hot water solar heater -Solar hot water heater (Stealth Van)

October 23, 2014 – 6:24 am

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  1. 50 Responses to “hot water solar heater -Solar hot water heater (Stealth Van)”

  2. TOO COOL!!

    By imasurvivornthriver on Oct 23, 2014

  3. How many gallons does not hold

    By Kc Carr on Oct 23, 2014

  4. Awesome man! I’ll probably end up making one. One of the most creative van
    videos I’ve seen on YT so far.

    By AutomotiveVlog on Oct 23, 2014

  5. You should add a bike valve to it. Just drill a hole on the end of your PVC
    cap. Cut a 1/2 in ring around the valve of an old bike tube, then inert it
    into the hole you made in the PVC from the inside. Use caulking or rubber
    cement to secure it. Then as you add pressure to the pipe, using a bike
    pump it will tighten the seal. Now you can add high pressure to your hot

    By CGB Brennan on Oct 23, 2014

  6. thats fucking great.. i just need to find a way to mount the thing since i
    have no roof racks on the sprinter van.. havent seen any either.. anyway
    ill figure it out. does the water get stinky or do you put a cup of bleach
    in there like they do in rv tanks?

    By Peter Meixl on Oct 23, 2014

  7. Dan
    You have so many great idea’s. I hope you don’t mind if I use some of
    them.Your van is outstanding from the simple seating to the Solar
    Shower.You look like every other contractor I have ever seen.Parked outside
    a Home Depot or Wally World nobody could be any the wiser.Thank you again
    and please keep the video’s coming.Genius!!!

    By Steven Bell on Oct 23, 2014

  8. Fucking Genious :-) 

    By FatherJ13 on Oct 23, 2014

  9. really cool, but I guess one side needs to be slightly on a incline so the
    water comes out a bit more?

    By Livingmylife on Oct 23, 2014

  10. you are one creative son of a *%&%&. really. that’s awesome brother. you
    could teach the nomadic fanatic a few tricks. his shower videos involve
    paying $5 at a campground! very creative!!!!!!!!!!!

    By N5XTC Ham Shack on Oct 23, 2014

  11. How much water does it hold is it the same or more than the 5 gallon shower
    bags you hang out side and the pressure add on is a great idea……….

    By Michael H on Oct 23, 2014

  12. That is titties!!

    By sommerboy6 on Oct 23, 2014

  13. i built one of those but on the cap i put a air valve and put about 10lbs
    of air in it , woo hoo pressurized water heater !!

    By furchaser on Oct 23, 2014

  14. Great video Dan. You´re van is looking awesome. Is this shower pressurized?

    By Office Camper on Oct 23, 2014

  15. VERY NICE PROJECT !!!! really looking forward to your build videos – this
    shows you have lots of good ideas. Did I see what looks like “security”

    By Wander Dano on Oct 23, 2014

  16. thats a good idea, like that bro. take care

    By rich unggoy on Oct 23, 2014

  17. nicely done! very stealthy

    By dan the van man on Oct 23, 2014

  18. A man could add more pipes as well and connect them together. Could make
    another for potable drinking water or just extra water that could be used
    for drinking or refilling your shower. 

    By Arizona Nomad on Oct 23, 2014

  19. That is cool!!! Added to my favorites. Are you going to put more solar on


    By tinabeane on Oct 23, 2014

  20. Sail boat them would be cool everything stowed away. I have a friend with a
    old van that’s set up for camping surf shack theme inside but stealth
    outside. He too went to the Keys that inspired his van.

    By afrohman1 on Oct 23, 2014

  21. Great idea! Very nice solar hot water heater. Practical and stealthy! I
    like the option for using is as storage too. Take care..

    By BugOutVehicles on Oct 23, 2014

  22. Awesome!

    By Living Free on Oct 23, 2014

  23. Great idea.
    Thanks for sharing. 

    By Me&myRv on Oct 23, 2014

  24. does it come with a shower curtain

    By Iseekoutthetruth on Oct 23, 2014

  25. With a ten foot / four inch pipe – how many gallons does it hold?

    By Joel Burgess on Oct 23, 2014

  26. The pipe has to be black to absorb the heat. White PVC wont get as hot.

    By southernmedicine1987 on Oct 23, 2014

  27. “a HOT water HEATER”………….it’s already HOT, why heat it.

    By Hugh Jaanus on Oct 23, 2014

  28. A normal water heater thermostat will turn on ABOVE the setpoint about +5F
    to +10F and off below the setpoint about the same, so you really do go to
    130F quite often (several times a day, killing everything) if you have it
    set to 125F and most manufactures have it set to 120F – SO HOW ABOUT THAT?
    You don’t hear about water heater bacteria problems much, it’s mostly
    outside things like big industrial water cooled air conditioning units so
    please do your research before freaking out.

