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Hi friends, I live in a van and here in the south things are getting hot! So, I am building something to use ice and a fan to cool off at night.

Hi friends, I live in a van and here in the south things are getting hot! So, I am building something to use ice and a fan to cool off at night. My thoughts are currently - a cooler with tubing coiling around the bottom of the inside, a small fan on one side and the output on the other, fill with ice & turn the fan on.

Aside from any good ideas you guys might have to improve/optimize this, can you tell me what the best material for the piping to be that can cost effectively optimize the cooling of the air passing through?

  1. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Plain galvanized ducting probably. But for the effort why not install a small window unit ac?

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      That's called a swamp cooler. I've never made one but you should be able to find plenty of guides.

      >why not just use 120ac in the van that you live in surely with line power connected
      Although it's been done, AC is not really feasible to run off solar either.

      For cooling off in van life, your choices are:
      -12v fan
      -Cold water mist (spray bottle)
      -Elevation change (gets cooler in higher elevation driving less distance than alternating north/south)
      -Swimming holes
      -Swamp cooler

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Inverter + deep cycle battery connected to an extra alternator in your van?? It only need to be on when its needed.

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Yeah but you're talking about hundreds of dollars worth of equipment vs a $20 cooler with ice in it...

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Cost of ice adds up. A bag won't last all night.

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            I think a power source is a basic necessity. You might as well crack the windows and run a fan or better yet not be in the van when its hot. Drive somewhere you can be comfortable.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >AC is not really feasible to run off solar either.
        watch this cucktubers video where he buys a standalone battery bank, a couple used solar panels, and is able to run an AC all day and all night. might be a little overkill for a van though

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >That's called a swamp cooler
        What op describes is not a swamp cooler, swamp coolers use evaporation to lower air temps, not ice.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Swamp coolers use water evap from a fan usually blowing thru cardboard "fins" and don;t actually work well in high humidity (swamp) environments. they work great in dry heat if you don't mind the high humidity they create in the area. The ice thing would be more appropriately called "some redneck bs" and will cost anon a bag of ice and the gas to go purchase it, every day. better to rig up a small window AC in a van window and plug in to shore power. Or does anon actually live in his fucking van in the middle of bumfuck with no power? Or just run a generator to power it. Still takes gas but at least you have regular, steady cool dehumidified air.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Here's what you need OP.
        Water pump that runs off low power draw
        Box fan
        5 gallon bucket
        An 8 gallon ice bag
        Enough copper tubing to cover the rear grate of the fan after bending it into a cool of the same diameter
        Zip ties
        It's an enclosed system and not a swamp cooler since the water is all being pumped through non porous material since if you're in a high humidity state, a swamp cooler won't work well and would raise the humidity of your vehicle.

        But if you live in a van without any way of powering more than what your battery can support, you have to figure something out. Buy an additional battery and find a friend who will let you plug into power at their house for a few hours. Other than that, you could try staying at cheap campgrounds that have an outlet near the tentsite and plug in your batteries to that while you could run a real ac unit instead of a low power contraption while you wait.

  2. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Nothing like smell of a chemical toilet and warm, wet van air

  3. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    man i'm so glad i wasn't born retarded

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

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      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

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  4. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Would a bunch of peltier coolers be feasible for guys like this?

    I'm an HVAC guy in school for EE and have been thinking of applications for peltier coolers

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      It would take many and they'd gobble power. That's why ACs are what they are. A roof mount RV AC is the path of least suffering but a small window AC will work too.

      Everything that one can do to cool vehicles effectively has been done. Thick insulation helps greatly (contemplate refridgerated trucks and trailers) but it doesn't remove heat.

      BTW cables to parallel two Honda generators are common if you've a heavy load to drive.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I hope you haven't been in the school for long. Peltier has shit efficiency, no it won't work better than AC.

  5. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Swamp coolers are worthless if you're in the humid part of the south.

