This is a great idea. I'm totally doing this. I just have one problem. I don't have a truck. Does anyone have any ideas on how I can get this thing up high enough to have decent pressure. The best idea I have is to buy a ladder from lowes, but theta got to be a cheaper way.
Take three eight-foot two-by-fours and lash them together at the top like a teepee and hang the aqua-tainer upside-down from the apex. You could even bungee a tarp around the teepee for a privacy curtain.
Wouldn't a seven gallon tank full be too heavy for that?
Oh, for sure three 2X4s can support 56 pounds of water, but you'd have to monkey around for a while making sure you lashed them correctly (with a half-dozen tightly-wrapped turns of 550-pound paracord?) and spread the ends out for optimum stability, and even then you'd have to finagle with hanging the aqua-tainer.
So it's a bit of a Boy Scout contraption, but yeah, it'd work. I like your ladder idea better, though, just for simplicity's sake. And I've been trying to think of a "natural feature" at Bonnaroo you could use...throwing the aqua-tainer up on top of a water or ice trailer, for instance, or hanging it from a fence…but that takes you away from your campsite.
I don't know. After thinking about it, probably a better option would be to pressurize the aqua-tainer, either with a little battery-operated pump or with a hand pump as described earlier in this thread.
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Post by burberry142 on May 10, 2012 11:24:38 GMT -5
i'm crafting a shower tent out of pvc pipe and i'm just gonna hang a tarp around it using shower hooks in the grommets.
i've thought about going the pump route, but that's maybe more expensive.
i'm a total cheapskate. i've been scavenging 1" pvc out of places nearby where sucky people throw trash and i think i've got mostly what i need while doing a bit of cleanup in the process! probably only have to buy the aquatainer setup and the fittings.
ETA, i'm gonna put two crossbars at the top and maybe slip a piece of metal conduit in there to keep it strong enough to hold the aquatainer. i'm going to try to finish building it this weekend and do a test run. i'll report back with how well it works.
Post by GratefulEd on May 12, 2012 14:35:59 GMT -5
Also sometimes known as a reducer bushing? Mine came straight off the shelf at Lowe's. If you're having trouble finding one, I suggest taking the aqua-tainer cap and the sink spray nozzle/hose combo to the plumbing section, and working with a store employee until you find the right parts to match the two up.
Incidentally, they may not be listed in the on-line inventory.
Edit: I just went out to the garage to double-check the size, and it's definitely 3/4 x 1/4. Those measurements are embossed on the part itself.
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I just figured this out for my solar shower. If you have a friend in the photography / film business ask them to borrow a C-Stand or light weight light stand. They'll go 8 feet or higher and support your solar shower. If you don't have a friend, look up film / video rental houses and ask if A) they have any old beat up stands they would sell cheap, or B) if they will rent you one stand for the week. Certainly strong enough to hold the weight...
Made mine already, thanks so much for posting this! I used a 1/2" to 3/4" male garden hose fitting on the working end of the hose instead of the sink sprayer so I could use a standard garden hose nozzle. My truck has a rack on the topper that is plenty high off the ground. Like the original poster said, plenty of water to take at least a couple or more showers if you use it sparingly. I also bring a little red wagon to make water and ice runs, beats carrying them back and I loaned that out many times at previous Roos.