Hot Shower Setup

OK - first you get a shower tent - Paha Que Grey Aluminum Tepee Shelter
(it HAS to be this one - accept no substitutes! Maybe a different color, though…)

Then you get a Stainless Steel Garden Sprayer garden sprayer A 1 gallon size will fit on the stove top, be enough for 2 people, and it you remove the pumping mechanism, it can store under the bed!

Then you get a Sink Sprayer
sink sprayer

Using a combination of stainless steel hose clamps and good quality reinforced tubing, connect the sink sprayer to the tank - here is how I did it:

This is how I did it on my RL Flomaster Stainless Steel sprayer - your mileage may vary.

You need:

2 inch length of 38 fuel line 2 stainless steel hose clamps a sink sprayer (like you have in the back of the EVC)

Remove the hose from the bug sprayer - all you need to save is the thin plastic “dip tube” that goes into the tank.

This leaves you with a barbed fitting on the tank - attach one end of the fuel line to this.

Cut off the plumbing fitting at the end of the sink sprayer.

Insert the “dip tube” about 1 inch into the end of the sink sprayer hose (you may need to cut off any “flare” that the dip tube has).

Insert the sink sprayer hose into the other end of the fuel line - you may need to use glycerin (or dish soap) to help the sink sprayer hose slide into the fuel line.

Use a hose clamp to secure the fuel line to the bug sprayer, the other to secure the fuel line to the sink sprayer hose - the “dip tube” will prevent the hose clamp from collapsing the sink sprayer hose.

Here is what it looks like complete:


To heat the water for your shower, just remove the pump mechanism, fill the tank with water, place on your stove and heat. Put the sink sprayer in the sink while heating the water (just to keep it out of the way). When the temperature is how you like it, remove from the stove, replace the pump mechanism, and you have a portable, pressurized hot water source (so you can shower in a tent, by the rim of a canyon, etc - no need to be stuck next to your van)

This works great if you want/need a hot water source for doing dishes, as well as a handy water source you can put on a picnic table, etc.

You can also carry it/keep it in a small bucket with some reflextix insulation around it to keep it warm - the bucket will prevent the metal bottom of the sprayer from scratching surfaces, too.

To use:

  1. Remove the sprayer pump mechanism, fill with 1 gallon of water, place the hose in your sink and the bug sprayer on your stove (1 gallon will easily clean 2 adults)
  2. Heat until you like the temperature.
  3. Insert the pumping mechanism and take it into your tent (we put it on one collapsible foot stool and sit on a second one).
  4. Pump up the bug sprayer, activate the handheld sink sprayer and enjoy a hot shower every morning!

No batteries needed, very minimal equipment - you just have to occasionally pump the bug sprayer to keep the pressure up.

Some notes:
The shower tent has a removable floor so you can carry your used shower water and put it in YOUR grey water tank or a campsite drain. Getting a slatted wood “bathmat” of some kind is nice to keep your feet clean. Having a chair outside the tent helps, too.

The Paha Que is worth every penny - easy to set up, sturdy, with lots of neat, well thought out features.

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