Keep It Cool!

Keeping your RV Cool is easy when you have electrical hookups or can use your generator to run your AC, but there are many times these options are not available.

I prefer boondocking on BLM and Forestry lands and dry camping where available, and also in National, Staate, and County parks, and do this at every opportunity. I am not a fan of running my generator unless no other options are available and I typically use it as emergency only. This means when temperatures rise I need to do everything possible to keep my RV cool without benefit of running the A/C. Over the years I’ve figured out what works best for me:

PARKING: When I first arrive at my location I get out and do a quick walk around the area looking for natural shade of trees, determining where the sun will be most intense in mid day and afternoon, and the direction of any wind. My primary goal is to orient the RV so the intense midday sun will be on the side that has the least windows which in my case is the side with the coach door and the side also has my awning. Even better if I can setup with the sun setting over the back/rear of the rig because the back of my rig is my bathroom and storage closet are, so front to back rather than side to side.

WINDOWS: I am a huge fan of {module_webapps,32664,i,11776610,,_blank,false,1,false,1} insulation, it is very reasonably priced and holds up for years. I have pieces cut to size to fit in every window and use them to keep my rig cooler in hot weather and warmer in cold weather. For cooling I close the windows and put the {module_webapps,32664,i,11776610,,_blank,false,1,false,1} in the windows on the sunny side of the rig, and as the sun moves midday make the same changes to the windows on the other sides. I was amazed at the difference this makes in lowering heat transfer.

AWNINGS: If you are going to travel in warm weather and you do not have awnings, get them. The cooling affect of awnings is incredible. My RV is older but fortunately the large main awning and the one other window awning are both in good condition. I open them up first thing in the morning and leave them up all day long unless the wind conditions prohibit it. And when wind prohibits it that same wind creates a breeze that helps keeps the rig cool. Oh yeah… I always take my awnings down at bedtime as I learned first hand that wind can come up unexpectedly in the middle of the night and getting out of bed to take down awnings in the dark, well you get the picture!

AIR FLOW VENTILATION: OK so now that you have the RV oriented in an optimal direction, {module_webapps,32664,i,11776610,,_blank,false,1,false,1} window coverings are up, and the awnings are out it is time to optimize the air flow and ventilation. Your goal is to bring in fresh cool air and push out the warm stale air, with a target to have the internal RV about the same as the ambient air temperature outside. Under windows section above you started by closing the windows and putting up the {module_webapps,32664,i,11776610,,_blank,false,1,false,1} in the windows that are on the sunny side of the RV, and if you haven’t already done so fully open all of the windows on the shady side of the RV. Also open up all roof vents that you have, and remember to open the roof vent in the bathroom shower area too. You should be feeling some of the natural cooling affect from warm air rising and cooler air drafting in.

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