Drainage for Camp Shower

Submitted: Thursday, Mar 13, 2008 at 20:50
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hi all,

does anyone have some good ideas for draining the shower water away from my shower en suite.

im looking for a method i can use in hard ground as well as beach sand.

any ideas will be appreciated.

cheers

swampy
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Reply By: Nomadic Navara - Thursday, Mar 13, 2008 at 21:01

Thursday, Mar 13, 2008 at 21:01
Just try a long hose and drain it away from the van.

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Reply By: briann532 - Thursday, Mar 13, 2008 at 22:09

Thursday, Mar 13, 2008 at 22:09
I use the interlocking foam matts available from most camping outlets. Use the ones with holes in them and they work quite well. 1 inside to keep feet off the ground and 1 outside shower for drying off.
They generally come in a 4 pack for around $20.
The spare 2 are great for matts outside tent or van.
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Follow Up By: Nomadic Navara - Thursday, Mar 13, 2008 at 23:12

Thursday, Mar 13, 2008 at 23:12
Briann

I think they are a little large to fit in his van ensuite.

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Reply By: Derek from Affordable Batteries & Radiators - Thursday, Mar 13, 2008 at 22:21

Thursday, Mar 13, 2008 at 22:21
Buy a grey water hose kit from Bunnings.

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Reply By: Member - Tony N (WA) - Thursday, Mar 13, 2008 at 23:42

Thursday, Mar 13, 2008 at 23:42
Swampy , is this a caravan ensuite Or one of those shower tents they're selling as an ensuite.
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Reply By: Member - BIGDOG G (WA) - Thursday, Mar 13, 2008 at 23:56

Thursday, Mar 13, 2008 at 23:56
Gday Swampy,
Yeah, I think I know what your talking about.
What I do in the desert is......clear the area where shower is going, then just scrape out a shallow depression with it funneling out the back into a hole. I then have a heavy duty piece of plastic that fits over the depression.........have a shower on clean plastic and all water runs under the tent and into the hole....simple.

Hope that helps.............BIGDOG
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Reply By: didiaust - Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 06:14

Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 06:14
We have an outside ensuite and we have the black interlocking matting and stand in a large plastic dish to shower. It also serves as a foot soaker. Not heavy to carry away from camp and We have our shower at our annex back door and all is very dry. The dish is very wide so catches most of the water.
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Reply By: Smudger - Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 07:43

Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 07:43
Don't have a shower tent, but inside our tent we use a toddlers' blow-up paddle pool, about 1 metre diameter. Just inflate the bottom ring.
A shower might use too much water for that though. We don't use much water, one of those car sponges and a few litres of water in a bucket does the trick. Empty the pool under the nearest thirsty bush.
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Reply By: Wizard1 - Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 13:22

Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 13:22
Interlocking foam mats don't allow any where for the water to drain off and becuase the ave poor structural strength they tend to sink into the wet soild/sand.

You really need soemthing that is going to stay rigid and allow water to drain away.

We carry 4 the hard plastic interlocking mats which have space underneath which stops water pooling. I sometimes dig a small drai under them to help if need be.

Depending o how much room you have to carry gear, try making up a couple a lightweight timber slat bath mats and maybe put a piece of shadecloth underneath as well..
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Reply By: Member - Phillip S (WA) - Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 14:49

Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 14:49
Try one of those plastic bread trays.........not very high but wide and long......turn it upside down....keeps you well off the dirt....works well and you stay clean and after use you can store gear in it and throw it onto the roof rack
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Reply By: Member - Norm C (QLD) - Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 16:42

Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 16:42
Some good ideas.
We are heading off on Monday to NT and will stay in one place (fishing) for extended periods. We have an ensuite that joins onto the side of the CT, so this is an issue for us for this trip. Has not been a problem before as we generally have not stayed a long time in one place.

I have used a couple of the ideas suggested by others in my planning for this trip so far. I have made up a wooden slat floor (prefab) from treated pine palings. I have also packed some of the thick black plastic sheeting to put under the slat floor (with ground shaped correctly under) to direct water away.

Fortunately we will have a plastic basin large enough that if the above does not work well enough, we can stand in the basin to catch most of the water (had not thought of that one).

With all of that, I hope we will prevent a mud puddle forming outside the camper.

Norm C

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Follow Up By: didiaust - Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 19:24

Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 19:24
Norm

Let me assure the large basin works a treat - in fact most of our camp neighbours now do exactly that too. The shower nozzle hangs in the very middle of the ensuite. Wer have camped in one spot for 3 weeks right next to the annex. Let us know how you get on as we have been doing the plastic dish for 4or 5 years. I am starting to keep my eye out for anoter large dish.

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Reply By: gjcumming - Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 23:46

Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 23:46
Hello all.

Need something like a large bowl but collapsable?

Try this pet bath
http://www.cheapaschips.com.au/showproduct.asp?sk=BA6215

Regards: Grant
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