View Full Version : 1 gallon! Bug out Camping shower

09-02-2016, 07:30 AM
While designing a pick-up camper I pondered how to install a shower. I hit upon the idea of using a pump up sprayer to provide the water pressure. As it turns out, I'm not the first to think of it but since I haven't noticed anything on the BHMF about one I'll just share the idea now.

I used a 2 gallon Chapin brand pump up sprayer. They're pretty common.

I added a plain dish rinse spray, just like on your kitchen faucet.


Before I added the dish rinse spray I tried showering with the wand that comes with the sprayer. It is frugal with water. Did I say frugal? Stingy, miserly, Spartan . . . you get the point. This actually wouldn't be a problem unless you have hair to shampoo.

I removed the spray wand (keeping all the parts) and with the help of a 1/4" male pipe by barb adapter I added the dish rinse spray. The extra length of tubing was welcome but I felt I could get just a little more water through the dish nozzle.

Note: The dip tube on the sprayer has a tiny screen at the bottom end of it and it has a stiffener in the tubing where the hose connects to the tank. I removed both of these resulting in a very adequate, albeit low pressure shower. Rinsing hair worked well (but I don't have much of a mane).

Note: I fill the tank only about half way so there's more room for pressurized air which means fewer stops for pumping.

The result: A very suitable shower using only 1 gallon of water. As an extra bonus, in my test, I filled the tank using the bath tub spout. By the time hot water made it to the spout I had the perfect amount of cold water in the tank to mix with the hot. In other words, I took a shower using the water I would normally run down the drain.

Keep in mind, this is a great set up for washing dishes too.

The down side: Compared to my luxurious 1.7 gpm shower, it takes longer to use this set up. Occasional pumping and slower rinsing take time.

Below are some links to what other folks have done.



09-02-2016, 04:07 PM
Years ago I bought a 5 gallon portable solar shower.
Less than $10. I made a PVC frame and wrapped a tarp around it.
People were laughing when I set it up.
After 3 or 4 days without them taking a shower I could have charged for them to use it.
I let them use it free because it was starting to get a little rip in camp.:D

09-03-2016, 10:21 AM
I been showering with those herbicide type pump sprayers since spring 2011. heads up the gasket in the pump will wear out after a year or so, I usually just spend the $15 to buy a replacement sprayer.

been using the tub more this year though

09-03-2016, 07:59 PM
Years ago I posted this here :

They don't make them anymore, not that I can find.

It's dark color will absorb the sun's energy, OR you can put the coil in a campfire.

They changed the name for a while then made other items that are powered.