Outside shower

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  1. Mousy

    Mousy Funster Life Member

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    Hi, we are contemplating having an outside shower fitted to our van. We have a Scottie dog who could always do with a hose down. Also thinking it might be good for muddy boots etc.

    Should we have just a cold feed one or hot and cold?

    If you have one do you use it much? Is it worth it? What do you use yours for?

    We've an autosleeper Northants, so far we've spent most nights on cl sites or car parks!
     
  2. Snowbird

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    Almost every van I have owned has an outside shower. If it did not have one when I bought it, then I fitted one. I used to be very keen on sea fishing and used the shower for cleaning fish. I also found it useful when I had hair for washing my hair, as there is never enough room in the MH shower rooms. The one that is fitted now is a very simple, but effective idea and it comprises of a sidewall door that the shower hose can be passed through from the inside.
     
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    We have one on our Apache and have used it for getting the staffies cleaned up when they have been mud diving. Not had a shower myself with it, but I bet it could be great for a hot summer evening.
    The shower hose plugs into a union under a small hatch on the side of the body.

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    Trikeman.
     
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    sooner have a little mud and sand than a few hours of stinking wet dog.
     
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  5. Mousy

    Mousy Funster Life Member

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    Thanks, trikeman, that's what ours would be like, thought we would have loads of replies saying they are not used much. It would mean cutting another hole in the van which I'm always wary of, I wonder if we could just find some fitting to push onto the kitchen tap and dangle it out the window..

    As to wet dog, I saw a doggy bagz at the nec, basically a micro fibre towel with a zip, zip dog into it wet, dog lays down for 30 mins (yeah right!) dog emerges dry and clean. Yours for only £50. I've got as far as buying a towel from Asda for £3 now I just have to get my sewing machine out. We did try putting ruby (our dog) into a microfleece jumper with a sit command, with interesting results.

    Thanks for the help:thumb:
     
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    Cold or cold and hot depends how much you love your Scottie!!!!:Laughing:
     
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    snowdrops Funster Life Member

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    We've used the solar powered camperbag showers for years now. Love them, can get a good temperature from them, store them flat if you don't need them for a few days and extremely cheap :thumb: :BigGrin:
     
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    Do these outside showers only work off pressure pumps? I've got a microswitch system on my van, but wanted to fit an external shower, both for the dog and myself!:Wink:
     
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    We have had an outside shower on our last 3 motorhomes and would be without one, great for when we had our Jack Russell, (the Arapaho even had a slide out box we used as a bath for her perfect fit.
    We now have an Apache and used the outside shower a lot during the summer.
    Hot and cold definitely.:thumb:
     
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  10. Johns_Cross_Motorhomes

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    http://www.johnscross.co.uk/products/bullfinch-external-shower-point.html

    and explanation

    Bullfinch External Shower Point

    The Bullfinch External Shower Point comes complete with a Shower head assembly (shower fitting, shower hose and swivel head). It uses the unit’s existing hot and cold water supplies. Inserting the shower assembly, locks it in place and turns on the water. Temperature adjustment by turning the assembly.

    Ideal for


    • outdoor showers
    • washing articles
    • pets
    • and many other uses
    Bullfinch External Shower Point Features:


    • complete with shower head assembly and fixing screws
    • good security - no connector, no flow
    • push and turn activation
    • innovative, attractive design
    • high quality for a long reliable life
    • compact
    • lightweight
    • easy to fit - requires 60mm cutter
    • 1.5m long shower hose
    • swivel head with fixed pattern spray with lever control
    • high flow rate

    You will need a 60mm cutter to create the orifice.

    Inlet connections for hot and cold water - you will need Whale quick connect plumbing system fittings, size 15mm - we recommend Equal elbow item code WX1503(B) or Equal straight WX1504(B) or similar.

    We supply 4 fixing screws.

    For microswitch activated water systems, you will need to install a switch for the pump for the Shower Point. We suggest an illuminated switch just inside the door to remind the user to switch the pump off when the Shower Point is not being used.

    For On demand pressure pumped water systems the Shower Point can be installed as it is, without the need for a electrical switch.
    Technical Information for Bullfinch External Shower Point:-


    • Working pressure – 10 Bar (max)
    • Working temperature – 85ºC (max)
    • Corrosion-resistant materials suitable for potable water
    • Plastic parts made of high quality materials with long-term UV resistance
    • Total sealing between device and wall of prefabricated structure
    • Total sealing between cap and the connection device
    • Backflow prevention devices at hot and cold water inlets to prevent back syphonage due to negative pressure
    • High quality pressure resistant nozzle with 360º swivel connections at both ends of the hose for greater convenience.
    • Dimensions – 105 x 110 x 90 (deep) mm
    • Weight – 460 gms
    • Inlet connections - suitable for Whale quick connect quick fit plumbing system size 15mm - we recoomend Equal elbow item code WX1503(B) or Equal straight WX1504(B) or similar.
    • Body: - Hot forged brass alloy DZR (dezincification resistant)
    • Ball valve + spout: - Chrome-nickel plated DZR brass
    • Additional brass parts: - DZR Brass
    • Plastic unit, cap and handle: - Polycarbonate reinforced with glass fibre
    • Hinges, springs and screws: - stainless steel
    • Rubber gaskets: - EPDM approved for drinking water according to WRAS
    • Wall gaskets and cap gaskets: - UV and ozone resistant EPDM
    • Ball valve seals: - PTFE
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  11. keith

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    On many vans the shower in the bathroom will be close to the small bathroom window, why not poke it out through the window and bingo an outside shower. :BigGrin:

    An outside shower came with our Starseeker but we have never used it - we don't have a dog and bugger standing outside to shower. :Wink:
     
  12. Jez and Lin

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    We put up a toilet tent behind the Van and then bring the shower head through from the rear doors. We then use it as an outside shower, we have more room than the rather cramped Van conversion shower area and we don't wet everything through. The toilet can also be used at the same time.
    The tent can be used as a storage area when you go off in the Van.
     
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    Looks a good tidy bit of kit.:thumb:
     
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    I have an outside shower (came with the van as standard) but don't use it for anything.

    Meg, who loves water as in lakes and rivers, hates shower heads, perhaps because of the hissing noise. For her also the water must be completely cold (found this aversion to warm water with other dogs too)

    The best solution I have found is to use my watering can (no rose) as used for topping up water tank, preferably filled from a site tap, as the motorhome cold supply in the winter with the heating on is definitely tepid at best.
     
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    Grat for washing sand etc. Off the grandchildren as well as dogs.
     
  16. TheBig1

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    havent got an outside shower on the current van, so we use a pump up garden sprayer (clean) for jobs like cleaning dogs, boots and bugs off the windscreen too

    as for showering au naturele, i would hate to spoil somebody's holiday or scare the wildlife:Eeek:
     
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