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Portable Camp Showers are a Vanlife game changer

Whether you’re out for the long haul, or just a few days, campervan showers can be your saving grace.

Aside from social acceptance and just wanting your partner or kids to get within 10 feet, there can be health concerns…

So it’s not just about comfort, it’s crucial to stay clean.

Can you take a shower in a Campervan?

Well of course there are several factors that contribute to the answer to this question, including

  • Do you have a high roof van (Sprinter, Promaster, other)?
  • Do you have warm water on board?
  • How much water do you have on board and do you have a water heater?

We answer these and many more question on The Campervan Podcast, episode #119.

Please listen or read the transcript, below

Most of all, few things are as satisfying as a good shower after a day of hiking, playing on the beach, or a long drive.

This guide is designed to help you choose the best campervan shower for you and your family.

Our Top Picks for campervan showers at a glance

RinseKit Portable Outdoor Campervan Shower

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WofWise Pop Up Changing Tent

 

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Helio Portable Foot Pump Shower

campervan showers vansage Nemo foot pump solar

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Hike Crew Portable Propane Water Heater
propane heated vansage Hike Crew Campervan showers

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Factors to help choose campervan showers

There are many factors to consider, many brands and styles and many options.

Here are some crucial guidelines to keep in mind before purchasing a portable camping shower.

  • How the water is pressurized, or what creates the flow from the nozzle?
  • Is the water heated?
  • If yes, how? How long will your heated portable shower deliver hot water?
  • If not, are you traveling in warm climates? How tough are you, your partner, your kids?
  • Durability. Road life can be tough on any equipment.
  • Campervan storage space is limited (even if you have a link: cargo box, so it’s important to consider the size and portability of the shower you choose.

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Many choices: Let’s get educated

Fortunately, there are many campervan showers to choose from. This list will familiarize you with the options.

This article focuses on portable, stand alone showers. Please read this post about campervan hot water heater systems for other solutions to heated campervan showers.

Manual Pump

These showers require either hand or foot pumping. The foot pump models are leading the market in popularity right now.

This is because it’s easier to give a few foot pumps than it is to operate a hand pump with soapy hands.

The real (and perhaps obvious) beauty of these camping showers is that they do not require electricity.

Manual pump showers do require a bit of work, but they tend to be simple and easy to use and the flexible foot pump models fold down to a very small, packable size.

Electric pump

Portable electric campervan showers can be wonderful on a long outing.

There are many portable electric showers available to fit any need.

If you have a larger van such as a Sprinter or a high roof Ford Transit van, consider installing a permanent electric shower.

For the purposes of this article, I’ll focus on portable electric camping showers.

A wide variety of sizes, functions, power types and pressures are available in portable electric showers.

  • Some heat the water as it’s being used, others just pump water.
  • No pumping required, just plug in and get clean.
  • Must have a source of power. There are AC, DC and combo power models available.
  • If you don’t have van dwelling electricity installed, it’s important to know what power connections will be available during your trip.

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Solar heated camping showers

“Solar”, in the case of heating the water in campervan showers, can be a very loose term.

Most solar showers are simply dark colored material that absorb sunlight.

So don’t get hopes up that a solar shower includes a solar powered electric pump, it doesn’t.

If you want your electric pump shower to be powered by solar power, you’ll have to choose an electric portable camp shower and plug it in to the solar power you’ve installed in your van.

But this is not to say that I’m not impressed with the available solar showers!

There are some truly cool and useful models, and there are some great advantages to carrying a solar shower…

These are the most portable camping shower setups. They fold down to a very small package and takes up the least space of all the options.

There’s a wide range of models with equally ranging pricing available.

If your solar camp shower will be rarely used, you might choose a lower priced option to test the concept.

Campervan Showers Wolfwise Privacy Tent Vansage
Wolfwise Privacy Shower. Click to See pricing and other details at Amazon
  • One downside is that their all gravity fed, and so pressure is typically not great.
  • Also, since they need to be hung up to a certain height (5 feet or so), it can be a challenge to lift all that water.
  • No sun, no heat. Here’s a little trick I figured out: If there’s no sun and you’ve got a heater running, keep the shower, with water, in the van over night so you’ll at least have a room temp shower in the morning.
  • You can also just fill the bag with heated water…

Campervan Privacy Shower Tent

One concern that’s often not mentioned about showing in the wild is privacy.

You might consider a portable shower tent to resolve this. A shower tent can also be used with your portable camp toilet.

A campervan tent attachment can also double as privacy for showering.

Be sure to read reviews on Amazon of the various showers you’re considering.

A tip I have for this is to look at the 2 to 4 star rated reviews as they tend to have the most thoughtful comments.

You might consider getting both a lower priced solar shower and a more luxurious electric model.

That way, even if you don’t have power, you can get a solar shower and when you do have power, you’ll have a more fulfilling shower.

Recommended Campervan Showers

RinseKit Pressurized Portable Campervan Shower

portable campervan showers vansage Rinsekit

  • Easy to fill with hot or cold water
  • Pressure system holds 2 gallons of water
  • Nozzle offers 7 settings: jet stream to shower
  • Comes with 6′ hose, nozzle, hose bib adapter, on-off valve, and quick connection
  • The RinseKit Hot Rod Water Heater Accessory make hot showers simple.

