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Great thread that I forgot about!
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Old 05-29-2018, 02:55 PM   #252
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Dude, thats super cool.. And your on a lease? What you gonna do if you ever get off of it?
I wondered for years what I would do... well now I know (see above)

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Old 06-08-2018, 01:54 PM   #253
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Good luck with the new place and I'm glad your build made the trip with you.

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Old 06-08-2018, 02:14 PM   #254
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Count me in the group, glad you got it moved ... One of my favorite threads
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Old 06-11-2018, 09:26 AM   #255
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Made a trip back out to get the cabin leveled properly and reattach the deck and mow some more around the new camp.



Ready for an overnighter!



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Old 06-15-2018, 02:41 PM   #256
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Old 06-28-2018, 02:36 PM   #257
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Super cool SWAMP !


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First chance to sleep over in the cabin at the new place last night.

Got up to 95 degrees... but thankfully we oriented the cabin correctly and I could take advantage of the breeze through the breezeway with both doors open.

Todos... need to get a marine battery/solar charger and wire 12v lights and USB ports. Build a DIY swamp cooler.

Oh dropped a hog about 70 yard walk from the back porch.



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Old 07-14-2018, 05:19 PM   #259
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I like this post more and more every time i read it
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Love this little cabin. Great job.


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Thanks guys! This project has definately been a source of adventure as well as shade, warmth, comfort, and dryness.

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Old 07-16-2018, 02:03 PM   #263
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Scott, you might consider getting a 2000i honda generator and small window unit AC.

I run solar in the winter and the generator when it's hot.

Makes a huge difference.
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How did I miss this? Really cool and good luck at the new lease.
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Scott, you might consider getting a 2000i honda generator and small window unit AC.

I run solar in the winter and the generator when it's hot.

Makes a huge difference.
I don't know how I missed this! Took the wife out to get her to shoot a hog. She was successful and I discovered quickly how much I missed electricity when it came time to skin it after sunset.

On the drive home I mentioned getting a honda 2000 because they are light and so **** quiet. I have a 3500w generator for storms, but too heavy and loud to want to deal with it. So now I am keeping an eye out for a gently used one.

Already have a window unit (emergency backup for the house/storms)

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I don't know how I missed this! Took the wife out to get her to shoot a hog. She was successful and I discovered quickly how much I missed electricity when it came time to skin it after sunset.

On the drive home I mentioned getting a honda 2000 because they are light and so **** quiet. I have a 3500w generator for storms, but too heavy and loud to want to deal with it. So now I am keeping an eye out for a gently used one.

Already have a window unit (emergency backup for the house/storms)

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You don't need a big AC for that setup obviously. I believe a single Honda 2000 will run up to an 8000 btu window unit with no issues.

Text or email me and I'll get you a good chart as to what all it will run.

Also you should make an extended gas tank so that you don't have to fill it as often. Pretty cheap and worth it when youre nice and cool and the gen runs out at 2am.

You could also run a water transfer pump off it for a hot shower when coupled with an ecotemp l5 or the like.
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I don't know how I missed this! Took the wife out to get her to shoot a hog. She was successful and I discovered quickly how much I missed electricity when it came time to skin it after sunset.

On the drive home I mentioned getting a honda 2000 because they are light and so **** quiet. I have a 3500w generator for storms, but too heavy and loud to want to deal with it. So now I am keeping an eye out for a gently used one.

Already have a window unit (emergency backup for the house/storms)

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It would be very cheap and easy to insulate that dude with some 3/4" styrofoam insulation with radiant barrier on one side. Cut with a razor knife and glue in with caulk.
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I talked to a guy that owns a trailer manufacturing company recently. He had a Harbor Freight 2000W Predator generator sitting in his shop (it is a Honda clone that is supposedly just as quiet). He said he uses it with his camper on a regular basis and spoke very highly of it. HF has it on sale for 449 now, regular 499
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It would be very cheap and easy to insulate that dude with some 3/4" styrofoam insulation with radiant barrier on one side. Cut with a razor knife and glue in with caulk.
That is actually in the plans for this year. Before moving it, I figured what I really need to do was remove the metal roof, put down decking and felt and put the metal roof back on. That way I can insulate the roof and walls. Figured some foam board with some liquid nails should do the job.

