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by mattcamp
Fri Aug 04, 2017 3:17 pm
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4218
Views: 937430

Re: cooling your tent or van

2) Why is the taper of the "Genuine Joe" trashbin (or any trashbin) so problematic? I'm not clear on exactly why having an angled dura cool pad creates so many problems. Is the distribution of water over the pad that affected by that slight angle? Shouldn't the constantly flowing pump override any ...
by mattcamp
Mon Jul 24, 2017 1:53 pm
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Box Truck Space - How many campers?
Replies: 6
Views: 757

Re: Box Truck Space - How many campers?

26' should easily fit 20 peoples worth of stuff. We use a 26' to move a camp for up to 55 people, including 10 hexayurts and over 25 bikes, plus a huge wooden tower (people bring their own food, water and personal baggage). If you take the pedals off the bikes and turn the handlebars sideways you ca...
by mattcamp
Tue Jun 06, 2017 9:39 am
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Purchasing an ex-rental box truck
Replies: 21
Views: 1581

Re: Purchasing an ex-rental box truck

Umm.. ever think of pairing up with a stateside camp or two and forming a village? It would seem that you have a lot of infrastructure to offer a smaller (local) camp(s) and they could assist you with your logistical needs.. Or am I oversimplifying everything? Has definitely been considered but so ...
by mattcamp
Tue Jun 06, 2017 1:20 am
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Purchasing an ex-rental box truck
Replies: 21
Views: 1581

Re: Purchasing an ex-rental box truck

An older 1-ton dually with a cargo or horse trailer may be something to consider. That way you can have the trailer stored and the truck parked near someone who can give it a spin once a month. Both can be had dirt cheap provided you are able to to do some wrenching. Reminds of the dually truck wit...
by mattcamp
Fri Jun 02, 2017 8:57 am
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Purchasing an ex-rental box truck
Replies: 21
Views: 1581

Re: Purchasing an ex-rental box truck

But...When you arrive your truck won't start and you'll have 2 flat tires. You'll open the back to find rats have moved in. The starting and tyres issues can easily be dealt with by planning ahead and budgeting (both money and time) for basic maintenance. The rat problem is no different versus the ...
by mattcamp
Fri Jun 02, 2017 8:47 am
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Purchasing an ex-rental box truck
Replies: 21
Views: 1581

Re: Purchasing an ex-rental box truck

You're going to buy it just for Burning Man?! Once upon a time there was a horror story..... Maintenance, storage, insurance. The end. Yep, it'll be stored somewhere for 11 months a year. We're a 100% international camp so have no use for it the rest of the time... we like the idea of not ever havi...
by mattcamp
Fri Jun 02, 2017 3:51 am
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Purchasing an ex-rental box truck
Replies: 21
Views: 1581

Purchasing an ex-rental box truck

Has anyone ever purchased an ex-rental box truck for use hauling gear to/from the playa? Our theme camp has expanded to the point that paying for multiple storage units and trucks is now becoming expensive and painful so we're considering purchasing one of the larger (24-26') ex-rental trucks that v...
by mattcamp
Thu Feb 02, 2017 8:34 am
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4218
Views: 937430

Re: cooling your tent or van

Thanks all, really good points there. I like the generator idea and since we run one most of the day anyway this could work really well. Does anyone have a suggestion for a decent smart charger that will automatically start charging when connected to the AC? We have tried to use a Schumacher one in ...
by mattcamp
Wed Feb 01, 2017 8:27 am
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4218
Views: 937430

Re: cooling your tent or van

Apologies if this has been discussed before but I can't seem to find the information all in one place. Over the last few years my camp has built a number of Unicoolers however power has proven to be a major headache. We now want to encourage a bit more radical self-reliance so I'm looking for option...
by mattcamp
Tue Jun 21, 2016 7:34 am
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: Dust protection for audio equipment
Replies: 11
Views: 2512

Re: Dust protection for audio equipment

Sadly we're a bit small for that so can't spare the power to run a real AC unit... We normally use one 2000w generator for the sound system and a second for everything else around the camp (primarily things like power tools and a microwave oven), but that doesn't leave a huge amount spare. We actual...
by mattcamp
Tue Jun 21, 2016 7:04 am
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: Dust protection for audio equipment
Replies: 11
Views: 2512

Dust protection for audio equipment

Not really sure if this is exactly the right forum for this but anyway, Does anyone have any tips or a design for a playa-proven enclosure or similar to keep dust out of expensive AV equipment? We've attempted to buy passively cooled gear wherever possible to reduce the impact of dust on moving part...
by mattcamp
Fri May 27, 2016 10:17 am
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Lag screws vs everything else...
Replies: 869
Views: 94740

Re: Lag screws vs everything else...

