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post #1 of 37 Old 07-02-2011, 08:13 PM Thread Starter
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We have build a heat exchanger for your Jeep or any thing with heater hoses.
So you can have a HOT Shower when you out four wheeling all you will need is water.
All we have now is the heat exchanger, we might build a kit. Looking for feed back.
We have been testing it for many years and it works great, a must have.
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Nice idea, but even more useful would be a pressurized water system. Being able to take a warm shower after a trail ride is a luxury. Being able to clear out a radiator clogged with mud is more valuable.

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I dig the idea for sure, it needs to be relitively easy to run though. With two kids, camping gets messy as hell, real quick

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Pretty awesome idea for us wheeler/campers. I would definately like to see a full kit as well as some more information on this.

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I agree with most of the above statements.

I guess I'm looking for more info though. Primarily, what is used to pump the water? Also, are there quick connect hoses or anything to hook the supply lines to?

On the other hand, the numerous propane heated versions are nice and don't require my engine to be warm and running to use so what advantage is there with this over those?

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We use all of the parts that are in a Motor Home, like the pump and the hoses. It does not take up any cargo space and it has an endless amount of hot water. If you have a water source or we use a 5 gal. bucket for a source.
We use quick disconnects from a garden hose and put the rest of the hose with the spare tire.
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Saw this when I was at jss..so boss!


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Nice idea, but even more useful would be a pressurized water system. Being able to take a warm shower after a trail ride is a luxury. Being able to clear out a radiator clogged with mud is more valuable.
I wonder if there's a way to tie into say an ARB compressor thus creating water pressure just a thought..also the smittybuilt trail shade setup could made into a quick open shower setup..or a cabela"s out door shower just afix the hose over it..done also 5 or 10 gal water in Jerry cans would work awsome too!


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I have seen a similar setup that sells as a kit. Can't remember the name,offered a couple of size/power options. Was a little pricey. I have it bookmarked somewhere.....?
Looked nice. I have seen home made units where a guy wraps a copper tube around his header pipe,add a 12v pump,filter and quick disconnect shower head. No real temperature control that way though.....

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The heat exchanger is going for $250.00 and we are working on the JK kit. A universal kit will come after the JK kit.
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The heat exchanger is going for $250.00 and we are working on the JK kit. A universal kit will come after the JK kit.
Just a suggestion, you need a hand or other object in the picture for size reference. It looks like a 6" long 3/4" copper pipe with 1/4" tubing coming out the ends.

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Here are some pics for the heat exchanger in the Jeep.
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my buddy has one of these on his CJ (well not this specific one but a similar one).

he uses a large "water bag" (for lack of a better term) placed on top of his roll cage (it's a very tall CJ on 40's) and just the weight of the water seems to be enough to get a half decent shower.

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I would love to see a full kit. I would jump on that in a heartbeat.

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I would buy one! That would actually get me to camp more.

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I've got one on my TJ. Having a shower on the trail increases the chances of trail nookie. Being able to pump out all the hot water you want means you can trade showers for beer.

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Very cool would def. Purchase a full kit

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I've got one on my TJ. Having a shower on the trail increases the chances of trail nookie. Being able to pump out all the hot water you want means you can trade showers for beer.
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Im a plumber with an air conditioning background so to me that looks like some 2" ABS pipe with 2 copper lines with caps on the end of it. Maybe the outside is some kind of metal pipe but $250 to me sounds a bit steep. What is the technology that we are paying for? I can make that for $10 with common plumbing suppies.

I would be happy to teach anyone if they would like to know. Now a full service kit would be worth some cash. I hate to rain on your parade but that is harder than it seems. Yes you could probably easily figure out a way to pressurize the water with any compressor, including the ARB. But the real issue if you wanted to market this product would be some kind of thermostat. If you sold this to the public and something happened where their engine was having an overheating condition ( such as hard wheeling may easily cause) The first lawsuit would put you out of business and take all your profits.

But it is a good idea!
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Im a plumber with an air conditioning background so to me that looks like some 2" ABS pipe with 2 copper lines with caps on the end of it. Maybe the outside is some kind of metal pipe but $250 to me sounds a bit steep. What is the technology that we are paying for? I can make that for $10 with common plumbing suppies.

I would be happy to teach anyone if they would like to know. Now a full service kit would be worth some cash. I hate to rain on your parade but that is harder than it seems. Yes you could probably easily figure out a way to pressurize the water with any compressor, including the ARB. But the real issue if you wanted to market this product would be some kind of thermostat. If you sold this to the public and something happened where their engine was having an overheating condition ( such as hard wheeling may easily cause) The first lawsuit would put you out of business and take all your profits.

But it is a good idea!
OK the heat exchanger is all Copper and it works like a on demand water heater. It is very easy it works like a motor home would work, with a water pump (No air pump).
Trust me it looks easy but getting the right a mount of copper pipe inside so we get the right temp was a challenge.
The heat exchanger will not have any effect on over heating a engine, it does not work like that.
You must be the cheapest plumper i have ever meant, hey if you can build this for $10 you are hired, welcome to the team.
Because the copper pipe and silver solider plus the time to put this all together here locally not over seas, is costly.
Plus it works i guarantee it, we tested it for 10 years with no problems.
But of course you could build one any one can i just did for you.
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i'm going to have to bring my rig over there some time to meet you guys, and check out all your stuff.....and probably empty my wallet. have heard nothing but good stuff about you guys

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^ he's probably gonna want to take a shower in your parking lot too..just look at it as free product advertising lmao


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ok guys when is this kit going to be ready?

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