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With the Road Shower, you can have a hot pressurized shower on your vehicle. The water is solar heated even while driving.
With the Road Shower, you can have a hot pressurized shower on your vehicle. The water is solar heated even while driving.
With the Road Shower, you can have a hot pressurized shower on your vehicle. The water is solar heated even while driving.
82 backers pledged $15,267 to help bring this project to life.

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Rack Mounted Solar Shower - Pressurized Hot Water On The Go

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The new camping  Solar Shower.

Uses solar energy for heat and a bike pump for pressure.
Uses solar energy for heat and a bike pump for pressure.

Product Description

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.
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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.

A nice shower after playing in the outdoors.
A nice shower after playing in the outdoors.

Road Shower has enough pressure to get the job done, whether it is rinsing off your gear, or washing your hair.

Clean that muddy gear before loading it up.
Clean that muddy gear before loading it up.
Joel shows the 60' trajectory of the shower in jet setting.
Joel shows the 60' trajectory of the shower in jet setting.
It gets the shampoo out of your hair like showering at home.
It gets the shampoo out of your hair like showering at home.

Road Shower is rugged and has been used on 4x4 roads all over the US. It is simple to attach to most rack systems.

Uses a rack mounting system that fits on Yakima, Thule, and other racks. Hardware is available for factory mounted racks and other rack types.
Uses a rack mounting system that fits on Yakima, Thule, and other racks. Hardware is available for factory mounted racks and other rack types.

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.

Features

Uses any standard hand powered or CO2 bike pump.
Uses any standard hand powered or CO2 bike pump.
Uses a commercial radiator cap. This shows the retaining chain to prevent lost caps and the pressure release tube.
Uses a commercial radiator cap. This shows the retaining chain to prevent lost caps and the pressure release tube.
The clear food grade hose and the aluminum tank are non toxic. Water level can be checked using the hose.
The clear food grade hose and the aluminum tank are non toxic. Water level can be checked using the hose.
T-Slot on the base allows mounting to most rack systems.
T-Slot on the base allows mounting to most rack systems.
The 7 setting spray nozzle has shower, jet, and mist settings as well as others.
The 7 setting spray nozzle has shower, jet, and mist settings as well as others.

History

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.

Retail outlets include Cracks and Racks in Aspen, Colorado as well as Gear Heads in Moab, Utah and GoWesty! in California.

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.

The T Shirt

The Road Shower Logo on a Heavy Weight T
The Road Shower Logo on a Heavy Weight T
Road Shower duffel bag.
Road Shower duffel bag.

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.

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FAQ

  • 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.

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  • 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.

    http://www.amazon.com/Portable-Privacy-Shower-Camping-Camouflage/dp/B008JGWSIE

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  • 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.

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  • Road Shower weighs 13 lbs and holds 5 gallons. When full it weighs 53 lbs.

    Dimensions are 54" long. 6"x4" ellipse.

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  • 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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    Your name will be listed on the Road Shower website as a backer of this project and a Road Shower outdoor vinyl bumper sticker will be sent to you.

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    A limited edition Road Shower T-Shirt. White print on black shirt. Heavyweight T-Shirt.

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    A Road Shower zipper duffel bag. Black with logo in white printing.

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    Real Early Bird Special. You will get a newly designed Road Shower delivered to your home.

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    You will get a newly designed Road Shower delivered to your home. Canada backers can choose this reward and I will ship to your home too.

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    You will get a newly designed Road Shower delivered to your home. Estimated retail price will be $299.95 + $20 S & H in retail stores for non-backers..

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    Gold Package. • Road Shower delivered to your home. • Road Shower T-Shirt • Road Shower gym bag • Portable shower enclosure, • CO2 bike pump and 12 cartridges •

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    Platinum Package.

    • Road Shower delivered to your home.
    • Road Shower T-Shirt
    • Road Shower gym bag
    • Portable shower enclosure,
    • CO2 bike pump and 12 cartridges
    • Yakima locks to lock it down

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    You can choose the color of your Road Shower. Most dark colors such as dark red, dark green, or dark blue can absorb nearly as much heat as dark black. We can even match the color of your vehicle. You will get a newly designed Road Shower delivered to your home with a custom automotive finish.

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Funding period

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