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HOTTAP Essentials Kit

4.197183098591549 out of 5 stars
71 Reviews



Why We Like The Joolca HOTTAP Essentials Kit

There's a comfort in knowing that we can wander far and wide, and as long as we've got water nearby and propane in the trunk, we can enjoy a hot shower with the Joolca HOTTAP Essentials Kit. The portable water heater quickly heats up water to exactly the temperature we want it to be, and the simple one-touch operation on the shower head means that we can wash off the dirt and dust of the day as soon as we pull into camp.


  • Lightweight water heater to enjoy hot showers far from home
  • 37,500 BTU burner heats up cold water in the blink of an eye
  • 15-hour run time on a single propane tank allows for long trips
  • 1.6 GPM flow provides plenty of water to cut through layers of dirt
  • Lightweight and compact base unit is easy to transport
  • Simple set up allows us to get hot water flowing whenever we want it
  • Full temperature control and one-touch operation for ease of use
  • Item #JCA000H
[pump] 17.7 x 11.4 x 6.7in, [pump with feet] 23.2 x 18.5 x 11.8
Claimed Weight
9lb 8oz
camp, travel

Overall Rating

4 based on 71 ratings

Review Summary

1 Stars - 7 reviews
2 Stars - 3 reviews
3 Stars - 6 reviews
4 Stars - 8 reviews
5 Stars - 47 reviews

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2 out of 5 stars

May 17, 2024


Good 👍� Nice unit. I needed some help setting up but got that easy. Have not used it much yet but it’s worked fine all setup. 🙏�👍�👍�


Originally reviewed on Joolca

2 out of 5 stars

May 17, 2024

Does exactly what it’s supposed to do, but had some minor issues.

The HOTTAP gets the job done, but using it on the legs can be awkward and difficult. The legs are made of deformable plastic and thin spots in the design can bend under pressure (don’t use the unit as a prop to help you stand up after kneeling to attach hoses). The hose adaptor included in the kit lacked an “O” ring, causing it to leak badly. The legs were not long enough to allow easy attachment of a garden hose to the bottom of the unit as the hose did not bend easily to that sharp an angle.


Originally reviewed on Joolca

5 out of 5 stars

April 27, 2024

Hot water is such blessing when you live a little rougher than most people

I like the plug and play aspect of unit just add water and propane and it’s good to go


Originally reviewed on Joolca

5 out of 5 stars

November 25, 2023

My shower

I think its a great thing to have with you out camping away from home. Its easy to set up and take down. I especially love the pump to use water from streams or any body of water around you.

Christovel M.

Originally reviewed on Joolca

5 out of 5 stars

October 11, 2023

DIY Overland Trailer Build

Great product and easy to set up. Works perfect with my build and will be a great addition to my remote travels.

Scott J.

Originally reviewed on Joolca

1 out of 5 stars

October 7, 2023

Did not work when I needed it.

I have no idea, I bought the unit expecting to have everything for my hunting trip in the Wyoming mountains. It does not come with a pump, who would buy a portable water heater to use at home were you can connect it to a hose. Yes, I should have looked closer. But, again, why would you sell a device that does not work without buying the pump separately. My entire group was very disappointed. I will be returning unit. It was never used.

Edwin T.

Originally reviewed on Joolca

4 out of 5 stars

September 14, 2023

Outdoor Shower

The Hottap is super portable. Lightweight. Easy to set up. Lots of hot water. Better pressure would make it awesome. I wish it had come with the cover and/or the bracket included in the kit. Also wish the cover unzipped so the cover front could be flipped up. It would be convenient to be able to zip it just enough to protect it but leave hoses attached at the bottom. Highly recommend!

Susan D.

Originally reviewed on Joolca

1 out of 5 stars

September 1, 2023

Hot water, but poor quality

The bolt that you tighten by hand that's supposed to hold the support legs in place snapped in two the first time I used it. Still no word on receiving a replacement.

Philip K.

Originally reviewed on Joolca

5 out of 5 stars

August 3, 2023

Dog Shower

I purchased this product so I could have an outdoor shower for my dog. Having the water warm and being able to adjust the spray was perfect. I can honestly say this product lived up to all my expectations and beyond. I ordered the sturdier base and it arrived today. Very happy with the quality and speed with which it was sent.

Elizabeth C.

Originally reviewed on Joolca

5 out of 5 stars

July 27, 2023

Best thing since sliced bread!

Had a different maker's instant got water heater. This one blows out it straight out of the water! Easy and simple set-up. Great temp and good pressure. Highly recommend!

Trevor C.

Originally reviewed on Joolca