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by kstlfido
Mon Jul 08, 2013 1:18 pm
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4067
Views: 823770

Re: cooling your tent or van

No issues at all. You can always check if you're worried; I never did.

These were designed to be in bilges of boats, which I bet can get pretty yucky. Switch components are sealed.
by kstlfido
Mon Jul 08, 2013 12:55 pm
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4067
Views: 823770

Re: cooling your tent or van

@ kstlfido The pad is 2 inches over each vent not sure much if any air is creeping past but not a bad idea to be extra safe. Also yes I will be installing door weatherseal foam around the CB fan and the lid. BAK3R- cool. I would recommend using silicone around the fan, just to make a good air-tight...
by kstlfido
Mon Jul 08, 2013 12:50 pm
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4067
Views: 823770

Re: cooling your tent or van

is there some kinda 12v timer , I would like the cooler to shut off after 4 hrs so the water doesnt run dry and mess up the pump. Thought of using some kinda floating thingy that as it got lower would pull out the connection and stop the pump. The mechanical "sun-lamp" timers for bathroom...
by kstlfido
Sun Jul 07, 2013 4:15 pm
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4067
Views: 823770

Re: Yurt square footage

Side topic, I know, but what size yurt is it that you determined to be 885 cu ft? I'm making the 6' high version (extra 2' sections on the bottom) and haven't gotten around to figuring out the internal area yet. *shudders at the thought of dusting off those rusty math skills* Mine is the "regu...
by kstlfido
Sun Jul 07, 2013 3:37 pm
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4067
Views: 823770

Re: cooling your tent or van

Hi figjam et all- My camp is hopefully going to make some more bucket coolers for some new yurts this year. I came across this below, for 200+ cfm fans- http://www.frozencpu.com/cat/l3/g36/c435/s1109/list/p1/Fans-12_Volt_Fans_by_CFM-200_CFM_Fans-Page1.html Obviously, the bucket cooler is limited in ...
by kstlfido
Sun Jul 07, 2013 3:25 pm
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4067
Views: 823770

Re: cooling your tent or van

Here is El Swampy Grande Looking robust! That's a lot of black plastic. Might benefit from giving the black plastic a coat of aluminum paint for a radiant barrier. Someone on eplaya posted a fairly common spray-can that used actual aluminum as a pigment. BAK3R-Cool! I'm glad someone tried the garba...
by kstlfido
Thu Mar 14, 2013 9:58 pm
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4067
Views: 823770

Re: cooling your tent or van

BBadger wrote:kstlfido: Go into your account profile settings and enable BBCode under Board Preferences -> Edit Posting Defaults so that your quotes work.


Done, thx for the heads up!
by kstlfido
Thu Mar 14, 2013 9:40 pm
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4067
Views: 823770

Re: cooling your tent or van

[quote="Earthwalker"] this is ok for a MH, right? A lot of people are talking about ducting the cool air into their tent or van. I don't plan on doing that. I plan on putting it in the middle of my MH and just have it blow towards the general seating area. Is that cool? (pun intended hardy...
by kstlfido
Sun Sep 09, 2012 5:18 pm
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4067
Views: 823770

Re: cooling your tent or van

Finally home! CoolerCon was great! Thanks all that showed up in our Pimp Your Bike area to exchange cooler ideas. A big thanks to sjs for putting it together! And a HUGE thanks to figjam for spreading the word and getting us all into swamp coolers! Report- My box cooler worked like a dream, more tha...
by kstlfido
Tue Aug 21, 2012 10:47 pm
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4067
Views: 823770

Re: cooling your tent or van

The voltage goes up, but the current would stay the same. So you would have 12v but still only 17Ah. You would have to have around 7 banks in parallel of 8 series strung D-cells to get up over 115Ah, 12v. If you have a cheap line on D cells, why not? But not as easily rechargeable (or recyclable) as...
by kstlfido
Mon Aug 20, 2012 9:01 pm
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4067
Views: 823770

Re: cooling your tent or van

Thanks for posting Figjam, I was just about to! bl00zt00n- your good to go with 30"!! We had a mini cooler work party Sunday. Made two- wish we could have made more. Next year! And for the box cooler, I second an interior switch for the pump. If you got time, add a float switch and Led for an o...
by kstlfido
Fri Aug 17, 2012 2:45 am
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4067
Views: 823770

Re: cooling your tent or van

Hi Figjam- I did a little measuring tonight... Previously I had cut a 33.5 x 13" piece of duracool pad; flat on a table. When joined into a tube it's diameter was too large for the bucket. So I measured my tube with a piece of wire. Circumference was 37", 3.5" too much. I assume this ...
by kstlfido
Wed Aug 15, 2012 11:31 am
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4067
Views: 823770

Re: cooling your tent or van

FIGJAM wrote:I'm suprised the messurement was'nt the same, but you get the idea.

You can also staple the seam on the outside pad.

Just pull up a bit on the inside pad. 8)


I siliconed the edges together, worked fine. Do you have the correct outside pad measurement?
by kstlfido
Wed Aug 15, 2012 1:19 am
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4067
Views: 823770

Re: cooling your tent or van

Hi Figjam- Our camp's going to make a few bucket coolers. I cut the pad dimensions as indicated below- Cut the first pad 33 1/2x13 inches. Roll this pad into a tube and silicone or hand stitch the seam. This will give you a tube 13 inches tall. Cut a second piece of pad 24x13 inches and roll into a ...
by kstlfido
Mon Aug 13, 2012 8:03 pm
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4067
Views: 823770

Re: cooling your tent or van

Box cooler working! :) To hold the dura-cool pads, I used some vinyl-covered garden fencing. Little loops of bailing wire from fencing to grills to hold it all in place. Keeps it nice and tidy. Looking down into the cooler, you can see the tiny pump and float switch. The little pump seems to provide...
by kstlfido
Sat Aug 11, 2012 9:50 pm
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4067
Views: 823770

Re: cooling your tent or van

The Dilithium crystal chamber has 3 coats of sta-kool elastomeric 780 siliconized roof coating.

