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by worldjoe
Thu Sep 13, 2018 2:52 pm
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4217
Views: 944986

Re: cooling your tent or van

" No mention of what the bucket cooler is for in the design, is it for tents, cars, spot cooler?" Read the title of the thread. Nice. I did miss that one. A 6 foot stretch Yurt is smaller than a van though. I've already posted just like you, photos of temp drops, in this forum. So I won't bother do...
by worldjoe
Thu Sep 13, 2018 9:59 am
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4217
Views: 944986

Re: cooling your tent or van

The bucket was never meant for a yurt and the unicooler was designed for yurts or bigger BECAUSE the bucket wasn't. Something the design does not state. No mention of what the bucket cooler is for in the design, is it for tents, cars, spot cooler? I suspect spot cooler because that is the only thin...
by worldjoe
Wed Sep 05, 2018 4:42 pm
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4217
Views: 944986

Re: cooling your tent or van

3 years after building my first Figjam bucket cooler and I finally used it on playa. Weather this year did not reach 90 degrees. I had tried them out at various events and was always disappointed in their ability to be anything other than a spot cooler. But I wanted to try on a hexayurt, on playa - ...
by worldjoe
Thu May 03, 2018 12:30 am
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: Using EV (car) batteries to store power on playa
Replies: 26
Views: 3921

Re: Using EV (car) batteries to store power on playa

I currently have two 12V 65AH deep cycle batteries. And two 100W panels each with their own charge controller. I'm trying to upgrade my setup to achieve Solar without buying more stuff. Side question: I'm thinking of establishing a similar setup-- what are you running off of it currently? My goal i...
by worldjoe
Tue Apr 17, 2018 4:17 pm
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4217
Views: 944986

Re: cooling your tent or van

World joe: get some small L brackets and small nuts and bolts. Mount them top and bottom of the fan, then anchor to the bin. seal with silly cone. I tested this out this weekend in the desert and it worked MUCH better than the bucket cooler for my VW van. I still only get about a 10 degree temperat...
by worldjoe
Thu Apr 12, 2018 10:33 am
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4217
Views: 944986

Re: cooling your tent or van

Thank you for all the help. I've never done a project anything like this before. Heck, before this, I was afraid to even touch a car battery. I am bringing a large Soulpad 5000 tent (16 ft across, 10 ft center pole), and I plan to duct this into it with the fan on medium. 23 gal trash can (returned...
by worldjoe
Thu Dec 07, 2017 1:54 pm
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: Using EV (car) batteries to store power on playa
Replies: 26
Views: 3921

Re: Using EV (car) batteries to store power on playa

I bring a 5000btu A/C as an emergency spare. I’ve tried it on playa, in a relatively small RV (truck camper) and it’s inadequate when it’s really hot. That’s why no campers ever come with such weak units. Depending on what you want to cool, I’d strongly recommend a bigger unit. The low power draw o...
by worldjoe
Tue Dec 05, 2017 6:09 pm
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: Using EV (car) batteries to store power on playa
Replies: 26
Views: 3921

Re: Using EV (car) batteries to store power on playa

A Honda generator works GREAT and is a hell of a lot smaller and lighter. What you’re proposing is gonna be a lot more expensive and a lot less practical. Not solving for practical. Not sure how free (I already own the car and solar panels) is more expensive than buying a generator. You'd probably ...
by worldjoe
Thu Nov 30, 2017 2:10 pm
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: Using EV (car) batteries to store power on playa
Replies: 26
Views: 3921

Re: Using EV (car) batteries to store power on playa

I wasn't planning on driving the Ford Fusion Energi to Burning Man. But that is an option I will consider. I was kind of hoping I could pull the lithium ion battery out of the vehicle and use it for energy storage to power an Air Conditioner running off of it. And solar to supplement power needs. I ...
by worldjoe
Mon Nov 27, 2017 5:11 pm
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: Using EV (car) batteries to store power on playa
Replies: 26
Views: 3921

Using EV (car) batteries to store power on playa

I currently have two 12V 65AH deep cycle batteries. And two 100W panels each with their own charge controller. I'm trying to upgrade my setup to achieve Solar without buying more stuff. I realized: I have 18 solar panels on the roof of my house. I have a plugin electric hybrid car (Ford Fusion Energ...
by worldjoe
Tue Oct 24, 2017 9:22 am
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: My first solar air conditioner setup
Replies: 15
Views: 2764

Re: My first solar air conditioner setup

This is so awesome. I watched your video too (in another post). Great setup!

