Do I read you are planning on idling your van all night/day while you sleep?
Not that I'd tell you what to do, but, maybe make really sure you know where the exhaust is going.
Figjam has a beautiful, 12V cooler design, you might want to search that thread.
Take a good look at this. For a surprisingly low cost and easy to construct, you get:
- Comfortable temperatures (with a bonus of some humidity for breathing),
- way less power/fuel, and noise at a sleeping level (for you and your neighbors),
- no carbon monoxide or smell (for you and your neighbors),
- minimizes the time your van's engine will be running on-playa with the playa dust sucked into it.
Splurge on the separate deep-cycle battery for this chiller; keep it separate from the van's setup. Especially if the van conversion doesn't already have the engine's battery isolated from a van/camping deep-cycle battery. If the van setup already has a deep-cycle battery, then this one for the chiller can be a spare for off-playa use.
You can make it easy to mount, then once you get in line on-playa, mount it and start chilling. When you're stopped in a pulsed queue, you can still get chilled air while the van engine is off (without tasking the van's battery against an engine restart, although the pump & fan is very low current draw).
It's a long thread. A re-post summary starts on this page
- in a bucket
- larger box (fan has more flow, quieter too)viewtopic.php?f=280&t=33842&start=1170
Odd. No bears to watch in the dump. Oh well, lets go across the road & pick blueberries.
... but don't harm the red dragon that frequents the area from time to time. He and I have an agreement.