cooling the cab

Submitted: Monday, Feb 01, 2010 at 22:11
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have no aircon in cabin--- my unit has15ft caravan body on light truck chassis other than a fan any other ideas of keeping cool while driving .
there is whats called a swampy evaporative unit that sits on the seat-- any one used them
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Reply By: Outbacktourer - Monday, Feb 01, 2010 at 22:17

Monday, Feb 01, 2010 at 22:17
Roof hatch like rally cars. Foot vent like early cruisers/f trucks.

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Reply By: Member - Royce- Tuesday, Feb 02, 2010 at 00:30

Tuesday, Feb 02, 2010 at 00:30
Spray bottle of water... A squirt no and then evaporative cooling .... lovely.

Wet towel around you kneck too.
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Reply By: DIO - Tuesday, Feb 02, 2010 at 08:37

Tuesday, Feb 02, 2010 at 08:37
Take your shirt, shoes and socks off.
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Reply By: Atta Boy Luther - Tuesday, Feb 02, 2010 at 12:59

Tuesday, Feb 02, 2010 at 12:59
Now for the real answers LOL .
I have this paint on the troopy and it works . On a hot day i can get in and not be so hot that it takes your breath away . Paint it on the cab and the caravan as well .
Its so cool paint .
The only interior fan that really works is a yachties fan .
Yachties fan
An exterior metal sunvisor is a must for stopping heat getting into the cab .
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Reply By: disco driver - Tuesday, Feb 02, 2010 at 14:34

Tuesday, Feb 02, 2010 at 14:34
Kevin,
Can you fit aftermarket A/con (they may still be available from the well known autoparts suppliers, Super-Cheap, Auto-Pro and similar.

Another tip that works well particularly with cab-over units is to put a layer of building insulation foil (looks like alfoil bubblewrap) under the floor matting and the engine cover. It helps with reducing engine noise too.

Another idea that may help if you can fit it on your vehicle is a tropical roof fitted about 30-40mm above the cab roof.

Legal Window tint on side windows will also reduce heat in the cab.

Hope this helps

Disco.
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Follow Up By: keviny6 - Tuesday, Feb 02, 2010 at 18:07

Tuesday, Feb 02, 2010 at 18:07
like the building insulation idea , vehicle i have never had aircon in front was quoted nearly $4000 to have put in as he had to make all the brackets.
have an idea how to put a evaporative one in , better than nothing
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Follow Up By: disco driver - Wednesday, Feb 03, 2010 at 01:26

Wednesday, Feb 03, 2010 at 01:26
A few years ago you could buy a couple of underdash type A/cons for fitting to non A/c vehicles.
It was a selfcontained unit and the only internal brackets were to hang the unit under the dash usually on the passenger side
From memory the only other brackets to be made were those to hold the compressor so that it could be driven by the fan belt.
May be worth trying a wrecker for something similar.

Disco.
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Follow Up By: Dave(NSW) - Wednesday, Feb 03, 2010 at 10:17

Wednesday, Feb 03, 2010 at 10:17
Kev,
Evaporative coolers are no good in high humidity areas, You need a proper aircon like Icepack.http://www.haultech.com/Icepack.shtml

Cheers Dave..

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Follow Up By: keviny6 - Wednesday, Feb 03, 2010 at 21:01

Wednesday, Feb 03, 2010 at 21:01
bit hard to put that in the cab dave lol
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Follow Up By: Dave(NSW) - Wednesday, Feb 03, 2010 at 22:55

Wednesday, Feb 03, 2010 at 22:55
Kev,
It actually fits on the chazzie rail on trucks and you have a outlet in the cab, A bit like a split system at home.
Cheers Dave...
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Reply By: Eric Experience - Tuesday, Feb 02, 2010 at 21:20

Tuesday, Feb 02, 2010 at 21:20
Kevin.
I don't use the aircon in my truck. The way I stay cool is to have bulk air through the cabin. The cheap and easy way to do this is to get a second hand sun roof out of a wreck and then install it in your roof but put it in backwards, that is with the opening at the front, there is a secondary benefit with this and that is you get a slight positive pressure in the cabin, it stops any dust from coming in. Eric.
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Follow Up By: Robin Miller - Wednesday, Feb 03, 2010 at 12:01

Wednesday, Feb 03, 2010 at 12:01
Bulk air is certainly a great start Eric - the air coming thru vents in modern cars is typically 4-6c higher than ambient and its almost impossible to get in less than 3 degrees warmer.

Quarter vents were wonderful things and delayed the need to use air-cons.
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Reply By: olcoolone - Wednesday, Feb 03, 2010 at 11:10

Wednesday, Feb 03, 2010 at 11:10
What sort of vehicle is it Kevin?
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Follow Up By: keviny6 - Wednesday, Feb 03, 2010 at 21:03

Wednesday, Feb 03, 2010 at 21:03
toyoace 1.5 ton chassis with 15 ft van
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Reply By: keviny6 - Wednesday, Feb 03, 2010 at 21:14

Wednesday, Feb 03, 2010 at 21:14
seems to me i'll just have to start out early and stop when it gets hot at the closest c/p to use my aircon inside.
or make camp early and start the genny



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