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Re: Challenge: 8-12 weeks, Budget Constraints, Build a Mobile "Cabin"
« Reply #30 on: August 09, 2012, 10:17:34 PM »
What water heater did you go with? I am thinking about one of those for my M109

I went with the one pictured.  It is the Eccotemp L5. It works great. 

http://www.amazon.com/Eccotemp-L5-Portable-Tankless-Outdoor/dp/B000TXOJQ4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1344572178&sr=8-1&keywords=eccotemp+l5

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Re: Challenge: 8-12 weeks, Budget Constraints, Build a Mobile "Cabin"
« Reply #31 on: August 09, 2012, 10:27:05 PM »
Thanks for the link. Good to have first hand info. What are you using for water and water pressure?

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Re: Challenge: 8-12 weeks, Budget Constraints, Build a Mobile "Cabin"
« Reply #32 on: August 09, 2012, 10:55:57 PM »
Thanks for the link. Good to have first hand info. What are you using for water and water pressure?

My reservoir is an outdoor trashcan like this one.


My water pressure comes from a 6 GPM pump (Anything from 2.5 - 6.5 GPM should work fine.  It is a non-submersible utility pump.  I will take a picture of the set up at some point, but it is kinda like this one but a little bigger.


I just have the inlet hose stuck in the trash can and the outlet hose hooked to the shower/water heater.

I get about 1/2 to 1 second of cold water at the beginning, but it gets hot and stays hot.  It can get dangerously hot, but has a temperature regulator that is very accurate, and you have to really want it to get that hot. 

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Re: Challenge: 8-12 weeks, Budget Constraints, Build a Mobile "Cabin"
« Reply #33 on: August 24, 2012, 03:24:47 PM »
UPDATE WITH PHOTOS:

Here are some pictures of my outdoor shower set up. 

Photo 1: Reservoir, trailer, pump, and shower.

Note the window above the trash can.  That window deposits water directly into the trash can when it rains. Half an inch of rain gives me ~25-30 gallons.  Note that the pump is screwed into that log that it is sitting on.  I have the hose coiled like that because dropping the water to the ground and then bringing it back up causes the pump to have to work a little bit harder. Ideally, I would have a slightly shorter hose in use.

Photo 2: Propane, shower, and stall.

Note the shower stall is a pallet, studs, and a tarp.  I already had the tarp, and the lumber was all free from the jobsite I'm working on.  That plastic white thing hanging by the shower is the cheap plastic hose the shower unit came with to connect the water heater to the shower head. I replaced it with the metal one from my trailer. Eventually I will put the plastic one in the trailer to replace the metal one.  Propane tank is your basic 20# tank, not one of the little ones that require a special adapter.

Photo 3: Power to the pump.

This is the #1 thing that I would like to change about my set up.  I haven't been electrocuted yet, but to turn the pump on, I have to plug it in. To turn it off, I have to unplug it.  I guess I could install a simple switch, but I'm too lazy, and they don't sell them at the grocery store.  (I'm only in town 20 hours a week including sleeping time, and that's one more store I would need to go to in order to get a switch.

Photo 4: Water Heater.

The right knob is for water pressure.  I just leave it on high (1.2 gpm)
The left knob is for temperature. Anything past halfway is too hot for most people.  Max temp = 160F, which is great for doing dishes!  The little water drop looking things are a window to see the propane burner.  It also gives a nice glow so you can shower at night without a candle or lamp.

Photo 5: Shower Head.

This is the only photo I took that shows how the shower is open at the top.  That meant I had nowhere to mount the shower head.  I strung a couple bungee cords across to where the hooks were in the middle and it works like a charm.  It doesn't slide side-to-side or front-to-back.  You can also see that I took a piece of scrap wood and made a shelf out of it to put my soap and candle on (homemade candle out of leftover wax from old candles and cheese and a piece of a sock for a wick). 

Sorry I don't have any swimsuit models like in the picture posted a few posts up.  I hope this is informative.  Let me know if you guys have any questions/comments/suggestions.

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Re: Challenge: 8-12 weeks, Budget Constraints, Build a Mobile "Cabin"
« Reply #34 on: August 24, 2012, 04:17:45 PM »


I have built many campers and shells for boondocking. My latest plan is for a solar cabin on wheels. This might not work for your plans but may give you some ideas.

I design and build solar powered off-grid cabins and bug-out vehicles so glad to share ideas with anyone interested.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZKtGRGW1-U


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Re: Challenge: 8-12 weeks, Budget Constraints, Build a Mobile "Cabin"
« Reply #35 on: August 24, 2012, 04:24:49 PM »
You are brilliant in solving problems and terrifying at how you solve them.  Radio Shack and Home Depot sells a remote control battery operated switch that will turn that pump on and off and never expose you to more juice than a 9v battery. 

Thanks for the update!

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Re: Challenge: 8-12 weeks, Budget Constraints, Build a Mobile "Cabin"
« Reply #36 on: August 24, 2012, 04:58:06 PM »
You are brilliant in solving problems and terrifying at how you solve them.  Radio Shack and Home Depot sells a remote control battery operated switch that will turn that pump on and off and never expose you to more juice than a 9v battery. 

Thanks for the update!

You seem to know more about switches than I do.  Is there one on Amazon that matches your description?  My only disclaimer is it has to be Free Super Saver Shipping because they like to jack the rates up for alaska.

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Re: Challenge: 8-12 weeks, Budget Constraints, Build a Mobile "Cabin"
« Reply #37 on: December 10, 2014, 08:25:22 AM »
Here you go ttubravesrock, http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001Q9EFUK - $12.44 & Free shipping on orders over $35 if you don't have Prime, has great reviews and is "outdoor" (take w/ grain of salt there...)
Meant for Christmas lights and resistive loads but one of the comments says "...it does not handle high amperage motors (12 amps and above) very well. For smaller motors and lighting, it should work quite well"

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Re: Challenge: 8-12 weeks, Budget Constraints, Build a Mobile "Cabin"
« Reply #38 on: December 16, 2014, 02:49:57 PM »
thanks for reviving this thread.

I'm still in the same trailer after three summers now.
However, I've made some upgrades (almost zero to the interior) that have improved my quality of life.

I will get some pictures and write-ups posted one of these days.