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Old 01-07-2011, 11:29 AM   #15
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OK - thinking of heading to Burning Man for the first time and as one of those picky airstreamers I have a question: is my trailer going to get sand-blasted? or is it just dusty?? My husband will freak out if paint or aluminum damage is involved so we might choose to bring something not so pristine if we can look forward to sand storms. Thanks in advance for any info for a new-bie!
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Old 01-07-2011, 12:08 PM   #16
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It's more like talcum powder than sand, really.

The dust inside is what people have a hard time with. If you cover everything with plastic before you leave home, and are religious about keeping the windows and door closed, you won't have much trouble with it.
If the dust bothers you too much a cocktail of gin and vermouth can ease the anxiety greatly!

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Old 01-07-2011, 12:20 PM   #17
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No air conditioning in my 68 AS. How much would I suffer without it?
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Old 01-07-2011, 01:04 PM   #18
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Old 01-07-2011, 03:16 PM   #19
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No air conditioning in my 68 AS. How much would I suffer without it?
If you have an awning, sitting outside isn't bad at all. Even inside it's not terrible unless you have to button up for a dust storm. Get yourself a 12V fan. I've found that if you can just keep the air moving inside, the "dry heat" is tolerable for a couple of hours.

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The dust really isn't an issue at all. No damage, just some cleaning when you get home.
The winds do get very strong so dust can sneak in the cracks.

Being a coastal person the heat mid day does get to me. I bring a genny so I can have AC.
It seems everyone wants to hang out in my trailer when I have the air on.
It depends on what your heat tolerance is. Outside in the shade is doable most days.

Oh, and you occasionally get some rain. The weather varies of course but count on really hot and windy.
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...but count on really hot and windy.
Only for a few hours. The flip side is, you better bring a light coat and thick blanket, or you'll be cold at night. Temps can easily be in the 50s.

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Very true Zep...some nights are down right COLD!

Excellent hot toddy time.
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Zep's being kind; this is Nevada and I'm sure there's been snow in the air with the hail, gorgeous triple rainbows in the moonlight and in the 40's. So average 110 and 40, nice and balmy 75.
There was a most beautiful double, even triple rainbow this year during the Monday evening moisture conditioning sprinkle that shut down most of the event for a few hours. Seems the colors are reversed on the inside rainbow.
Isn't there a double rainbow during the event just about every year?
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Old 01-09-2011, 01:39 AM   #24
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I was amazed to find how unabrasive the dust felt when I finally made it to Burning Man. I had imagined stinging sand storms. But the dust is much finer than that - fine enough to work its way into nearly every gap. Many people use painters tape to seal around the outside of their windows so that dust doesn't come in that way.

By opening the trailer up and/or turning on the fan when there is no dust and the outside is cool, one can get by just fine in an airstream without an air conditioner. We did take the precaution of insulating all the windows with reflectex and that helped a lot.
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Oh yeas, one of my science experiments for this year: Try to do a filtered positive air pressure in the trailer. My go at turning the center vent into a swamp cooler was a failure this last year, but the filtered positive pressure still seems doable.
I should get ambitious and redo my hydrometer analysis of the playa dust, after 6 days of settling in water there was still 24? some percent of the material in suspension.
Monte has a pretty neat set up of solar powered swamp cooler that does pretty good for him, mine worked sorta, fair but I was loosing power in the DC to 110 inverter and poor position of the solar panels.

Okay kids, get your science thinking on, put together some science and geology experiments to show in our interactivity requirements to be a theme camp. Be among the first to present a talk at the Black Rock City symposium. (Hmm, wonder if I can use that for CEU's to renew my certs?)
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...Okay kids, get your science thinking on, put together some science and geology experiments to show in our interactivity requirements to be a theme camp. Be among the first to present a talk at the Black Rock City symposium. (Hmm, wonder if I can use that for CEU's to renew my certs?)
Is geodesy and cartography science, engineering, or art? Sign me up to discuss mapping software, types of maps, datums, and projections. It would be a continuation of the overview of map types here. As a lure, I'll offer 25GB of free maps on DVD to those who aren't totally glassy-eyed at the end of the hour. I'll even have five laptops for the use of the class. Anyone for a members' map?

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...Isn't there a double rainbow during the event just about every year?
Probably. I've got photos of one at each of the events I've attended, but that's an admittedly small sample size.

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I'm going to try to make it as it won't be too hard too leave the 105 temperature days here in Mulege.

on edit 7 more posts and I can make the members map! What a great idea Zep!
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Isn't there a double rainbow during the event just about every year?
That, and unicorns, too ! And of course, the usual complement of sparkle ponies...

If folks are interested, I'd be happy to talk (and demonstrate) how to build a propane poofer (fire effect) like the ones on RoboShaw....

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