The best season for camping is surely summer with the benefit of long days and dry weather. But summers come with a drawback of a hot and humid environment. That makes it difficult to stay in a tent without an air conditioning unit, especially when we try to sleep. Air conditioners for camping in a tent have made camping life more easy and fun.
Tents have advanced techniques like air coolers or tents with air conditioning ports. So, now just because you have to stay in a tent, simply does not mean that one cannot have a super easy experience and enjoyment of being adventurous.
Planning to air condition your tent requires special key elements to be ensured to have a great comfortable outdoor experience. Key elements to have your tent cool includes a tent with an air conditioning hole or tents with AC opening, with air conditioning port, reliable power source having a satisfactory cooling capacity.
Tent Air Conditioners
To have a camping tent with AC unit, you have a choice to make from two important types of air conditioners. First, one being ‘A Window AC Unit’, second being ‘A Free Standing Air Conditioners’
Window AC Unit
Purchasing a small air conditioner is always advisable.The advantage to buying a small ac unit is it can be carried along easily anywhere you move. Choosing the AC with low BTW can prevent the tent to become too cold. Since the tent has a small space and it is not very insulated, having a large unit to cool can submerge the tent with cold air.
The size of the unit is 16″ wide (front view), 12″ tall, 14″ deep. The aforesaid is the best to choose from. It can be easily taken along anywhere, having a great camping experience with cool air supply even during the summers.
- 5000 BTU unit
- Can cool upto 150 sq meter
- Ease of us
- Makes noise during the rain
Free Standing Air Conditioners
Freestanding air conditions also known as Floor Standing Air Conditioner is also a great option one can go for. This ac does not need any extra space outside the tent and can well fit inside. It is a portable unit and is assembled with stockings that fit outside the tent.
I personally love it because it is tough and does not require a camping tent with any air conditioning ports. No chaos in the camping tent with AC ports makes the trip simpler within the tent. Only thing that is visible is the AC hose size approx 6 – 8 inch running outside and it does not require a stand.
There’s a perk added in using a Free Standing Air Conditioner. It avoids two things at large. First is that it doesn’t captivate undesirable attention and the other is the chances of theft are nullified as the portable air conditioner is kept inside the tent.
Our favourite one is Rosewill Portable Air Conditioner 8000 BTU, AC Fan & Dehumidifier
- Low BTW
- Smaller Size
- Covers 200 square foot
- Fully self evaporating
- Bit noisy
- Not Battery Operated
Do You Need A Tent With An AC Port?
A tent with an air conditioner window requires an AC port. So, if you are planning to buy a window AC then it really becomes necessary to have an AC port. It also requires a reliable source of power for the air conditioner to work properly.
There are various ways one can get a port adjusted in the tent. It can be via a tent window or any other way. But the suggested option is to purchase a tent having the port in-built in the camping tent.
My personal favourites are the 2 tents mentioned below having AC ports fixed-
Ozark Trail 12-Person 3 Room Instant Cabin Tent
Bushnell Shield Series Instant Cabin Tent
Ozark Trail tent with ac ports and Bushnell Shield with AC ports are recommended and have double ground ventilation. Since tents with AC flaps are already built in, it makes it more versatile for you whether to go camping with AC or not. You can always choose to close the flap when not in need.
There are also other ways to fix the port in the tent. Not actually advised to those who are not good at experimenting with things. But one can still make a hole in the camping tent to fix the portable air conditioning unit. But a warning yet provided once the hole is done you can not get into the originality of the camping tent.
Oh yes! Before it slips my mind, let me remind you, do not forget to sew the seams of the tent material. By sewing, one can avoid fraying, probably the same as done on the window on all sides of the tent.
4 things to look check for a tent with ac port
1.Placement Of AC Port
Tents with air conditioner ports are generally found on the side of the tent or on the ground. Along with this it also becomes necessary to keep a check that the port should not be above your head.
Your health could be at risk if you place the ac port above the head. Tents with ac ports above the head will lead to cold air blowing directly on the head which can cause chattering in your mouth.
In a study shown and we all have experience when we feel cold our teeth automatically start chattering. Lower temperature stimulates the nerves of your face. This chattering causes the blood vessels to contract and preserve heat. This could cause headache and in severe cases can cause a blood clot.
2.Quality Of Fabric Used In Tent With AC Port
Quality is the basic priority of shopping for me. So one thing I check is the quality of the fabric used in the tent. Camping tents have a huge range of materials used that comes along with a variety of coatings and specifications. The fabrics range from a series of cotton and blends with nylons.
Irrespective of the size, large tents or short, two leading materials used in the making of the camping tent are Nylon and Polyester. Let’s focus on the camping tents with air conditioning ports and understand what’s appropriate for a tent with ac ports.
Nylon is a lightweight and portable fabric and hence it is highly recommended by Hikers to buy. Nylon is not material that is UV protected or heat resistant. It can further result in damaging the tent due to extreme heat.
Polyester on the other hand is durable, easy to maintain and affordable in price for the ones who are budget-oriented. It is ideal for a large family tent which may have large windows. This fabric restrains breathing. So I would suggest you buy a tent with AC unit or tents with ac ports or use a portable air conditioner.
Next thing to check is the Denier (D). To measure the yarn thickness, Denier is used, which depends on the weight and the length of yarn or fibre. The thickness of the fabric will depend on the count of the Denier. The higher the Denier the stronger and better is the tent. It is a standard measuring tool for weight and thickness of the tent.
For example, 60D polyester is better than 30D polyester. It is a really helpful way to understand the strength towards exposure to the sun. Normally camping tents range from 15D to 75D. Heavy-duty rooftop or event tent top goes up to 150D.
3.Final Electric And Camping AC Stand
And the final touch is that without electricity your portable air conditioner is of no use. So it’s time to work on choosing a reliable source for the supply of electricity. Dependable source would give good customer service when required.
It is clear that air conditioning units consume too much electricity. So if you opt for solar power or batteries that would not be of much use to you. Solar power or batteries would not prove to be sufficient enough to run your ac tents.
If you are interested in investing in a window ac, a reliable source of 110 electricity is a must. Also you must have a stand to support the weight of the window ac. The camping wall is flimsy so do not expect it to take the weight of the air conditioner.
You can always opt to use milk crates or storage tot. Yet, if you are looking for a professional stand then my suggestion is Camco Adjustable Height Aluminum Platform Step. It is quite adjustable when it comes adjusting the height according to the tents window.
4.Trial And Error Required When Camping With AC
You should try the above idea on your camping trips. When working on an air conditioning tent let me tell you there is no exact science. You need to go through some trial and error to check what suits you the best. A video below illustrates the types of tent and usage of AC. Check out the same before making any further choices.