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Beat the Heat while RV Camping

How to Keep your RV Cool

Nothing beats camping on a warm summer weekend. You get to spend a lot of time outside, enjoy swimming and boating, and participate in other favorite warm weather activities. However, once you get back to your RV, there could be a problem. These travel trailers retain a lot of heat if you’re not careful, which can make your recreational vehicle a dreaded place to sleep in. Nothing about your camping experience should be uncomfortable, so you should use a few simple tips to keep your RV as cool as possible. We want everyone to enjoy their summer camping trips, so if you have any further questions, or if you want to check out our selection of Forest River Wildwood models, come visit us at Ryan’s RV Town. We’re in Everett, where we proudly serve the areas of Seattle and Tacoma, WA.

Blocking out Unnecessary Heat

Air conditioners are great, but whether or not you have one, you’ll never be comfortable unless you learn to block out the excess heat. There are four simple ways to do this, and all of them have a huge impact on the interior temperature.

Avoid the Sun when Parking

A good setup is the place to start. You’ll prevent a lot of heat exposure by parking correctly, so when you get to the campsite, try to find a spot that shades your RV from the afternoon sun. Also, orient the travel trailer properly. Whichever side has the most windows should face away from the sun so that the harshest rays don’t make it into your living area. If your door has an awning, this can also be used to provide some extra shade, whether that be from the morning or afternoon sun.

Covering Windows

Reflective bubble insulations are great devices for beating the heat. You see them laid out behind car windshields all the time, and they can be used the same way for RV windows. Curtains might prevent sunlight from getting into travel trailers, but they heat up with the sunlight, which adds quite a bit of extra warmth to the interior. Laying bubble insulation inside your windows are a better alternative though, as these sheets actually reflect light back outside, without transferring any of the heat back inside.

Using LED Bulbs

The LED revolution has lit up in a big way, and it’s time to get on board if you really want to keep cool. These bulbs are initially a little more expensive than fluorescents or incandescent bulbs, but they last longer and use up a lot less energy. Oh, and of course, they’re just a fraction the size of other bulbs, meaning they generate very little heat while still providing better lighting.

Cooking over the Campfire

One of the most convenient parts of an RV is the appliances—namely, the appliances for cooking. However, you should avoid using these on hot days, as the oven, stove, and even microwave create a lot of extra heat in a travel trailer’s compact area. Cooking at night and early in the morning is usually fine, but when preparing food during the afternoon, try using the campfire. This might be a little toasty while you’re outside, but the heat doesn’t get caught in your RV during the process.

Push out Remaining Heat

Now that you’ve done everything in your power to block out the heat, it’s time to keep the cool air circulating with good ventilation. An A/C is ideal, of course, but you can also make your travel trailer really comfortable with just fans. Also, if you’re not relying on an A/C, leave the windows facing away from the sun open. This will allow hot air to filter out, and with the assistance of a fan or two, you’ll keep the cold air moving in.

With or without an A/C, you’ll have no problem keeping your RV comfortable on hot summer days. If you follow these basic tips, you’ll learn to block the heat from coming in and circulate all the good air with better ventilation. We hope this will make your next vacation a lot more appealing, but if you have any further questions, feel free to come talk to us at Ryan’s RV Town. We also sell a great selection of Forest River Wildwood travel trailers, so if you’re in the market for an RV, stop by our dealership near Bellingham and Vancouver, WA!