    There's no cheap way to get cool but fans can keep air moving. Ice will only work briefly unless you have some way to run a chest freezer at work or get blocks from an ice supplier. Two common questions on LULZ are near insurmountable, cooling without power and soundproofing a room in a conventional structure against loud low freq noise.

    A common solution is a Honda genset and a small AC.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Soundproofing is not at all insurmountable. It might be a little expensive/a lot of work, but if you're willing to rip open the walls, it can certainly be done.

      The word "soundproofing" is something of a misnomer. You won't be able to block all of the sound. But if you're willing to construct a room within a room, and do everything properly, you can get pretty darn close; certainly to the point where someone could sleep in the next one while you're playing drums or something. And even if you take half measures and mount the drywall on some sound isolating clips, tack on multiple layers of drywall with sound dampening material between them, put insulation in the walls, and make sure that the room is sealed airtight with acoustic caulking, you can get some serious isolation.

  6. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Sounds like a lot of work. If you want a cheap solution, get a small swamp cooler to put on your van. If you're in a really humid climate, then normal AC will be needed. Anything else is going to be an interesting experiment but a waste of time.

  7. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    This is my plan op.
    >get cooler
    >take the cooler apart and remove Styrofoam
    >use superior spray foam in its place
    >drill hole for intake
    >use flex duct to loop around ice
    >solar powered computer fan on the outlet sucking air thru the system
    This is so I can comfortably enjoy my breaks outside of the wagie cage instead of smoking cigarettes in a 100 degree car. With the windshield visor and parking angle I can keep it down to 90s or so. I want to have this setup for cooling me off by directly blowing at me. Probably cheaper making ice than using the car ac on breaks too at this point kek. Unrelated but I need opinions on another autistic plan - what would you anons think about the dude with the bean bag and lounge setup in the back of their suv? I'm trying to make breaks as comfy as possible.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Consider quitting smoking.

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    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      lol randomly i cam relate to this. i take most of my breaks in the back of my durango. currently i have a pillow and two cup holders. i also purposely park in a spot that has a nice view. instead of cars, i see nature. i really cant think of ways to improve it. i just like suvs anyways. like a swedish army knife of vehicles.

  8. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Grandpa?

  9. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

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    small 12v pump
    Cooler with ice and water
    aquarium tubing

    Sew tubing into a shirt or bedsheet.

    "Keep your body temperature cool with Cool Shirt apparel and accessories. Developed to manage body heat in extreme heat environments, Cool Shirt systems circulate temperature-controlled cool water within a specially designed shirt to reduce heat stress and prevent dehydration."

  10. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >live in a van
    drive to the far North, say Alaska, in summer
    drive back to the South in winter

    why do you all make everything 1000 times more complicated than it needs to be

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      4,000 mile drive, 20 mpg, $5 a gallon, ~$1000

      Still might be worth it.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Your car better be in good fucking shape, because for big stretches of that drive, there's nothing - no gas stations, no tow trucks, and limited cell service.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        apparently what real true vanlifers do is a circuit around the major BLM lands out west
        north in summer, south in winter
        always west of the continental divide
        for a straight trip from the Canada border to the Mexico border it is like 2500 miles at most

        I would probably go for it if I could tolerate shitting in a bucket, can't afford one of those ridiculous built out luxury vans with a real toilet
        plus van prices like everything else have completely left reality

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      LOL you don't just drive to Alaska.

      Better yet OP, catch the ferry in Bellingham.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        You can but then you're in Alaska.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >LOL you don't just drive to Alaska.
        I assure you people do just that, I mean yeah you have to deal with the border twice in each direction, but it is neither an island nor are the roads impassable in summer

  11. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

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    Install one of these and I would go where ever she wanted.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I'll give you 3 months before the two of you get completely bored, sick and tired of each other. You'll probably end up dumping her body somewhere in the woods and be the next van murder boyfriend like that other asshole not to long ago.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >3 months
        You are optimistic.

  12. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    drive your van north to cooler lands of Michigan

  13. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Check out Bob Wyatt on cheaprvliving on Youtube. He has lots of videos on staying cool.
    Good luck gypsyanon

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