You'll pull the grommets out of any normal tarp long before you pull even a 14" lag screw out of the ground, and probably snap a lot of ropes before you pull three of them. If in doubt use a bigger lag screw. The 18" ones feel like they're a LOT more solid than the 14" ones (mainly judged by effort ...
by mattcamp
Thu May 12, 2016 8:44 am
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Lag screws vs everything else...
Replies: 869
Views: 94740

Re: Lag screws vs everything else...

I've posted this before but we used a combination of 18's and 24's last year for the main windward-side guy lines on our tower. (apologies for potato quality pic, seems it was the only one we got) http://i.imgur.com/aVxEvE3.jpg We actually started with just a single 24" on each line but got a bit ne...
by mattcamp
Tue Apr 26, 2016 1:30 am
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Where to download Sketchup plans for camp layout?
Replies: 8
Views: 1426

Re: Where to download Sketchup plans for camp layout?

fwiw there are heaps of great models available in the Sketchup 3D warehouse that are relevant to camp planning.... I'm not sure that the BMorg kit would really have a lot extra that would be useful to a normal theme camp anyway. I model our camp in advance every year in Sketchup (although I don't ac...
by mattcamp
Tue Mar 29, 2016 8:54 am
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Lag screws vs everything else...
Replies: 869
Views: 94740

Re: Lag screws vs everything else...

Also, if you're searching on HF note that "impact driver" and "impact wrench" turn up different results.... the one I have is listed as the 1/2" Heavy Duty electric impact wrench.
by mattcamp
Tue Mar 29, 2016 8:53 am
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Lag screws vs everything else...
Replies: 869
Views: 94740

Re: Lag screws vs everything else...

Ok, so I am considering drinking the lag screw kool-aid. HF has a 1/4" cordless impact driver on sale, and for a few dollars more there is a 1/2" cordless hammer driver. Which one is my best bet?? I don't really know the difference between "impact" and "hammer" in drill/driver lingo. In my reading ...
by mattcamp
Fri Feb 12, 2016 2:11 am
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Where to get Rmax panels/boards?
Replies: 10
Views: 1335

Re: Where to get Rmax panels/boards?

If you contact Rmax directly they will give you a list of suggestions of who carries the boards.

They gave me several non-bigbox names in Reno and I was able to purchase over 120 panels last year at excellent prices using cash.
by mattcamp
Fri Feb 12, 2016 1:46 am
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4218
Views: 937430

Re: cooling your tent or van

If you have the wood boxes you've already built, try coating them inside and out with boat paint or epoxy paint. After using the roof coating, I got some small leaks after the first year from the wood drying out, so I sprayed it inside and out with appliance paint. No more leaks!!! 8) We only had a...
by mattcamp
Wed Feb 10, 2016 11:29 am
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: Generator to recharge deep cycle battery
Replies: 40
Views: 15526

Re: Generator to recharge deep cycle battery

We're on our third year using the little $500 Ryobi 2200w generators from HD... they've been pretty much rock solid, even when I forgot to empty the gas out of them one year. Usually they fail to start about once per burn which only requires a brief splash of Seafoam or MIB and they fire right back ...
by mattcamp
Wed Feb 10, 2016 11:16 am
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4218
Views: 937430

Re: cooling your tent or van

So some of you might remember my ambitious plan to build 11 box coolers (to go with the 10 yurts which we built in a single day!) for 2015... Well things didn't really work out so great. We used the method using pieces of 8x1" wood for the side and bottom with 1/2" ply sides however we really strugg...
by mattcamp
Fri Oct 30, 2015 6:11 am
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Scaffolding towers
Replies: 54
Views: 4585

Re: Scaffolding towers

Apologies for dragging up an old thread here but I thought people might be interested to know how this project actually panned out, and what the result was. In a word: Awesome. We ended up building a fully wooden 26 foot high tower to support a vast amount of aluminet fabric. http://i.imgur.com/3c0Y...
by mattcamp
Thu Oct 08, 2015 7:44 am
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Lag screws vs everything else...
Replies: 869
Views: 94740

Re: Lag screws vs everything else...

