About this project
The new camping Solar Shower.
With the Road Shower you can have pressurized water wherever you go. It will heat the water while you drive and will be ready to give you a high pressure hot shower at the end of the day. Hot or cold, the Road Shower has many uses from the camp hose for dishes, gear, pets, or for extra drinking water.
- Storage capacity: Holds 5 gallons of water good for 2-3 showers
- Solar heated: Water can heat up to 100-115 degrees.
- High Pressure: Can be pumped with a bike pump up to 15 PSI.
- Safe: A pressure relief system is built in for safety.
- Easy to mount: Included hardware for most all racks and factory racks.
- Tough. Made from powder coated high quality aluminum.
- Non toxic: You can fill it with drinking water.
- Looks great: Cool design, flat black color, and silk screen logos.
If you are playing outside, such as surfing, climbing, biking, or hiking, 4-wheeling, the shower is warmed up and ready to use. Go ahead and rinse off...you deserve it.
Road Shower has enough pressure to get the job done, whether it is rinsing off your gear, or washing your hair.
Road Shower is rugged and has been used on 4x4 roads all over the US. It is simple to attach to most rack systems.
There are no complex parts or gadgets. There are no electrical connections or propane involved. It is simple and works well.
Road Shower can also be used on boats, Vanagons, and RV’s, to provide a pressurized fresh water supply. It could be used at a remote cabin or camp as an inexpensive shower system.
The White Rim Trail in Utah’s Canyon lands inspired the creation of Road Shower. It is a 140 mile hot dusty ride through the desert with a support vehicle. A shower sure feels good at the end of the day. However, I could not find a really good shower solution. We used the 5 gallon solar bag showers. They are inexpensive however, they do have their drawbacks. When you are driving on rough roads and they are stored in the back of your vehicle, they can slosh around and the cap can pop open and flood the back of your vehicle. They are made of soft vinyl, so if something falls on it, they can be punctured. They are not very easy to fill by yourself. They do not have very good pressure, so it is hard to rinse shampoo and conditioner out of your hair. And you need to find somewhere to hang them up. And they need a few hours of sunlight to get warm, which is not always possible when you arrive into camp late in the day.
I set to work on solving the problem of creating a portable solar shower that uses no electricity or fuel, keeps the water on the rack, mount to most roof racks, be easy to fill up, have great pressure, and would be durable enough to last a lifetime.
In 2009 I created the first Road Shower made from black ABS pipe and clear acrylic. I sold over 100 of these online and in retail outlets, and they were featured on Denver ABC news. These worked great, but they were hard to make and were fairly fragile. In 2011 I started experimenting with the first black aluminum prototypes. I was amazed to learn that the black aluminum heated water better than a clear solar tube.
July 2012, I was granted US Patent 8,225,436, a utility patent which will help me protect my invention. I made 100 prototype units here in the US. I sold them all and people loved it. There were markets out there that I had not thought about, such as VW Van campers and sailboats.
I looked for a way to mass produce them at a price that allows them to be sold in stores and still be profitable.
I found a company called Shape Point, with headquarters in Utah which is a turnkey contract manufacturer. They have provided technical drawings, 3D modeling, assistance with design, engineering, and tooling. They are ready to manufacture Road Shower at a fair price.
They are a reliable company and have made products for US customers for over 10 years, such as Jet Boil.
The funds generated by my Kickstarter campaign will help pay for the tooling and meeting the minimum order quantities. The goal is to stock a finished product in the US at a shipping and fulfillment center in Denver.
At this point I have:
- a patent
- 4 years of research and development honed by hundreds of hours of field testing.
- a prototype - 100 units that are in customer hands that have field tested them. So far people love them.
- a patent: US Patent 8,225,436
- a domain: www.roadshower.com and a website.
- a trademark: Road Shower, LLC and a logo.
- several retail establishments, both online and traditional.
- an engineered and documented model with plans and CAD drawings.
- tooling developed.
- a company willing to manufacture them.
- a shipping facility in Denver which is centrally located in the US.
Thank you for considering my project. Thank you Kickstarter.
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Risks and challenges
I believe in this product and will do everything I can to make sure it is manufactured successfully. It is a revolutionary product in the solar shower market. People that own one love it. I have gotten great feedback.
There will be some minor design improvements in the new model, but should not be a problem.
There is some potential risk with any contract manufacturing. I will have the chance to inspect the first unit made and approve it, before production. I have done research on Shape Point and they have a good success record.
The timeline outlined in Rewards should be realistic. With any new project, there could be delays, which I would communicate to my backers.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
If the day is sunny and the outside temperature is 65 - 70 degrees the water will heat up to the mid 90s in a few hours, during mid day.
If the day is sunny and outside temperature is 85 or higher the water will heat to 110 or higher.
If the day is cloudy and the water is 70 degrees, you can drain 1 gallon and boil it and add it back and the water now will be around 100 degrees. Or add 1/2 gallon of boiling water to 2 gallons for a shower for 1 person.
The water temperature will drop after the sun goes down. It is best to shower before this happens. I plan on making an insulator jacket for keeping the in the heat, or keeping the water cool. I will post in project updates if I can make this happen. This would be offered as an accessory.
Well...you can leave a swimming suit on. You can drive somewhere remote. Or you can buy a shower enclosure like the one below for about $70.
You can put the nozzle on free flow with a small lever on the handle, and then stick it on the clip nearest the hose elbow, and you have a free flowing shower. This will use water faster, but would be fine for one good shower.
Road Shower weighs 13 lbs and holds 5 gallons. When full it weighs 53 lbs.
Dimensions are 54" long. 6"x4" ellipse.
If you choose the $260 backer reward, then I will ship your unit to Canada. It costs about $60 extra to do via UPS.
I have had a lot of inquiries from Austrailia and other countries. To ship via Fedex costs about $175. I haven't found a cheaper way to do it. I am considering some distributor inquiries in Austraila and other countries, so you may be able to get one eventually. If you are interested in a backer reward for $385 to Austrailia, please let me know.
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