Do You Need a Swamp Cooler?
by Marc Neveux
(Simi Valley, CA)
RV Swamp Cooler
Melting the Asphalt: Do You Need a Swamp Cooler?
RV living can be an interesting concept, especially when it is more than a hundred degrees outside and the pavement looks like it is melting before you. While most RV owners have air conditioners, they can be quite expensive to run and are not always the most feasible answer to the heat. For some people, the right answer might be a swamp cooler.
If you have never heard of a swamp cooler, they are an interesting concept of nothing more than elemental physics. Think of the way you feel when you have slightly damp hair and stand in front of a fan or an open window: You automatically feel cooler. A swamp cooler works by using simple evaporation, which then makes the surrounding air feel cooler by comparison. They do not work in every kind of atmosphere so you should consider both where you live and where you will be heading before dashing off to get one. Those who live or travel to hot and humid areas will be left damp and clammy, not cool and comfortable. A swamp cooler in Phoenix, Arizona, is a great idea. The same swamp cooler in Michigan, Ohio, or any of the Southern states is a bad idea.
If you do find that you are in or are traveling to an appropriate place for a swamp cooler, then you have to next decide what size you need. You can start with one that will cool the immediate area or one that can cool the entire RV. Don’t go too big on the size or you will end up with a wet room, as in a swampy mess. You can talk to a dealer who will explain exactly what you need for a swamp cooler based on the size of your RV and your cooling needs. You should also look at ways to install the swamp cooler and whether you can handle the task on your own of if you will need someone else to do it for you.
Of course, there are a number of other ways to stay cool, even on the hottest summer days and steamy, sticky, humid, summer nights. You can start by finding free electricity for your air conditioning units. Find the shadiest place at the RV campsite that you possibly can. Park near a pool, a lake or a river and everyone can take a nice swim before turning in for the night. Steer clear of places that have heated pools which just defeats the purpose altogether. If you have plenty of room in the coolers or the fridge, everyone should stash a cloth in a baggy in there, using it to dab their faces, wear around their necks or to stash in their hats as a personal cooling system.
Another completely unreasonable suggestion is to get into your RV and start heading north to stay ahead of the heat waves. When you find penguins, it is time to turn around and head home for the year.