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Recommended tent fan

Postby turquoisekestrel » Mon Apr 02, 2018 8:57 pm

Went for a quick look in the shops here, only to realize pretty much instantly that they were much too big to transport from Oz.

So the plan of course is to pick one up in Walmart in San Fran when we land, anyone have good/bad experiences with tent fans to share? It will be to (hopefully) cool a Evanston 6 person tents by Coleman.

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Re: Recommended tent fan

Postby Grumpy Otter » Mon Apr 02, 2018 10:13 pm

A better investment might be a tarp to go over the tent. If your tent is in direct sun there is not a fan on earth that is going to make you cool.

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Re: Recommended tent fan

Postby turquoisekestrel » Tue Apr 03, 2018 1:00 am

Ok thanks for the advice!

Is laying a tarp directly on and over the tent effective or does it need to be propped up with space in between?

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Re: Recommended tent fan

Postby AntiM » Tue Apr 03, 2018 5:47 am

A little air gap is desirable.

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Re: Recommended tent fan

Postby Grumpy Otter » Tue Apr 03, 2018 11:38 am

If your Colman tent is like mine, the frame is on the outside and should provide the needed space for an air flow under a tarp.

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Re: Recommended tent fan

Postby korierika4 » Tue Apr 03, 2018 12:13 pm

Picked up two battery operated fans at Ross for inside my tent. Not sure how much it will help, but I think I'm going to place them over a small bucket of ice during the day.
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Re: Recommended tent fan

Postby DoctorIknow » Tue Apr 03, 2018 5:30 pm

Maybe you could order online at WalMart, and pick it up at the Fernley, NV store, right on I-80 before the turn west for 447.
Check and see how long they keep pickup items.

Many choices, but I've used the 10" O2 fan for years . Uses 8 "D" batteries, adjusts to angles very well.

https://www.walmart.com/search/search-ng.do?search_query=battery%20powered%20fan

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Re: Recommended tent fan

Postby Grumpy Otter » Tue Apr 03, 2018 6:10 pm

Unfortunately, the ambient temperature last year was over 100 every day. The tarp helps you not go over that, but tents do not realistically cool down. I tried a bucket swamp cooler and it did not do anything. Most of us stayed in the shade, but not in our tents during the day.

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Re: Recommended tent fan

Postby FIGJAM » Tue Apr 03, 2018 6:57 pm

Then the cooler wasn't functioning properly. Should have easily put out 70 degree air.
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Re: Recommended tent fan

Postby Grumpy Otter » Wed Apr 04, 2018 11:11 am

The cooler did its job, it just could not make an dent on the heat in the tent.

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Re: Recommended tent fan

Postby AntiM » Thu Apr 05, 2018 7:10 am

Evap coolers working properly in a shaded vented tent should lower the temp around 20 degrees. Much more than that is unrealistic. We got down to the mid 70s in a small tent last year, but you have to stay ahead of the curve and not let the tent get hot in the morning. "Bursting the heat bubble" is difficult if everything in the tent gets hot and radiates the heat back at you. Also, bucket coolers are only good for modest tents, the big Colemans are heat beasts.


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