While summer may be coming to a close, most areas of the country can expect the warm weather to stick around for a while longer. And with RV season still in full swing, it’s important to keep your vehicle cool while you’re on the road. An uncomfortably hot RV can take the fun out of your late-summer getaway and can even be dangerous in particularly warm locations.
To help you make the most of the last few weeks of summer, we’ve compiled our top RV tips and tricks for staying cool while on the road.
1. Ensure Your RV Has Proper Ventilation
Ventilation allows cool air in and pushes hot air out. Without it, your vehicle will quickly become stuffy and unpleasant in warm weather. The best way to ensure your RV is properly ventilated is by installing covers over any roof vents. These products allow air to circulate through your vehicle at all times – even during inclement weather. You can also install a roof vent fan that will pull cold air into your RV’s cabin (much like an air conditioning unit).
2. Install RV Skylight Covers
Skylights provide optimal light in your vehicle, especially in darker areas like the bathroom. However, as natural light travels through them, so does heat. To combat this, consider installing a high-quality cover over any RV skylights on your vehicle’s roof.
3. Maintain Your Air Conditioning Unit
Running your air conditioning unit is the easiest way to ensure your vehicle’s cabin remains cool and comfortable. That’s why it’s important to keep your AC well-maintained at all times. Without frequent maintenance, your system could lose its efficiency – or worse, break down completely. To keep your AC functioning well, you should wash its filters in warm, soapy water every few months. You can also use a handheld vacuum to remove any dirt, dust, or grime from the filters.
4. Cover Your RV Windows
Much like your RV’s skylight, your windows can also bring in a significant amount of heat. Therefore, it’s best to cover your RV windows when you’re in direct sunlight. There are two products that can be installed to reduce the amount of light entering your vehicle – window shades and awnings. RV window shades are installed on the inside of your vehicle, and function like the blinds within your home. They come in many different materials, ranging in levels of opacity. Window awnings, on the other hand, are mounted on the outside of your RV and can only be used when you are parked. Additionally, you can install shades or awnings on any of your RV doors that have built-in windows.
5. Park in the Shade
Another easy way to avoid an uncomfortably warm RV is to find a campsite or parking spot in the shade. Most campgrounds will allow you to reserve a shady spot if you call ahead of time. If you’re unable to get a shaded campsite, don’t worry. Simply determine which direction the sun is coming from and direct your vehicle’s windows away from it.
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