A/C for camping

Old 07-16-05, 05:11 AM
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A/C for camping

Don't call me a wimp, because I'm not! But sometimes a bit of cool air is nice. While perusing a catalog, I found an air conditioner that's actually a very small window unit (about 12 x 15 x 18 inches) designed to only cool a room, or 150 square ft, I think it said. Don't remember the BTUs or the current draw in amps, and I can't find the catalog right now. I think it was something like 5,000 BTU and it was only $99. I'm not one to create my living room out on the campsite, but sometimes little creature comforts are nice. Has anyone seen such an A/C, and can it be run off of an inverter (I have a hefty one)? Kinda thinking of cutting an opening in the tent and making a velcro seal with which to attach it. If it works, it'll keep the wife and daughter happier on those really muggy nights...
Old 07-16-05, 05:59 AM
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Ok, I won't, because a happy wife is a happy husband!

You will need to find the info on this a/c and be more detailed on the specs.

A 5000 btu a/c will draw around 8 amps or so which would be in the range of 1000 watts.
A battery feeding an inverter would not last long enough to get any heat relief, unless you power it off the vehicle and run it all night.
Old 07-16-05, 06:12 AM
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I guess it could work. Be fun to try anyway.

If you camp at site get on with electric hook up and water. If you do the primitive camping get a small generator. Honda makes one that is very quiet.
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There are portable air conditioners available.
Old 07-19-05, 11:38 PM
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That doesn't qualify as a portable air conditioner?
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You talking about something like this?

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Well I had this in mind earlier this year. But I came up with something I did when I was poor.

And then I saw someone selling something like it on the net.

I took a cooler, filled it with ice. installed a fan and i put a whole in it for air flow thru the cooler.

It blew cool air and the ice lasted 2 days. not bad for $18 project.


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