40 thoughts on “Instant Hot Camp Shower – Joolca HOTTAP

  1. I was going to mention, if you decide to go to Southern California?, maybe you should try Lake Arrowhead?, (Big Bear Lake area)!!๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘โœŒ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ฎ

    1. @Revere Overland or you can look at Yelp, 10 Best Tent Camping near Big Bear Lake, CA๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘โœŒ

  2. Pumps undersized as is the unit (smallest one the make) ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿฝโ€โ™‚๏ธ

  3. My wifeโ€™s requirement was a toilet. The hot water shower was much easier to solve.

  4. Good review, but takes up way too much space. Space savings is a priority. Certainly someone could design a much smaller unit.

    1. I’d love to see a smaller shower unit. The only one I’ve seen smaller is the Zodi, but it’s pretty terrible!

  5. @Revere Overland – thanks for this review (and all your videos). Setting aside that the Joolca is more convenient and perhaps a nicer package than DIY, does it actually perform the task of heating the water better? Like does it get it hotter, or have the capacity to heat more water quicker, or with better temperature control than the DIY one? I’ve watched the video where you made your own quite a few times in prep to make my own. I was really surprised to hear you give the nod to the Joolca vs the one you made!

    1. Highest temperature and heating speed are about the same, but the temperature control of the Joolca is far better. Even if you were doing a shower in a box, I think it’s worth using the Joolca as the base shower!

  6. Iโ€™ve been eyeing one of these – interesting to hear your comparisons to your DIY version. While using, does the water temperature stay pretty consistent – as in, if you pause the showerhead, and then turn it back on – is the water super hot? Iโ€™ve heard of this issue with much cheaper systems.

    1. The temperature is a lot more consistent with the HOTTAP from Joolca. For people who still want the shower in a box, I’d recommend Joolca’s over the Camplux.

  7. Good review. Certainly an alternative to our current shower solution. Just have to solve for the propane need now. Thanks for sharing. Cheers

  8. I have the basecamp shower known as BOSS by Mr Heater. Itโ€™s battery operated with a 1# propane tank. Itโ€™s quite awesome. $160

  9. I think the most efficient way to heat water is to use the excess heat of the engine. Especially in older vehicles. Plumb a “plate heat exchanger” into the cooling system of your vehicle, e.g. via a bypass to the heater of the car. When you arrive at camp, take a bucket, circulate fresh cold water from and back into that bucket through the plate heat exchanger via a small submergible 12V pump. Hoses can be connected easily through quick connectors. You will have 2-3 gal of hot water warmed up to shower temperature (up to almost boiling temperature if needed) within less than 3 minutes.
    All you will need to store in the vehicle as luggage is the submergible 12V pump and two short pieces of hose with quick connectors to hook up to the plate heat exchanger. No usage of propane, no huge and bulky items that chip away from the little space you have available and total investment for material is less than USD100.
    When overlanding the Panamericana for over a year, we saw quite a few people who had this installed in smaller expedition rigs. In my opinion, the cheapest and most pragmatic way to have hot water on the road if you do not have the space to install a permanently mounted hot water heater.

  10. Your DIY is superior in my opinion. Its compact and easy to get going. Lots of great quality with this unit but its a bit much to set up for a 2-3 min camp shower. I love your DIY as it looks like it only takes a few minutes to set up and take down. Im doing the same DIY build for my overland trailer.

  11. I DID NOT KNOW JOOLCA IS NOW IN NORTH AMERICA! I’ve been looking at their hot water system early last year but they responded with no specific date to reach North America…I guess now it is.. sweet!

  12. I was using a camplux for a few years and have abandoned if for showering. I now carry a 5 gallon kitty litter bucket and a small pump. I attach the pump to the side of the bucket, plumb it to the heater and then back to the bucket, I run the pump and heater until the desired temperature is reached. Then I connect the shower hose to the pump to take my shower. The water temperature is constant and I don’t have to worry about the camplux blowing out if it is windy. Alternatively you can heat water on the stove and dump it into the bucket. Two of us can take a shower using one bucket of water. The bucket can be used for holding other items when not being used for showering.

  13. Even with hot water how feasible is it to take a shower in cold weather? I have contemplated getting some kind of heater for the shower tent, but still….

  14. I just grabbed their ensuite shower tent. Gonna use the Geyser system for a “hot shower” due to space and no water source at MX tracks.

  15. Camplux need to make shower stands like that for their unit, and I love my build that you showed me along with my lightspeed shower tent, one of the best on the market, and sets up in less than 5 minutes, I followed your whole shower build and it’s still doing as suppose to after almost a year in my van ๐Ÿ˜€

  16. black 5 gallon bucket fill it up in morning put in sunny spot and use $30 battery operated shower head

  17. I just cancelled my
    Order .. all
    These hidden cost.. L.A county tax $10.31, California tax $33.21 and my city tax $3.43 Iโ€™m sorry Iโ€™m not paying these taxes when this company Iโ€™m not in California I think there in Utah never the less itโ€™s like being Penalized for being alive so Iโ€™m getting a full refund. Before you order one online I suggest you call them and ask them about hidden taxes. Depending on your state . Mine added up to an extra $50.00 .. no thanks

  18. How big of a water tank do you use/recommend? Any perspective on how long the water in said tank would last with two people showering?

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