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 Post subject: Vehicle mounted hot water systems/shower kits.
PostPosted: Thu Sep 06, 2012 7:44 am 
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We want to add a hot water system to out Rig so that when we are out in the bush for a week or longer we can wash the fumundercheese and have a good hot shower!
Originally I was going to use our propane fueled, temperature adjustable Henkel on demand hot water heater/geyser with a high volume electric pump. (Very similar to the one pictured below only a little more compact.) but then we'd have to carry more propane with us which takes up more space and adds weight to an already fully stuffed KJ!
The bonus with this system is that I have everything to get it up and running for around $100.00 and will most likely go this route.

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The other alternative is to build my own system with a high quality compact heat exchanger that I could mount under the hood or behind the front bumper skin or possibly under the KJ and a high volume electric pump under the hood.
I'm not opposed to buying a complete shower system like this Helton Vehicle hot water/Shower Kit.

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But I figure I should be able save quite a bit of money with a DIY hot water system.

Anybody here on the forum have one of these or a similar system?
If so, how do you like them and are they worth the cost?
Any of you fellow Canadians have one? If so did you buy it in Canada or state side?


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 Post subject: Re: Vehicle mounted hot water systems/shower kits.
PostPosted: Thu Sep 06, 2012 12:48 pm 
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I have acttually seen this set up used on a liberty the guys wife loved him for it. He had to do some intresting bracket building when they hooked it up but other then that it seemed to fit nicely.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 06, 2012 1:15 pm 
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Better get a nice inverter too for the hair dryer.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 06, 2012 1:30 pm 
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Try the camping stores. You may be surprised. They probably have 12v blow dryers

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 Post subject: Re: Vehicle mounted hot water systems/shower kits.
PostPosted: Thu Sep 06, 2012 8:36 pm 
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I'm pretty sure JJ'sKJ had one on either his or his wife's KJ...
I'll see if I can find a link (well - he's got 7000+ posts and I didn't hit a good search key)

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Check his for sale post pretty sure that is where I saw it would do it myself but working 12s this week so no time really.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2012 7:53 pm 
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So I decided to just go with the the on demand hot water heater that I have.
A 20 lbs. propane tank will give us between 30-40 hours of actual hot water.
All in it will cost me about $20.00-$30.00 to get this shower/hot water system
up and running.
No more from under cheese!

As for a 12 volt hair drier...

Don't need one. My wife is not that type of women that she needs to blow anything but me!


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The ZODI Outback Gear Hot Tap Travel Shower is also a option:

http://www.amazon.com/ZODI-Outback-Gear ... B000X4IAMS

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If I show that to my wife, she may want to come with me, I don't think I am going to show her


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