Portable Showers

Hello everyone,Has anyone used one of those 12 volt showers that suck the water from a bucket and then into a shower tent? Primus makes them and I am sure there are other brands. But do they work and do they l What is a GOOD brand ? thanks johno?
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Reply By: johno59 - Saturday, May 05, 2012 at 15:56

Saturday, May 05, 2012 at 15:56
and do they last!!!! thanks johno
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Reply By: escapesilv - Saturday, May 05, 2012 at 16:07

Saturday, May 05, 2012 at 16:07
Hi Johno

We have used them for several years, and find them very good. as far how long do they last, depends how much you use it, we have a BCF one and cost us $ 37.00, so it is not a great investment, but in my point of view it is realy worth it.

Cheers Rob
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Follow Up By: johno59 - Saturday, May 05, 2012 at 16:16

Saturday, May 05, 2012 at 16:16
thanks Rob, Our BCF have them about $37. We have one of those OZ Trail showers tents that fold open in seconds,however,they are not sturdy enough to take the weight of a shower bucket and rose. So looking at a pump.(thought they might have been a gimmicky thing that didn't really do the job.) How long is the wiring to the socket and are they heavy on power? thanks johno
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Follow Up By: escapesilv - Saturday, May 05, 2012 at 16:36

Saturday, May 05, 2012 at 16:36
The wiring to the socket is not very long, so we have added an extension, one from super cheap.

As far as power consumption, it can't be much, have had times of 4 grown ups shower and two kids with no problem.

Rob
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Reply By: Rodge - Saturday, May 05, 2012 at 16:19

Saturday, May 05, 2012 at 16:19
I had a Primus brand pump - used it for washing (with fresh water) the kayak before I put it back on the roof racks. Quite effective - good volume of water - but it died after about 12 months - water got passed the seals into the electric pump. Good while it lasted.
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Reply By: Patrol22 - Saturday, May 05, 2012 at 17:50

Saturday, May 05, 2012 at 17:50
I've been using one I bought at Jaycar back in 2006 for $19.99 - we've used it heaps and it is still going strong. Our's is bright yellow in colour (fittings) with grey hoses.
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Follow Up By: AlanTH - Saturday, May 05, 2012 at 19:12

Saturday, May 05, 2012 at 19:12
We bought our Primus shower for around 20 bucks years ago and we've got a spare we've had for ages as well but it doesn't look like we're going to need it!
Well worth the money and if you use a small bucket you can monitor your water usage easily.
AlanH.
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Follow Up By: NTVRX - Sunday, May 06, 2012 at 02:24

Sunday, May 06, 2012 at 02:24
G;day Patrol22......we purchased ours from Jaycar too about 5 yrs ago same price just needs a clean every (impaller in motor section)now & then otherwise perfect.
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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Saturday, May 05, 2012 at 22:09

Saturday, May 05, 2012 at 22:09
Johno59,

Something you might like to consider is recycling the shower water.

We use a Coleman brand battery operated shower. About $30.00 and uses 4 "D" size batteries.
Using a 40 litre rectangular plastic container, you heat about 3-4 litres of water, then add sufficient cold water to obtain your desired temperature and quantity.
The shower pump is placed into the container and then you stand in the container to have your shower using the hand piece. The majority of water is returned to the container and two people can easily have a shower with the same single quantity of water. (Using "grey" water after herself has showered doesn't worry me a bit)
Recycling the water saves on the amount required, especially if you need to carry it with you.

Works for us!

Bill


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Reply By: judy w1 - Saturday, May 05, 2012 at 22:42

Saturday, May 05, 2012 at 22:42
We have a $20 one which still works after 14 years travelling around Aus. What we do is put a stocking round the suction to prevent anything blocking up the tiny holes. We use a pop up shower tent, it folds down into a flat circle in seconds and dries quickly.
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Reply By: Member - Graham Watson (SA) - Sunday, May 06, 2012 at 08:42

Sunday, May 06, 2012 at 08:42
If you do get one get a good brand. We bought an el cheapo, mainly to use to transfer water from jerry cans to our water tank. Worked like a dream on the first trip. When we went to use it on the next trip a year later it was dead.
We have some portable power packs we used to use for the fridge before we got a dual battery system. When we camp with friends with a 12v shower we use one of those batteries to provide the power. so the lead length is not an issue.
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Sunday, May 06, 2012 at 09:50

Sunday, May 06, 2012 at 09:50
We've had about 5 of those over the years. If you're lucky, they will last about 12 months - as above, water gets into the motor and they sieze up.
So either consider them disposable or get a better pump.
We're using a $20 bilge pump from Whitworths now and hooked it up to the hose and shower head from one of the busted showers.
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Reply By: Coenen N & G (WA) - Sunday, May 06, 2012 at 20:37

Sunday, May 06, 2012 at 20:37
We find that they dont take to being packed away between trips so tend to buy a new one each time, but dont pay more than $20 usually. There are several brands but all are the same except for colour - made in the same factory. We found that a good spay with Selleys eziglide helps them store a bit better. All in all they do a reasonable job and you get what you pay for after all.
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Reply By: silkwood - Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 08:15

Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 08:15
I have the primus unit.I don't use it anymore after trying a tip I found on this forum. We now use a cheap garden sprayer (pump type, $10 at Bunnings) with a shower head attached. Works really well. I have retained the spray head and use it to clean dirty items.

Cheers,
Mark
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