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#301052 - 06/17/07 04:45 AM AC for a Tent?
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Anyone with ideas or comments about using a 110v AC unit and generator to cool a tent? I'm getting ready to go to the gatorbait enduro and don't mind riding in the heat, I just don't want to sleep in it.

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#301053 - 06/17/07 05:06 AM Re: AC for a Tent? [Re: spidennis]
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#301054 - 06/17/07 11:06 PM Re: AC for a Tent? [Re: spidennis]
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I've been thinking the same thing. I was going to place the ac unit inside the tent with the exhaust stuck through the door opening while it set in a hot water heater pan. This would let the water drip into the pan and run it through a hose to some place away from the tent. I also though I may have a zipered hole in just big enough to fit the ac unit...
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#301055 - 06/17/07 11:22 PM Re: AC for a Tent? [Re: Fender_Bender]
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been there, done that! here's the deal. you need a tent with 2 doors. put the window unit in one of the doorway's and duct tape up to seal around unit and use the other too get in and out of. take 2 or 3 extra blankets to put over the top of tent. we had our's at 64 degree's in the middle of july with a 5500 btu unit. i have a pic, but the file is to large to load.
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#301056 - 06/17/07 11:27 PM Re: AC for a Tent? [Re: iridered2003]
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#301057 - 06/18/07 01:26 PM Re: AC for a Tent? [Re: iridered2003]
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this is the first positive info I've gotten so far, after doing quite a bit of internet searching, but of course a fellow TON guy is here to help out! thanks! .... still trying to see that photo though .... had to register first, but the photo section still isn't available to me, yet. What size generator were you running for the 5k ac unit? It's only monday, so I still have time to get this together before the gatorbait enduro ....... hopefully!

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#301058 - 06/18/07 02:07 PM Re: AC for a Tent? [Re: spidennis]
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I have also used an AC in a tent and it was way better than sleeping in the heat. If you have a small tent you can use a window. Set the ac on a cooler or crate to get it at the right height then duct tape to the window. I like the blankets for insulation, great idea. My tent was not well enough insulated so if the compressor cycled off it got hot quickly.

I now have a popup and really it is pretty much the same insulation as a tent and the ac works fine especially at night.

and of course please take a photo.

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#301059 - 06/18/07 03:55 PM Re: AC for a Tent? [Re: ktmlance]
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photos? if you know me, they'll be plenty of photos, and a report ......
I got to iridered's photo and will share it here, now I'm really inspired!
Now to figure out the generator size .........


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#301060 - 06/18/07 04:04 PM Re: AC for a Tent? [Re: spidennis]
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photos? if you know me, they'll be plenty of photos, and a report ......
I got to iridered's photo and will share it here, now I'm really inspired!
Now to figure out the generator size .........


we use a 1350 watt portable gen. run's for 4 hours before a refill
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#301061 - 06/18/07 04:11 PM Re: AC for a Tent? [Re: spidennis]
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photos? if you know me, they'll be plenty of photos, and a report ......
I got to iridered's photo and will share it here, now I'm really inspired!
Now to figure out the generator size .........


that's it. a 5500 btu unit only pulls about 6 amps at start and 4 or so at run. you do not need a really big gen. 100 watts = 1 amp. we also take a small microwave and eletric can opener and a setup of lights. it's hell being poor and have to a/c a tent,but it works good. there may be another pic on that other forum if you look. ENJOY! kurt
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#301062 - 06/18/07 04:28 PM Re: AC for a Tent? [Re: Fender_Bender]
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...I was going to place the ac unit inside the tent with the exhaust stuck through the door opening while it set in a hot water heater pan....




why would you need to heat "hot water"??? if its hot, it's already heated ... it's called a "water heater"
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#301063 - 06/18/07 10:48 PM Re: AC for a Tent? [Re: pmkkdx]
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hot water PAN ........
The condensation cought in the pan could be routed through a water hose away from the door so that
anyone not paying attention would not track any mud that may or may not be there to track in. Just a thought
Not that anyone must take anything I say or do as the gospel. Infact doing so could result in something bad...
like a devorce or something worse.......

AS my farther would say....Do as you want,,,not as I do.....
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#301064 - 06/19/07 12:30 AM Re: AC for a Tent? [Re: Fender_Bender]
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we're gettin' into hot water now! .......
I like the pan idea ....
also looking into the yamaha 2400 generator,
l like it better than the honda 2k unit.
no, it's not a blue vs red thing,
but the yamaha will run at 2000 vs 1600 sustained
and 2400 vs 2000 peak
and I think that will work out better all around for me.
now just got to fit into my wish list somewhere!
got those dang taxes to take care of first .......

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#301065 - 06/19/07 01:42 AM Re: AC for a Tent? [Re: spidennis]
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look at the pic and see the hose at the bottom of the unit. we dig a small hole and put the hose in it, no more mud.
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#301066 - 06/19/07 05:37 PM Re: AC for a Tent? [Re: iridered2003]
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well, we decided to motel it at gatorbait .... but the ac/tent idea will still be put into the budget, then, later, after I get another enclosed trailer all that stuff will fit into that and really make things comfy ..... i got a plan .......

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#301067 - 06/19/07 07:11 PM Re: AC for a Tent? [Re: spidennis]
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wise choice to get the hotel for Gatorbait!!! with all the wet weather lately, the humidity will be brutal (not to mention mesquitos!!!)
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#301068 - 06/21/07 08:32 PM Re: AC for a Tent? [Re: pmkkdx]
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Camping in a tent with an electric can opener???? good grief i've heard it all now!

Bunch a lazy asses!
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#301069 - 06/21/07 08:42 PM Re: AC for a Tent? [Re: Pitracer]
iridered2003 Offline
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Camping in a tent with an electric can opener???? good grief i've heard it all now!

Bunch a lazy asses!


i'm not even a REDNECK?????
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#301070 - 06/21/07 09:35 PM Re: AC for a Tent? [Re: iridered2003]
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In reply to:

In reply to:

Camping in a tent with an electric can opener???? good grief i've heard it all now!

Bunch a lazy asses!


i'm not even a REDNECK?????




Well untill now that is!
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#301071 - 06/22/07 01:01 PM Re: AC for a Tent? [Re: Pitracer]
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Camping in a tent with an electric can opener???? good grief i've heard it all now!

Bunch a lazy asses!




and what is it that you have to bring along for the woman to stay in your tent?
I never heard of a can opener but ..... whatever works!

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#301072 - 07/06/07 08:29 PM Re: AC for a Tent? [Re: spidennis]
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I have a 5250 btu in the back window of my 89 chevy conv. van that I bought at wally world for 89 buck's that is a dripless uint. It has a slinger fan that blow the cond. throw the uint so no drip's no mud.
For the gen. I have a 2500 watt that I got from pep boy's for less then 200 buck's.Last year at Katemcy in aug. we slept under a sleeping bag on a 100 degree night. Parked in the sun on a 100 degree day I have the temp. at 60 degree's(it get's to cold sometime's) I know it's not a tent that should give you some info. on how it work's. I also run light's, 27" tv,dvd player,toaster oven,fan's out side an so far the gen. has had no problem's keeping up with the load.

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#301073 - 07/09/07 05:54 AM Re: AC for a Tent? [Re: zukidave]
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awesome... may have to put in some OT to get me a genny...
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#301074 - 06/10/08 02:17 PM Re: AC for a Tent? [Re: spidennis]
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i know this is an old post but I wanted to add another positive for the tent thing. We spent a week in Ponca City racing with a tent and a 2500w genny. I hung a gas can in a tree and put a 1/4" barb epoxied on the bottom and fed a hose to the gen fuel line. we could run a solid 7 hours on a tank of gas. In the day it was too hot to hang out in the tent but at night it was so cold we had to zip up the sleeping bags. Our tent was open on the top. Should have used the extra blanket idea.
We weren't the coolest guys in the pits...but at least we were cool.

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#301075 - 06/10/08 05:03 PM Re: AC for a Tent? [Re: 999renville]
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i know this is an old post but I wanted to add another positive for the tent thing. We spent a week in Ponca City racing with a tent and a 2500w genny. I hung a gas can in a tree and put a 1/4" barb epoxied on the bottom and fed a hose to the gen fuel line. we could run a solid 7 hours on a tank of gas. In the day it was too hot to hang out in the tent but at night it was so cold we had to zip up the sleeping bags. Our tent was open on the top. Should have used the extra blanket idea.
We weren't the coolest guys in the pits...but at least we were cool.




its funny that you bring this back to life. me and my buddy were talking the other day about this again. we had to get a gen small enough to carry in the canoe and the a/c. i hope the canoe does not tip over??? he got one of those little 2 cycle gen kicking out 1000 watts or so, more then enough to run a 5000 btu unit. i think it would also carry a light or something else at the same time. may have to get up and refuel, but i'm more then sure someone will have to take a LEAK in the middle of the night, so they will have to refill it at that time. the cover of the top of the tent really works good. tents tend to suck up the heat from the sun rays. we were out a few months ago and i layed down for a few in the heat of the day and was burning up/ so i get a blanket and covered the tent on the side the sun was beating on and it knocked out all of the heat from the suns rays. it was still hot, but not like the sun was beating right on you. we are making a trip to the lake at the end of this month and will be CHILLIN out in the A/C'ed tent. if you happen to see up, come soak up some a/c and a cold one. have a good day
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#301076 - 06/10/08 05:11 PM Re: AC for a Tent? [Re: spidennis]
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Camping in a tent with an electric can opener???? good grief i've heard it all now!

