Has anyone had experience with swamp coolers?
How do you get water up to the cooler?
I have used Swamp Coolers in both a stationary Mobile Home and a Travel Trailer.
Burning Man would be the perfect venue for one; my 5000 BTU air conditioner would not function there.
(These were taken with a cheap crappy Chinese camera, sorry)
My Fiber Stream
had a Coleman RV Evaporative Cooler installed when I bought it.
Picture #1 shows what are actually [b]2 hoses hanging down from the cooler, which are anchored to the side of the trailer. One hose has a male "Garden Hose" coupler and the other hose has a female "Garden Hose" coupler. These ends were supposed to be connected together when I was traveling. I found it best to have the cooler drained while on the road.
When I parked at a campsite, the instructions said to uncouple the 2 ends from each other and attach the female end to a hose connected to a water faucet and leave the male end dangling. Turn on the water faucet to fill the tank in the cooler until the excess started to flow out of the dangling hose. Then you turn off the water faucet, disconnect the cooler hose from the faucet hose, and reconnect the 2 trailer hoses back together. If I remember correctly, the cooler's tank held about 4 gallons.
The cooler's rotary dial switch had these positions:
- Pump Only
- Low Cool
- High Cool
- Low Fan Only
- High Fan Only
Unlike when running an air conditioner, where you keep ALL windows
closed, when running an evaporative cooler you have to open just ONE window a little bit, in order to allow the air to circulate back outside. Preferably this open window is across the area you most wish to be cooled (like the bed) from the cooler's location.
Initially, run the cooler on Pump Only for 10 minutes to get the excelsior pads good and wet. Then switch to one of the Cool settings.
(My schedule says that I have to stop typing [b]now. To be continued...)