Our Rating

RinseKit is a portable campervan shower that has water pressure like a regular garden hose. You can fill it with 1.75 gallons of hot or cold water.

With an adapter, you can store water easily from a standard household spigot or sink that can provide a soaking shower to jet stream setup.

The patented design of the RinseKit’s spray nozzle features seven different settings that are packed with remarkable features.

This portable sprayer measures 12 x 6 x 12 inches and weighs about 5 pounds. You’ll like the compact design, folding handle and the built-in ruler of this shower for your campervan.

Enjoy a pressurized spray for 5 minutes and use the heater and pump at the same time. It also comes with hot water adapter, 6’ hose, bib adapter, nozzle, on and off valve and Quick Connect.

Click for more info and images about the RinseKit Pressurized Portable Campervan Shower

Mr. Heater BOSS-XB13 Shower System

Mr Heater Boss Vansage Campervan showers

  • Hourly output of 12,000 BTU’s
  • Six Gallons per minute output
  • Heated with propane gas
  • 40 minutes of run time on 4, D cell batteries
  • Single outlet, quick connect shower head & pump assembly

Our Rating

The BaseCamp B.O.S.S XB13 is the first campervan shower system to gained CSA safety certification.

It runs on D-cell batteries and has a filter system on the pump, giving you clean water without any debris to wash off your things and for showering.

The system of this campervan shower runs on propane cylinder with 12,000 BTU per hour which can raise the water temperature by up to 35 degrees Fahrenheit.

Features safety flow switch, over temp cut-off, and flow driven ignition.

The unit measures 12.5 x 7.5 x 12 inches and weighs about 7 pounds. It can deliver up to 40 minutes of hot water on high.

Mr. Heater is cordless and portable, allowing you to have an access to a hot shower where ever you are.

Click for more info and images about the Mr. Heater BOSS-XB13 Shower System

 

OYOOQO Portable Campervan Showers

Portable Campervan Showers Vansage OYOOQO

  • 5 gallon water capacity
  • Comes with thirteen foot coiled hose
  • Shower head with variable pressure control
  • Absorbs sunlight to heat water
  • Includes 12 volt plug for 12 volt systems

Our Rating

The Portable Campervan Showers have a rugged design that’s convenient to keep your gear and yourself clean on the road.

The unit has a 5 gallon capacity.

This portable shower runs on 12-volt power that’s compatible with your 12 volt accessory plug.

This portable shower is easy to use for rinsing off gear and light outdoor shower with integrated patented watertight lid.

If you’re eco-conscious, you’ll appreciate this portable shower because it gives decent water pressure while conserving the water inside.

Measures 14.5 x 12.2 x 11.8 inches

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Helio Foot Pump Camper Van Shower

 campervan showers vansage Nemo foot pump solar

  • 11 and 22 liter tank options
  • Includes  hose with nozzle, pump, and carrying case
  • Strap over the fill port prevents tank from accidental opening
  • Foot pump provides constant water pressure and won’t allow over-inflation
  • Carry the Helio in a rugged, ventilated carrying case
  • Use for shower, washing dishes, rinsing off pets and gear…

Our Rating

The Nemo Helio campervan shower is a popular choice for outdoorsy people because of its incredible features and design to keep you and your gear clean on the go.

Featuring an insulated tank that heats water using the power of sunlight. Once the water is heated, it stays hot for hours.

Helio has superior water pressure and provides a steady flow for 5-7 minutes. The hands-free foot pump is convenient and can be controlled easily.

It’s ideal for a camping adventure, beach trips, music festivals, etc. It comes with a carrying case that’s easy to pack in and out.

The product size of this campervan shower is 11 x 10 x 6 inches. When packed down, it’s 8.5 x 5.5 inches with a combined weight of 1.43 pounds.

The complete system comes with 11-liter tank, 7-foot hose with nozzle, foot pump, and a storage case.

Click for more info and images about the Helio Foot Pump Camper Van Shower

 

Ivation Portable Outdoor 12 Volt Shower

campervan showers vansage Ivation Portable Outdoor Shower

  • Use sink or bucket to create an instant shower
  • Shower head gentle flow rate
  • Securely mounts to flat surfaces with included suction cup
  • Bonus hook for hanging the shower head
  • Rechargeable pump for up to one hour of use per charge

Our Rating

The Ivation portable campervan shower has one touch on and off switch making it user-friendly and can be used whether you’re indoor or outdoor.

You can easily transform any sink or bucket of water into an instant shower stream that’s similar to the ones you use at home.

It has a one simple flow rate for an enjoyable bathing experience. Pleasant enough for kids, pets, and elderly people.

Hang it safety overhead with its bonus S-style hook and suction cup support. Simply stick the shower head to any flat surface using the suction cup and you’re all set.

It’s battery powered and is charged using a USB cable. When fully charged, you can use it continuously for 1 hour.

This campervan shower is very light-weight, only 1.81 pounds and measures 4.3 x 3.3 x 2.8 inches. It’s small enough to pack easily in your backpack or small luggage.

