Summer is a great time to get out in the RV for some fun in the sun. Here in the Pacific Northwest we are experiencing record heat, however don’t let heat keep you from enjoying your RV. Following are several things you can do to keep your RV cool and your summer camping trips more pleasurable.
- Cook outside rather than inside whenever possible. You are camping after all, so cook over the campfire or use a portable gas grill. Many newer RVs feature an outdoor kitchen making cooking outdoors more convenient than ever.
- Use your patio awning and any window awnings to assist in shading the RV from the afternoon sun.
- Strategically park your RV to take advantage of any available shade. When possible keep your refrigerator vents shaded too. When checking in to a campground ask for a shady site. If you miss out on a shady site, a couple tarps will provide instant cover when the midday heat kicks in.
- Cover your skylights. You would be surprised how much heat enters through the skylights especially ones that are un-tinted. A ground tarp is typically heavy enough to stay put over your skylight when the wind blows or use a piece of cardboard weighted down with one of your RV leveling blocks
- If keeping your RV cool means operating the air conditioner, make sure it is operating at peak efficiency by keeping the filters clean. In most cases you can wash the filters in warm soapy water, give them a quick rinse and reinstall them after a short drying period.
- When operating your air conditioner keep windows covered and doors closed. Close your blinds and curtains during the day to keep the sunshine out of your RV. Open the entry door as seldom as possible – make sure you have everything you need before opening your door and exiting your RV to avoid multiple trips in and out.
- To assist with drafting hot air away from the back of your refrigerator allowing it to operate more efficiently (by up to 40%), install a thermostatically controlled vent fan behind your refrigerator or at the top of the refrigerator roof vent.
- Those of us that live in the Pacific Northwest and other mountainous states, also have the option of camping at higher elevations to beat the heat. For every 1,000 feet of elevation you gain driving into the mountains, the temperature will decrease by approximately 3.5 degrees.
Utilize these tips on your next RV trip and enjoy a great summer campout regardless of the heat.