Refrigerated Air Conditioner for Camping

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Refrigerated Air Conditioner for Camping

What do you people think? Am considering a portable refrigerated air conditioner specifically for cooling purposes during my excursion. But I heard some types they are noisy, anyone who has used it? Advice and give recommendations. Thank you.

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welcome to BLF – the tiny, personal ones are not big enough for camping (these are really small):

The bigger portable ones (the ones on wheels) would work well enough for a smaller area like an RV or the immediate are you would sit.

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The main issue though with the bigger units is that they need to intake outside Air and exhaust the hot air and often do so through a combined hose or in a way that merely reheats the small hot space inside the RV.

There are RV sites all over that talk about this at length and I would suggest finding a site where your unit is discussed and asking people in the exact same unit what works for them.

I have a Casita Camper for example and what works in them might not work too well in a Stick Built Metal sided unit.

More actual details about your rig would help others help you here.

acab wrote:
welcome to BLF – the tiny, personal ones are not big enough for camping (these are really small):

The bigger portable ones (the ones on wheels) would work well enough for a smaller area like an RV or the immediate are you would sit.

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Yeah, in the ‘portable’ (wheeled) ones you definitely would want a 2-hose unit. I tried a 1-hose A/C in my little trailer and it just sucked hot outside air back in through cracks or whatever just as fast as it produced cold air. Room air conditioners from 5000 BTU on up tend to work too if you get the right size for the space.

Is this for an RV or a tent? If a tent, I’d just get a 5000 BTU room unit and zip the doorway around it.

Anything that actually works is going to weight about 60 or 80 lbs at least. No getting around it. And some that weigh that much don’t work… I tried a portable mini-split called Rollicool and it was a total fail; it only dropped the temp in a 14’×6.5’ trailer from 89* to 83* in the course of an hour, so I returned it.

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1 hose units are trash.

2 hose units are way better.

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With portable A/Cs, getting hosed is a good thing! Big Smile

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I’ve never met a backpacker with a portable air conditioner.
You might do better using a goat or mule to haul it and the battery pack and solar cells.

I’ve taken rolls of aluminized bubble wrap —- Home Depot attic insulation —- for car camping to put up inside a “shade” shelter against the mosquito netting walls and on the roof in hot weather and it’s very good at blocking direct heat from the sun. Unlike a cloth tarp, no noticeable infrared comes through it. The kind with aluminum on both sides works best.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Reflectix-48-in-x-100-ft-Double-Reflective-I...

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MiaPacker wrote:

What do you people think? Am considering a portable refrigerated air conditioner specifically for cooling purposes during my excursion. But I heard some types they are noisy, anyone who has used it? Advice and give recommendations. Thank you.
What kind of “excursion” are you planning? Will you be traveling from place to place or setting up an (air conditioned) base camp to operate from?

I see your from Miami, are you doing your excursion in the Everglades??

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There are a few that are really battery powered, portable, and compressor driven (not evaporative like those above). Like this on Kickstarter:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1253665084/zero-breeze-the-worlds-c...

But I think you can seriously consider carrying a big block of ice and a fan. It’s more efficient, unless you have a power source. There’s also a Kickstarter for that:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/idea3di/geizeer-eco-friendly-ice-co...

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You have GOT to be kidding!

It at least needs a long hose carrying heat to a heat sink in the nearby ocean.

And in a tent, dumping the heat through a hose?
This is where the Reflectix aluminized bubble wrap would make sense, to block sunlight from heating the tent:

But for catsake, that thing is probably barely competent as a beer cooler.

Not to mention likely using an ozone-destroying refrigerant, for which China is currently the primary source.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-environment-ozone/china-respons...

It’s industrial waste, what’s the best way to get rid of it? AH, yes sell it to the Americans ….

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That tiny thing can only cool up to 55 sq ft? Like, that is a closet or a small tent or you have to sit in front of it.

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Plan your camping trip further north or to higher elevations. If you want AC don’t go camping, just stay in a hotel…
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EDCba wrote:
There are a few that are really battery powered, portable, and compressor driven (not evaporative like those above). Like this on Kickstarter:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1253665084/zero-breeze-the-worlds-c...

But I think you can seriously consider carrying a big block of ice and a fan. It’s more efficient, unless you have a power source. There’s also a Kickstarter for that:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/idea3di/geizeer-eco-friendly-ice-co...

EDCba wrote:
A more recent project with, er, less complaints:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/548470077/coolingstyle-portable-mul...

Certainly not for everyone or every situation, but I can see how these could be useful to some people.

Pitch your tent in the shade & cool that bad boy down at night! Thumbs Up

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The portable one I had was terrible. Literally no difference… I didn’t have air conditioning in my house, and I tried the portable air conditioner in a small room, and it couldn’t get it cold. I was disappointed to believe the ad that was on my phone, but they get you sometimes.
Anyway, I decided that I need a new ac system in my house. I wanted to be serious about it this time, and that’s why I called the professionals to help me. They did their job in one day, and now my house is as hot or cold as I want it. It’s cool to have good AC in my house now, and I will never fall for those ads again.

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I thought camping was to get away from electronic conveniences and be in tune with nature ? Roughing it so to speak .

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When tent sleeping I have found that a damp sheet and a fan to work pretty well to stay cool in dry climes. Haven’t tried that in humid areas.