Once the crystals are installed, the startup procedure will bake-in the coatings. :)
by kstlfido
Sat Aug 11, 2012 5:58 pm
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4067
Views: 823770

Re: cooling your tent or van

I got a few pics of work in progress.. All parts acquired, most assembled. 3/4" ply box- Box was sized to a polypropelyne tub I found that will sit in the bottom. All glued, screwed and painted w/ elastomeric coating. Can says I have to wait 24 hours after coat but it's dry already. I WANNA get...
by kstlfido
Thu Aug 09, 2012 10:20 am
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4067
Views: 823770

Re: cooling your tent or van

Hi Figjam- My dura-cool pad roll arrived today. You doubled the thickness on the bucket cooler. Would the box cooler benefit from an extra layer of pad as well? BTW- I got the same 400lph pumps as the posting above. Mine seems to be working just fine. Could have been dropped in shipment to bend a sh...
by kstlfido
Mon Aug 06, 2012 10:27 pm
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4067
Views: 823770

Re: cooling your tent or van

Hi Figjam- A little progress... Essentially I'm going to do a mini box cooler. 24" high, 18" wide, 15" deep. 3 vents, two 12x14 and one 16x14. It can hold 7 gallons of water. I got these acrylic sheets, going to TAP plastics tomorrow- they charge 50 cents a cut.... thanks for posting ...
by kstlfido
Thu Aug 02, 2012 12:59 am
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4067
Views: 823770

Re: cooling your tent or van

So I scored a 30x24x18 clear acrylic box today at Urban Ore Reuse. 1/4" thickness with 2 shelves. Butt joints. Cool breeze fan and pumps on the way. Doing dimensions, I can make two 24" tall, 18" wide, 15" deep box coolers. Picked up the vents too. Does anyone know where I can fi...
by kstlfido
Wed Aug 01, 2012 12:52 am
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: Class D digital PWM power amplifiers on the playa
Replies: 7
Views: 1424

Re: Class D digital PWM power amplifiers on the playa

Thanks, some seeing eye, for the tips. The open air solution is super easy- I might end up trying that. I've looked at the pics of the boards- one relocate the MOSFETS under the board and mount them directly to a case. I could add a sink to the case to increase cooling. I'm going to poke over at diy...
by kstlfido
Tue Jul 31, 2012 1:52 pm
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4067
Views: 823770

Re: cooling your tent or van

Ok, thanks! I'll get a float switch.
by kstlfido
Tue Jul 31, 2012 1:13 pm
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4067
Views: 823770

Re: cooling your tent or van

Hi folks- I'm going to make at least one swamp cooler, maybe 2. A unicooler and 5 gallon bucket cooler. I've ordered the fans. Going to the stores today to look for fittings and the swamp material. Thanks Fig for the link to the ACE box- I might use that for the Uni. Probably going to run these off ...
by kstlfido
Mon Jul 30, 2012 11:24 pm
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: Class D digital PWM power amplifiers on the playa
Replies: 7
Views: 1424

Class D digital PWM power amplifiers on the playa

Hi folks- I help run camp Bioluminati / Pimp Yr Bike. As usual, we provide music for the pimping area. No dance club levels, ~70 to 100 watts per channel amps have suited us fine. We've been using old receivers and what not that eventually die. I'd like to try something more robust. I'd like to try ...
by kstlfido
Sat Jul 14, 2012 2:24 pm
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4067
Views: 823770

Re: cooling your tent or van

Cool- I hope it helps the sloshing. I've been looking for a good straight-sided rectangular plastic box to do a unicooler but not much luck- all have sloped sides, I've found. I might do a 2 bucket system, but keeping both filled would be a bit of a hassle. BTW, how these solar pumps hold up when th...
by kstlfido
Wed Jul 11, 2012 2:06 pm
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4067
Views: 823770

Re: cooling your tent or van

Thanks for the help, folks.

I did a quick cu feet calc of a 6' stretch hexayurt. Dimensions here-
http://www.appropedia.org/Hexayurt_schematics

It comes to ~ 300-350 cu feet. That sound right?

350/2= 125cfm needed.

-Kent
by kstlfido
Wed Jul 11, 2012 12:47 am
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4067
Views: 823770

Re: cooling your tent or van

[quote="sjs"]I drilled some holes on the inside of the cooler at the bottom of the "well" under the pad, and as you can see, there's a very steady flow of water out of those holes (indicating that I am achieving good saturation on the pad). Next stage is getting the power, fans, ...
by kstlfido
Tue Sep 13, 2011 7:35 pm
Forum: Q & A Tips and Tricks
Topic: Cleaning Tips?
Replies: 83
Views: 10546

Re: Cleaning Tips?

Wow, this is a pretty old thread, but the only one that came up in my search for cleaning playa clothes. I wear what I call my "Playa Whites" during the day. I find them comfortable and easier slopping up my body head to toe in sunblock. These whites understandably become all shades of tan...

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