How To Build A Solar Shower For Use With Your Camping Trailer

19 October 2015
 Categories: , Blog


Purchasing a camping trailer allows you to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life for the quietness and solitude of the woods on a moment's notice. The trailer provides a place to sleep and keep your belongings safe, but it may not have enough room for you to take a nice relaxing shower with warm water. Here is how you can set up a solar shower when you are out camping in the woods in your trailer.

You Will Need:

  • Solar Shower Bags
  • Water Bags
  • PVC Pipes
  • 3-Way Elbows
  • Tee Coupling Strips
  • Bolts & Nuts
  • Shower Curtains
  • Hacksaw

Build Shower Frame

You should build the shower frame at home before you put it together out in the field. There are a couple of reasons to do this: This gives you practice on how to put it together, and it also gives you the opportunity to pre-drill holes where you'll be putting the bolts to hold the shower together when you're out camping.

The first part of the shower you're going to build is the base. Determine how large of a shower you want. If you want a shower that is four square feet wide, you should cut 10 four foot long pieces of PVC pipe.

Place four 3-way elbows of the same diameter as the PVC pipe on the floor so only one sleeve on the elbow sticks up in the air (the other two sleeves sit on the floor at a 90 degree angle). Slide two pieces of PVC piping into the sleeves on the floor. Take another 3-way elbow, and slide the other end of the PVC pipe into one of the sleeves on the floor. Connect all the elbows and pieces of PVC until you have a square base on the floor.

Drill holes through the sleeves and the pipes, and insert bolts through the holes to hold the base together.

Cut four pieces of PVC to the height you want your shower - if you want a six foot shower, cut four pieces of PVC six feet long. Place the six-foot pieces into the sleeves of the 3-way elbow rising into the air. Place another 3-way elbow on top of each six foot piece of PVC (the two other sleeves on the elbow should be perpendicular to the floor).

Take two of the four foot sections of PVC pipe and slide two tee coupling slips that have a larger diameter over them. Insert a four foot piece of PVC into the tee coupling slips (drill holes and bolt the pieces together). These pieces will form a grate over the top of the shower where you can place your solar bag so hot water drains down on you when you take a shower. 

The two four foot sections that have the tee coupling slips should be placed across from each other on the top of the frame. Insert the two remaining four foot pieces into the other sleeves on the elbows. Drill holes and bolt the top part of the frame together (including bolting the PVC pieces and tee coupling slips together).

Hang the shower curtains around the frame using curtain hooks, and place a full solar bag of water onto the grate to make sure the frame holds the weight of the water.

You can now unbolt each section and take the shower apart. Bundle up the pieces of shower together and set it aside in your camping trailer until you need to take a shower in the woods.

For more information about camping trailers, contact Camping World of Ocala or a similar company.