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    Hi Guys,

    We are going camping over Christmas and I have a 2 month old and a 2 year old.

    I have the silver tarp to throw over the tent but was wondering if an air cooler would help. Read somewhere that adding ice to the water compartment makes a massive difference...

    Any thoughts on this...

    Thanks in advance
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    If only 12v is available your options will be limited.

    With 220v available, your wallet will be the limit.
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    I saw a really cool project a while ago.

    Basically the guy bought a cooler box (this was a large blue one), cut an inlet (attach fan) and output (pipe) hole and filled with ice.

    Then there was a small 12 volt fan attached to the inlet hole, and he had incredible results off a 12v battery.

    Could be a solution with a small cooler box?
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    Don't think an easy solution exists. Allot of energy required to fight the heat. Best route if on 12v is possibly a fan combined with a fine, nearly misted, water spray. Air movement is the cheapest/easiest to achieve.

    A damp sheet that you sleep under with a fan running can help nicely, but needs to be rinsed in a bit of water & bleach daily, or it will be horrible after just one use.
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    Quote Originally Posted by matty2.8tdi View Post
    I saw a really cool project a while ago.

    Basically the guy bought a cooler box (this was a large blue one), cut an inlet (attach fan) and output (pipe) hole and filled with ice.

    Then there was a small 12 volt fan attached to the inlet hole, and he had incredible results off a 12v battery.

    Could be a solution with a small cooler box?
    Something like this:
    https://www.instructables.com/id/Sim...r-Conditioner/
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    I have a little portable aircon and a silver sheet, works perfectly in a tent. I know many frown down on this... but hey, I sleep cool at night8)
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    Quote Originally Posted by matty2.8tdi View Post
    It's not vey effective unless used in a small area where there is no incoming airflow. With the one I build there was less than 1 degree c drop in temp of a 3m x2m room with the door closed, over 3 hours when I tested it at home. During that time the two packets of ice I placed in it melted completely.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BrandonW View Post
    Hi Guys,

    We are going camping over Christmas and I have a 2 month old and a 2 year old.

    I have the silver tarp to throw over the tent but was wondering if an air cooler would help. Read somewhere that adding ice to the water compartment makes a massive difference...

    Any thoughts on this...

    Thanks in advance
    The best solution is to leave the fly sheet of the tent off, obviously have it ready to throw over if it looks like it's going to rain.
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    Apologies, this is definitely only in a scenario where 220V is available. Not looking at 12 V solutions.

    Air Coolers are fairly inexpensive at around R1000 to R1500K.

    Thanks for the feedback so far.

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    With 220v available, your wallet will be the limit.

    1. Fan
    2. Air Cooler
    3. Portable aircon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DC Polokwane View Post
    With 220v available, your wallet will be the limit.

    1. Fan
    2. Air Cooler
    3. Portable aircon.
    4. Fixed aircon attached to Conqueror Courage

    Thanks for the info, not wanting to spend the money on a permanent air con and I don't think they can fit one.

    Has anyone had experience with air coolers? Do they work?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BrandonW View Post
    We are going camping over Christmas and I have a 2 month old and a 2 year old.
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    12v only is not that bad if it just comes to increasing air flow through the tent

    Buy some PC cooling fans
    Like this


    Then just make a little connector that can fit onto the tents's top air vent to push the hot air out of the tent
    You will obviously need to just set up a connector to go to the fan

    https://allpinouts.org/pinouts/conne...fan-connector/

    You can connect just 2 of the 3 the only thing is that your fan will then generally just run full speed

    This does not cool but will remove some of the hot air sitting at the top of the tent
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    Default Re: Cooling your tent

    Tentco in spartan sells some 12volt fans, and same smaller 220v ones as well



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    Quote Originally Posted by BrandonW View Post
    Thanks for the info, not wanting to spend the money on a permanent air con and I don't think they can fit one.

    Has anyone had experience with air coolers? Do they work?
    They do work very well. I have 2 Symphony coolers - one with 50l and another with 22l capacity. You get them as small as 8l which will fit on a desk. It works by evaporative cooling.

    Pros:
    * clean, cool, filtered air, much better than an aircon
    * can be used outdoors, like patio or under your awning
    * Uses very little electricity
    * Uses little water
    * keeps mosquitoes away

    Cons:
    * Much noisier than an aircon. Test this before you buy. You get used to the hum, but not everyone does.
    * The area must be properly ventilated, in a room we leave the windows open. If you do not, the area becomes unbearably humid and cooling stops
    * They do not work well in humid conditions
    * If it runs out of water, you have a noisy fan
    * Ours' have iffy build quality, but both are still working after 7 years

    Kloppers stock them.

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    We camped at Kalizo near Katima Mulilo during December 2016 with our 18 month old son. Never again.

    Used a portable 220v aircon. The problem was not during the night, but during the day when the little man wanted to sleep. We had to close all doors and windows of the tent so that the cold air could not escape. Rather noisy and energy consuming.

    To answer your question, try and get a chalet. If you really want to camp, look into investing in a portable aircon. This can always be used around the house in future. Depending on where you camp, fans and air coolers are a waste of money during December.

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    If water is available then spray the outside of the tent with it---Temp inside my tent was 34degC and after the water was sprayed on the temp dropped to 23degC (This was in Mozambique in December) Some tents do have a double roof--never take the top roof off--test heats up in an instant.
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