The only reason I haven't done that yet is because it is so freakishly hot and I wanted to actually kill some stuff out there sooner rather than later. So when the weather turns cooler, I'll make that one of the weekend todos.

In a couple weeks, I'm going to build a shower off the back side of the deck by the counter. Will just be a "military" style stall with a gravity fed water system. Figured I'd convert an old cooler for a water tank. Can heat some water up on a stove on that counter.

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I talked to a guy that owns a trailer manufacturing company recently. He had a Harbor Freight 2000W Predator generator sitting in his shop (it is a Honda clone that is supposedly just as quiet). He said he uses it with his camper on a regular basis and spoke very highly of it. HF has it on sale for 449 now, regular 499
I'll have to check it out. Saw a few used Honda 2000s for $5-600 on craigslist/fb.
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That is actually in the plans for this year. Before moving it, I figured what I really need to do was remove the metal roof, put down decking and felt and put the metal roof back on. That way I can insulate the roof and walls. Figured some foam board with some liquid nails should do the job.

The only reason I haven't done that yet is because it is so freakishly hot and I wanted to actually kill some stuff out there sooner rather than later. So when the weather turns cooler, I'll make that one of the weekend todos.

In a couple weeks, I'm going to build a shower off the back side of the deck by the counter. Will just be a "military" style stall with a gravity fed water system. Figured I'd convert an old cooler for a water tank. Can heat some water up on a stove on that counter.



I'll have to check it out. Saw a few used Honda 2000s for $5-600 on craigslist/fb.
I have seen a black water tank similar to a truck gas tank laid on top of a roof. The guy said the sun heats the water to make a nice warm shower. He uses it, then turns the water to it on and refills at the end so it can heat up for the next shower. Beats heating a pot of water and having to dump it into something.

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I have seen a black water tank similar to a truck gas tank laid on top of a roof. The guy said the sun heats the water to make a nice warm shower. He uses it, then turns the water to it on and refills at the end so it can heat up for the next shower. Beats heating a pot of water and having to dump it into something.

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Yep, I am still considering that. My biggest hurdle for that is.

1) I located camp close to shade to keep it less miserable.

2) Dont want to have to walk far for a shower

3) want cool water when warm outside and hot water when cold.

I remember a thread on here about a small propane tankless heater that I might give a search for.

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Old 08-07-2018, 10:55 AM   #272
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Still greatness - good luck with the shower / insulation
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Old 08-07-2018, 02:30 PM   #273
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http://discussions.texasbowhunter.co...ghlight=shower

See my response and materials list in the the thread above,

As for a sink, cut the top off of a 5 gallon ozarka bottle and add a faucet.
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Old 08-07-2018, 02:56 PM   #274
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http://discussions.texasbowhunter.co...ghlight=shower

See my response and materials list in the the thread above,

As for a sink, cut the top off of a 5 gallon ozarka bottle and add a faucet.
Brother me and you would be best buds at camp! Gotta have a shower!!
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Old 08-09-2018, 08:41 AM   #275
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Check out the Ecco temp L5 propane water heater. They are $120 and run off propane. You will need a pump. I have one set up off a sure flo RV pump that works great.
The pump runs off 12V car battery. This thing gets hot enough to do dishes. I have mine plumbed to run to a shower and a sink outside our bathroom shack for dishes.
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Old 08-09-2018, 08:59 AM   #276
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This is my favorite thread on TBH.
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Old 08-09-2018, 09:15 AM   #277
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i started off with that and now have a 5000 fot lodge... lol
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Old 08-09-2018, 10:23 AM   #278
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Check out the Ecco temp L5 propane water heater. They are $120 and run off propane. You will need a pump. I have one set up off a sure flo RV pump that works great.
The pump runs off 12V car battery. This thing gets hot enough to do dishes. I have mine plumbed to run to a shower and a sink outside our bathroom shack for dishes.