Click for more info and images about the Ivation Portable Outdoor 12 Volt Shower

 

Hike Crew Portable Propane Heated Campervan Shower

  • Portable headted shower
  • Runs on Propane Gas Tank to Heat Water for Showering, Washing pets and gear
  • Water Temperature Control
  • Hand spigot, shower Head Attachment
  • Three Adjustable Spray Patterns
  • AC/DC Adapter: shore power or 12V Cigarette Lighter
  • Smart safety shut off Turns Off the Gas Burner When Water Reaches 125°F

Our Rating

The Portable Propane Water Heater and Shower from Hike Crew, let’s you enjoy a hot, steamy water in an instant—anytime, anywhere. Our all-in-one system comes equipped with everything you need to get started and is designed for a variety of outdoor applications.

The innovative system runs on a propane gas tank to heat water for multiple purposes like showering, washing dishes, cleaning hands etc. Smart technology turns off the gas burner when water reaches 125 degrees Fahrenheit. The unit also has a tilt switch, water flow sensor and fuse protection for added safety. Digital panel control allows you to start the pump and monitor precise water temperature.

AC/DC Adapter plugs into standard outdoor generators or RV outlets to provide power to the unit. A convenient carry case is included for easy travel.

  • Anytime, anywhere – A system that provides you with fresh, hot water when needed
  • Easy to control – Integrated digital control panel makes pump easier to control
  • Convenient power options – Use the provided AC or DC plug to power the unit
  • Multipurpose – Ideal for showering, washing dishes, cleaning hands, and more
  • Safety matters – Equipped with a fuse protection to keep system operating efficiently

Click for more info and images about the Hike Crew Portable Propane Heated Campervan Shower

 

Advanced Elements 5 Gallon Solar Heated Portable Shower

  • Heavy duty build, reflector and insulator panels
  • Easy on-off shower head
  • Extra large valve for filling
  • Hand pocket for soap, shampoo…
  • Water temp gauge
  • Velcro straps for wash cloth
  • 1 pounds 4 ounces

Our Rating

If you’re looking for a premium quality campervan shower that helps you save water, the Summer Solar Shower is a great choice for you.

It has a capacity of 5 gallons of water and was designed to heat water quickly using solar power. It also comes with a water temperature gauge so you can adjust it according to your liking.

You can’t go wrong with this solar shower because it’s easy to use and ideal for camping, hiking, and other outdoor adventures.

Campers will like the extra large filling valve of this campervan shower because it’s convenient and it comes with a twist-off cap. Use the velcro straps to hold soap, washcloth, shampoo, etc.

The product dimension is 18 x 6 x 2 inches and weighs about 1 pound.

Make sure it’s completely drained before rolling it up for easy storage.

Click for more info and images about the Advanced Elements 5 Gallon Solar Heated Portable Shower

 

Stearns Sun Shower Heated Portable Shower

  • 4 gallons capacity for multiple showers
  • Water heated by solar energy
  • Strong handle to hang and carry
  • On-off valve on head of shower
  • Thermometer built in for temperature monitoring

 

Our Rating

The Stearns sun shower is compact and easy-to-stow heated portable campervan shower. It can hold up to 4 gallons of water, enough for multiple showers.

You can have an enjoyable bathing experience in any remote location using the power of the sun.

Simply fill the four-ply bag with water and set it out in the sun to heat water quickly.

Use the on/off valve that’s connected to the shower head to save water consumption.

It has a built-in temperature indicator so you can see the water temperature before using it.

The size of this product is 6 x 20 x 1.5 inches and weighs 1.34 pounds. This campervan shower comes with a strong handle that’s reliable for carrying or hanging.

It’s one of the best portable camping showers on the market that can provide a hot shower no matter where you are.

Click for more info and images about the Stearns Sun Shower Heated Portable Shower

 

 

WolfWise 6.6FT Portable Pop Up Privacy Shower Tent 

Our Rating

The WolfWise Pop-up privacy tent is made of high-quality material that’s waterproof and durable.

It’s great for a campervan shower.

It’s reliable in windy conditions. The polyester fabric in black and silver coating can protect you from UV rays.

Perfect for outdoor enthusiasts who want to have a private place to change clothes and take a shower.

The mesh roof and window allows good air circulation and it’s equipped with a hanging pouch to store small things like your keys or phone.

No complex assemble since it pops up in seconds. The “T” style door makes it easier to go in and out of the tent.

When opened, the dimension of this tent is 47.24*47.24*78.74. When folded into a flat circle, it’s 25 x 25 inches.

Click for more images and info about the WolfWise 6.6FT Portable Pop Up Privacy Shower Tent 

 

Campervan showers recap

  • Cleanliness: It’s crucial
  • Few things feel as good as a much needed shower
  • Pressure, heat and shower time are big concerns
  • How durable do you need your gear to be?
  • Do you have room for a larger model?
  • Manual pump: More work, but decent pressure and pricing
  • Electric pumpand heat: Most like home, but can be bulky and require a power source
  • Solar with gravity feed: Smallet packing. Wide range of prices. No sun, no heat.

 

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