View Full Version : Hot weather comp question

04-23-2013, 06:35 PM
Im going to be at the even in Laughlin in 2 weeks and the weather is 95-100 during the day. What do you suggest to stay cool?

I have 2 white canopies and white sides. There will be power.

Butt Rubb'n BBQ
04-23-2013, 07:11 PM
I did one last year in plains GA it was 110. Electric fans and ice water.

Jason TQ
04-23-2013, 07:13 PM
Put all the walls up and get a portable ac, though they are expensive. Or fans with no walls. I've never really seen a lot of other options. Or lots more beer.

04-23-2013, 07:31 PM
this works great.. I no it looks funny but I tried it and it works better than you think.. :thumb:

Ice chest cooler air conditioning unit - YouTube

04-23-2013, 07:33 PM
A mister

04-23-2013, 07:39 PM
Plenty of "beverages"

rooftop bbq
04-23-2013, 07:41 PM
a hotel

04-23-2013, 07:43 PM
I can't remember right off hand where I saw them, but they make mister tubes thingies that hand from the canopies.

Looked cool. :wink:

And, what they said above.


04-23-2013, 07:48 PM
the misters I see require a hose and I don't think I have a dedicated water feed. The portable AC is an option if it can cool a 10x20. Do you think it can cool one with all the walls up.?

04-23-2013, 08:22 PM
This is what our crew uses on our race team.


04-23-2013, 09:03 PM
Fans help a lot. Lots of ice water. Remember alcohol will dehydrate you in the long run. When it's in the upper 90s and humid we use ice and water to cool down feet and hands. Also those neck wrap things work well. Cooling in those 3 areas actually cools your blood a little and that helps cool everything.

04-23-2013, 09:03 PM
the misters I see require a hose and I don't think I have a dedicated water feed. The portable AC is an option if it can cool a 10x20. Do you think it can cool one with all the walls up.?

Unless you have a 20amp outlet, I am not sure a portable AC unit will work without tripping the breaker.

But, I guess you could try to use the portable AC unit with an extension cord at your house on a GFI outlet and see if it works. I am pretty sure all the outlets at these comps are GFI protected.

Could be touchy.....


Alexa RnQ
04-23-2013, 09:37 PM
Honestly, we've gotten by at our hottest contests (Mesquite and Midwest City stand out in my mind) on heat acclimation and neck wraps -- we keep a spare set of neck wraps hydrating in ice water while the first set are being used, and that plus standing your feet in a pan of ice water will help keep your core temperature down.

Shade is your friend -- the sooner you can get onsite and get your canopies/sides up, the less roasty the asphalt under you will be. If you just can't get there early Friday, take what comfort there is in knowing that Saturday won't be as bad because you'll be shaded from the get-go.

Lots of ice water, stay away from alcohol -- I keep thinking we should have come up with something better by now.

Oh, and -- for Laughlin, have a way to keep your canopies secured/weighted, it can be breezy.

04-23-2013, 09:59 PM
They make misters that now fit on top of 5 gallon Igloo coolers. They have a fan and need 110 volts AC. The local fire departments use them all the time.

I use a big dish towel dipped in cold water and throw it around my neck. Sad part is my wallet gets soaked.

04-23-2013, 11:20 PM
That's why I went this route. Midwest heat and humidity is terrible.
Just have a portable ac were going to use

04-24-2013, 04:44 AM
Portable misters (bbqbull nailed it), swamp coolers and fans. And as always, shade.

This is the portable mister we used in AZ. Well worth the $ for comfort.

big matt
04-24-2013, 06:38 AM
I agree with everyone above..do you have a room in Laughlin?..that always works best for us..there is nothing better IMO than cruising inside a nice cool casino after turn ins..a shower and a cold one cap off a hot competition Saturday very well..trust me you'll see us inside by about 1:45..see ya next weekend.

Lake Dogs
04-24-2013, 07:06 AM
I did one last year in plains GA it was 110. Electric fans and ice water.

And somehow you did pretty good in that one too. I dont recall many days hotter than that one, ever, here in Georgia. Riding home that afternoon on the motorcycle I felt like I was in an oven. Over what's ordinarily no more than 1:45 ride I had to stop for hydration 3 times and I was sweating so much it looked like I'd pee'd my pants. Honestly, I dont know how you guys managed!

Rick Hamilton
04-24-2013, 10:01 AM
The portable swamp coolers work great. Many require no direct hose hookup, just keep the water from going empty. Much better than just a fan and way less electricity than portable A/C. While these work great in places with low humidity they are not so great (but still work) in places with higher humidity.

Cast Iron Chef
04-24-2013, 10:45 AM
Listen to Alexa she lives it. Remember it's a dry heat. :evil:

04-24-2013, 09:38 PM
Gold Bond!

04-24-2013, 09:43 PM
I have actually rigged up a portable mister system, battery powered. Don't need a dedicated hose, however you do need a water source to refill the tank ever hour or so, depending on how much you turn the flow up.

04-25-2013, 12:37 PM
At the last comp when the temps were soaring (hi 90s) my 8yr old daughter took a bunch of rubber gloves, filled it with some ice cubes (not packed) tied them off so it wouldn't leak and proceeded to tie the gloves together to make a necklace. I wore one for a while, kept me cool. She's brilliant.