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Old 05-10-2016, 09:14 PM   #1
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Boondocking and the outdoor shower

As our next bucket list trip approaches I'm looking to the brain trust on this forum for some boondocking advice. We recently purchased a 2012 Bambi CCD 16' International and have shipped her to Alaska in order to drive the
Al-Can highway, the entire west coast of the US, and Mex 1 to Loreto and beyond. Chose the smallest footprint possible to basically "go anywhere". Have upgraded batteries and installed 2 Group 27 Lifeline AGM's and have a portable Zamp for solar charging. Have installed a grey water diversion system for the galley sink to minimize the frequency of dumping the dreaded combo Black/grey tank. Planning on using the outdoor shower as much as possible... Has anyone come up with a privacy screen for showering outside? We need small, stowable and light weight.

Any advice regarding camping in Canadian provincial parks will be appreciated. See you on the road to somewhere!
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Old 05-10-2016, 09:27 PM   #2
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I haven't yet but was thinking about a collapsible hoop (or even square PVC or aluminum pipe) contraption to hang the shower curtain with suction cups to attach to the AS skin. I'd want it to be collapsible to put in the storage tube under the belly pan (we never used it for the stinky slinky - it's been empty since we bought it).
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http://www.leisurepro.com/p-ggapup/g...changing-room?

Here's a pop up tent that looks easy to setup use and refold. Just Google
"Camping shower toilet tent" and you'll find hundreds of choices. Some look like they'd take 30 minutes to set up - which is inconvenient even if you shower every other day.
This you could use to replicate what your grandpa did in WWII - heat water in his helmet and use just that much water to get a complete wipe down. Not much soap - because not much rinse water. For a full shower, just unzip the door facing it toward the shower.

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Why not judiciously use your wet bath in the Bambi loo? When we had the 16er we didn't use the indoor shower unless the weather was dry (and hopefully hot and windy,) but it worked fine as a shower. Then we used 2 plastic wash tubs: one on the toilet seat and one on the floor to stand in to minimize sending all the waste water into the one holding tank. After showering, just dispose of the water appropriately. To save on hot water, turn it off while bathing, except when rinsing.

We used the outdoor shower once this past winter in the Mojave desert. Au naturel. The AS and the truck blocked any view of the shower area from the dirt road-- and then nobody drove by, anyway. We set up a side table & chair for the towel, shampoo, clean clothes, &c. Just wear flip flops to protect your feet from the mud that can accumulate.
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Perhaps invest in at least one 2.5 gallon solar shower to supplement your fresh water.

They are inexpensive and heat nicely in the sun. Hang them from your outside mirror or a tree, and they are available for showers or outdoor head washes.

They can be filled from any available water source, potable or not. Love them.

I would think you could string a shower curtain on a length of cord and tie or attach it to anything handy.

Those super strong suction cups for Christmas wreaths that are available later in the year would be perfect for attaching one end to your rig.

We met a couple a number of years ago who used their outdoor shower often in National Parks.....just waiting til it was dark, stripping down and showering quickly, sans shower curtain.


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A must-stop along the Alcan Hwy is Laird Hot Springs Provincial Park at Milepost 496. If you don't camp there you should at least have a soak in the hot springs (About Cd $4).
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I have an older one of these and its well made, used it for car/truck camping out West: http://www.cabelas.com/product/cabel...cts&Ntt=shower
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In most boondocking spots we camp in privacy is not so much an issue. For me dark or a bathing suit serves in most spots. It truly is grey water that is the limiting factor in off grid camping. 40 years ago we did the sun shower thing mostly for our kids. It worked pretty well. However, the same privacy issues will be there.
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There are other things like this intended for the sun shower, but you need to hang it from something.
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Camping along The Alcan

In 2015 we found the Government Campgrounds in The Yukon to be a good bargain costing $12 Canadian which ends up around $8 US. They all provided free firewood and had out houses. Water was available at a hand pump, but they all warned the water was not potable. Some campers used a good water filter to be able to use the water for cooking, washing dishes and showers. These campgrounds were spacious and wooded.

Make sure you get the latest Milepost publication. We purchased it from Amazon for about $26 and it paid for itself many times over as well as being the greatest travel resource available.

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I've seen two guys taking outdoor showers in commercial campgrounds with bath houses... Wearing swim trunks but soaping down and inside the suit without a second's hesitation. That IS a bit much. But boy if you've ever seen a kid come out of the woods after being skunked - that's where the outdoor shower makes sense - and bury all the clothing!

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I have an older one of these and its well made, used it for car/truck camping out West: http://www.cabelas.com/product/cabel...cts&Ntt=shower
I too have used this Cabelas product with an outdoor shower on our camper. Has worked great for years. We also have a wooden slat floor that folds in half. We were camping with a group once and offered showers to anyone who would bring 10 gallons and dump it in the camper water tank (a hand pump well at the campground).
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A must-stop along the Alcan Hwy is Laird Hot Springs Provincial Park at Milepost 496. If you don't camp there you should at least have a soak in the hot springs (About Cd $4).
Planning on a few days there and at Muncho Lake:-)
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