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Old 06-20-10, 03:22 PM   #1
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What I learned this weekend.

What I learned this weekend is, I really like doing bike camping. The more I do it the more I love it. I am also needing to get a new tent with vents, a good sleeping pad, and I should carry a bit more water. I went through 4 liters of water like it was nothing. I drank about 2 of it and used the rest cooking.
Another item that I need to get is a fan for the tent. I need some kind of air movement across me and I will be ok. What kind of fan do yall recommend to use?
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Old 06-20-10, 03:43 PM   #2
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I've never heard of anyone carrying a fan on tour before. But then, I'm in England: Ask me about rain gear.

Quite a few tents have an inner mesh part that can be erected without the outer rain fly. If it's not dewy at night, this might give you the ventilation you want.
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It is already hot, but the hotter part of the year is toward the end of July and August. I would like to get something like a bug shelter, but I do not know if they have one small enough.
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I know Ive seen someone mention a tent fan for use in humid parts of Asia... sorry I don't have a source, but it was on here. maybe a search will turn something up?
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I have an LL Bean Microlite 2 tent. The entire structure inside the fly is bug screen. When I put it up without the fly it's like having a mini screen tent. It's also long enough for someone tall (I'm 6'4".)

Here it is with the fly on:


Here it is without the fly:


From your description it sounds like you used only the water you were carrying. Could you not refill? I seldom go through more than 2 bottles before I get a chance to refill them, though I carry 3. I also carry a Camelback for when I'm going through a long stretch of hot country with no towns or services. In camp I have 2 2-liter platypus water containers. They collapse and fold flat when not in use and weigh very little.

I don't think a fan would be a good idea due to weight. However, if I did I might try and find or design something that would run off solar power.

Coleman has a tent fan that runs off 1 D battery.

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