I perused the web for the best, simplest solar shower devices on the market. I was looking for something affordable and convenient.
The COMET doesn't have room for a shower inside, so she will have a solar shower outside, with some sort of portable, collapsible, privacy shower set up that I can pop up behind the camper (I like the idea of a little teak platform with a circular curtain rod made of metal piping that can break down easily when I'm on the move, and some sort of hook to hang the solar shower on once it is heated up).
Here are my favorite finds from the my solar shower research!
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Summer Shower 5, $25 on Amazon.com
This 5 gallon solar shower is a new spin on the traditional black bag camp shower that you hang from a tree. It absorbs tons of radiant heat from the sun, and has a nifty little simple thermometer to let you know how hot the water is. This little added technology makes this the best cheap solar shower. It got great reviews, as well.
Pump-Up Solar Shower, $40 + $15 shipping, Duckworks Boat Builders Supply
I love this idea for a solar shower. Because it pumps up, it has more water pressure than the gravity fed bag shower. I saw DIY instructions for a solar shower like this, using a garden sprayer painted black and a shower nozzle of your choice, but when I priced it out, the individual parts to make my own were more expensive than this one!
This one is meant to be more like a real shower than the camp bag shower. It's a nice option for a solar shower, and perhaps the one I'll end up with!
DIY Gravity-Fed Hose Coil Solar Shower, price varies, DIY
This solar shower is the most permanent and labor intensive on this list. You can use either black garden hose or flexible black piping, coil it into whatever shape fits your space, and voila! The advantage of this coil solar shower is the increased surface area (as compared to the ones above), which means that the water will heat up much faster (20 minutes as opposed to 2-3 hours for the bag/tank systems). I am hoping to eventually build one of these for The COMET, and either have it be able to break down and be portable, or have it attached to a frame on the back side of the camper, which can flip down when I'm mobile, and flip up into a shower stall when I'm parked!