The cold weather is finally behind us, which means it’s time to gear up for summer RV camping. It’s fun to be spontaneous, but there are so many different factors to consider to ensure you have a good trip. It certainly might not be your first thought, but it is important to consider how you’ll beat the heat in your RV this summer. Fortunately, Ryan’s RV Town has you covered. Keep reading for more information. If you’re still in the market for a new rig, stop into your local RV dealership today! You’ll find us near Seattle and Tacoma, WA. We also serve Bellingham.
Prepare Your RV
The very first thing you should do is confirm your RV is ready for all the fun destinations and activities that await you. This is especially crucial if your vehicle has been in storage for a long period of time. Start by examining the tires and checking the doors, windows, and seals for any leaks.
You should be sure to clean the roof and check the exterior for any damage, too. If your rig is equipped with an air conditioning unit, remember to run it prior to your departure. This will allow you to confirm that it’s functioning properly and will be able to keep you and your passengers cool when it’s hot outside.
Next, it’s time to stock your RV with all of the necessities for daily living as well as emergency situations. You’ll need easy access to a well-equipped first aid kit that contains painkillers, antacids, and other medications. It’s also wise to pack ointments, bandages, and cotton pads for wounds and burns. Don’t forget the calamine lotion for bug bites and aloe vera for sunburns. Fire extinguishers are another mandatory item. There should be one in the kitchen and one at the rear of the rig. Remember to pack signal flares, flashlights, an emergency radio, waterproof apparel, a repair kit, and extra food and water.
Keep the Interior Cool
As you probably guessed, one of the best ways to keep your RV interior cool is to utilize the air conditioning unit. Most campers will come with a unit, especially new models. This is the most efficient way to stay cool on a hot day. If you keep it running all day, beware that it’ll suck up a ton of energy. This means you should have all the doors and windows closed so it’s not a waste.
Consider Location & Direction
If you’re looking for more options on how to stay cool or if you don’t have access to an air conditioning unit, keep reading. The first option is rather simple but it’s often overlooked. Always consider the location and direction in which you park your RV. This will have a major impact on how quickly it heats up inside the rig. Make it your goal to park next to a large treat that provides ample shade. Wherever you end up parking, you should always park the side with the most windows facing away from the afternoon sun. The door-side usually has an awning, which is another way to deflect some of the sunlight.
Ventilation Is Key
Believe it or not, ventilation is key to maintaining a desirable interior temperature. This allows you to pump out the excess air and bring in as much cool air as possible. It also ensures that it won’t get any warmer in the RV than it is outside. Your best bet is to open up all the windows on the side of the vehicle that’s facing away from the sun. Close the windows on the sunnier side. You can even add a few fans throughout the rig for better circulation. You can even consider installing attic vents if you don’t have them already. Heat can often become trapped in the roof and these vents will help push it out. If you do this, you’ll want to install covers to prevent debris and water from getting inside.
We hope this information has been helpful. If you have questions or would like to browse RVs for sale, give us a call. You can also visit our RV dealership in Everett to get started! Ryan’s RV Town is located near Seattle and Tacoma, WA. We also serve Bellingham.