Recreational Vehicle - RV - Campervan Experience
My wife and I headed 1,500 km north of Perth to witness the total solar eclipse at Exmouth in April 2023.
We hired a RV Campervan because there was no serviced accommodation available when we booked our trip. It was a great opportunity to experience our Coolzy portable air conditioner in a campervan without any opportunity to make any alterations.
Our rented campervan – breakfast in a bush caravan park at Hamelin Station.
Unserviced campsite created at Exmouth specially for the eclipse. Around 20,000 people arrived at the tiny town with only 2,500 permanent residents.
We did not need our Coolzy at the Exmouth campsite as the dry evening breeze came from the east at a comfortable 24 °C. However, the following day we moved to a campsite along the famous Ningaloo coral reef and it was uncomfortably warm and humid at 28 °C. Here we set up Coolzy running on lithium-ion batteries that we took with us, easily fitting into the storage cabinets under the bed.
This shows the view from inside the van, looking to the rear. The Igloo bed tent stayed in its bag. It served as a convenient barrier to keep the cool air from Coolzy from flowing into the kitchen section. Being heavier than warm, humid air, the cool air remained over the bed.
We slept soundly and on waking found that we had only used less than half the expected battery capacity.
Seeing the eclipse under a cloud-free sky was an amazing experience. I would recommend to anyone that you plan to experience one sometime in your lifetime. You can plan ahead here.
The most gratifying experience was to meet, quite by chance, a long-term Coolzy user. Felino bought one of the original Close Comfort models and just happened to arrive at the adjacent plot at the Exmouth campsite. He and his wife live in the Northern Territory. Felino explained “It’s a fantastic invention. It has enabled us to go camping in the tropical wet season right across Northern Australia, something we could never attempt without it. It has survived horrendous roads in the back of our campervan for years. It is so robust with amazing cooling. and of course, we use it at home too. Thank you.”