What is the reason for the 24V setup? Would sticking with 12V have been fine?
Also did you have to use a pure sine wave inverter?

Thanks,
Joseph Elwell.
by worldjoe
Wed Apr 06, 2016 1:14 pm
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4217
Views: 944986

Re: cooling your tent or van

Ok. So it sounds like what I am hearing is that my insulation is probably fine and that instead I should be focused on whether or not the swamp cooler is working well. What I am not clear on is even if my cooler is only dropping the temperature by 10 degrees. Shouldn't the inside of the van still be...
by worldjoe
Mon Mar 28, 2016 1:51 pm
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4217
Views: 944986

Re: cooling your tent or van

Hey Joe, that's an awful lot of screwing around for lousy results. You could simply get a 2k watt Honda or Yamaha and run a real A/C. Then your van will actually get cool! And you don't have to keep circulating outside air - and therefore TONS OF DUST - into your van. It's worth a thought! (and it'...
by worldjoe
Mon Mar 28, 2016 1:00 pm
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4217
Views: 944986

Re: cooling your tent or van

Insulation by itself does not make it hotter or colder, it just slows the transfer of heat. Interesting point. It's obvious, but I get overwhelmed with the heat and trying different things that I forgot the basics. Maybe I should be sleeping with the windows open to let the cool air in at night? Be...
by worldjoe
Mon Mar 28, 2016 12:54 pm
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4217
Views: 944986

Re: cooling your tent or van

Before getting into that. What was the temperature at the intake of the cooler, and then at the exhaust of the cooler? I think it is reasonable you should see about a 20 degree drop from the ambient, directly at the exhaust of the cooler. Unfortunately I did not take a reading on the inputs and out...
by worldjoe
Mon Mar 28, 2016 11:51 am
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4217
Views: 944986

Re: cooling your tent or van

Second report. This time I tested the swamp cooler at Agua Caliente in the Anza Borrego Desert. 0% Humidity. Unfortunately my van was consistently HOTTER than the outside temperature. I have some theories, but I'm hoping that if I post pictures of what I did, and what I tried, I can gain some expert...
by worldjoe
Mon Jun 08, 2015 10:31 am
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4217
Views: 944986

Re: cooling your tent or van

My Lightning in a Bottle report. First off I had plenty of power to run the swamp cooler continuously (during the day) and my engel fridge all weekend, Thursday - Monday. I tried it on 2 days, the rest of the days simply weren't cold enough. The first day was Saturday. Wunderground says it had a hig...
by worldjoe
Sun May 10, 2015 7:01 pm
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4217
Views: 944986

Re: cooling your tent or van

Inner sleeve doesn't overlap! Brilliant, that helped. My bucket dimensions were significantly different than yours, so I trimmed the outer sleeve, but forgot to trim the inner sleeve. One of the photos shows you holding the inner sleeve up for the camera with an overlap - so I didn't realize that on...
by worldjoe
Sun May 10, 2015 1:57 pm
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4217
Views: 944986

Re: cooling your tent or van

I took the screen off on the driver's side sliding window and I installed a vent kit that came with my old portable Sharp A/C unit. Similar to something you can by seperately like this: http://amzn.com/B00004YWK7 Drip line sewn to the pad - so it doesn't move around whenever I take the top on or off...
by worldjoe
Sat May 09, 2015 4:35 pm
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4217
Views: 944986

Re: cooling your tent or van

The black wire is the negative and goes direct from the battery to the pump/fan. The red wire is the positive and is the wire that you will splice the timer into. Cut the red wire and connect the ends to the timer. 8) Does this mean that connecting both the fan and the pump to the timer won't cause...
by worldjoe
Fri May 08, 2015 6:36 pm
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4217
Views: 944986

Re: Timer wiring and electric question

Almost forgot to tell you what to do with the black wire. I had trouble understanding the timer switch. I bought the 4 hour timer: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002RMZ57W I blew a fuse on my van because I didn't understand the terminology. So here are instructions on how to wire the timer. Defin...
by worldjoe
Fri May 08, 2015 6:02 pm
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4217
Views: 944986

Timer wiring and electric question

I had trouble understanding the timer switch. I bought the 4 hour timer: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002RMZ57W I blew a fuse on my van because I didn't understand the terminology. So here are instructions on how to wire the timer. Definitions: Load = power coming out Line = power coming in Tha...

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