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Old 06-21-2016, 06:30 PM   #1
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Keeping Cool

We are camping this week without hookups. Temps on Monday were over 105°. Didn't cool enough at night to be comfortable. I have a few battery operated fans but to run them all night every night will get expensive with batteries. Wondering what you all do in this situation. There has to be a better way.

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Old 06-21-2016, 06:42 PM   #2
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Try a redneck AC. Also known as a swamp cooler. Basically an old ice chest modified with a fan to blow out cold air. Downside is you need lots of ice
https://youtu.be/ITtlxjvLQis


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Old 06-21-2016, 06:54 PM   #3
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If you're dry camping, you probably want to invest in either a generator or a small solar setup. Depending on how you like to camp, you could use a small generator to charge your batteries, or one with at least 2400 watts to run your air conditioner. If you like to camp "silent", then you could invest in a few solar panels to charge your batteries (yes...batteries) and hook them up to an inverter to power a few 110v fans at night.

Personally, I like to be comfortable when I take the trailer out, so we would run the AC. That means a generator. Of course, we're in South Texas where the temps get crazy during the Summer with a good bit of humidity. If you're up North a ways, then you may just arrange your camping season around the weather and avoid the 1 or 2 days it gets hot enough to run the AC.
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Yes, we have a generator but at night you're not allowed to run them in most campgrounds. I'm looking for a way to just have regular fans or even a portable heater for that matter running at night while sleeping.

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Fantastic Fans.. Mount them in all your roof vents.. they will suck the hot air out the roof and you let cool air in via the windows.. (nighttime)
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We only have one roof vent. It's in the bathroom and has a fan already. Besides that technique my real question is how can I power smaller appliances without shore power? I've seen one friend wire 12 Volt fans from his light's wires. Is that the only option?

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We only have one roof vent. It's in the bathroom and has a fan already. Besides that technique my real question is how can I power smaller appliances without shore power? I've seen one friend wire 12 Volt fans from his light's wires. Is that the only option?

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No, you can use an inverter to get 110v power to your regular power outlets, allowing you to run regular 110v fans. Of course, you'll drain a single battery pretty quickly using this method which is why I suggested using multiple batteries.

For portable heat, your best bet is a portable propane catalytic heater. Anything electrical will use way to much electricity to use an inverter and last the night. Or...you could use your propane furnace with a few batteries hooked up to a solar panel.
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There are small fans that you can plug into a USB port Work well and are draw small power.

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12 volt fan.

Good product, a bit pricey, but your comfort is worth it.

https://www.amazon.com/Fan-Tastic-01...ct_top?ie=UTF8
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Adding 12 VDC outlets is very easy.. I have put them all over my RV. Some wired right to the battery for higher draw appliances (like a 12 V electric blanket) and some just wired to the light wiring for cell phone charging and fans
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