RoadShower vs WaterPort ??

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Camping water - Waterport or Roadshower?


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K1mj

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So I have some bad news regarding my Waterport. It cracked the night prior to my first trip with it !!! I went on a weeklong overlanding trip that included 5 days in the Mojave and I was really looking forward to use this thing. The night before setting off, I filled it with my garden hose and to my amazement it started leaking from the base. There are tiny cracks on the base of the tank along the mounting rail and it cannot hold any pressure. Even the water pressure from my garden hose is too much for it. It will hold water if I fill it from the top but will start leaking again as soon as I give it a few pumps via the built in hand pump. I really like the form factor and I have spent a lot on mounting it correctly (the plastic clamps that come with it are only good for one inch tubing and don't fit my roof rack). So I am going to return and replace the tank and give it another shot. I will update again and let you all know if it works.
 

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Guadamuz_j

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I preferred a shower, however the cost of a Road shower was not justifiable in my opinion . I did a little research and made a road shower that can be pressurised. There is a tutorial on youtube and the cost of material is around 1/4 the cost of the Roadshower.
 

Lou Skannon

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I purchased a 15 gallon tank and 2 gpm pump from Northern Tool for just over $100. It is supposed to be used on the back of an ATV for spraying fruit trees. It came with hose and wiring. Just put in about 7 gallons of water and stand in the Sun; if its not hot enough then pump the water through a copper pipe that is sitting in a campfire.
 

Medic16

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I preferred a shower, however the cost of a Road shower was not justifiable in my opinion . I did a little research and made a road shower that can be pressurised. There is a tutorial on youtube and the cost of material is around 1/4 the cost of the Roadshower.
Just bought all the parts to build this same shower system. Hopefully this weekend I can get it built.
 

John s

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The water warms up with the sun so it will only be slightly warmer then ambient temperature on a sunny day. I bought the Costco deal and I need to install it now. The included hardware is not sufficient to mount it on my OEM Nissan Xterra roof rack but I think I can make it work with longer bolts. We'll see how it goes and I will update here.
I looked In to a road shower cost was too much I found a zodi shower at Cabela's it works great and doubles as a burner for cooking I'm all about duel purpose items in my rig
 

Stickman

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So I have some bad news regarding my Waterport. It cracked the night prior to my first trip with it !!! I went on a weeklong overlanding trip that included 5 days in the Mojave and I was really looking forward to use this thing. The night before setting off, I filled it with my garden hose and to my amazement it started leaking from the base. There are tiny cracks on the base of the tank along the mounting rail and it cannot hold any pressure. Even the water pressure from my garden hose is too much for it. It will hold water if I fill it from the top but will start leaking again as soon as I give it a few pumps via the built in hand pump. I really like the form factor and I have spent a lot on mounting it correctly (the plastic clamps that come with it are only good for one inch tubing and don't fit my roof rack). So I am going to return and replace the tank and give it another shot. I will update again and let you all know if it works.
Have you contacted waterport? I bet they will make it right.
 

K1mj

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Have you contacted waterport? I bet they will make it right.
Yes, I did call them to see if this cracking thing is a common issue or not and they said they have seen it happen before but not very common. They said they can replace it for me. I bought mine from Costco so I contacted Costco and they are sending me a replacement tank. So we'll see how the next one performs. I really like to be able to depend on it, so I will definitely test this one at home prior to putting it on the truck.
 

Stickman

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Yes, I did call them to see if this cracking thing is a common issue or not and they said they have seen it happen before but not very common. They said they can replace it for me. I bought mine from Costco so I contacted Costco and they are sending me a replacement tank. So we'll see how the next one performs. I really like to be able to depend on it, so I will definitely test this one at home prior to putting it on the truck.
Don't overfill. Leave room for air to pressurize. Never let freeze with water in tank. Should last a long time.

Enjoy
 
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K1mj

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Don't overfill. Leave room for air to pressurize. Never let freeze with water in tank. Should last a long time.

Enjoy
Sure. Just to clarify, mine cracked under garden hose water pressure. I never even got to attaching my air compressor. I just filled it with the garden hose through the lower valve and it started leaking after it was filled.
 
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donkability

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what about propane heated hot water, anything good like that out there with real hot water??? thinking about hauling the tank out for the grill as we have a big party this year camping, would like a way to get the hot water so i dont have to depending on only having warm water when the suns hot.