With summer holidays around the corner, we thought it would be a good time to remind our readers on how to keep their caravans and campers cool over Christmas. In June, we revealed our RV heating tips. You may think that to keep your caravan cool, you’d do the exact opposite, but not so! Read on for RoadTrek’s top caravan-cooling tips and tricks for Summer 2017!
1. Strategise Your Air-Flow
It’s a debate as old as the first motorhome: whether it’s better to have all your windows down or only some, all the way or only partly.
Most believe that while driving, the best way to cool down your vehicle is to have all the windows open all the way. Depending on how your windows are set up, in may be better to have one front and one back open, forcing air through the centre of your rig, rather than just going straight through. This may be different again for RVs with ceiling vents. Experiment with different window combinations to work out which is best for cooling down your RV.
2. Service Your Vents
Australian summers get pretty hot. Sometimes, an open window just won’t cut it. Luckily, most RVs come with air-conditioning units as standard, and for those that don’t, RoadTrek can install them!
If your air-conditioning isn’t working as well as it used to, it may be because the vents have become clogged. Over time, dust and crud from the outside can flow through and clog up your vents. When you bring in your rig for a service, we check your air filters and clear out your vents. This is why after a service, your rig’s air feels cooler and fresher — the cool air isn’t flowing through lots of old dust before it gets to you!
Don’t just clean out your vents, clean out the whole RV! You may remember back in June, we suggested that extra blankets help trap heat over Winter. Well, they help trap heat in Summer too. The more stuff you have in your caravan, the less the air is able to move around. Heat gets trapped and in no time, you’ll be wishing you left that extra blanket at home. It’s important to plan your holiday and take only what you need. And not only will a decluttered motorhome make it cooler, lighter rigs will also use up less fuel! It’s a win-win. The best way to declutter is to have effective storage. At RoadTrek, we offer a range of effective storage solutions, from practical
storage accessories to the installation of drawers, cupboards and closets.
Decent insulation is not just important in Winter. Insulation in the roof and walls keep outside temperatures out and inside temperatures in. So not only does good insulation help keep the Summer heat outside, it also helps keep your cool, fresh, recently-serviced air-con in the rig. Talk to us today about your insulation. At RoadTrek we can check, install and upgrade your insulation to make sure your bus, camper, caravan or motorhome is getting the most out of this affordable, energy-efficient temperature solution.
5. Park in the Shade
Insulation can only do so much. Give your walls a helping hand by parking in the shade when you can!
6. Lights and Electricity
Electronic devices generate heat, especially in small areas without much air-circulation, so turn off what you don’t need. In the interest of cutting clutter, leave winter-specific devices like heaters at home. Not only will turning off lights and electronics keep you cool, it will also save energy.
How Can We Help?
So there you have it, those are our Top Six Caravan-Cooling tips for Summer 2017. If you do plan to go travelling in Summer, why not talk to us about having solar panels installed? Solar panels are an emission-free, reliable form of electricity that will help you run your air-conditioning all holiday long.
At RoadTrek we perform every service, modification and installation your RV needs, including insulation and air-conditioning, so talk to us about getting your RV summer-ready today! We can create vents, cut windows, install fans and water filters, convert ceilings, replace insulation, anything and everything your bus, motorhome, caravan or camper needs!
RoadTrek has what you need to make your RV summer ready, so call now! And in the meantime, why not explore some of our other blogs, for example on Mariah Carey’s $1.8m trailer and the benefits of CMCA membership? Until next time, travel safely and enjoy your cool Summer holidays!