Summer is in full swing, which means plenty of families are traveling out of town on vacation. While some may opt for a car or plane or maybe even a boat, an RV or motorhome is a great option to turn a simple holiday into an event. Using a mobile home to travel across the country on a road trip is a great way to see the sights and make memories in ways a short car ride or few hour flight can’t match.
Even so, sweltering heat will inevitably be an issue. Making sure your air conditioning system is checked out or serviced prior to departure is a must. Figuring out how best to stay cool while in your RV over the summer is imperative, especially for those who don’t have much experience traveling in a motorhome. Here are a few helpful tips on avoiding the heat this vacation season.
One way to really cut down on the amount of heat generated inside your RV is to cook outside. Turning on the stove inside your motorhome in the summer is a great way to find out what it feels like inside your oven. Traveling by RV or motorhome, especially on camping trips, provides you a great opportunity to experience nature without the negatives that come with it like being eaten by bugs or sleeping on the ground. Setting up a quick campsite complete with fire and making meals outside your motorhome can go a long way in keeping heat from building up inside your vehicle. And its fun to enjoy the outdoors while you eat.
Use Window Coverings
As you’d expect, one of the main culprits behind heating up your RV or motorhome is the sun itself. Just like in a car, if your RV is sitting out in the heat with the windows and doors closed, heat is bound to build up inside. To help counteract this, you can cover your windows. Either through closing the nightshades or using a reflective window cover (or both), you can prevent your RV or motorhome from getting quite as hot as you would leaving your clear windows to project sun rays directly inside.
Switch to LED
LED lights produce a lot less heat than your standard incandescent or halogen bulbs. Switching to LED bulbs can save you a lot of money due to their longer average lifespan while cutting down the heat inside your motorhome. Not only that, they’re also much better for the environment.
Consider Where You Park
If you will be staying at your destination for an extended period, it’s important to make sure you carefully survey the area and park where there is shade if possible. See where the shade moves throughout the day and park where it is shadiest during the hottest times of day. This will also help you keep it much cooler inside and prevent it from getting too hot earlier on.
It doesn’t have to be a big challenge to stay cool during your summer trips. Enjoy the fresh air and stay comfortable in your RV or motorhome so that you can keep the adventure going.