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RE: Good morning - bullfrog - 05-29-2020

The mister fan is made by Arctic and sold by Home Depot. It comes with a battery and charger but it looks just like the Ryobi fan (except the color, it is white/blue) with a mister system that is made to sit on a 5 gallon bucket that you fill with water. It has a high and low setting and as with all misters it works better with lots of ventilation, in fact it cools pretty well sitting outside pointing in the door and can get things wet so be forewarned. I use it outside in the shade on over 100 degree days and it really makes a difference. Last one I bought was around $80 to $90 but they do sometimes go on sale for less. It uses about a gallon of water every hour or so on high but I usually run it on low. The battery it comes with lasts about 3 or 4 hours but with the Ryobi large battery I can run it 8 to 10 hours at a time.


RE: Good morning - desert_sailing - 05-29-2020

(05-29-2020, 10:24 PM)bullfrog Wrote:  The mister fan is made by Arctic and sold by Home Depot. It comes with a battery and charger but it looks just like the Ryobi fan (except the color, it is white/blue) with a mister system that is made to sit on a 5 gallon bucket that you fill with water.  It has a high and low setting and as with all misters it works better with lots of ventilation, in fact it cools pretty well sitting outside pointing in the door and can get things wet so be forewarned.  I use it outside in the shade on over 100 degree days and it really makes a difference.  Last one I bought was around $80 to $90 but they do sometimes go on sale for less.  It uses about a gallon of water every hour or so on high but I usually run it on low.  The battery it comes with lasts about 3 or 4 hours but with the Ryobi large battery I can run it 8 to 10 hours at a time.
Sounds fantastic! I haven't even turned on my house AC yet and I am sweltering. Another luxury to add to the mix... My lack of certain luxuries will need to learn to derive from nature.. park near a stream so I can jump in it mountain man style! Do what soo many folks do and head to higher climes... I saw a video of a fellow who made a "swamp" cooler running off his solar

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNxvjVUFH7k

Looks great. Just be sure to thoroughly wash the toilet bucket before using as a swamp cooler.


RE: Good morning - bullfrog - 05-30-2020

I attempted the DIY cooler and wasn't impressed, at least with the mister you get cool, but also a little wet sometimes!


RE: Good morning - desert_sailing - 05-30-2020

(05-30-2020, 06:27 AM)bullfrog Wrote:  I attempted the DIY cooler and wasn't impressed, at least with the mister you get cool, but also a little wet sometimes!
 A little wet ?..lol.. I need a cleaning anyhow... the misting system that doubles as a shower... sounds ideal, I like multipurpose items!

3rd night in van was a bit better. I think the lack of sleep is catching up with me and I am nodding off much sooner.  I also am getting used to falling between the cushions and sleeping with my hip bone on the hinges.. NOT!

I was inspired while dragging myself out of the canyon formed between the cushions at about 330am... Velcro did not work at all... and heavily hand stitching is not going to work for long and will take forever to do. So today I am going to cut strips of patches and attach that way?

I remember as a kid patches were strong and durable. When one was put on a pair of jeans it stayed put. I have aged quite a bit and haven't had a patch on anything in many years.. I am hoping they are still durable.

I also picked up a couple usb fans from Wally today... I hope those give me some temporary relief.. The van was absolutely disgusting last nite..I keep a pretty hi level of cleanliness..but good lord... a sweaty man in a metal box with no air movement... umm.. are you getting the visual? I am so thankful I dont have much chest/body hair..

I am really enjoying it so far despite the "inconveniences". I am so very thankful I am allowed the opportunity to work out the kinks with the help of you all here on the forums before hitting the road.


RE: Good morning - maki2 - 05-30-2020

Put some non skid under the rug webbing or non skid shelf liner under the cushions. That makes a big different in keeping them from shifting position. You can also put a webbing strap around the cushions that want to come apart.

There are many different ways to solve such problems.


RE: Good morning - crofter - 05-30-2020

(05-29-2020, 10:16 PM)travelaround Wrote:   ... not far from where I was living - in Post Falls, Idaho.. I left there in October.
My question: whyever would you leave Post Falls Idaho? You are the first person I have heard of who left Post Falls, I have mostly heard of PF as a destination and not a departure point.

Course you don't have to answer that. If you're going to snow me just say something like "deep snow."
-crofter


RE: Good morning - maki2 - 05-30-2020

I ended up staying home today instead of going on the day trip to a small town. I had an upset tummy last night so did not feel like sitting in a car for a long drive. Turned out to be a good decision not to go. First thing that happened was a violent thunderstorm moved right up the I-5 corridor with heavy rains for quite a few hours. Then this afternoon the protest in downtown Seattle moved onto I-5 and shut it down. Then some protestors chose to use violence and the whole city of Seattle is now on a 5pm to 5am curfew but people are allowed to go to work if they need to. The civic disaster phone alert system sounded notifying me of the curfew. First time I have ever had one of those types of alerts happen. It must be based on the phone's geographic location because my friend who was still south of Seattle did not get that notification even though we share the same phone account. Heavy rain just started again, that should very literally dampen down the protesting, looting and the fires. Tonight that unusually heavy rain in Seattle is the cities very best riot control measure.

My friend is still working his way back home from the day tip to Vader, WA. He is presently bypassing downtown Seattle on the old highway 99 since I-5 is still shut in both directions. You just never know what a day will bring and this year has certainly been full of unexpected happenings. But I am glad I stayed at home today enjoying a lazy day, reading a good book and taking a few naps.


RE: Good morning - desert_sailing - 05-30-2020

(05-30-2020, 07:45 PM)maki2 Wrote:  Put some non skid under the rug webbing or non skid shelf liner under the cushions. That makes a big different in keeping them from shifting position. You can also put a webbing strap around the cushions that want to come apart.

There are many different ways to solve such problems.
I didn't even think of the slip stop webbing underneath. Thank you!

I just finished a moment ago ironing on some patch strips to see how that works for tonight.  I am not sure of the longevity for these patches to hold. But with a few other tips offered here I think it will all work out. Sleeping on the knifes edge with one eye open is not ideal.  I can't imagine having to work the bugs out on the fly.  I see how it could be if having to hit the road unprepared and unaware.

I am thankful I have the time for a pre-shakedown cruise.


RE: Good morning - desert_sailing - 05-30-2020

(05-30-2020, 07:58 PM)crofter Wrote:  My question: whyever would you leave Post Falls Idaho? You are the first person I have heard of who left Post Falls, I have mostly heard of PF as a destination and not a departure point.

Course you don't have to answer that. If you're going to snow me just say something like "deep snow."
-crofter
I live very close to PF and work there often. The natural beauty is outstanding... the politics are lousy and hordes of tourists swarm the community.

Sand Point is a bit more calm and relaxed.. but the politic is the same. Idaho still has 7.35 an hour min wage... if that tells you anything..and prices are climbing faster than the spider running up my wall.

The Spokane, PF, CDA corridor is horrible.. imHo. 

I have fun on visits to that area.. Silverwood is always a treat for families and friends.

Oh yea.. and there is deep snow! Plenty of it.


RE: Good morning - bullfrog - 05-30-2020

I have always used cheap Walmart sleeping bags to make a pillow top type cover or shell for my foam mattress. On the wider ones I get two identical bags and zip the bags to each other then just a few stitches to make sure the zippers don't unzip and the foam stays in place till I'm ready to replace them when they get dirty or worn. Maybe by enclosing them in a tight fitting bag you can keep the cushions in place better.