Finally a Good Solar Shower
We travel extensively in an RV, mostly dry camping for days at a time. When dry camping we have a shower enclosure. We have owned several different solar showers, each with its short comings. This one seems to answer those. The others all had a snap enclosure for the fill valve, which leaked requiring care in placing the shower so that most of the water didn't leak out. They also had a clamp for the shower hose which would not shut it off completely and was awkward to use. This shower with its screw on fill cap and pull/push shower head addresses both these problems. Additionally the shower hose is short enough to enable the user to get under the shower without bending and stooping. It appears to be made for durability. Long use will test that.
Awesome - better than ambient showers
Just lay it by your tent in the morning and it's hot in the evening, for your shower. Used it everyday at the Jamboree. Don't wait too late in evening to use it, after sun goes down and the weather cools so does the water.
Only complaint is at the Jamboree the facuets shut off automaticly. Without laying it on the muddy ground it was hard to fill and hold the facuet on at the same time. If I had three hands, it would have gotten 5 Stars.
I used this for two weeks at the BSA National Jamboree (as there was no hot water available for showering). In direct sunlight the water temperature exceeded 130 deg. when I used it late in the evening the water temperature was around 110 deg. The trick is to not use it continuously when showering. Open the valve to get wet, then close the valve. Lather up then turn the valve on to rinse. It was usually one third to half full when I was finished.
I haven't actually used the sun shower yet but did hope to and set it up and travelled with it. I was looking for a shower w/ a shorter hose so you could get underneath it. I tried a number of different brands and this one fits the bill. Due to circumstances I couldn't actually use it but hope to soon. It did warm up nicely and seemed sturdy. Easy to fill. I didn't give more stars b/c haven't showered with it.
Works for me
Purchased this for the 2013 National Scout Jamboree, because of their "ambient temperature showers". On sunny days the Summer Shower got warm quickly, even a bit too hot one day. On cloudy or rainy days, the Summer Shower was still warmer than the water straight out of the pipes. The 3 gallon size is more than enough - I never completely filled it and always had plenty of water for a single shower.
I use this shower bag by running it up a short pole with a pulley, allowing the pole to support its (somewhat significant) weight. Then I run the shower nozzle through a hole in my shower tent, eliminating the load on the shower tent. Gets hotter than my old Stearns sun-shower, and holds half a gallon more water as well.
Used over a two-week long camping trip. Works reliably and well.
Great for showering where no hot water
Used for 2 weeks at Boy Scout Jamboree; worked well! Would set on ground outside tent (clear side up) during day, warmed water well (sometimes too hot to use without diluting with cold water). Built-in strip thermometer allowed me to track water temp. Very glad I purchased!!
Great - I like the screw on cap
I use this for canoe expeditions and really like the screw-on cap. Much better than my Sun Shower. The handle is rugged and the spray nozzle works well. I have the 2 gallon model and too will buy the 5 gallon model
Great water heater.
Over all unit does the job it is intended to do, though water flow is difficult to control with wet/soapy hands, I have modified shower head with small rare earth magnets to position head above water level.
Warms up nicely!
will be a great value if it's durable, only used once so far but it's winter!