotter using lpg rather than coleman cylinder?

Does it put enough water out to get an acceptable shower?

How long does the battery last and how long to recharge? Alos if flat will it run on 12v?

And other thoughts or comments both +ve and -ve????

I have searched the archives but interested to see if those who loved it then still do. The 10 year warranty looks a good selling point.
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Reply By: Lone Wolf - Wednesday, Apr 05, 2006 at 19:10

Wednesday, Apr 05, 2006 at 19:10
Stu, just come up to my house, I'm always in hot water, and I don't even demand it!

Wolfie
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Follow Up By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Wednesday, Apr 05, 2006 at 19:56

Wednesday, Apr 05, 2006 at 19:56
Hey Wolfie,
Brew should check with Muddy.He has one too and he's always in hot water
So says Roachie!
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Follow Up By: Muddies Doe(Trippn) - Thursday, Apr 06, 2006 at 16:57

Thursday, Apr 06, 2006 at 16:57
Hi Roachie

That's a fib!

Cya
:)
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Follow Up By: Brew69(SA) - Thursday, Apr 06, 2006 at 20:42

Thursday, Apr 06, 2006 at 20:42
aren't u a member any more tite bum?
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Follow Up By: Muddies Doe(Trippn) - Thursday, Apr 06, 2006 at 21:10

Thursday, Apr 06, 2006 at 21:10
Hi Brew

I am.......I have conjugal rights, just like Dawn.

Cya
:)
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Follow Up By: Jimbo - Thursday, Apr 06, 2006 at 21:33

Thursday, Apr 06, 2006 at 21:33
One wonders how someone may judge the elasticity of another's rectum.

Tight bum, slack bum, loose bum. Are you a Proctologist LOL.
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Follow Up By: Muddy doe (SA) - Thursday, Apr 06, 2006 at 21:51

Thursday, Apr 06, 2006 at 21:51
No now, what goes on here?

Did I hear my bum being mentioned?
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Reply By: Member - Omaroo (NSW) - Wednesday, Apr 05, 2006 at 19:12

Wednesday, Apr 05, 2006 at 19:12
Brew

Does it get hot enough for a cuppa?
(Not really. Even if "push & held" the water is only around 70 degrees which is far too hot for a shower, but still only tepid as far as a hot drink goes.)

Does it get hotter using lpg rather than coleman cylinder?
(No - it's the same LPG gas either way. I use both the cartridges and a 9kg bottle to the same effect)

Does it put enough water out to get an acceptable shower?
(I think so. If you accept the fact that your out bush and can't expect a house-quality shower then it it's just fine. It's flow rate is around 4 litres a minute - same as the smaller FloJet you get with the Glind and Twine showers. All I do is toss the shower head you get with it and substitute a high-quality "water saver" head from a hardware store. I get wet, soap up and shower off in about 2 minutes on 10-12 litres of water. A 20L jerry does both me and the wife if we don't dilly-dally.)

How long does the battery last and how long to recharge? Alos if flat will it run on 12v?
(The battery will do around 120 to 160 litres of water, or 12-16 showers for us. You get a car-charger with the unit so you can charge it odd 12v. It will not run directly off 12v as the battery is either a 6 or 9 volt lead acid.)

And other thoughts or comments both +ve and -ve????

(We love ours. Just a little bulky - but considering that we use it to shower and wash up with it's been great. It has never had a problem of any sort and works as advertised. Just be sure not to leave any water you intend to shower with in the sun. Warm water going in to the shower comes out very hot - even on the lowest temperature setting. Cool water (around 15 deg) comes out at around 35-40 degrees for a warm shower.... and you just go hotter from there.)
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Follow Up By: Brew69(SA) - Wednesday, Apr 05, 2006 at 19:37

Wednesday, Apr 05, 2006 at 19:37
Just wondering if you have the bag that fits over it and if you think its worth the $ ?
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Follow Up By: Member - Omaroo (NSW) - Wednesday, Apr 05, 2006 at 19:42

Wednesday, Apr 05, 2006 at 19:42
Yes. I do.

