When it comes to overlanding, no matter what, you get down and dirty! Okay, okay… get your minds out of the gutter, not that type of dirty. Some of us like to rough it and just stay dirty, some of us may use baby wipes and freshen up before bed, but… me, I like a nice hot shower to rinse off and refresh. After a long day on the trails or even just a few hours of sitting near the campfire eating s’mores or waiting for your delicious cobbler/cinnamon rolls to finish in your dutch oven, nothing feels better than a warm shower. For those men who are just starting out and trying to talk your wife into this incredible hobby, you will receive extra points for having a hot shower available to her. Yeah, there may be tons of different portable shower systems, but this is about the Coleman Hot Water On Demand H2Oasis.
So what exactly is it, how does it work, and why am I discussing it? Well, the Coleman H2Oasis is like a tankless instant water heater in your home. It runs off of propane and gets you really hot water in no time, reaching its max at 125°F! It is very simple to set up by just connecting the two silicon hoses (6ft), dropping the pump in any 5 gallon water can, connecting your 16.4 oz propane tank, igniting it, and dialing in your temperature. It works great when it is charged up. Yes, unfortunately, I said charged up. It has a built-in lithium-ion battery that is charged from your 12V car charger that powers the electric pump. Coleman states it is perfect for washing dishes, making hot beverages, or showering during outdoor adventures. I’m gonna be honest and say its almost perfect, overall a good buy, and is a great addition to anyone’s overlanding setup.
- Straightforward and simple to operate (once you read the instructions)
- You get very hot water, very quickly, which is more convenient than a solar shower bag.
- Lightweight and easy to move around.
- Fairly small and rugged for easy storage.
- You get to take a hot shower or give your pet one while out in the field, camping, or just getting dirty around the house.
- You could use it at home in case of an emergency.
- Uses very little propane, which allows the propane to outlast the battery.
- I get really frustrated when I’m taking a shower and don’t have enough pressure to get conditioner out of my long hair. So one of my requirements when searching for a portable shower, is will it have enough pressure? The pressure is preset and is actually quite strong, meeting my needs nicely.
- It is recommended to charge it a full 6 hours before your first use.
- It only came with a standard 12v male socket for charging, there is an optional wall charger available for purchase separately.
- It isn’t really on demand. There is no way to shut off the water while in use. So you either have to turn the unit off and restart it or do what we do and put the showerhead back in the water to continuously cycle and not waste water, while you scruba dub dub.
- It is not completely self-contained, you have to have 16.4 oz propane handy and a water can, which most of us have that anyway. Purchasing the carrying bag, will at least allow you to have two propane bottles with you.
- You have to recharge the pump after about 4-10 minute showers.
- It has a lot of safety features, which is nice; however, it was slightly frustrating figuring them out on our first camping trip. It might have saved some frustration if we would have read the instruction book it came with.
- H2Oasis itself-$279.99 Amazon Prime shipping
- Carrying bag-$37.74
- Hose Adapter to use a garden hose for unlimited water supply. -$36.32