Mr Heater Portable Hot Shower System Comparison - All 3 basecamp showers!

Mr Heater Portable Hot Shower System Comparison – All 3 basecamp showers!

See all 3 Mr Heater BOSS Basecamp Shower Systems compared against each other. Note: These portable hot shower units are rated for outdoor use only. Depending on the model, you can choose one that runs of 6-D batteries, AC power, DC,12V power, or a built in rechargeable battery.

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QUESTION OF THE DAY: How hot do you like your shower? After watching this video, which one would you choose?

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54 thoughts on “Mr Heater Portable Hot Shower System Comparison – All 3 basecamp showers!

  1. QUESTION OF THE DAY: How hot do you like your shower? After watching this video, which one would you choose? Do you prefer taking an evening shower while camping or do you stick to roughing it?

  2. Thanks mark.
    I still like my home made unit.
    Everything packs in a 24Q cooler. use the cooler to hold 4 Gal of water, heat exchanger sits on my grill/stove, small pump to circulate the water to approx 105deg, big pump in cooler to Sink Faucet Sprayer MMMmm nice shower…..
    Mike M.

    1. Hey Mike, that’s clever of you to build your own like that. Sounds like an awesome setup.

  3. I’m really confused on this market. I have a flood of ads for tons of brands of portable hand washers & showers. It seems there are a ton of players in a rather niche market..

    1. Interesting, I haven’t noticed that in my feed. Maybe this summer will be a big return to camping?

    1. Its not rated for indoor use however, I’ve put mine in the bathroom on a big cookie sheet and opened the window for air exchange when my water heater went out.. It doesn’t seem any more dangerous than the Mr Heater Buddy Heater.

  4. my friend, really good review, you’ve answered all the questions anyone could ask! keep up the awesome work!

  5. The big one is too expensive and too big. The 2 smaller units are a huge FAIL because you can’t stop the water flow at the shower head. Really stupid design. No camper or overlander will buy it because water is premium.

  6. You can heat up your source water by spraying it back into the bucket creating a “recirc loop”

  7. how many gallons will a single 1lb propane bottle heat? I have a family of 5 so it would get a lot of use. curious to know how much propane to bring. thx

    1. If you check the Amazon link, I believe there’s a chart that show the runtime on 1 propane bottle.

  8. I have the small one it works great.had a time figuring out what temperature to start with. If you warm water up first it seems to get way to hot I found cold water and the lowest setting gave the most consistent nice temperature. Got about 15 showers out of the gas.you don’t need the sink faucet feature and it has to be on level ground. Could use a couple more pounds of pressure. Was glad to see your review on all three showing the pressure is about same because I was sure that was better on the bigger ones. Not so much so ill stick with the small one.so thanks👍👊

    1. 2 of them are plugged in to AC and the other is off 6@ D batteries. The big one also runs off a car cigarette adapter plug.

  9. All of mine broke. They kept replacing it but they kept breaking seals and spilled everywhere

    1. @markthomasbuilder I should’ve specified on the main unit. I suspect the igniter on the inside got too hot and melted them but it ended up being a lot of metal recycle. Like I said they sent me 2 other spares and those kept breaking as well. It’s an awesome idea but man I wish they fixed their quality. This was a couple years ago so maybe they’ve fixed them since then

    2. @Wag’s Corner I have some of the early models and haven’t experienced that issue. I don’t recall seeing that in the Amazon reviews, but will have to look again. Yes, it’s a great idea and has come in handy for me a handful of times.Sorry to hear of the issues you’ve experienced.

    3. @markthomasbuilder it’s part of the game. I lived off grid for 2.5 years so I needed a shower solution. Bucket bath it was lol.

  10. This is fantastic! Just what I needed. Especially water flow, how long it lasts, etc. All the metrics. Thank you so much.

    1. @markthomasbuilder I particularly liked that you had them for several years and could talk to how well they were holding up.

  11. Nice comparison, good job. I have the xb13, regarding the shut off, you can buy screw on ball valve shut offs that connect between the hose and shower head for just a couple of bucks at Lowes. A shower head switch like on the larger unit would be nice but this shut off works just fine. Side note, the shower heads That come with the units work best. I experimented with a few over-the-counter shower heads with and without built-in shut offs. They provided poor flow performance compared to the flow rate from the factory provided shower heads. I was going to comment about placing the shower head in the cold water and letting it run to warm your source water temperature in advance but you did a good job doing that. I have the smallest model (xb13) and yeah an internal battery would be nice but I heard good and bad. But quite frankly I just bring an extra set of D batteries if needed. They’re readily available in a pinch whereas recharging the internal battery may not be as convenient when camping or hunting.

    1. Thanks man, I appreciate that. I’ll have to recommend a ball valve the next time someone asks from my other Mr Heater video.

    2. The ball valve I’m speaking of is Chrome looking cheap plastic with a small T handle. I saw better looking design and quality on Amazon with a slide lever for about 5 or 6 bucks. I’ll probably give those a try one day when my over-the-counter one breaks. Keep up with a good videos. Your test was impressive.

  12. Great review, thank you. Definitely answered a lot of my questions on these units. We’ve been using a WaterPort and first heating the water but that’s a pain. These look much nicer and quicker. Too bad the lower two don’t have the on/off switch on the handle

    1. Thanks, great to heat that. I think most people want that shutoff too. Maybe Mr Heater will make an upgrade for future units.

    2. @markthomasbuilder Do you think you would be able to go to a camper store and replace the shower head with one that has the on off switch?

  13. It says it is for out door use only. Is there a reason why I can’t use it in my home temporarily until I can have my mobile home repaired

    1. It’s probably a hazard to run it indoors for venting reasons and for the case of it getting a little hot. I ran mine inside before but put it next to an open window and put a cookie sheet underneath. My house water heater was out for a few days last year.

  14. quick question, is there an issue if you want to conserve water and you put the shower head in the source water bucket while you soap and shampoo and stuff like that, is there an issue with that, I could see rinsing off quickly, putting the shower head in the bucket so the water effectively circulates, then grabbing the head to rinse off again.

    1. The temperature will slowly rise as you do that. If you recirculate the shower head water too long, it will get too hot. I think it will work fine if you soap and shampoo in a normal amount of time.

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