Heat Exchange Shower

Submitted: Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 00:20
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I am looking to install a heat exchange shower system in my el falcon.
Looking for any advice; Glind, Helton, or Twine.
I am thinking the Helton.
Are there any places to look for good, cheap pumps and accessories.
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Reply By: Member - Crazie (VIC) - Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 08:31

Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 08:31
Hi Fiona

I have the twine and it is excellent. I use a shurflo pump and its as good as the shower at home, but chews throught the water. You can get smaller pumps but, I love it blasting out. Places like Carac or Award usually have specials on pumps.

Another thought, we recently got a coleman hot water system, so much easier, quicker to uses and can be used for other things not just a shower. Coleman would work out cheaper.

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Reply By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 08:32

Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 08:32
Check out the caravan supply places........Google is your friend!!!

Cheers

Roachie

PS: I've had my Twine for about 7 years and never any problems.
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Reply By: Trevor R (QLD) - Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 09:50

Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 09:50
My Glind has worked a treat on three cars over 10yrs. The water runs hotter, quicker on petrol vehicles so would suit your falcon.
Can't comment on the other choices you talk of but I too would look at the coleman option if I was buying again today.

Trevor
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Follow Up By: Fiona (VIC) - Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 11:40

Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 11:40
thanks for the replies. We don't use gas as our cooker is coleman dual fuel and also our light. So I didn't want to carry a gas bottle for just hot water.
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Follow Up By: Member - Crazie (VIC) - Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 12:57

Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 12:57
Hi Fiona

The Coleman hot water system uses tiny little gas bottles that fit inside the unit.

Cheers

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Reply By: flappa - Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 13:10

Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 13:10
Personally , I think the Glind units are the pick of the vehicle showers.

I have a McPauls (now Piranha) , and I know quite a few guys running Twine showers.

Helton are handy because they have a couple of different configurations that may suit different spots on the vehicle better.
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Reply By: Member - qld_bushpig - Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 13:52

Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 13:52
BCF have Glind on special at the moment for $450
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Follow Up By: Member - Jezza (NSW) - Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 14:21

Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 14:21
Outback Proven have them for $390 - best price I could find.

Cheers,
Jezza
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Reply By: Member - Jezza (NSW) - Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 14:04

Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 14:04
Hi Fiona,

I have just gone through this exercise myself. I ended up buying Glind on reputation, and because of a good price fromOutback Proven The pump (shurflow) and shower rose are good quality stuff. I did however manage to damage the heat exchanger whilst trying to install it - my own fault, changing the fitting from a straight connector to a 90 degree bend. The thread is tapered and I over tightened it splitting the plastic housing (bugger!). These units are difficult to install as they are long, they require about 500mmx100mm clear space. I was reluctant to buy another Glind heat exchanger because of their size and plastic construction (and price $195)

I ended up buying a Helton heat exchanger; all metal construction (ie I can't break it!! 5 year warranty), compact size (200mmx75mm), straight or right angled fittings at one or both ends, price -$130, and they are a site sponsor (member discount).

If I were doing this again, I would buy the Helton heat exchanger, buy the pump and filter from a marine supplier (whitworths.com.au), buy the show rose from a caravan accessories supplier and the hoses/accessories from an automotive/hose supplier

Hope this helps,
Jezza
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Follow Up By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 16:41

Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006 at 16:41
Sorry and very surprised to read that you managed to buggar up the Glind heat exchanger.........I'm a fan of the Twine brand and have been told before that the Glind is MUCH better because the plastic they're made of is the same as the space shuttle and is virtually indestructible (or some such similar bull-twang!!!!). Glad I chose the Twine, although the Helton is probably as good or better (smaller size).
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Follow Up By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 08:51

Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 08:51
You are right Roachie, brass, copper and glass filled nylon,, hardy space age!

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Follow Up By: Member - Brian H (QLD) - Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 21:56

Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006 at 21:56
I'm chasing a unit at the moment and the Helton is $289.00 plus postage cheaper for EO members, which i figure is a good price.

Has anyone got one and if what are they like?

The other units I would consider is the Twine or Piranha. I'm not sure if you would save a lot chasing all the stuff up all over the place unless they are all close by.

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Follow Up By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Saturday, Jul 01, 2006 at 21:12

Saturday, Jul 01, 2006 at 21:12
Jezza!! these are not space age materials but they are space age thinking!!! Michael!MPG:6!
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Follow Up By: Member - Jezza (NSW) - Saturday, Jul 01, 2006 at 23:24

Saturday, Jul 01, 2006 at 23:24
Hi Michael,

They look like good units, I like the idea of the connectors on the side of the cylinder, very compact design - who makes them, what sort of price are they worth?

Cheers,
Jezza
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