This is what I did fro my shower BUT i got one off Amazon at a much cheaper price. the one I bought I found on sale for 69.99. Here is a link to one just like it on Amazon for 79.99

https://www.amazon.com/Ridgeyard-Pro...tant+Hot+Water

You just need a small water pump and a 12v battery.
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See my response and materials list in the the thread above,

As for a sink, cut the top off of a 5 gallon ozarka bottle and add a faucet.
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Check out the Ecco temp L5 propane water heater. They are $120 and run off propane. You will need a pump. I have one set up off a sure flo RV pump that works great.
The pump runs off 12V car battery. This thing gets hot enough to do dishes. I have mine plumbed to run to a shower and a sink outside our bathroom shack for dishes.
Seems like there are a lot of options for these tankless heaters. Definitely going to buy the heater/pump separate (instead of the coleman option). For the Eco L5, what was the warranty? They won't post it anywhere?

As far as some of the less expensive, they seem to be built for indoors, and I'd like to err on the side of a little more rugged.
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Seems like there are a lot of options for these tankless heaters. Definitely going to buy the heater/pump separate (instead of the coleman option). For the Eco L5, what was the warranty? They won't post it anywhere?

As far as some of the less expensive, they seem to be built for indoors, and I'd like to err on the side of a little more rugged.
I cant remember what the warranty was but I can tell you that their customer service is awesome. I know because I decided to upgrade the igniter after a mouse got in my unit.

I take mine down and store in the house now. In your situation you should just store it inside in a plastic tub when not there. I used quick disconnects on the garden hoses. Setup and take-down is less than a minute.

I bought mine from Bass Pro (online) so that I could return it easily return it should something go wrong.

I've been running the same for 7-8 years with Zero issues other than the mouse.

Best $120 I've spent in a longtime!
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I cant remember what the warranty was but I can tell you that their customer service is awesome. I know because I decided to upgrade the igniter after a mouse got in my unit.

I take mine down and store in the house now. In your situation you should just store it inside in a plastic tub when not there. I used quick disconnects on the garden hoses. Setup and take-down is less than a minute.

I bought mine from Bass Pro (online) so that I could return it easily return it should something go wrong.

I've been running the same for 7-8 years with Zero issues other than the mouse.

Best $120 I've spent in a longtime!


Was already thinking quick connects and hook mounting it and storing inside for critters and freezes. Still working through making the pump portable as well and seperate from the heater...

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I leave my pump in place and wrap the wires in plastic conduit. - no issues so far. You could put it in a box to protect it from the elements.

Those pumps come in 12V and 120V.

If you buy a generator then you could go with the 120V model but this will restrict your use of the shower to times when the Gen is running.... so keep that in mind. I have a solar panel hooked up to a deep cycle 12V running mine as well as my LED lights. - see thread http://discussions.texasbowhunter.co...d.php?t=556259

As for working through this.

Those pumps come with Male thread connectors on each end and they are not threaded 3/4"

I found 2 hard nylon adapters for each side. (White arrows in pic 1)

I also installed (2) three ways behind the pump. (yellow arrows)

The three way on the outside is used to drain the line when it gets cold. I had it freeze solid once.

The three way in the shower house is probably overkill but it does let the line breath when I am draining and allows me to cut off flow to the pump if I spring a leak.

All of my exposed garden hose is covered in plastic drainage line to save it from vermin and sun damage.
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I leave my pump in place and wrap the wires in plastic conduit. - no issues so far. You could put it in a box to protect it from the elements.

Those pumps come in 12V and 120V.

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Good stuff Bob.

One more thing (because I've been doing a lot of looking/reading/etc)

I'd be curious as to what your battery/solar panel setup is. Did you use a marine battery or a special storage battery? Panel and charger would be good.

Being an Electrical Engineer... I can do the math but what I am more interested in knowing what equipment you are using that has lasted over the years.

Right now, I'm looking at wiring/routing:

12V Battery
Solar w/ Charger
12V Leds inside/outside the cabin
12V car adapters inside for electronics.
12V pump
5L heater.


