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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 06-18-2017, 12:45 PM Thread Starter
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Surviving Texas heat

Hopefully this isn't a dual post, managed to lose my browser window the first time.

The companies who have or are trying to produce Peltier devices for motorcycles are great folks, but Peltier devices will only pump up so much differential heat.

There are 12 volt brushless DC refrigerator compressors that will fit in a politician's hand with plenty of room left for him to keep picking your pocket.

An article I saw somewhere (here, maybe) from the Iron Butt Association made it sound like shedding 140 watts of heat was the trick, either through sweat or technology.

Rigid HVAC sells a skeletal cooling unit for $430. Specs aren't on that page but the current draw is probably 5 amps or less. My guess would be less, and at that only when the compressor is running.

Engel makes a back seat sized 12 volt freezer that draws 3 amps in high gear, .7 amps in low speed mode, and of course zero amps for probably 40 minutes out of every typical hour, at least when used as a conventional refrigerator/freezer.

Imagine loading that Engel unit up with some kind of thermal ballast. Blue ice, water bottles, milk (never beer, of course - Mother wouldn't like that) and a heat exchanger to a water reservoir. Tubes leading out through the flip-open lid to a pump and a bunch of tubing in the rider's vest would do the rest.

I could be wrong, but I think that would take the edge off a hot summer ride.

$650 to find out is a steep gamble, but on the other hand the ice chest is high quality. I'd rather spend $650 on an active micro refrigerator than $300 on a physically larger Yeti ice chest.
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There will very likely be a few vendors at wingding selling some interesting cooling devices .

Heat is rarely a problem for me unless the humidity is pretty high then it really bothers me, seems like the older I get the more it bothers .

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Engel makes a back seat sized 12 volt freezer that draws 3 amps in high gear, .7 amps in low speed mode, and of course zero amps for probably 40 minutes out of every typical hour, at least when used as a conventional refrigerator/freezer.

Imagine loading that Engel unit up with some kind of thermal ballast. Blue ice, water bottles, milk (never beer, of course - Mother wouldn't like that) and a heat exchanger to a water reservoir. Tubes leading out through the flip-open lid to a pump and a bunch of tubing in the rider's vest would do the rest.

I could be wrong, but I think that would take the edge off a hot summer ride.

$650 to find out is a steep gamble, but on the other hand the ice chest is high quality. I'd rather spend $650 on an active micro refrigerator than $300 on a physically larger Yeti ice chest.
I usually just cut the toes out of an old pair of tube socks and slip them on my arms. Then wet 'em down with the garden hose. Of course, your idea would probably work too.

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Best solution IMHO is to simply avoid Texas altogether in the summertime!
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For a recent trip through South Carolina I picked up one of those Techniche Hyperkewl evaporative cooling vests and wore it under my Tourmaster vented riding coat and it did quite well. Needed to be re-wetted about every 1.5 hours but it did the job.

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My last trip across Texas in May, I just wet dowwn the LCComfort shirt and rode on, 100 degrees in San Antonio. YMMV

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I live in Northern Australia where in summer it gets too 50 Celcius, around 130 Degrees US
Where a T-shirt and when you stop soak it in water wring it out and out it back on
Between 11am and 2pm stay off the roads

Well i started out with nothing and I still got a whole lot left
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http://www.veskimo.com/ a friend has one of these and swears he is cold while the rest of us are melting down
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