Sharing another lag screw experience from this year.... For the main guy lines on our 26' tower we used 3x 1/2" x 24" lag screws on each line and heavy chain to link them together to a turnbuckle then to some 10'000lb rated straps on the windward side (and to 1/4" wire rope on the other 6 lines). Th...
by mattcamp
Tue Aug 04, 2015 11:18 am
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4218
Views: 937430

Re: cooling your tent or van

I have a question regarding the tubing and adapters.... I'm helping my camp-mates build 10 Unicoolers this year so I need to work out what tubing works best when used with the small ebay pumps (http://www.ebay.com/itm/171785417432). As far as I can tell the pump needs a tube with a 1/4" ID... what ...
by mattcamp
Tue Aug 04, 2015 2:02 am
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4218
Views: 937430

Re: cooling your tent or van

arroyo wrote: 23 gal trash can (returned my genuine joe because I didn't like the walls) with 14x14 air grille. Using a float pump to stop the pump if it runs out of water. Goop and brackets support the fan and grill.
Can I ask where you got the trash can from?
by mattcamp
Mon Aug 03, 2015 10:17 am
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Lag screws vs everything else...
Replies: 869
Views: 94740

Re: Lag screws vs everything else...

... I would quite like to secure our major guy lines with more than one lag screw... another option I considered was using a longer piece of chain (2 feet or so?) with a 24" lag in each end, then the guy line attached in the middle. ... multi-lag screw footings? The question begs, why? (~edit: the ...
by mattcamp
Fri Jul 31, 2015 1:56 am
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4218
Views: 937430

Re: cooling your tent or van

1/4" poly tube is a very snug fit. I like 1/2" pvc that is made for hot water lines as it is more compact. Ah, I thought 1/2" would be too big for that little pump... I'll have to give it a go. The other way (that I just thought of) is to just use a longer piece of the poly tube and melt your drip ...
by mattcamp
Thu Jul 30, 2015 10:12 am
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: Let's nerd out about Blacklights
Replies: 63
Views: 4782

Re: Let's nerd out about Blacklights

Thanks! I'll bust out the heat gun later and have a go.

Kinda glad I only bought one to test with currently... I see a few slightly different models on ebay for only a few dollars more that appear to have visible screws... might be worth the extra if they're easily disassembled.
by mattcamp
Thu Jul 30, 2015 9:51 am
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: Let's nerd out about Blacklights
Replies: 63
Views: 4782

Re: Let's nerd out about Blacklights

So my 385nm, 3w emitters finally arrived the other day. I mentioned earlier that one project I wanted to do in this vein was to take some obnoxiously bright 18w LED flood lights from ebay ($20-$30 for a pair) and remove the white emitters, replace with 3w, 385nm emitters (about $1.20 per emitter). ...
by mattcamp
Thu Jul 30, 2015 5:28 am
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4218
Views: 937430

Re: cooling your tent or van

I have a question regarding the tubing and adapters.... I'm helping my camp-mates build 10 Unicoolers this year so I need to work out what tubing works best when used with the small ebay pumps (http://www.ebay.com/itm/171785417432). As far as I can tell the pump needs a tube with a 1/4" ID... what a...
by mattcamp
Mon Jul 27, 2015 8:52 am
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Lag screws vs everything else...
Replies: 869
Views: 94740

Re: Lag screws vs everything else...

Does anyone know of anything similar to a tent stake bar that could be used with 1/2" lag screws? (ie, similar to http://www.lodimetals.com/3-hole-tent-stake-bar) I would quite like to secure our major guy lines with more than one lag screw... another option I considered was using a longer piece of ...

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