Recently at Camping Shower World we were thinking about what we could add to the store to complement our existing line of products when I stumbled upon a very interesting story of a guy named Richard Fairbanks who lives in a trailer at 7500 feet in the mountains of Utah. He’s living there in order to test the infrastructure of an experimental structure called the Lotus Dome (http://www.lotusdome.com/). Since the trailer has no showers he decided to install an Eccotemp L5 water heater for showers and for all his other hot water needs. The Eccotemp L5 normally works by connecting it to a pressurized water source such as a garden faucet, which provides the pressure needed to operate the water heater. Obviously lacking the garden faucet installation, Richard connected his Eccotemp to a 12V water pump, which is normally used in RVs to siphon off the water from the RV’s tank to a faucet, shower or toilet.
With such a water pump all that’s left to figure out is the water source. It can be water siphoned off from a jug, a tank, a lake, a river or anything else you can think of, which greatly enhances the flexibility of the Eccotemp L5 because it’s no longer dependent on a garden faucet hookup. In his case, Richard uses water from a 218-gallon aluminum tank located on the roof of the trailer with a drain that feeds down directly into the L5 inside the trailer. I’m aware that water pumps have been used with the Eccotemp before but I thought this particular story was a good one to not only show that you can use the Eccotemp L5 without a garden faucet but also to show how useful the Eccotemp can be in such remote and extreme locations.
At the moment, we’re thinking about adding one or two water pump models available for purchase with the Eccotemp L5 water heater so check back shortly at Campingshowerworld.com for availability. Equipped with a water pump your Eccotemp water heater becomes more mobile at last.