Water Container... Yea or Nay

Discussion in 'Surfing' started by 70s SanO, Dec 2, 2017.

  1. FalseDawn

    FalseDawn Active Member

    Used to use this jug to winterize a waverunner.....sold the ski so now I use it for rinsing.....
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  2. 306Bing

    306Bing Active Member

    Oct 1, 2015
    No, you are not the only one. I just got back from Nicaragua, didn't shower for 5 days. Salt water is great for the skin. Penn Medicine had me scared to death of the water down there. "Don't get any water in your mouth when you shower" "make sure you towel off your lips and blow out your nose." $500 later and 3 shots I felt like I just dealt with a used car dealer. (and I was one while in college)
  3. Chilly Willy

    Chilly Willy Well-Known Member

    Feb 15, 2004
    USA New Jersey
    Roadmaster, that system is next level! What's your routine post session -- leave it open to air out? Is it hard to clean? I'd love to see a closeup of how you rigged that spigot for the hose.
  4. Roadmaster

    Roadmaster Well-Known Member

    Nov 19, 2015
    USA Virginia
    Thanks, works great best thing I ever did for winter surfing. When you get that bone-chilling deep cold feeling on a windy day, I can put some hot water down the neck of my wetsuit and instantly warm up, have a snack and go back out, all warm and toasty again. The unit is by Carlisle, a big name in catering stuff, got it on Amazon for $99.
    I plumped it easy style, for a tube I first tried surgical tubing but it collapsed too easily. I went to water hook up hose for a washer and used the surgical tubing for connectors. The spigot does remove and is threaded so PVC could be used with a different shut off but I liked the way the spigot is inset and protected and it shuts off very well with no leaks. You can get 5 gallon versions but they get heavy and I put mine on the roof of the Buick and use gravity to rinse. I just rinse it out and fill it with hot water the night before a dawn patrol, empty it out and refill with straight hot water in my home shower. Pre-heating is critical, on super cold days I add a pot of boiling water. In the car I cover it with my beach towels for added insulation.

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  5. Macilious

    Macilious Active Member

    Jun 15, 2010
  6. Surfnfish

    Surfnfish Well-Known Member

    Feb 6, 2015
  7. FalseDawn

    FalseDawn Active Member

  8. Chilly Willy

    Chilly Willy Well-Known Member

    Feb 15, 2004
    USA New Jersey
    Sorry to dredge up an old thread, but I thought I'd add this to it. I got this handy portable shower for Christmas and finally got to try it during today's pre-work dawn patrol. It worked great -- we're obviously not in winter temperatures, but the water was still hot (a little bit too hot -- I'll fill it with a little cooler water next time) after an hour and a half. Build pressure with the attached foot pump, then spray. Give it a couple pump once in a while as needed if the pressure starts tapering off. It works a lot better than dumping a jug of water over your head. There's enough extra water to rinse your gear.

    Pros: Holds a good amount of water, folds down into a small form when empty, water pressure was respectable enough for a good rinse
    Cons: Not insulated for deep winter, can be a little tricky to fill, drying the inside completely seems like it could be the hard part, a bit pricey

    Tips: (1) Use a funnel when you fill it. (2) It's easier to carry under pressure -- otherwise, it's like carrying the dead weight of a big limp cat that doesn't want to get off the couch. (3) I wouldn't trust the carrying strap by itself. (4) Probably a good idea to transport in a bucket or Rubbermaid tub as it tends to get wet during use, and just in case it were to leak.

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  9. changeissimple

    changeissimple Member

    Dec 18, 2014
    @Roadmaster do you have an outline of that portable shower to share. Love that design. I need one of those up here North of Boston. BRRRRRR and then I can get right to work.

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