    By nrodge1 on Oct 23, 2014

  29. how much are the solar hybrid hot water controllers? i found them for about
    300. is there any cheaper?

    By naturalbornhazer on Oct 23, 2014

  30. Where can this be purchased the link to eBay has expired

    By Robert Pope on Oct 23, 2014

  31. Wouldn’t it make sense to use this with wind, since it would be heating the
    water at night? Then it would be ready in the morning (when most people
    want hot water).

    By Thom Westergren on Oct 23, 2014

  32. fair point! Are you getting the water up to 65c/150F? This is to kill off
    and prevent legionnaires growth

    By gazzat5 on Oct 23, 2014

  33. Actually if you wrote the article in the last couple weeks, I am behind and
    have not read it. Hope to catch up soon. Sorry. I did watch the full video,
    I think you sent it.

    By The Do It Yourself World on Oct 23, 2014

  34. I doubt it, but maybe you have tons of hours to waste. I have already done
    the shopping. In my article in your forum, I even give a link to a recent
    purchase, best price I could find. I get the feeling you’ve skimmed that
    article and not taken time to digest it. I’m doing my second setup now in a
    63 Airstream. The product above is weird and not explained at all. Possible
    to get 12v direct heating elements out of Europe, but not sure of threads
    and not complete kits with thermostat.

    By RadicalRC on Oct 23, 2014

  35. Thanks!

    By nrodge1 on Oct 23, 2014

  36. Bugger my hot water heater is located outside. Maybe I could find some
    water proof box. Or maybe just use an inverter and wire the water heater
    straight into the inverter.

    By 108Marycelestial on Oct 23, 2014

  37. Good job! Looks really good!

    By helloman1976 on Oct 24, 2014

  38. Seriously, why would you use electricity from solar to heat water?! Build a
    solar water heater with black pipe, and save the electricity for your
    batteries, fans or whatever

    By gazzat5 on Oct 24, 2014

  39. Genius idea! I didn’t know you could do that and that is a really nice way
    to do it. I guess that the 220 element dont care what kind of voltage it
    uses or if its AC or DC current. I really want to try this. Lowes in my
    area has one of those 30 gallon for 236. dollars.

    By shartne on Oct 24, 2014

  40. I would be more worried about legionnaire disease if not over 140F as you
    can die from it.

    By DAFTEK on Oct 24, 2014

  41. 300 watts continuously is a lot unless you have kw of solar pv. What if you
    want to run fans/cooling? What if you drain the batteries overnight?

    By gazzat5 on Oct 24, 2014

  42. Can you explain something? Is your controller stepping up the voltage? Or,
    are you telling us the higher wattage element is 300 watts when driven at
    your lower DC voltage? Your controller, is it somehow deciding only to warm
    the tank after your battery bank is full? Or, is your controller reading a
    temperature and controlling DC power to the heating element?

    By RadicalRC on Oct 24, 2014

  43. It’s like a light bulb on a dimmer, if you turn it down to where it only
    uses 300W, the light bulb will still dissipate the 300W (in heat and
    light). The water heater element is a simple resistor, you push 300W into
    it and 300W goes directly into the water. The voltage in this case is
    around 65V to 70V from the “48V” panels and also pulses at high frequency
    so it’s more like AC. There are no batteries involved, uses the stock
    thermostat. See the FAQ at the page for a lot more info.

    By nrodge1 on Oct 24, 2014

  44. Thanks! For me it was a lot easier than trying to run a bunch of pipes off
    the roof.

    By nrodge1 on Oct 24, 2014

  45. Thanks! It might be a clean way of doing this for a RV with just one 24V
    panel on the roof and a 12V element for a small tank, I have tested that
    and it works perfectly. You would still be totally mobile and it would work
    in the cold winter too! PV panels like the cold. No worries about leaks or
    freezing either. And you could put a switch on it for when you don’t need
    hot water as much as electric for other things so it could be dual purpose.

    By nrodge1 on Oct 24, 2014

  46. Yeah, but I wonder if I can get the stuff cheaper anywhere else. Or make my
    own somehow.

    By The Do It Yourself World on Oct 24, 2014

  47. yea well thats the whole point

    By Orlando Sanchez on Oct 24, 2014

  48. How many pannels are need for this

    By Jason Emery on Oct 24, 2014

  49. Could you pdf the manual to me? Godspeed, RS

    By ElRazTheGreat1 on Oct 24, 2014

  50. True, it is a lot for my little 600 watt system. But to heat up water
    during the day, when the batteries are topped off, would be awesome.

    By The Do It Yourself World on Oct 24, 2014

  51. Wow, now I am impressed. So you are saying that with only 300 watts you are
    powering this hot water heater tank? If true, this makes me rethink my
    whole plan about heating water for my RV.

    By The Do It Yourself World on Oct 24, 2014

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