We don't go anywhere without it. It carries the unit, the vinyl night cover, the 240v charger, car charger, 4 gas cartridges, shower hose and rose, the 9kg bottle adapter and hose, collapsible Coleman 20 litre water container as well as the garden tap pressure adapter.

Pick it all up in one go - two handles. Very handy!
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Follow Up By: cokeaddict - Thursday, Apr 06, 2006 at 19:35

Thursday, Apr 06, 2006 at 19:35
Ummmmm..excuse my ignorance here but.....
"dilly-dally"....please explain.
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Follow Up By: Member - Omaroo (NSW) - Thursday, Apr 06, 2006 at 20:32

Thursday, Apr 06, 2006 at 20:32
Don't be rude Ange ;)

Besides.. the shower tent just ain't big enough! LOL!
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Reply By: Jimbo - Wednesday, Apr 05, 2006 at 19:15

Wednesday, Apr 05, 2006 at 19:15
Stu,

1. No
2. No
3. Yes, moderate but acceptable flow. Any faster and you'd be filling the water supply too often. I reckon they've got the flow perfect.
4. About 40 minutes according to the book, but I recharge mine after every use to extend the life of the internal battery. And No.
5. Wouldn't be without it. Check out K Mart, I've seen them marked down to $300 and of you wait for a 15% off day you'll snag one for $255 plus the cost of the shower hose/rose.

Cheers,

Jim.
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Follow Up By: Brew69(SA) - Wednesday, Apr 05, 2006 at 19:37

Wednesday, Apr 05, 2006 at 19:37
Hey jimbo same quest to u mate
Just wondering if you have the bag that fits over it and if you think its worth the $ ?
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Follow Up By: Jimbo - Wednesday, Apr 05, 2006 at 19:50

Wednesday, Apr 05, 2006 at 19:50
No Stu, I couldn't consider it because the bag was too big to fit in the little compartment in the front of the camper where I keep it.

It probably protects it if it is in a spot where it will bounce around a lot. I believe it is $70 including the shower bit ($20 on its own). Get it at Ray's on a 22% off day and its probably worth it. If you've got somewhere neat to keep it, it takes up less space without it.

Your dough, your call.
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Reply By: Alloy c/t - Wednesday, Apr 05, 2006 at 19:21

Wednesday, Apr 05, 2006 at 19:21
Have had ours for over 18mths ,would not be without it.
Hot enough for cup of tea = no , coffee = yes ,push temp control in and hold at hottest setting water is basicaly boiling,
No difference using coleman cylinder or lpg ,only diff is price of gas ,coleman @ $6.50 per cylinder is good for 160lt of water.
Water flow is good enough for my swmbo .
Battery lasts ?? we showered 10 people for 10 days without need to recharge ,batt is a small 12v Agm ,recharges very quick.
Pros + Cons , can take anywhere ,not "tied" to vehicle , we have even used ours at home when power failure = no hot water.
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Follow Up By: Brew69(SA) - Wednesday, Apr 05, 2006 at 19:37

Wednesday, Apr 05, 2006 at 19:37
Just wondering if you have the bag that fits over it and if you think its worth the $ ?
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Follow Up By: Jimbo - Wednesday, Apr 05, 2006 at 19:53

Wednesday, Apr 05, 2006 at 19:53
Alloy,

Water is about 70 if you're lucky. That's a luke warm cuppa and I drink mine black. Add milk and it would be damn near cold.

I do like a hot brew (that's tea, not the fat boy who started this thread).

Cheers,

Jim.
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Follow Up By: Brew69(SA) - Wednesday, Apr 05, 2006 at 20:02

Wednesday, Apr 05, 2006 at 20:02
cheeky sh*t lol
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Follow Up By: Jimbo - Wednesday, Apr 05, 2006 at 21:48

Wednesday, Apr 05, 2006 at 21:48
Stu,

I might be cheeky, but you're ugly. Well so am I, but I've got an excuse, I'm older than you.

