How To Make An Outdoor Shower For Camping

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How To Make An Outdoor Shower For Camping

3 March 2016
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If you like to go camping, but you aren't crazy about going without a proper shower for the duration of your camping trip, then you will be glad to know that you can make a very simple camping shower that fits in a 5 gallon bucket and only takes a few minutes to set up. This makes it a good shower to bring with you along with the rest of your camping gear. Here is how you make your camping shower:

Gather the supplies you will need, which include:

  • A 5 gallon bucket
  • A handheld showerhead with the attached hose
  • A few straight pieces of PVC pipes about a foot and a half long
  • One curved PVC pipe about two feet long
  • Connectors for the PVC pipes
  • A submersible pump
  • A large rock
  • Water

Making the camping shower

Connect the PVC pipes so the curved one is on the end. String the hose of the showerhead through the PVC pipes so the showerhead is at the end with the curve in it. Attach the end of the hose to the submersible pump, such as a Grundfos pump, and set the pump down in the bucket. Use the rock to hold the OVC pipe in place down in the bucket. Fill the bucket with water and turn on the pump. Now, you can take a shower while you are camping in the wilderness.

Considerations for making your camping shower

If you are extremely tall, then you may need longer pieces of PVC pipe so you can create a taller shower that you will fit under. Instead of using a rock to hold the PVC pipe in place, you can attach a bracket to the inside of the bucket that will hold the pipe. If you attach the bracket with screws then you may want to use a waterproof adhesive or apply a caulking over the screws. Also, bringing plumber's tape with you and applying it to the connections can help if you experience leaking out of the connections when the shower is running.

This shower only takes a few minutes to put together and a few minutes to take apart. When you take it apart, you can stick everything back into the empty 5 gallon bucket and carry it with ease. You can also fit it in with the rest of your camping gear. You do want to take your shower quickly or you will run out of water. 

For pumps, contact a business such as Washington Pump & Drilling

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