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Old 07-14-2013, 07:11 PM   #1
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Question Camping and keeping your tent cool

Here in Florida, sleeping in a tent can be miserable even at night. I've done some basic google'ing, read about the ice cooler ac fan (horrible reviews), and the portable AC evaporate units which don't work that great. I'm thinking maybe a tiny window unit held up by some 2x4s using a small hole cut in the tent. They take a 120v power source, and I don't know if a Jeep battery could power it well. Does anyone here have any experience cooling their tent in the hotter climates? (without a power source other than their Jeep)

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Im in florida as well. When there is power, i bring a box fan. If not I use a coleman battery operated tent fan/light. Its not the best but it does circulate the air a bit. You can also buy a dc to ac converter that plugs into your cigarette lighter in the jeep, run an extension cord out to box fan blowing into the tent

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Old 07-14-2013, 07:56 PM   #3
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I've had friends plug a ps3 into a van that was set up for game systems and killed the battery almost instantly while the car was on a jeep would never support an ac window unit without some serious wiring changes and extra batteries
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No AC without at least a 30 amp plug. Tent camping here in Fl should be illegal in summer....lol. A fan can only blow the hot humid air around.
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That's what I was wondering....wasnt sure how much juice the Jeep battery had. A box fan sounds like it consumes less power, but not nearly the cooling ability. BTN I guess. Thanks for the feedback!
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When I did camp. It was always in the Winter. Less people no bugs and it was cool. I do not think I could handle the summer camping. Too acclimated to ac. Wait a few years. They will have a portable cooling unit that does not consume much energy. Things are changing fast. Who would of thought I could internet in the middle of nowhere 10 years ago.
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How about a tent that attaches to the back of the Jeep? Or invest in a Honda or Yamaha portable generator to power your fan



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How about a tent that attaches to the back of the Jeep? Or invest in a Honda or Yamaha portable generator to power your fan
Cyndi I was looking at those, it crossed my mind. It's just having the hot exhaust right there blowing on the tent worries me. Don't really want to have the engine running for hours during the night either.

The best solution I've found is to just wait until the cooler months and/or use a small battery powered Coleman fan/light like Neral mentioned. Until there's a more energy efficient portable ac unit, camping in FL during the summer will have to wait.
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Camping in summer in Florida is just miserable. It's hard to mitigate the effects of the heat and high humidity. I never cared to listen to a generator running, since the whole idea of camping is peace and quiet. We always camp in the fall. Less bugs, Mosquitos and ticks.
Only thing we've tried that worked well was the fans you get in the automotive dept at Walmart and we hooked them to a deep cycle marine battery. It's quiet and they can run for at least two nights on a fully charged battery.
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I live in Southern CA near the desert, so camping is limited to the mountains for me in the summer. I have a Honda generator that is very quiet, but I usually use it for my margarita blender or hair dryer, lol
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I live in Southern CA near the desert, so camping is limited to the mountains for me in the summer. I have a Honda generator that is very quiet, but I usually use it for my margarita blender or hair dryer, lol
Lol. Girl knows how to camp.
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just went camping in Ocala last weekend.. my approach is to just drink beer until you're not concerned with how hot it is and you'll sleep fine. the bugs... yeah they suck. but it's camping. i can't wait to go again
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convert to a hammock.. I've yet to get too hot in one.
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convert to a hammock.. I've yet to get too hot in one.
X2 the eno ones with a bug net are great I've used it for years in the humidity of southern Ohio (it's worse than you think compared to the coastal areas I've been to)
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X2 the eno ones with a bug net are great I've used it for years in the humidity of southern Ohio (it's worse than you think compared to the coastal areas I've been to)
I'll second that from your neighbor to the west.. Indy has horrid summers.

I have and Eno DN and SN. I like them both but recently converted to the WBBB... the extra length is nice and the integrated bug net means my forgetful self no longer gets eaten up because I left the net at home.
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convert to a hammock.. I've yet to get too hot in one.
Yep. Ditch the tent and sleep outside.
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just went camping in Ocala last weekend.. my approach is to just drink beer until you're not concerned with how hot it is and you'll sleep fine.
Why didnt I think of that!?!?!

Ocala was next on my list, any spots you recommend?
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You can connect it to the roll bars of two jeeps or a jeep and a tree as well which is an added benefit normal vehicles don't have.
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Why didnt I think of that!?!?!

Ocala was next on my list, any spots you recommend?
juniper springs campground. site 70 triple canopy coverage protected us from rain and sun. awesome site pretty secluded.
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juniper springs campground. site 70 triple canopy coverage protected us from rain and sun. awesome site pretty secluded.
How were the deer flies? They can be brutal in the summer out there. They ain't shy about flying up any open orafice or biting the crap out of you.
I don't even like wheeling with no windows in Ocala NF in the summer.
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How were the deer flies? They can be brutal in the summer out there. They ain't shy about flying up any open orafice or biting the crap out of you.
I don't even like wheeling with no windows in Ocala NF in the summer.
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