Drain Pipe Roof Rack Shower, I Think

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Hi everybody - my name's David and I spend most of my time in the 80's section, but saw something today this section might be more interested in. It was on an 80 with a full size roof rack. Surrounding the sides and back of the rack and attached by straps and brackets were three rack length and width pieces of 5 inch black PVC drain pipe, jointed at the corners with 90 degree elbows. I walked around it a few times until I saw a spigot coming out the front. Obviously for carrying water, but looked too top heavy for any real driving. This would have been about 15 feet times 5 inches of water.

Maybe this is a low-tech camp shower? I'd imagine the water would warm up pretty good in the Queensland sun.
 

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Somebody makes a similar approach for a pick-up/SUV bed, but much shorter, for a neat way to carry water for your dogs when hunting...looked pretty slick.
 
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I've run this idea around in my head for quite some time and never have been able to justify adding the weight up high. A similar setup under the truck using a poly tank or PVC grill made from straights and T's is what I always end up going back to. Heating the water under the truck in the shade is a little slower though.
 
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If my math is right that is about 160 pounds of water (15 feet, with 4 1/2 inches ID for the pipe)

If you are not doing much fast driving or off-camber stuff, might be pretty luxurious for camping, especially by the ocean.
 
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not bad 15 gallons of water! I came up with around 130 lbs. for the water (8.35 lbs. per gallon) and then the mounting equip so 150lbs total. No different than a spare tire up there!
 
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Agreed to all the above points. My "target" use would be a luke warm freshwater rinse at the beach. I don't like that dried saltwater crackly feeling when pulling on a t-shirt at the end of the day

Thanks for the math guys. :beer:

David
 
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Beowulf said:
David,

Did you snap any pics?

-B-
No but now I am seeing more and more around town. I'll get one soon. I used to assume these guys were all plumbers/fisherman, until I started noticing the jointed corners.

David
 

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I had a lumber rack on my Tacoma, and bolted up a PVC tank shower off of that for after-surf and desert rinses. I don't have the exact dimensions, but I took a few feet of black PVC, added a "T", capped each end, then drilled and tapped a spigot into the bottom, with a short length of hose. Rubber-capped the top. The thing held about 5 gallons of water, and was nice and warm with any amount of sunlight.
 
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