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In or Out

May 8th, 2014

Using the outdoor kitchen/shower area.

Oh, look! Van pictures.

That’s dinner cooking in the outdoor kitchen/shower. To turn it into an indoor kitchen, just close the door. Indoor showers are not suggested.

The propane fired stove (Coleman PowerPack 1-Burner Stove) is attached to a board which folds down when not in use. We’d been talking about doing this before we even got the van. It is just as cool as we thought it was going to be.

Ninja Shower

The shower (Eccotemp L5 Portable Tankless Water Heater and Outdoor Shower) is also propane fired so the insulated wall behind it is covered in aluminum for fire protection. Between the shower and a 31 gallon water tank sits a water pump (Flojet 03526 144A Triplex Diaphragm 3526 Series Automatic Water System Pump).

Open the door, throw up a tarp, turn on the water pump, get naked and fire up the shower. It’s soooo much nicer than a solar shower.

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3 Responses to “In or Out”

  1. cyndi says:

    movin’ on up!

  2. Ben says:

    Jenn-
    Please e-mail me at above address.
    You have my number listed as a contact for a few campgrounds in Iowa. I am not the contact for these parks and would like to provide you with the correct number. Thanks for your time.

  3. Chris says:

    Hi Jenn,

    My name is Chis and I’m currently writing a book about how to live in a van. In my research I found this post regarding the Eccotemp L5. If it’s okay with you, I’d love to quote you in my book and provide a link back to your website. Please let me know if you are okay with that. The section currently reads:

    Eccotemp is a popular brand for propane tankless water heaters and is available at RV supply stores such as Camping World. The Eccotemp L5 is one of their most popular models, combining a propane tankless water heater with a shower. The L5 has an attached shower head and vents through the top of the unit as opposed to a vent hose.

    Johnny and Jenn of Hitek Homeless mounted an Eccotemp L5 to the door of their van and use it to take warm showers on their travels. They use it with a 31-gallon fresh water tank and a small, refillable propane tank. “Open the door, throw up a tarp, turn on the water pump, get naked and fire up the shower. It’s soooo much nicer than a solar shower,” they say.

    I realize that people are busy, so if I do not hear from you, I’ll assume you’re okay with it. After all, a link back to your site should drive more traffic your way and I haven’t yet met a blogger who doesn’t want more traffic!

    Thanks for your time, and safe travels!
    Chris

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