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rocmoc

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Posted: 06/11/12 04:20pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Sorta a RV topic as I have seen them on some of the desert RV in the SouthWest.

Does anyone use an evaporative cooler/swamp Cooler in Mexico? RV or stick & motor. We use one here in AZ before & after the monsoons switching over to AC during the monsoons. We are lucky enough to have installed both during remodel and it works great. We can here the AC units humming nearby currently, not sure if it is the AC units or the electric meters. LOL! I have seen them on RVs tho rarely. Seems like a great alternative to the low amperage found in most parks in Mexico. In Mexico we normally live with a couple of fans or move on when it gets too hot.

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As long as you are in a low-humidity area, they work reasonably well. We used one for our home when we lived in Albuquerque, NM.


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Posted: 06/12/12 06:11am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Swamp coolers do not work well in high humidity areas like the West Coast of Mexico. Inland very little AC is required. Personally I don't like the idea of pumping humid air into a small space (RV). Continued use could cause rot! In high humidity areas the temp will drop but the indoor humidity will be so high you will feel uncomfortable.

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The key for us here in Monterrey is to use a filter called Celdek. It looks like a cardboard honeycomb and makes a tremendous difference in removing humidity. The other thing is to keep windows cracked, this helps the humidity escape. When we lived in the city we had a system that was like central air (MasterCool). It had a thermostat, was ducted and switched on and off to cool. We liked it. We also had minisplits during extreme humidity or rainy periods.

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We used one when stationed at Edwards AFB. Worked great and very efficient.

Saw one at the Pomona swap meet for mounting on the passengers window of a car. You filled with water and air went in the front and came out a slot into the car.

Almost Bought it for my 54 Belair.

Obviously here in Alabama it would be as useful as square tires.


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Years ago when we were station in AZ there was a company that made swamp coolers for RVs. Fit in the vent cut out just like the A/C.





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Lazy Daze used to put swamp coolers on their class C's. I did some work on a friends a number of years ago but parts were near impossible to find as the manufacturer had gone broke. She loved hers when it worked. It would be nice to stay cool with the windows open, that darn A/C makes a lot of noise. I gave up on my swamp cooler today, for this season. It can't keep up with the 110 degree temperatures.

Are you thinking about an RV roof mount cooler or one to blow into a window?


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Comments are interesting. We live in an area where temps this week were up to 107F and continue at 100 this week. A good percentage of the population uses a swamp cooler. It is how it is managed and maintained that make the difference.

Again, new technology in filters that reduce humitidy and provide better cooling, keeping windows cracked to allow for circulation and most of all cleaning of the unit. We no longer have our system (different house, pitched roof not a good design for the unit), but when we did it worked beautifully and we put plastic ice tiles that we in the bottom to add even more cooling during extreme heat.

In a country where you are punished for using electricity and air conditioning gets you into a commmercial rate for six months, it is a quiet and inexpensive alternative.

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Surprise, surprise! First monsoonal rain came for a visit this afternoon so the cooler is turned off.

hypoxia, just general discussion at this point.

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Swamp coolers in desert areas with low humidity are great, they can usually lower the temperature by several degrees, you see this in the out door restaurants with the misters, in areas like Phoenix, Tucson and Palm Springs, ETC.

Swamp coolers are going to add more moisture in the atmosfere, add some mold spores to a moisture rich environment and you have rot and mildue sprouting every where.

Try using ceiling fans or desk fans to move air, that gives you some releif with heat and humidity when all else fails or AC is not available.

Having a temperature of 102f and a humidity of 98 o/o, and add some more humidity, you might yust have some cooling rain.....INDOORS

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