Coleman Hot water on Demand

Submitted: Wednesday, May 13, 2009 at 16:21
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I know there have been discussions on this subject before, but NOWHERE (including Coleman's web site) can I find out anything about the controls.

The most economical way of showering is to get wet, then turn off the water and soap up, then rinse off. Other showers I have used require you to turn the gas off before turning the water off, then light up again when you need to rinse off - usually requires you to come out of the shower tent to do so or get a friend. Neither is very satisfactory.

How does the Coleman work?
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Reply By: Member - Mel D (NSW) - Wednesday, May 13, 2009 at 16:41

Wednesday, May 13, 2009 at 16:41
It has an auto igniter. You just turn the control knob to start the water flowing and set it to the temperature you find comfortable - the gas ignites automatically. Turn the knob off to stop the water and soap yourself then back on to rinse. It's really easy to use.
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Follow Up By: Member - Michael R (NSW) - Wednesday, May 13, 2009 at 18:13

Wednesday, May 13, 2009 at 18:13
Yep, that's the way it works. The only problem is unless you have it in the shower tent with you, it becomes a 2-person job, one showering and the other outside operating the control.

Overall, I find it a good unit and use it a lot when camped for a few days in one spot, instant hot water is always good for washups etc and we normally set it up as a group thing. The shower side of it though sort of let's it down.

Michael
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Wednesday, May 13, 2009 at 19:55

Wednesday, May 13, 2009 at 19:55
I can't understand why it would be a 2 person job, we have no problem using it one up.
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Wednesday, May 13, 2009 at 19:56

Wednesday, May 13, 2009 at 19:56
Sorry, clicked the wrong reply, this meant for 2 below!
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Follow Up By: Jarse - Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 16:55

Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 16:55
We just keep the unit facing toward the door of the tent so the showeree can easily reach through the gap between the door zippers and operate the control.

Easy peasy.
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 23:18

Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 23:18
We do the same, not really rocket science!
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Reply By: Mike Penfold - Wednesday, May 13, 2009 at 17:52

Wednesday, May 13, 2009 at 17:52
Thanks a lot - that sounds just fine.
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Follow Up By: Member - Tony V (NSW) - Wednesday, May 13, 2009 at 18:52

Wednesday, May 13, 2009 at 18:52
I use my Coleman to heat a bucket of water to the right temp then use a $19 BCF electric shower in the shower tent.

Its all about heating water in my book. just circulate the water in a 20 ltr bucket until its right.

Works for us..
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Follow Up By: Member - Fred G NSW - Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 08:31

Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 08:31
As mike says, only use it as a HWS for all your camping needs. Put your shower water in a bucket and use a 12v shower ($20 - $30) I have the Aussie Camp Shower, which has an on/off switch which you can control while showering.
This way way you only use a predetermined amount of water in the shower. The collapsible bucket that comes with it should be thrown in the bin, too much buggerizing about. Simply drop the heater pump into a drum, that acts as your water supply for the HWS, which can remain set up whilst your set up in camp. I use one of those square 23 litrer drums with the big black screw on lid, and top up as necessary from 20 litre jerries.
Works well for us.

Fred.
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Follow Up By: Member - Fred G NSW - Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 08:32

Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 08:32
I should have said, "As Tony says above.) LOL
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Follow Up By: Mike Penfold - Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 22:43

Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 22:43
Fred, with your Aussie Camp Shower, you mentioned it has an on/off switch, presumably controlling the submersible pump so that you can stop the flow. What happens to the water inside the coil of the heat exchanger during the time there is no flow? Does it get superheated? Or turned to steam? Or do you also have to turn the gas off then relight it when you want to resume water flow?

Grateful for your experiences. Ciao.
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Follow Up By: Member - Fred G NSW - Friday, May 15, 2009 at 09:00

Friday, May 15, 2009 at 09:00
Mike the Aussie shower I have is just that, a shower only, not a heater. A length of plastic hose together with 12v cable, submersible pump one end and a shower head the other, with a on/off switch for the pump in between.
This is only used to pump the water from a bucket through the shower rose at your demand.
The water in the bucket comes via the Coleman On Demand HWS which only heats the water, and you fill your bucket with however much you want for your shower. We dont use the Coleman as a shower, but just as a water heater.
I find this much more water efficient for those shower hogs who would happily use up 20 litres when water is in short supply.
12 v shower hose/pumps are available from most camping stores. BCF, Ray's Outdoors etc. Image Could Not Be FoundSite Link
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Reply By: Member Brian (Gold Coast) - Wednesday, May 13, 2009 at 18:52

Wednesday, May 13, 2009 at 18:52
"Member - Michael R (NSW) posted:
Yep, that's the way it works. The only problem is unless you have it in the shower tent with you, it becomes a 2-person job, one showering and the other outside operating the control. "

Our shower tent has a hand hole in the side, just big enough for a hand to slip through and it has a velcro flap to close it. I set the Coleman on a small table that we carry with us always with the control knob facing the flap and whoever is in the shower can just reach through and operate the HWS themself.

Works a treat!


Cheers

Brian

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Reply By: Dremus - Wednesday, May 13, 2009 at 19:07

Wednesday, May 13, 2009 at 19:07
Save your money and buy the $19 one from BCF and heat the water on the stove. It never fails and is heaps cheaper.

My coleman now lives in the shed after playing up on 3 trips in a row, each time with a new problem.
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Follow Up By: The Bigfella - Wednesday, May 13, 2009 at 21:19

Wednesday, May 13, 2009 at 21:19
Mate, do what I have. I bought one when they first came out and am now on my fourth replacement.
Some of the first ones were all faulty and even Coleman admit to that.
My replacement I have now is great. My previous ones would not stay alight.
Coleman have never hesitated in replacing with a new one.
The guy at Coleman warehouse in Sydney told me that the ones that are out now are great and it is.
Just be beware of getting replacements from a Coleman dealer as a lot of them will give you the old crappy ones which is what happened to me twice.
Deal directly with Coleman in Sydney as they are great.
The Bigfella
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Follow Up By: Best Off Road - Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 15:53

Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 15:53
Brian,

Haven't heard from you in ages. Trust all is well with you and Gay.

Do you have the name of the bloke in Sydney? I'd like to speak to him before we return our second one.

Cheers,

Jim.

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Follow Up By: Shaker - Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 23:14

Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 23:14
Mine failed!

Never had a problem with the Coleman though.
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Reply By: D-Jack - Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 12:10

Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 12:10
I use mine to heat the water into a bucket with tap/hose/garden nozzle with trigger control attached, put it on the roofrack, let gravity feed the water. Prior to that we used to just fill a solar shower with it and hang that from pole supported by the roof rack, or a tree etc. I find that with our Coleman HWOD and everything else there are enough batteries/gas cylinders etc to worry about let alone another seperate pump. Also, when turning the Coleman on and off you have to adjust the temp again to get it right. Then we don't have to carry the shower attachment either.

Regards
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