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Old 06-16-18, 11:58 AM
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Small battery operated fan?

Leaving tomorrow on a week long tour and it's going to be hot, hot, hot. Has anyone ever carried one of those small battery operated fans for use at night while in the tent ? Do they work at all in cooling you down ? Btw, can't count on available trees so hammock is out.
As always, thank you for your input.
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Old 06-16-18, 01:15 PM
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With timer to shutdown after a couple hours - night air cools, metabolism slows, conserve battery.

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Why use the tent?? Just lay down your tarp, the pad and your sleeping bag. Easier to count the stars that way.
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Originally Posted by travelinhobo
Why use the tent?? Just lay down your tarp, the pad and your sleeping bag. Easier to count the stars that way.
Is this a hoard of hungry mosquitoes posing as "travelinhobo" ?
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Originally Posted by robow
Is this a hoard of hungry mosquitoes posing as "travelinhobo" ?
Put those mosquitoes to work to keep you cool.

Where are you going? Please don't tell me the KATY.


See you should have gone with me. Long term forecast is mid 70s to low 80s.
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Old 06-16-18, 06:08 PM
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Come to Wyoming - -
Chance of snow in the higher elevations next week.
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Originally Posted by travelinhobo
Why use the tent?? Just lay down your tarp, the pad and your sleeping bag. Easier to count the stars that way.
Most recent summer or three-season tents consist of an inner tent with a floor and mainly mosquito netting on top plus a waterproof fly for inclement weather and/or privacy. So by leaving the fly off one does get the benefit of radiant cooling (at least on clear nights) and any ambient breeze.
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Originally Posted by spinnaker
Put those mosquitoes to work to keep you cool.

Where are you going? .
We're going to follow the Old Route 66 from Joplin MO thru to St. Louis and then northward to Chicago. I've ridden parts of it before but not the most southwestern part of MO. And yes, Wyoming would have been a smarter choice, that's coming in September.
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I went to northern Europe and the British Isles, instead , no fan needed..
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I picked up a couple in the Midwest during my cross country trip. Found them pretty much worthless.
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I got a batt operated tent fan for camping with the family. 4 ppl in 1 big tent. not bike touring just a summer vacation (with bikes). the fan definitely helped because otherwise the air does not move at all. I think it took 2 D (or maybe they were C) batteries & I think I changed them every night for 6 nights. pretty expensive & I can't imagine touring with something like that. it was also tricky rigging it to hang from the middle of the tent to blow straight down. I had to use some para cord a small biner. looked a lot like this one

https://www.zoro.com/o2cool-portable...specifications
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This one seems to get good reviews. Pairs with a solar charged battery. Never tried one, but thinking about it for an upcoming trip.

https://www.rei.com/product/106769/goal-zero-fan-tool
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Totally useless. If it is super hot and humid, mosquito netting summer tent without the fly. Strip off naked and lay on top of your sleeping bag or silk sleeping bag. Lay perfectly still and naked on your back for 30 minutes and your body will cool down. After a few days you will be used to the heat. Try to plan a route with rivers or lakes for swimming. Camp beside one and you are in paradise.
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You may also want to try a spray bottle. A fine water mist is surprisingly refreshing. (And doesn't require battery, and is probably easier to pack)
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Picked up a cheapie, 4 A batteries, put it about 18 inches from my face/neck, not bad, better than nuttin' but not great.
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Be like a pro and spray some water into the helmet holes.
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Originally Posted by linus
Be like a pro and spray some water into the helmet holes.
You do know you can take your helmet off when you go to bed right? I know safety first but if you are going to get a head injury while sleeping, you might have much bigger problems than helmet wearing!
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Originally Posted by veganbikes
You do know you can take your helmet off when you go to bed right? I know safety first but if you are going to get a head injury while sleeping, you might have much bigger problems than helmet wearing!
Safety first!
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A fan can't hurt, this one is just $8 and 4 oz. I have a battery brick anyway, so that would likely power it most of the night. Better then nothing

https://www.amazon.com/ARCTIC-Breeze...70_&dpSrc=srch
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Thanks for the link. That is the one reppans showed pics of above.
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found a pic of mine

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Do your research and choose your campsites wisely. Stay away from water, standing water and go to bed late. Don't set up the tent, use the rainfly as your sleeping bag and enjoy the stars. Far easier than roasting in a tent. I did that for most of my 2015 bike trip. I just spent the nights away from water and water sources, aka grass, green plants. It worked great. I think anymore my greatest survival point, mosquito survival, was the fact I was sleeping on concrete or blacktop ever night. I wanted to keep everything dry, including from dew. By sleeping on hardtop I managed to always keep things dry and for the most part, unless I had plants around me I pretty much never had mosquitoes to deal with.
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Is there any way to make this silly post fade away?

BY THE WAY , any ideas how to keep my underpants from getting sweaty using hi tech gear?
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Originally Posted by waddo
Is there any way to make this silly post fade away? & any ideas how to keep my underpants from getting sweaty using hi tech gear?
not if ppl keep asking questions :-) you might try thin lined trishorts. size them up generously
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