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Old 10-28-2015, 03:57 PM   #57
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Swamp cooler

Just a side note, Monte has been doing Burningman for 20 some years, with a little floor swamp cooler about the size of a box fan, and one solar panel.
Your mileage could vary by humidity
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Old 11-07-2015, 12:01 PM   #58
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Remove Televisions rather than Air Conditioning unit...

Yes... it is true that when Off the Grid we have never used our Air Conditioning unit.

It is also true that we used our Air Conditioning in the Mohave Desert with power. Without our AC... we would have been better off laying under a rock with the lizard population, than remaining within our trailer.

Rocky Mountain camping you could easily get by without an AC. You are more likely needing HEAT... as the evening can be down right cold at sunrise and warm just after the side of your trailer has sunlight heating your "bun warmer".

Removing the AC will diminish the value of your trailer. It adds little to wind drag. It adds little in weight. Having AC at a camp site with power at lower elevations in the heat of Summer... a pure necessity.

If there was one OR two things that I could remove from our current Airstream when Off the Grid... it would be the TWO digital television sets built into the interior. Those missing, I can comfortably relax within the AC cooled interior at 85F when it is 110F outside. Even IF... 85F can be maintained by manipulating awning, trailer directions towards sunrise and sunset and some kind of breeze to keep the aluminum from becoming a cooking surface for meals.

This June to August in the Mohave Desert region WITH and WITHOUT Air Conditioning... it was not a tough decision to pay for a spot at a RV Park and have the AC run for most of the day to maintain an interior temperature. We discovered that 85F within the trailer and 100F+ outside, made hiking in the heat reasonable and actually comfortable, as well.
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Old 11-08-2015, 06:07 AM   #59
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If there was one OR two things that I could remove from our current Airstream when Off the Grid... it would be the TWO digital television sets built into the interior. Those missing, I can comfortably relax within the AC cooled interior at 85F when it is 110F outside.

And exactly how does that make the interior cooler???


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Old 11-08-2015, 12:13 PM   #60
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The original statement was about removing the AC from the trailer.

I would remove my digital televisions as worthless before my AC.

I find my two digital televisions of no value to me when the outside temperature is over 100F and a sealed hole in the roof where the AC was removed.

If I camped only in the high country year round, AC and TV's are worthless to me.

If I camped in the Mohave Desert year round... the furnace is getting redundant.

I am sure you would not need a humidifier in New York, while in the High Rockies with humidity at 3% within the trailer... why not?

If anyone following this thread finds something that they could remove, toss into the garage as not essential... what would it be? And, more importantly... why?

I thought my response was complete. Television programming... sucks. I do not camp to watch television in my trailer. I am not a RV Park traveler in areas where television stations are even available. Radio stations can also be a challenge until after sunset.

We all have our reasons. I have better things to do than television(s). If we get too hot... give me a RV Park and fire up the AC. The televisions just take up space.
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Old 11-08-2015, 02:29 PM   #61
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I didn't intend to get your dander up, it's just that:

"Those missing, I can comfortably relax within the AC cooled interior at 85F when it is 110F outside."

implies that with the televisions you cannot comfortably relax at 85F.

You get no argument from me about most of tv's content or it relevance when camping.

I rarely use emoticons in my posts and sometime that means folks don't know I'm saying something in jest.
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Old 11-08-2015, 03:20 PM   #62
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I think I established early on in my opening post that:

1. I don't care about decreased valve. Not hard to replace.
2. We travel with the weather somewhat.
3. We're from Florida and the south

This is just an idea, and I mostly wanted to know if the opening was the same size. Lew was the first person to answer that. All else is just theoretical discussion. Enjoy.
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