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Camping is lots of fun. However most of us enjoy a shower at least once in a while on prolonged trips and not every campground has a shower house. There are lots of instructables on how to make a shower, but what do you do about getting a little privacy while you use it? Here's how to make a quick and easy shower area out of PVC that can double as a changing area if need be.. Although not ideal for backpacking, i think it's going to be great for those of us who are car campers.
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Step 1: Don't be a tool

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It doesn't take much in the way of tools to put this shower area together. A drill and bit, some pliers, and something to cut the PVC pipe with.

Step 2: Bits and pieces

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You will need
4 lengths of 1/2 inch PVC pipe
4 1/2 inch elbow slip joints
4 eye hooks
rope or paracord

The pipe can be whatever lengths you feel comfortable with for the size of your shower. I used ones that were slightly shorter than four feet, and it made for a pretty roomy shower area. Be sure the rope or paracord you select fits through the eye hooks. 

Step 3: Screw it

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Pre drill a hole in the corner of the elbow and then place an eye hook. You want it to be snug, so use a smaller drill bit and then use the pliers to screw the eye hook in. Nobody wants their shower falling down while it's in use!

Step 4: Connect four

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Connect the pvc pipes to the elbows to make a square (or rectangle if you cut two pieces shorter and two pieces longer).

Step 5: I'm knot kidding

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Take your para cord or rope and thread it through the eye hooks from corner to corner making a big 'X'. Leave a loop in the center so that you have a way to hang your framework from a nearby tree while camping. You want to make the line snug, but no so tight that it distorts the pvc frame.
JanxAngel1 month ago

I made one of these a couple of years ago, but I just threaded the rope through the eyes when I got to the site instead of installing a center piece. This turned out great since the only place to hang it was right up against a tree, so the far eyes could have longer ropes going back towards the trunk and the near ones could go straight up. From the side it was like:


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if that makes sense.

tomstedham1 year ago

Excellent instructable! You can also add 4 T-joints and pieces of 6-long PVC pipe, and have a self-standing enclosure, in case you are in a no-tree area...

Also: you can cut all pieces in half, and use connectors to put them together, which will make all pieces 3' or so long, and thus easy to keep in a small bag.

Overall: a great instructable!

wmac961 year ago

love the idea, I did this with an patio umbrella. glued velcro to outside of unbrella, glued velcro to shower curtains. hammered piece of pvc in ground. insert umbrella. worked like a charm.

ligiya1 year ago
maybe I'm just a paranoid Looney, but I'd probably adjust some of this construction to be a lot longer so I can see over, I wouldn't want to be changing, or showering, and someone steal my things and or try to hurt me. if I was alone that would be my biggest concern. but this is a really clever instructable, and something very useful for camping.
Puzzledd1 year ago

Nice idea and great explanation- thanks :)

utest_9871 year ago
test tedy

This is so smart - being able to break it down all the way is great :D