Summer is just around the corner and that can only mean one thing: vacation! The kids are out of school and your favorite lake is calling your name. It’s time to pack up your swim trunks and floats and head out for a long week of swimming and sun. But don’t forget, with summer vacations, there’s also higher temperatures. Keeping your RV cool during the summer is somewhat of a chore. Here a few ways to minimize the strain on your air conditioner while it tries to keep your RV at a comfortable temperature.
1. Find the shadiest spot
This one can make a world of difference. If your RV is baking in the sun all day, with no trees obstructing the sun’s rays, you will have one heck of a time keeping your RV comfortable. Do some searching before you park and see which posts offer the most coverage and relief from the sun.
2. Keep your blinds closed
As much as you would love to stare out your kitchen window and gaze at the beautiful sights, keeping your blinds open will keep your RV temps too high for comfort. Blocking the sun’s rays out of your RV is crucial to maintaining a comfort level for everyone.
3. Use your awning
Your awning is a secret weapon in keeping the summer sun off of your RV. Just think about it, opening your awning will shield an entire side of your RV from the sun. If you keep your blinds closed and your awning extended, you’ve got a pretty good chance of keeping the interior of your RV cool.
4. Change out your air filters
If it’s been a year or so since you’ve replace your air conditioner’s filter, it may be time to do so. A dirty air filter means your A/C unit is pushing harder than it needs to and its efficiency is getting worse and worse. Don’t skip out on replacing those filters.
5. Check for proper ventilation
If you’ve done all of the above and you’re still sweating, double check to make sure your vents are not obstructed or closed. After all, the hot air has to go somewhere so the cold air can take its place.
6. Purchase an oscillating fan
If that’s not enough to keep you comfortable during your Summer outings, you may invest in a good quality fan to keep the air circulating and forces the hot air out of your RV.
Before you head out for your first trip, it’s important to make sure all systems are a go. Contact our friendly RV service team to discuss how they can help ensure your first trip of the season is a great one.
During summer, you may be advised by RV staff not to run your RV air conditioner all day, the reasoning behind that is if everyone is pulling electricity for their A/C, it’s very possible to lose power altogether, not just to your RV, but to the entire park! If you follow these tips and minimize the sun’s impact on your RV, you should be good to go. If it’s still too much to bear, I suggest spending your day in the lake. After all, that’s why you’re there, right?
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Photo Credit: By Jeff Attaway from Dakar, Senegal (high burkina temperature) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons