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mikeexplorer

Going to be a hot one this weekend

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For those in the Northeast, this weekend is going to be a hot one. This upcoming weekend is the Snow Shoe Rails to Trails Chicken BBQ event which we attend every year. Last year for our Jumping Jack, I made a "Redneck Air conditioner" but I found sticking the hose in the door way got in the way. This year I improved upon it and found a way to have the cold air blow into the front window without cutting or sewing the marine canvas. I didn't want to compromise the canvas in any way so I came up with a way to hold it in place with magnets. Made strips of magnets with duct tape and used clear vinyl to cover the window and attach the duct coming from the air conditioner.  I did replace the hose with one that is a bit longer, found it on Ebay since you can't buy vinyl dryer duct hose anymore.

We are ready for the hot weekend of riding and camping, and the hose won't get in our way anymore.

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That is a great idea.  That’s redneck 101 right there. 

Quick question.  That front of the ac where the filter is.   That’s the intake portion, how come you leave that exposed taking in the hot air from outside ? Why not build another cowl like you did and connect it to the tent as well.  This way your recovering more cooler air from inside the tent then drawing the  outside hot air ? 

Either way I freaking love it. 

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20 hours ago, Frank Angerano said:

That is a great idea.  That’s redneck 101 right there. 

Quick question.  That front of the ac where the filter is.   That’s the intake portion, how come you leave that exposed taking in the hot air from outside ? Why not build another cowl like you did and connect it to the tent as well.  This way your recovering more cooler air from inside the tent then drawing the  outside hot air ? 

Either way I freaking love it. 

At the time I built it, I only had enough hose to make one. The hose does cause the airflow to be restricted and if I were to do as you suggest, I think it would restrict it too much and cause the thermostat to trigger to shut down the compressor. This setup cooled down the inside of the tent well enough last year with sticking the hose inside the doorway so that is all I cared about. By morning,, Michelle had both blankets on so it was plenty cool inside :)

I looked into buying a portable unit instead, but they are bulky and use more power, since we are using a generator, power is everything. This keeps the unit outside and does not take up any space inside the tent.

 

Mike

 

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We had a good time at the Chicken BBQ event, they sold out by 2:15pm. We were plenty cool inside at night.

 

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It wasn't that bad there, Snow Shoe is a higher elevation so it was high 80's low 90's wasn't bad riding unless you were out in the sun. Got some rain early Friday night which helped keep the dust down. Only went into the low 70's at night so air conditioning was needed.

Sunday coming home I felt the difference, unloading everything and putting it away I was sweating bullets.

Mike

 

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Great pictures! Sounds like a great time and the temperature was manageable. It was pretty hot out!

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