How it works
Easy to use and operate. Few mechanical or electrical parts mean this shower could last you a lifetime. Easy to repair with parts from the store.
1. Mount it to your rackThe Road Shower has a T-slot on the underside built into the aluminum body. A 5/16" carriage bolt slides from the end to the location of your mount. This is exactly the way that the old style Yakima bike tray mounts to a rack. It attaches to Yakima Round or Thule square bars, or factory mounted racks, or aeroblade, t-channel crossbars. Road Shower is the only rack mounted portable solar shower on the market. Be sure and tighten it really tight and check on the mounts while driving on rough roads.
2. Fill it upUse a gallon jug or a garden hose. Holds 4,7, or 10 gallons depending on model. You can use drinking water because the aluminum and food grade clear poly hose are perfectly non-toxic. By the way, you can check the water level using the clear poly hose. Just open the cap and hold the hose nozzle above the top of the shower, and pull the trigger. The water inside the shower will fill the clear hose and show you the water level. Or attach your garden hose to the end of the Road Shower hose using a female coupler and fill and pressurize at he same time.
3. Let it heat up.
Road Shower uses the renewable energy of the sun. The sun heats the black surface on the outside which heats the water on the inside. The water temperature rises 12-20 degrees per hour on a warm sunny day. If your water starts at 60 degrees, it should be 90+ degrees in about 2 hours. It generally peaks out at 100-107F, and does not get hotter than that.
If there is no sun that day you can boil water on your camp stove and add it to the Road Shower for a nice warm shower. You can get a cheap pump for around $16, that will safely dispense the water from your pot to the Road Shower.