Create a Simple Camp Shower

Create a Simple Camp Shower

After a long, hard day of work, it is great to be able to shower off all that dirt. Although we do have a shower in our camper, we are currently working on building an outdoor shower as well. Until then, we decided to create a simple camp shower to get us by.

Tools and Materials (links below)

In order to create a simple camp shower, you will need to gather some tools and materials beforehand.

These include:

  • 5 Gallon Bucket
  • A Drill
  • Shower Head
  • Shower Arm
  • Plumber’s Tape
  • Water Proof Sealant/Adhesive
  • PVC Threaded Nipple (1/2 Inch)
  • Ball Valve (1/2 Inch)
  • PVC Female Adapter (1/2 Inch)
  • A Spade bit or hole saw (we used a spade bit because we already had one)

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Putting the Pieces Together

Using your drill and spade bit, start the project by drilling a hole near the very base of the bucket. If you cut this hole at half an inch, you should be able to wedge the female PVC adapter in perfectly, creating a snug fit.

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Next, you will need to press the PVC female adapter into the hole; the adapter should be snug. Once you have the adapter in place, apply the waterproof sealant on the inside and outside of the hole. Ensure that there are no air pockets or unsealed areas. You can use a clamp to hold it in place until it dries or you can press it up against a hard surface and put a weight behind the bucket to hold it in place until dry.

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While you’re waiting for the sealant to dry, wrap the PVC threaded nipple with plumber’s tape to ensure a proper seal; you can also wrap the shower arm with plumber’s tape at this point as well and install the shower head onto the arm.

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After the sealant on the adapter has dried, you can screw the threaded nipple into the adapter.

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You can now install the ball valve onto the threaded nipple. Make sure that the ball valve is snug but do not over-tighten. Ensure that the lever for the valve is set at the proper angle; be sure the bucket does not get in the way of the levers movement.

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You can now install the shower arm and shower head onto the other end of the ball valve. Again, be sure that the arm is snug but not over-tightened. Note: Use a shower head that doesn’t have an aerator or flow limiter as this slows the flow of water and the camp shower will not perform properly.

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Now, all that is left to do is heat enough water to fill the bucket and you can have a delightful, off-grid camp shower whenever you like!

This shower is simple and easy to make and use! We hope you have enjoyed this short tutorial. If you end up making this shower or have made a similar one in the past, we would love to hear from you! Comment below or contact us today!

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Links to all materials used in this project:

 

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