Cycling and hiking in the middle of nowhere can be a lot of fun. Less fun is getting back in your car caked in sweat, grease and mud and driving home in your own filth and stink. The Road Shower could change all of that.
The Road Shower, which is the creation of one Joel Cotton of Colorado, sticks a 5 gallon pressurized water tank and shower attachment on the roof of your car (it is designed to be compatible with most roof rack systems, including Yakima and Thule). The Road Shower is pressurized either by hooking it up to a CO2 canister, or by plugging a bike pump into its air intake valve. Once pressurized, the hose can be unclamped and the nozzle fixed to one of seven settings, which include shower, jet and mist. According to Joel, the 5 gallon tank is enough for two or three showers. It includes a pressure release valve to prevent over-pressurization when things get too hot.
Aside from showers, it makes an easy way to deal with salt-water soaked surfing or dive gear, dirty dishes at camp sites, dirt-caked mountain bikes, etc. What I really love about the Road Shower, however, is that Joel has gone the extra mile. The tank uses non-toxic materials and the hoses are food-grade – so it has the potential to act as a useful emergency water supply as well.
The project is currently up for funding on Kickstarter. The difference between this project and a lot of others is that it is already made, and you can already buy it. Joel reports that he has sold around 100 Road Showers to date – so the Kickstarter project seems more about ramping up capacity and bringing the cost down.