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Submitted: Sunday, May 14, 2006 at 17:30
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Any advice on which is the best shower instalion (hot water!)? Got a Discovery TDi
Thanks
John
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Reply By: Alloy c/t - Sunday, May 14, 2006 at 17:36

Sunday, May 14, 2006 at 17:36
Coleman ,being portable has many advantages over a fixed vehicle mounted unit.
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Follow Up By: MP - Sunday, May 14, 2006 at 19:35

Sunday, May 14, 2006 at 19:35
With the Coleman, just ensure the battery is charged. Outlaws battery died after 12 months from neglect. Easliy replaced though - $33 from Snowy's.

Mark
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Follow Up By: Brew69(SA) - Sunday, May 14, 2006 at 19:42

Sunday, May 14, 2006 at 19:42
Hmmm what about the 10 yr warranty?
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Monday, May 15, 2006 at 09:01

Monday, May 15, 2006 at 09:01
I don't imagine a battery would carry a 10 year warranty.
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Follow Up By: MP - Monday, May 15, 2006 at 13:58

Monday, May 15, 2006 at 13:58
I thought about that. But not for long. Especially the fact that the father in law tried giving it some charge on his shed charger and the thing ended up looking like a little black balloon - lucky the bubble didn't burst.

Mark
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Reply By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Sunday, May 14, 2006 at 17:47

Sunday, May 14, 2006 at 17:47
The fact that you've used the word "instalion" (sic) would indicate to me that you are not interested in the Coleman as this is not an installed type.

I installed a Twine when I bought my GU new in 2000.....it had previously been mounted in my GQ Patrol for about 12 months. It does a great job and I like the fact it is copper (not plastic like another well-known brand).

Sorry, but I can't offer any advice on how/where to actually install one in your disco though.

Cheers

Roachie
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Reply By: Keith_A (Qld) - Sunday, May 14, 2006 at 18:21

Sunday, May 14, 2006 at 18:21
Hi John. While not an 'installation', our experience may give an alternative.
We have a campervan (Coromal) with an inbuilt (hot) Shower - but dont use it.
Our preferred solution : a $15 shower from Camping shop - runs on 12V; pump head drops into 20Ltr bucket. Half fill the bucket with water (creek/tank etc) then pour in 1 kettle of boiling water. Gives a long (long) warm shower. It plugs into the cig lighter and draws minimal current. We use one of those 'Change Shelters' which pack as a round circle, then 'unwinds' into a tall shower/toilet/change room.
By the way - Oztent are producing an 'onsuite' of this style (due for release in June 2006) - saves having to remove the chem toilet at shower time.
Regards...................Keith.
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Follow Up By: stormbay - Sunday, May 14, 2006 at 20:29

Sunday, May 14, 2006 at 20:29
Thanks Keith, that's makes a heap of sense. Any ideas on which camping shower and any on line shops that sell them.
Cheers
John
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Follow Up By: Keith_A (Qld) - Sunday, May 14, 2006 at 20:44

Sunday, May 14, 2006 at 20:44
Many camping stores and electronic stores sell them. Ours cost $15 from Jaycar in Brisbane (CAT. NO. YS2800). You can buy online from them.
Seen the same thing in other camping stores (and I think even at Dick Smith).
Unit has shower head; tube to pumphead (which drops into bucket); plus cable with switch on it, and cig lighter plug..........Keith
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Follow Up By: roscoea26 - Sunday, May 14, 2006 at 21:23

Sunday, May 14, 2006 at 21:23
This is the way to go forget about those fancy expensive hot water systems...I got mine from supercheap auto and we swear by it, simple effective and takes up no space!!! Roscoe
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Reply By: Member - Leigh (Vic) - Sunday, May 14, 2006 at 18:44

Sunday, May 14, 2006 at 18:44
Go the GLIND..unlike Roachies it has 5 bolts holding it together!! LOL
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Reply By: Trevor R (QLD) - Sunday, May 14, 2006 at 20:07

Sunday, May 14, 2006 at 20:07
John,

I have a glind and it's been changed into three new trucks since I bought it (durability?? I think so.). The major downside to it in a diesel is the time it takes to get a cold diesel to warm up enough to have a hot shower. The old petrol pajero I had was ready in no time compared to my current diesel Patrol.
My sister on the other hand warms up a bucket of water drops her $30 4 D sized battery operated shower into the bucket and is having a shower before I get undressed but I'll see if hers is working in 10yrs like mine has been and still is.
So it depends on budget and how long you plan to be having showers in the scrub as to the right way to go. Only you can answer these questions for yourself.

Either way enjoy your camping.
Regards Trevor.
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Reply By: Wayne (NSW) - Sunday, May 14, 2006 at 20:38

Sunday, May 14, 2006 at 20:38
John,

Like Roachie I have a Twine.

In fact all the drivers with GDT have Twine showers.

Mine gets more of a work out than most I would think. When I am on tour I will set up the shower and it could be running up to 2 hours while everyone has a shower.

I have set mine up with a bilge pump and an other pump similar to a Sure Flow only bigger. This means when we are near a river I don't have to bucket water.

As long as you can tap into the heater hose it should work, where you fit the heater is where there is some room.

You could also get in touch with the new owners of Twine Showers and they should be able to advice where is the best place to mount it.

Wayne
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Reply By: Crackles - Sunday, May 14, 2006 at 21:33

Sunday, May 14, 2006 at 21:33
John.....If you have a tribe of kids the heat exchanger systems are great (when they are working) but for simplicity you can't beat a canvas shower bag. Heat the water in a billy & hang the bag from a tree. For large groups they are not ideal but for a couple they are perfect. I have had a Glind fitted to my cars for 20 years but doubt I will put it on the next one. Too much trouble with hoses leaking, pumps that wont prime, coolant leaks on the exchanger etc........With the bag shower there is one moving part & it packs flat. Sometimes the simplist ideas are the best :-)
Cheers Craig........
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Follow Up By: ACDC - Sunday, May 14, 2006 at 21:41

Sunday, May 14, 2006 at 21:41
I'll second that one!!
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Follow Up By: Pajman Pete (SA) - Monday, May 15, 2006 at 07:42

Monday, May 15, 2006 at 07:42
I like my canvas bucket too. Simple, nice shower and one bag full of water does the missus and I.
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Reply By: djpatrol - Monday, May 15, 2006 at 14:47

Monday, May 15, 2006 at 14:47
We hav been using the $19.95 portable 12volt out of a bucket in our shower van or outside cubicle works fine when it karks it ill buy another
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Follow Up By: BBB - Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 22:16

Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 22:16
I have had a glind unit for 9 years in two cars with heeps of use they will give you as much hot wateras you can suplywater to the unit." you can not get better"

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