Over the past two weekends we have been traveling to different dog events and the heat has been unbearable. We are in Georgia and it is averaging around 90+ degrees every day. To combat that heat we did some research on a Mister system.
The Mister system was really not that expensive and it did an amazing job and bringing the temp down. Everyone kept coming over to our place because the temp was a good 20′ less than everywhere else. The mist is so fine that you don’t even get wet. This was a great idea and now is something we carry with us in the coach.
What is a Mister system
A mister system are most commonly defined as a series of specially mist nozzles placed in a line around the perimeter of an area. When connected to a hose, water is forced through the specialty nozzles and quickly atomized to droplets as small as 5 millionths of a meter (5 microns). The benefit is a light atomized mist that drops the temperature in the area between 10-30 degrees!
There can be several challenges with systems like this:
- This nozzles on misting systems are very small and any amount of stuff in the water or heavy calcium can cause them to stop up. Our friends bought a system and did not have a filter and several of the nozzles stopped up over the weekend.
- Water pressure needs to be right to cause the water to be pushed through the nozzles and cause the atomization of the water.
This is not our first misting system, In the past we have thrown away several models because they did not last because of the issues mentioned above.
The Mister System we purchased
Our goal was to buy a mister system that was
- Portable so we could easily take it down and put it up at different locations as we move in the motorhome
- Small so it did not take up a lot of space
- Relatively inexpensive – (We have seen some systems as high as $900!)
We ended up combining parts together to create the perfect system for us for less than $45! (Could have been less but we wanted a longer system)
The Orbit Mister System – This is a 10 Foot Mister system with a 3/8 inch hose (They make smaller but we figured out these work better.
Mister System Expansion Kit – (Optional) – These kits come in 10 foot increments and can be expanded up to 50 feet. They are the same as the main kit with different connectors. We have two of these giving us 30 feet of misting area
Mister System Calcium Filter – This is key in that it keeps the Mister sprayers clean so that they do not stop up. Not purchasing one these in the past is probably why our old ones stopped working
Adjustable Water Pressure Regulator. (Not Required). This is a nice to have. We always put one of these on the water line coming into the bus. It is also quite handy to use in a mister system. If you don’t want to spend the money the non adjustable ones work fine as well – This is the standard Camco Water pressure regulator.
We should have done this years ago. It takes no time to setup, it is small and easy to store and away and it drops the heat down tremendously. With the filter and pressure regulator the system works very smoothly with no issues. If you ever have anything break – Orbit sells all the parts online as well. We have not had anything stop up yet but we have heard that if the do simply take the heads off and soak them in vinegar overnight.
We will post pics next time we setup at our next spot!
Let us know what you do to beat the heat!
BTW – In case you would like to see some of the info on the Dog Events,
The First one is one of Lynnea’s Runs in Perry doing Agility
The Second one is a drone flyover of the Dock Diving event
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