Whether you’re on the road for a vacation or just headed to the beach for the day, keeping your RV cool is important.
Not just for you and the family, but all of your food, belongings and other gear on board that isn’t meant to survive in the heat.
Whether you have a total air conditioning system or just a couple of jerry-rigged fans, it can be difficult to stop the sweat at the best of times.
Today we present our top tips for road trips at the height of summer, so you can stay calm and keep your cool no matter how hot things get.
How To Stay Cool When Your RV Is Hot – Without An AC!
Classic Cold Shirt Trick – your parents probably taught you this one. Soak an old t-shirt or, well, any fabric you don’t mind getting wet, in some cold water. Then put it in the fridge for a while for good measure. Then put it on your body and bask in the glory of feeling cool for a little while. And repeat…
Open Your Windows and Vents – but be strategic about it! You want fresh, cold air to be circulating throughout your whole RV, so keep the windows in the shade open and close those exposed to sun. If your van has vents – open those puppies up!
Park Out Of The Sun – this one is simple but effective! Just by parking in the shadiest spot possible, keeping that shiny bright sun out of as many of your windows as possible, you’ll reduce the temperature by a good few degrees.
Get An Awning – the same as above, just more expensive! Not only can you park in a better position, but you could also get yourself an awning to erect whenever you set up camp. This adds an additional layer of protection between you and the sun!
Draw Your Blinds – or find another way to block out your windows. Even slightly tinted glass or double glazing can’t protect you from the heat that is produced as the sun shines through – a popular choice for many RV enthusiasts is Reflectix.
Maintain Fridge Vent – this is quite often overlooked! As your fridge is cooling, it expends a lot of heat energy, ironically. If the vent is dirty, clogged or closed, you’re trapping all of that heat in your RV. Regularly check it and ensure it is clear and free of obstructions.
Cook Some Meals Outdoors – no, not every day! We aren’t saying eat barbecue at any opportunity, but cooking generates a lot of heat, and you can keep that heat outside by preparing your meals there. Anyone for burgers?
Freeze Water Bottles – if you’re lucky enough to have freezer access, that is! By freezing a couple bottles of H2O, then sticking them in front of a cheap desk fan, you effectively have a makeshift AC. Plus, when they’re melted, you have an ice cold drink to enjoy too. A win-win situation!
Hang Out…Outdoors – even more than you already are! By spending as much time as you can outside of your RV, you’re not allowing your body heat to linger and shutting yourself up like a dog in a hot car. Take advantage of the free AC in local tourist points like malls and museums, too!
Keep Electronic Devices Turned Off – which goes hand in hand with the above tip! Whether you’re charging a cell phone, watching TV or surfing the web, all of these devices generate heat and make your life a little sweatier. Consider utilizing the free Wifi at an air conditioned coffee shop instead!
How To Quiet Your AC and Reduce Its Power Consumption
This part of the article is for those of you lucky enough to have an air conditioner aboard your RV.
Now, ACs are a fantastic invention, but they are also incredibly power hungry AND noisy, there’s no denying that.
If you’re tired of being spooked by your AC roaring to life at unpleasant times or using far too much energy (and spending too many dollars!) to keep it running, consider investing in an RV AC soft starter.
Not only does this amazing accessory completely eradicate those horrible startup sounds, but it also reduces the huge demand for power your AC needs to start, by as massively as 70%!
As such a small and convenient product, and not that big of a financial investment, you’d be foolish not to pick one up.