The weatherman hasn’t said anything about showers in the future but I predict there will be several in my immediate future. Before I left Pendleton I visited Walmart for the last time soon and purchased a Coleman Solar Shower. It was only about $8. so I thought I might as well give it a try. Just like any normal man I did not read the instructions: How tough can it be? You fill it with water; put it in the sun; wait a few hours; and, enjoy a hot shower.
When I first used it I was a little disappointed in the time it took to heat up and also in the less than hot shower. However, when I took the pictures for the blog I just happened to read the instructions. You are supposed to put the bag on a flat surface (I had done that) with the black side down and the clear side up. As long as I can remember, black is the color that absorbs more energy from the Sun so I had the black side up!
The next morning the clear side was up and in about 3 hours the temperature had risen to an estimated 90 degrees and just perfect for a shower. I’m sure most of you know the drill for a shower in an RV. You get wet; turn off the water; soap up; turn on the water and rinse off. You complete all the steps as quickly as possible to conserve hot water. It works the same here except you are outdoors. I get three showers from one 5 gallon fill up.
My shower area is at the rear, right side of Dod. I hang the solar shower on Dod’s roof rack; place a canopy chair nearby both for privacy and for a handy shower table. I absolutely love showering in the great outdoors. I wait until the sun is shining on my shower area and then go natural. After the shower I put on a pair of swim trunks and just let the sun and air dry me. If ever there are people nearby, I will of course shower in my swim trunks!