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showers in the transit?

Wondering whose done it and pics? Size of water tank? How is the water heated? Issues? Re-dos?
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Ours is in-process. Currently waiting on custom fiberglass shower pan. Water is from either 15 gal tank with pump or city water supply. Hot water is from 2.5 gal tank operating from shore power only.

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The problem with a shower inside the van is the large amount of wasted space. You only shower at the most once per day. I shower every other day when traveling. The object is to utilize the space for other purposes when not showering.

My shower is located directly behind the drivers seat. Have high roof so I can stand up straight in the shower. Shower width is 30". When not showering the space has the shower water tank at the right bottom with the portapotti mounted on top of the tank to get the correct elevation. Directly above the portapotti is a pivoting/removable shelf. Two food storage containers sit on the bottom shelf. Above the storage containers is a second pivoting/removable shelf at sink counter height. At the top are 3 removable towel rods that are made like a toilet paper holder. A 3/4" copper tube with a fixed 3/4" wood dowel in one end and a movable dowel in the other end with a spring between the two dowels.

To use the fixed portapotti you remove the two food containers and pivot both shelves so they rest against the back wall of the shower to give access to the portapotti.

To shower you remove the 3 towel racks, the two food containers and the two shelves. The portapotti remains in the shower while showering. The shower does not have a door or a shower curtain. The right side has the SS shower water tank at the bottom with the tank top sloped to direct the water to the custom SS shower pan that is on the left. The showering procedure is different. First you lay down a towel in the aisle and kneel down in the aisle with your head over the shower pan and proceed to wash your head. Next you get inside the shower and wash the rest of the body. Use a flood nozzle instead of a spray nozzle to reduce the overspray. Not like a shower at home but you do get clean.

The heated water supply is obtained by heating the water electrically using a kit for RV's that converts a propane RV heater to electrical. Kit includes a 120 volt AC pencil cartridge heater and a thermostat. There are three sources for the power. Shore power, "shore power" from a vehicle powered inverter with engine running or power from the house inverter. With the 625 watt heating element it takes about 1/2 hour to heat the 5 gallons of water to 90 degrees. A submersible 12 volt DC cylindrical pump is used to get the water out of the tank to the shower garden hose. All the water in the tank is at the correct temperature so no hot/cold water mixing required and no plumbing.

Had this system in the sold Sprinter and about half done with the Transit installation. Will document the design when it is finished.

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During my first build I was setup for the shower behind the drivers seat. On the second build I bought a solar shower that sets up outside between the rear doors. That gives me more counter space and allows me to have a fridge. My bed is a fixed platform and I really like it so I've had to make a few sacrafices.

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Would love to see (especially pics!) those with combo shower and toilet, with gray and black water tanks. I've been following along with many van builds to get away from a class B, but few are able to make compromises to make this happen.

For those that have, why do you usually put it behind the driver's seat? What does the rest of your van look like (e.g., bed in back, stove top between bed and shower, closet on opposite between bed and sliding door, etc.)?
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I added the second shelf at sink counter height in the Transit build. That more than doubled my counter space.

The layout link is:

http://www.ortontransit.info/layout2.php

The Transit layout is the same as the sold Sprinter. That worked well for my application. The link for the pictures of the Sprinter:

http://www.ortontransit.info/testsprinter.php

Wanted the sink and portable 2 burner stove located at the slider door so it can be open for view and for steam and smells to exit up and out of van. The sleeping platform is at the back of the van across the van. There are bench seats above both wheel wells and a table between the seats. The bed platform consists of four 27" wide panels that are hinged just below the back window indents. Two on each side. They fold up against the wall for storage and swing down and sit on the table top for a bed platform. Back two down for one person sleeping and all four down for two people. During the day the front two panels are returned to vertical position so there is a usable table for two people.

The bed platforms can be stored against walls and the table can be removed in about 10 minutes so van can still be available to haul cargo.

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Personally, I wouldn't want to deal with a composting or black tank or anything. I'll rather **** inside a bucket and tie it off and toss it. Screw traveling with a tub full of ****, lol.



Please include what size Transit you have too.

I'm seeing if what I have visioned is even possible.
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I added the second shelf at sink counter height in the Transit build. That more than doubled my counter space.

The layout link is:

Wanted the sink and portable 2 burner stove located at the slider door so it can be open for view and for steam and smells to exit up and out of van. The sleeping platform is at the back of the van across the van. There are bench seats above both wheel wells and a table between the seats. The bed platform consists of four 27" wide panels that are hinged just below the back window indents. Two on each side. They fold up against the wall for storage and swing down and sit on the table top for a bed platform. Back two down for one person sleeping and all four down for two people. During the day the front two panels are returned to vertical position so there is a usable table for two people.

The bed platforms can be stored against walls and the table can be removed in about 10 minutes so van can still be available to haul cargo.
Orton, do you have bigger pictures of your build? The ones on your site wont expand. They are fixed.
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Orton, do you have bigger pictures of your build? The ones on your site wont expand. They are fixed.
No. My computer guy is working on that. I agree it needs to be done.

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Wondering whose done it and pics? Size of water tank? How is the water heated? Issues? Re-dos?
This is my shower so far, Same faucet as the sink with a flexible neck. I need to come up with some sort of curtain set up.

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