If you run into a wave of hot weather during your RV Adventure it can make it a little less enjoyable if you don’t know how to keep things cool. Here are a few tips to make sure you stay nice and cool to enjoy your RV time to the fullest:
Test your AC Unit Before Hitting the Road
Let’s face it; a bouncing house on wheels can have an effect on things. Make sure you do a little Yamping (yard camping) to make sure the AC unit is working properly.
Roof Vent Insulation
This is an inexpensive investment that pays off big time. It’s basically a pillow. Some even have foil on one side. They are made to fit the roof vent in your ceiling. You would be amazed at the amount of heat they keep out on a hot summer day.
Using the AC
Close all the windows and vents. Think of your RV with the AC on as a large refrigerator. Open the door and cold air spills out. When you are coming in and out of your RV, make sure you shut the door as fast as possible. For some larger RVs, you’ll have to plan ahead and make sure you have a 50 amp hookup to run multiple units.
Block the Solar Heat
The first step is parking in the shade. Keep in mind the sun moves throughout the day and you may want to position yourself so the afternoon sun doesn’t directly hit the RV. Even if you are in the shade, keeping the shades down in your RV helps. Another simple tip that makes a HUGE difference is to put cardboard between the glass and the shades.
Fans are your Friends
Lack of airflow is a mood killer. Using tower fans to blow air directly on you is a great way to cool off. Blowing air directly on your body will make you feel cooler and still air will seem hotter. Additionally because it’s warm in the day and cooler at night you can use fans to blow out warm air in the evenings and then draw cold air in at night.
Cleaning your AC Filter
To improve your AC units efficiency keep the filters clean. In most cases you can wash the filters with warm soapy water.
Eric Hannan is a full time RVer and writer.
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