Step 2: Make the hoop

The first step is to make the hoop. I used my arms to predict a diameter that would be comfortable, but not too hard to manage in the car. As it was, I made it a little too roomy at ~48" diameter, and it was a bit too large for the shower curtains to meet as well. Next time I would cut it down a bit, maybe to 40". You choose what is comfortable for you.

Insert the connector completely in one end, but leave the other end disconnected. Pushing it in only two notches didn't affect its functionality on the campsite, but it made it easier to disconnect the one side when I was leaving. Leaving one side disconnected allows you to fold it over on itself and fit it in the car, and it also allows you to place it around a tree (next step).
<p>Hi. I saw a DIY shower gazebo 30+ yrs ago that might be of interest. Some elements were similar to yours. It used a 2nd-hand beach umbrella (w/ duct-tape reinforcing the edges), &amp; attached about 1+1/2 shower curtains w/ classic shower curtain hooks to small holes punched in the reinforced edges. They secured non-opening seam with duct tape, &amp; at the bottom used tubing like you did for the top, only with a lighter weight of plastic tube, like for small aquarium pumps. They had a base that screwed into the ground to support the umbrella, and a small cut in the umbrella fabric big enough to put the nozzle from a camp shower bag through. An extra ring at the top allowed them to attach the shower bag to the outside if they were in an area without convenient trees, but made it a little wobbly. Theirs closed up w/ adhesive velcro strips spaced evenly on the 'door' seam. ( I think you might be able to do it without the tubing at all, if you made little pockets at the bottom edge to put rocks in? Might not hold up to a heavy wind, but it prob would to a light-medium one, I'd think.)</p>
This is an awesome idea! Although getting filthy is probably my third favorite part of camping, there have been times when I've wished that I didn't reek like bugspray/deer urine (purchased at a hunting store for prank purposes that eventually backfired.)
Oh, and that deer urine incident sounds like a story and a half...
Thank you! After getting hot and sweaty and dirty, which is fun, it just feels so good to wash it all off (with camp soap like castille soap, of course, well away from waterways).<br><br>One guy at our campsite said this was going to change the way he camps from now on!

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