Bunch a lazy asses!




and what is it that you have to bring along for the woman to stay in your tent?
I never heard of a can opener but ..... whatever works!


a few cold ones and the lady is just happy.thank you,kurt
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#301077 - 06/11/08 12:33 AM Re: AC for a Tent? [Re: 999renville]
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I saw the AC in the tent delio at Freestone this weekend. Word has gotten out.
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#301078 - 06/11/08 12:23 PM Re: AC for a Tent? [Re: EMARacing]
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pics! pics! lets see pics!

funny how this subject comes up this time of year ....
I'm about to launch onto a long dirt bike ride up the texas coast,
no AC for me!

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#301079 - 06/11/08 12:38 PM Re: AC for a Tent? [Re: spidennis]
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Great Post for Tents and Cooling off!!!


thnx for your helpful info.

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#419486 - 06/18/09 05:13 AM Re: AC for a Tent? [Re: Decan]
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Time to raise this thread again.

If you don't want to stuff your AC in a doorway, check out the AC Boot - a bit on the pricey side and you could probably DIY, but here it is.

http://acboot.com/index.html
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#419498 - 06/18/09 12:50 PM Re: AC for a Tent? [Re: getndirty]
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I guess this idea isn't all that crazy then huh? .....

but I just put cash down on an all aluminum 6x12 enclosed trailer so now I'm about to go a different direction. I'm moving up suckers, well, at least one rung on the ladder. a far cry from all those rv-er types and I'll never ever get to there, oh well,
...... now to hang my ac unit out one of my doors so I don't have to cut any holes, that is until I know where I'm gonna be real happy with such an installation. I gotta drive (out of texas) to go pick up this trailer on the 7th of July. oh yeah!

but I'll still be keeping my tent, and using it as necessary. I'll have a pretty nice base camp now! though camping out of the jeep with just my hammock works out pretty darn good too!

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#423189 - 07/16/09 07:04 PM Re: AC for a Tent? [Re: spidennis]
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Bringing it back to life again.

Someone came up with an idea to make an A/C in a tent easier.

http://acboot.com/
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#437921 - 10/31/09 07:14 AM Re: AC for a Tent? [Re: EMARacing]
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Originally Posted By: EMARacing
Bringing it back to life again.

Someone came up with an idea to make an A/C in a tent easier.

http://acboot.com/


uh see 2 posts above.... grin
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#440352 - 11/14/09 12:12 PM Re: AC for a Tent? [Re: MXerDude]
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If you don't want to stuf one in the door or cut a hole in your tent try one of these, you just have to run the exhaust pipe out the door of the tent.
http://www.qualitymatters.com/Sunpentown-9000-BTU-Portable-Air-Conditioner-p/qmwa-9000e.htm

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#440505 - 11/16/09 02:53 AM Re: AC for a Tent? [Re: Stuwbaby]
spidennis Offline
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Originally Posted By: Stuwbaby
If you don't want to stuf one in the door or cut a hole in your tent try one of these, you just have to run the exhaust pipe out the door of the tent.
http://www.qualitymatters.com/Sunpentown-9000-BTU-Portable-Air-Conditioner-p/qmwa-9000e.htm

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it's funny you should say this now, as I just saw this in a trailer yesterday! this guy cut a hole in the floor for the vent ....... put it in a tent, or enclosed trailer ...... it costs more but the installation is pretty dang simple!

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#450340 - 01/21/10 06:54 PM Re: AC for a Tent? [Re: spidennis]
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I stumbled across this .....
tx guy's ac cooled tent

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#462378 - 04/13/10 05:34 PM Re: AC for a Tent? [Re: iridered2003]
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Originally Posted By: iridered2003
here's a link too a picture, if it works for you.




http://www.dirttrails.com/Photos/PhotoDe...&p=3754


Hi, thank you very much for posting the link here. I just gone through the link and its helps me a lot. Thanks again
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#490661 - 01/11/11 12:32 PM Re: AC for a Tent? [Re: iridered2003]
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f the AC unit shifts, breaks or falls out, it will allow a lot of water to come into the cabin, this is making impractical for sellers, these are more efficient for installation.

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