What Shower?

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  1. Tommyclarkey

    Tommyclarkey Read Only Funster

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    Hi everyone.

    So I'm converting a bus into a camper. I will use a donor caravan but have heard their showers are rubbish! Is it possible to get an LPG or any other type of instant heat showers without a tank?

    All the ones I have found seem to be outside showers as they release gas which is obviously not a good idea in a confined space.
    What is the best option?

    Cheers :)
    Tom
     
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    A shower is only as good as the supply of hot water, so nothing to do with the actual shower itself. If your donor caravan has hot water and a pump, I can't see a problem.
     
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    I have heard that the tank doesn't last for long, only a couple of minutes of hot water. I was thinking if I get a tankless one, it will be constant hot water (until the water runs out obviously)
     
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    Caravans will, generally, have an external "Aquaroll" that has a capacity of 40-50litres. If you're converting a bus you could install an internal tank like a motorhome \ rv.
     
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    Well I don't think any caravan/motorhome shower is designed to stand under for a long time. We just wet down, turn shower off, soap up, then rinse off; so a few minutes is all that is needed. Don't forget that you should be economical with water as well, it's something that is sometimes quite 'precious', and to be used sparingly.
     
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    Spot on. Just enough to keep clean but not enough to enjoy.

    Even your bus will have limitations, water is heavy and takes space. MH/Caravans just do not have the capacity for a lot. Your question is do you want to fit a massive water tank.

    Then how do you heat it ? The caravan boiler will have a gallon ( approx ) hot water boiler, that's no good. On hook up you cannot be sure of even 16A so no use for an electric shower. I guess, just a guess you could fit a domestic balanced flue boiler system. Overall you are looking at one huge load to carry.

    I bet Yank RVs do it though.
     
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    Correction, any shower is only as good as the shower tray.
    Our Truma 6E has a reasonable supply of hot water but it seems to be the shower TRAY that causes most complaints re camper/caravan showers.
    I agree the biggest limitation on shower length/volume is the size of your water tank.
     
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    Yeah, they do everything big in the states.
    The bus is massive so having a big tank is really not a problem, it's the heating side of things that I'm thinking of.

    In the caravan I'm assuming it will have a fairly small heating tank and when it runs out it runs out and have to wait until it heard up again. But I have seen these 'outdoor showers' that use gas and heat water instantly. I just want to know if anyone has something like this in their camper?

    I think they release carbon monoxide hence it having to be an outdoor shower but there must be a way to vent it, I just want to know if it's safe.

    Any ideas?
     
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    Water heating in a modern caravan is, generally, very similar to a motorhome and will operate off 230v or gas so have to be vented.
     
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    Our old! 2010 swift challenger had a brilliant shower, plenty of power and very hot. It only had a 10 litre hot supply, but I always used it with no problems. Newer vans like the swift have a second, internal high pressure pump that gives a good jet of water .
     
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    A Webasto Dual Top, diesel burning heater and water heater with built in hot water tank does two of us for showers. Not cheap though.
     
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    Strangely enough yes. You talking out loud.....

    We have the bog standard Truma gas heater, small hot tank and blown hot air. Now if you were to fit a hot tank next to it and rig a pump to circulate the hot water through it then it would be forced to heat all the hot water. Not quickly, but left running you could get a decent volume of hot water.

    Now 2 more problems.....
    A big refillable gas tank.
    A huge grey waste tank.

    Thinking of a domestic boiler, it would surely fail due to the constant vibration in a MH.
     
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