Take a Hot Solar Shower in the Backcountry with the Road Shower

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Solar energy is what powers most of what we do. Whether it's growing the food we eat, fueling the ancient organisms that died to make fossil fuels, or converting sunlight to electricity in photovoltaic panels, pretty much all of the energy we use comes from the Sun. But that's not all; the Sun also makes us sweat and get dirty, and now we can use solar energy to get clean when we're out in the middle of nowhere.

If you're a camper, you probably already know about the plastic solar shower bags. I used to have one, and, while it was better than not taking a shower at all, it wasn't much better. My brother-in-law, Joel Cotton, is a big outdoors guy who's always going hiking, camping, or bicycling somewhere out West. Over the last several years, he's been developing what he calls the Road Shower. Now he's ready to take it into production, but he needs your help.

Joel's got a Kickstarter project to raise the initial funding he needs to push it through. Here's the video he made to explain the project.

I think it's a pretty cool project and would love to see him raise double the amount of his goal. He's already reached almost 90% of what he stated as his goal, so I'm pretty sure he'll get that.

By the way, I don't have a stake in his company. That might be because I tried to pitch him the idea below as a good way to heat water.

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Anyway, I've backed his project with a small contribution myself. Just click the button below to find out more about the project and to become a backer yourself.

Learn more about the Road Shower


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Looks good, but how long does the shower last? How much water does it hold?


This is an old idea (sort of). There has been a clear plastic bag camping shower for years. I used to use it mountain biking and camping. Fill the bladder and put on roof of car clear side up (black liner inside) and the bag heated up enough to provide enough hot water (really hot for a long race) to take a shower and drive home if not clean at least less dirty. same for camping. carry empty bag and fill with COLD river/lake water and in no time at all (or seemingly so) it would heat up for a shower campside.  
that said, this is a neat idea to have mounted on rack (my rain shower thingy used to hang off the top of my Isuzu Trooper)  
good luck to him. !