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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Huge Sucess Alright guys listen up. I bought this primarily for my wife. Little did I know how much I would enjoy having this shelter/shower tent. Set up was a breeze and the construction is heavy duty. I also bought a PETT toilet which is an AWESOME addition to the tent. The convenience of having a place to go right by the tent at night is worth every penny. We had a lot of people in our campground inquire about it. After a long Labor Day weekend at the lake, being able to come back to camp, and take shower and change sure makes you feel a lot better. This will make our camping trips a lot more enjoyable!
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well Built and Functional This is a functional & well-built tent. It appears to be sturdier than many of the shower tents I researched online. The poles are steel. The pockets are very useful. The side pocket easily holds soap & wash cloth. The 2 pockets on the ceiling hold my clothes & towel while showering. It is easy to setup and take down. The side window is nice. More windows would be nicer, but some other tents in this price range have no windows. It is easy to hang a solar-heated shower bag to the hook inside. My only concern is whether this (or any shower tent) will hold the weight of a full 5-gallon bag (> 40 lbs). So far I have used it successfully with about 2.5 gallons (plenty for a shower). Kelty customer service was unable to confirm specs on how much weight the frame/hook can hold. Bottom line: I am pleased with this purchase and recommend it.
Date published: 2016-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great privacy shelter for toilet This was easy to set up and worked great as a privacy shelter for a women's toilet. Women loved having a private toilet during a bike tour. It was a little windy a couple of days so I use my car as a wind break to keep it from tipping over since the ground has so hard with many rocks that I couldn't stake it down. Make sure when you set it up that the pole bracket has the 4 poles pointed directly at the corners. It will keep the bottom square and easier to clip to the poles.
Date published: 2016-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just what I was looking for! I'd been searching over a year for a nice looking good quality privacy shelter to take camping. Finally came across this one on REI's web site and knew immediately this was the one. When it arrived it was even better than I expected. Great color and excellent design and quality. At first I was a bit surprised by the weight of the poles. They are much heavier than your average tent pole, but they need to be strong if they're going to support the weight of a camp shower. I hung a 5 gallon shower bag with about 3 gallons of water and it was no problem. I would have had a tough time lifting any more water up high to hang it, but I don't have any reason to think the shelter wouldn't have supported a full bag. So far I've taken it on 2 trips for a total of 7 nights and it has fared well in both heavy rain and wind. The floor, which detaches on one side and can be rolled away, is a great feature. It also has some small pockets inside for your soap and shampoo and a small clothes line outside for hanging towels. No trouble setting it up by myself. It's tall, so you may want to do most of the setup with the shelter lying down and then tip it upright when you're ready to stake it down. Really happy with this shelter and was so glad to be able to purchase it through REI.
Date published: 2016-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The little luxuries... I have owned several shower tents. So far, this one seems the most well made. You get what you pay for! I use a solar shower to heat my water, then dump it into a 5 gallon bucket with a small hole in the lid. I run the hose for an electric shower pump through the hole. Nothing beats a hot shower at the end of the day! I also like the easy to remove floor. It makes dumping excess water so much easier.
Date published: 2017-06-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Terrible Setup ... not for one person We bought this for our latest camping trip...this thing is a pain to assemble for one person. Two people, it is a breeze. the fabric is a too taut when full deployed and the bag is too small when attempting to stuff it all back in. the bag needs to be about 1-2" bigger in diameter and it would be fine... once assembled it it a good size and ok function. there needs to be additional windows at the top to facilitate more cross ventilation instead of just the one window. The poles are too heavy...they should be aluminum, not steel as it only needs to support a few gallons of water. It is time for REI to start stocking other brands that have more innovative designs... This seems to be a trend lately with Kelty gear. The stuff sacks are a bit too small and the poles a little too heavy.
Date published: 2017-05-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great Idea, Average Execution Bought this a few camping trips ago and want to love it, but the hardware manufacturing/fit is not up to snuff. Like another user, one (or more) of the poles had a bend that was significantly different from the rest and made installation and set up out of sorts. The tent body was severely strained in places and I feared a seam would tear or the zipper would fail. Took it back to REI for full refund. Still mulling over buying a replacement, as I think the idea is great and it was well thought out from a functional perspective. Maybe I just got a lemon.
Date published: 2017-06-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Sturdy and messy set .. Except .... All around satisfied minus , taking a shower on my knees , unless your 4ft the shower bag hangs too low , sack in the face , great changing room though
Date published: 2016-08-11
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Questions & Answers

Will shower support 5 gallon bag?

Asked by: SueBB
Yes, Kelty has stated that the Blockhouse will support up to a 5 gallon shower bag.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-07-26

What is the size unassembled?

Asked by: Jonnie Heelers
The Blockhouse Privacy Shelter packed size is 27 x 9 x 5 inches.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-01-27

Where can I find the "steel hook" for a shower bag.

Asked by: mahgeetah
It's under the black plastic flying saucer that holds the poles. To make it a little more convenient, put a regular carabiner into the two clips provided. 
Answered by: Desert Doug
Date published: 2017-05-24

Does it have a front "door"

Asked by: Kelty Blockhouse Privac
​The shelter has a zippered front door.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-07-26

I have an outdoor shower on my travel trailer.   Would this work for something like that?   It would be great to avoid filling and having to empty tanks all the time

Asked by: Skydiveforlife
This privacy shelter could be used with the outdoor shower on your travel trailer.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-08-31

What are the folded dimensions of this shower stall?

Asked by: jinscore
The Blockhouse Privacy Shelter packed dimensions are 28 x 8 x 8 inches.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-09

Is the floor removable?

Asked by: SarahSaunders
The floor rolls-away and secures for shower use, but is not removable.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-24

I'm interested in using this as a rain shelter for my camera/tripod . Is the material waterproof? Thanks.

Asked by: Mark
The material has a water-resistant coating but only the floor is seam-sealed.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-03-03
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