Jim
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Reply By: Alloy c/t - Wednesday, Apr 05, 2006 at 20:17

Wednesday, Apr 05, 2006 at 20:17
Brew 69 ,when we bought ours ,it was at the last day of the c/van and camping show , got the unit + bag + shower + gas hose + 4x gas bottles + pretty useless collapsible water container + tap adapter unit for the grand price of $369 ....end of show special ?? bag is a very usefull addon ,usually lives in our c/t ,, keeps all bits together for when we use the unit for other purposes other than camping ,eg a Sunday picnic,
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Follow Up By: Pajman Pete (SA) - Thursday, Apr 06, 2006 at 08:12

Thursday, Apr 06, 2006 at 08:12
If "Marriage is the triumph of imagination over intelligence", a second marriage is the triumph of hope over experience!

Cheers

Pete
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Reply By: ozdragon - Wednesday, Apr 05, 2006 at 21:45

Wednesday, Apr 05, 2006 at 21:45
Coleman Hotwater on demand currently on sale at Kmart $289 unit only

Peter
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Follow Up By: Jimbo - Wednesday, Apr 05, 2006 at 21:50

Wednesday, Apr 05, 2006 at 21:50
That's sharp, wait for a 15% off day (they do them every two weeks) and you're "larfin".
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Follow Up By: seqfisho - Thursday, Apr 06, 2006 at 08:49

Thursday, Apr 06, 2006 at 08:49
Thats a good price at Kmart, at BCF in Brissy they are $359 on special, wonder if I take a Kmart brochure in will they still beat it by 10%

If not I think I'll drop by the local Kmart, will certainly save having to remember to put the solar shower bags out of a morning.

Glen.
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Reply By: Member - Alan (WA) - Thursday, Apr 06, 2006 at 00:29

Thursday, Apr 06, 2006 at 00:29
ARB also said that one of the few disadvantages was that you coudl drop the end that _Affordable_Storage_Drawers.aspx water into a jerry can or water container due to the size of the head. Instead, they suggested a bucket or the container it comes with..

Has anyone found a workaround for this?

Also - but disappointing that you don't get water hot enough for a hot drink..

Alan
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Follow Up By: Member - Omaroo (NSW) - Thursday, Apr 06, 2006 at 08:09

Thursday, Apr 06, 2006 at 08:09
A collapsible bucket is what I use.


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Follow Up By: Member - Des - Sunday, Apr 09, 2006 at 11:23

Sunday, Apr 09, 2006 at 11:23
The problem with the collapsible bucket is that it collapses!
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Follow Up By: Member - Omaroo (NSW) - Sunday, Apr 09, 2006 at 14:08

Sunday, Apr 09, 2006 at 14:08
That's why we hang it off the side of the table we put the unit on. It's served us very well.
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Reply By: Stuart - Thursday, Apr 06, 2006 at 01:48

Thursday, Apr 06, 2006 at 01:48
Just got an Atou Pro cattle dog and it has a portable gas hot water shower in it for $299. Looks like a blue tool box with a fairly standard drop in a bucket pump and shower rose inside. Has a gas hose and takes 12volt from the car. Don't know what they are like but just thought I would let you know. You could try autopro.com.au but I think the Coleman would be the way to go. Stuart.
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Follow Up By: Member - Omaroo (NSW) - Thursday, Apr 06, 2006 at 08:12

Thursday, Apr 06, 2006 at 08:12
That's the Primus unit. It's OK, but the Coleman kills it IMHO.
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Follow Up By: Member - Des - Monday, Apr 10, 2006 at 11:28

Monday, Apr 10, 2006 at 11:28
I agree. Coleman is self-contained with battery and gas canister.
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Reply By: Gu_Patrol - Thursday, Apr 06, 2006 at 17:46

Thursday, Apr 06, 2006 at 17:46
If Kmart has it on sale for $289 i'll grab it, it won't get much cheaper than that.

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