All that stuff adds up quick... so don't want to buy things 2 or 3 times.
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I just set mine up inside the bathroom shack, not outside. I put a vent on it and haven't died...yet. When showering, it isn't really on long enough to ever really get the vent very hot. Since we use a water tank, we keep our water use to a minimum. Get wet, turnoff water, lather up, water back on to rinse and done. It is on let than a minute per shower. There is a window in the bathroom we leave open, so I am not worried about any fumes or Carbon monoxide.

quick disconnects on the hoses makes it easier to move around if need be, as well and a couple of the connections that are hard to thread a hose onto.

DO make sure you unscrew the drain valve before you leave when it may freeze. I had one freeze and crack the brass valve. I replaced it for $30 though.

These Eccotemps are good units, I have seen the cheaper one's but I have 2 of the Eccotemps and had no issues with them other than 1 freezing and that was my fault, you can get them for $120 shipped an not have to worry about them.
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I just set mine up inside the bathroom shack, not outside. I put a vent on it and haven't died...yet. When showering, it isn't really on long enough to ever really get the vent very hot. Since we use a water tank, we keep our water use to a minimum. Get wet, turnoff water, lather up, water back on to rinse and done. It is on let than a minute per shower. There is a window in the bathroom we leave open, so I am not worried about any fumes or Carbon monoxide.

quick disconnects on the hoses makes it easier to move around if need be, as well and a couple of the connections that are hard to thread a hose onto.

DO make sure you unscrew the drain valve before you leave when it may freeze. I had one freeze and crack the brass valve. I replaced it for $30 though.

These Eccotemps are good units, I have seen the cheaper one's but I have 2 of the Eccotemps and had no issues with them other than 1 freezing and that was my fault, you can get them for $120 shipped an not have to worry about them.
Good advise, I leave the propane hose connected to the Ecotemp unit (not the bottle) 24-7 and I leave the shower hose hooked up as well because they are hard to thread. After we shower I drain the unit so nothing sits in the coils.
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Good stuff Bob.

One more thing (because I've been doing a lot of looking/reading/etc)

I'd be curious as to what your battery/solar panel setup is. Did you use a marine battery or a special storage battery? Panel and charger would be good.

Being an Electrical Engineer... I can do the math but what I am more interested in knowing what equipment you are using that has lasted over the years.

Right now, I'm looking at wiring/routing:

12V Battery
Solar w/ Charger
12V Leds inside/outside the cabin
12V car adapters inside for electronics.
12V pump
5L heater.


All that stuff adds up quick... so don't want to buy things 2 or 3 times.
Below is what I have. Disclaimer: My panels might be a little big for your application but they were priced right and bought used off of here.
Bear with me- I bought and installed all this stuff in 2012 and I've forgotten some particulars.

Here are the essentials: for the House.

12V Deep Cycle I can't remember the size but I remember it was $100 new and I paid $65 off craigslist. the batteries are no bigger than a car battery. (I have one Battery in house and one in shower)
Solar Panel/s I have (2) 75 watt panels for the house and (1) 75 watt in the shower.
Charge controller (buy one that can handle your Amp load) you'll need one per panel. (the two panels in the house are run as one)
Inverter - takes DC to AC (try and add up how many watts you think you'll need) I bought an AIMS 1,200 Watt inverter - about $120. Find one that is quiet. I had a cheap 750 watt originally and the overheat fan drove me nuts. It is easier to find 120V items and gives you a lot of flexibility.

Lights- I run Bug lights/Yellow CFLs in the house through the inverter.

In the house I typically run 3 lights inside and 2 on the porch. We charge a multitude of electronics including power tool batteries. (at least 4 items charging a night) and we run a couple of 12" fans above the beds.

I wired the house with old extension cords to cut down on cost of wire.

In the shower I only run 12V DC items (Pump and LED lights) No inverter needed.

Note: the Ecotemp does not require power - the igniter is powered by 2 D batteries. The pump pushes the water through which in turn initiates the igniter. Install a switch between the battery and pump so you dont have to disconnect the battery a million times.

Tip: remember the bigger the panel the more power you will get. I wanted to make sure I could draw enough power even on cloudy days to charge my batteries.

Hopefully I didnt forget anything.
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