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Old 01-24-2008, 08:07 PM
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Default Anyone know of a good air conditioner for tent camping

In the south everyone know that the humidity is outrageous. So while I am still debating spending thousands of dollars on a camper with an air conditioner, I thought I would investigate a portable air conditioner if it works. Any ideas?

I saw one here, but dont know

http://www.kooleraire.com/

Another good reason for the product review section mentioned here....
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Old 01-25-2008, 06:29 AM
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I have never seen a tent airconditioner that had a condenser on it to dehumidify the air.

They all use ice and mist to cool the tent. I don't need any more humidity... I need less!

Here is a review I read when I was looking to buy the same koolaire you mention:

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/in...9050508AAXHXum

If you camp in dry heat... they would probably be perfect!
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Old 01-25-2008, 04:20 PM
 
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The research you're doing for this item is what you need. I always go on-line to get the questions answered. Usually, you can find the answers you need. It does take time though. Good luck finding the right air conditioner for you.
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Old 01-26-2008, 06:32 AM
 
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I guess you could just use an old fashion window unit
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That's what we had in our garage when we moved in here. It kept the garage cool during the summer. We have a weight set out there. The window air conditioner was perfect. It was an older model, but that didn't matter. They sell them everywhere. I've seen them listed in the paper- the want adds. You could try that.
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Old 01-26-2008, 08:23 AM
 
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That model that you mentioned cricket is okay for short spells but it is not made for running for long periods.

I am not really sure either about the humidity issue. I think it is jsut cooling and misting not removing the water from the air.
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Old 01-26-2008, 01:08 PM
 
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You don't want to add to the humidity problem. I know that you might have to try it and see if it works. If you end up with too much humidity, then get something else. My Grandma had a humidifier on all the time. Because we had dry air.
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Old 04-25-2010, 08:08 AM
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About "I have never seen a tent airconditioner that had a condenser on it to dehumidify the air"
Well, if it is true, then tent air conditioner in this forum is similar like split air conditioner models.




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Old 06-10-2010, 02:27 AM
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Thanks for details. I am looking for information about these things as well.
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Old 07-06-2010, 06:02 PM
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If you have a small window unit laying around you could just use some flexible ducting and run it into your tent and bam instant cold
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Old 03-01-2011, 01:42 PM
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Instead of an A/C, what would be a good fan for the tent? I really don't want to miss out camping time b/c of the heat/humidity in VA! I don't have a rod inside to hang a fan on...Thanks!
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Old 03-02-2011, 10:11 AM
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In the south everyone know that the humidity is outrageous. So while I am still debating spending thousands of dollars on a camper with an air conditioner, I thought I would investigate a portable air conditioner if it works. Any ideas?

I saw one here, but dont know

http://www.kooleraire.com/

Another good reason for the product review section mentioned here....
Probably wouldnt work for a tent for the simple reason that tents breath and the fabric isn't all that good at insulating so all it would do is circulate cool air around the same way a regular old fan would.

I noticed the site doesn't have any description of how it works or diagrams of it, to me it looks like a plastic cover over an ice chest .
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Old 03-02-2011, 10:14 AM
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If you have a small window unit laying around you could just use some flexible ducting and run it into your tent and bam instant cold
WIN! All you need is a 12volt compressor and fan and whala you have air conditioning for your tent!

Apparently this guy used to sell them.

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I used to sell them, trust me, save your pennies and buy a proper one the Koolaire product sucks. It has an effective range of only 7ft and the air is VERY clammy/humid. It's almost like a humidifier that uses cold air. For a space of that size, get a small air conditioner, you can usually pick them up for under 100 bucks.
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Old 03-02-2011, 12:28 PM
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The best I've read about these models is from someone who advised to put a tray of ice in front of a fan before wasting money in this. They may work a little better in dry and low humidity regions, but I don't know of any 12 V AC unit in the market that works as a compressor unit.

You will be better with a small window unit. I have a 5000 BTU unit that works as "portable" for my truck camper. I install it through the camper window before nightfall (can post some pictures later).

In the meantime Check this link for a window unit installed in a camping tent. There is some advice there and a photo.
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Old 03-02-2011, 12:34 PM
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^ that's creative, are they using an inverter\converter? (I always get the two confused)
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