endless shower

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Re: endless shower

Postby PeteB » Fri Nov 15, 2019 7:30 am

So Ivan, Neil, is the luxury of a long shower worth a) the cost/effort/complexity of this extra plumbing and b) double or three times the water usage? Suspect I know the answer (and it isn't get a MAN KAT 8*8 with a 2500l water tank :lol: )

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Re: endless shower

Postby Ivan C » Fri Nov 15, 2019 7:45 am

I actually don't want/enjoy a long shower - if I shower at home I use the same method.
So for me, no.
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Re: endless shower

Postby crinklystarfish » Fri Nov 15, 2019 8:15 am

NeilandPat wrote:We shower on about 2 litres.

Turn it on for 5 seconds and get wet.
Turn it off, do all the soapy stuff.
Turn back on for about 15 seconds to rinse off.
Approx 2 to 3 litres max.

Ivan C wrote:Yup, same as us - simples...

...I actually don't want/enjoy a long shower - if I shower at home I use the same method.
So for me, no.
Ivan C

And us.

I admire the ingenuity of the recirculation idea but buck against the complexity and faff. For me, and for the way we travel, I'm not persuaded the perceived pro outweighs the cons. Also, for the more complex systems that uilise a re-heat facility, it should go without saying that these will require fairly significant energy expenditure from some or other onboard system. No such thing as a free lunch and all that.

But, I can see how the idea might be attractive for someone who considers showering in a confined space in a vehicle a pleasureable recreation. Or if fresh water is particularly scarce, or if you can only carry a small capacity. Or a combintion of the above.

For what it's worth, we don't bother with any 'grey' tanks but I occasionally catch and re-use 'clean' grey water to help rinse the toilet, fill up its flush tank and other occasional miscellaneous tasks. We usually get about three weeks out of our nominal 350 litre supply showering each day and without being particularly careful.

Again for what it's worth, we also do simple things like fill the kettle with the first couple of seconds' worth of shower water as the head of water that's languished in the pipe is invariably cold and (usually) unpleasant to stand under.

I personally think it helpful to get into the mindset that all resources on the road are potentially finite and 'endless' showering may be a false friend in this regard.

Again... err again, for what it's worth, I also think the above mindset with regard to waste production in the form of food packaging etc is no bad thing.

Environmental impact and all that...

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