RAGBRAI LI July 20 -27, 2024

Reply To: Tent Fan and Chairs

Chris, June 30, 2022 at 11:13 am

Welcome to the Zoo, Nia!

Fans: we’ve destroyed more than a few over the years. Like, 4 or 5 of them. Yes, on a really sticky night, they are a godsend. We’ve had very good luck with the Ryobi ONE+ 18V Cordless 4 in. Clamp Fan. They’re something like 60 bucks with a charger and battery at Home Depot. What we really liked about it is that it was easy to clamp/rope to anything in the tent, and the battery lasted quite a few nights. It’s a quasi-rugged fan, so if you toss it in your bag and don’t really care about it, it survives just fine (unlike a Coleman and a O2Cool, which we ended up crazy-gluing and duct-taping back together. Yeah, trying to crazy glue a fan together after riding, in the middle of a campground, and not glue your @)#$)@)$ fingers together. Fun, that).

Chairs: we have a pair of aforementioned expensive backpacking chairs. The upside is that it’s a buy-once and cry-once price tag, but they hold up. There are any number of them on the market.

Sandaltan, as always, brought up a good point: earplugs are a great idea, as the snoring in camp can approach a chainsaw expo’s loudness. Buy a 15-dollar headlamp for the kybos; you don’t need anything fancy or rechargeable. Kybos are very dark at night, and hands-free is a great, great thing in there…and helps you not trip on the tent guylines as you walk back to your tent, too.

See you in July.
-Chris

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