Most people travel with their RV’s in the summer months. That makes sense – after all, the kids are out of school, the weather is good, and it might be easier to get time off work than during other parts of the year. There are plenty of reasons to love traveling by RV in the summer, but there is one notable drawback as well – the heat. Depending on where you travel, the summer sun can quickly take the energy out of just about anyone. If you are going to take your summer RV vacation to a warm destination, be sure to review the tips below to manage the heat and have a great trip.
Tip #1 – Avoid the Sun when Possible
If you are camping during a particularly hot stretch of weather, one of the best things you can do is simply stay in out of the sun during the heat of the day. Find a shaded place under the awning, or even in the RV, and relax until the sun loses some of its intensity later in the evening. Simply by minimizing your sun exposure, you can dramatically reduce your chances of becoming ill with heat-related issues.
Tip #2 – Pack Plenty of Hydration
There is no substitute for getting plenty of water when you are spending time in warm weather. If you are going to be camped in a location that may be limited in terms of water supply, be sure to bring plenty of your own. Stock the RV fridge with bottles of water so you and the rest of your family can remain properly hydrated. Don’t want until you get hot and thirsty, either – start drinking water early in the day so you can stay ahead of the game.
Tip #3 – Bring Some Cold Packs
Bring a few reusable cold packs that you can store in the freezer of the RV. When you start to feel hot, apply the cold packs to your body while taking a break in the shade. These packs work great for giving your body some much needed temperature relief, and since they are reusable, you can simply put them back in the freezer when finished for use later in the trip.
Tip #4 – Pick a Smart Site
When driving around the campground or RV Park looking for the perfect location, think carefully about the path of the sun. Ideally, you would like to have some shade later in the day when the temperatures are at their highest. If you can find a spot with some protection to the west, consider settling in there so you can avoid the later afternoon sun.
Tip #5 – Open RV Windows before Bed
Once the sun goes down, the temperatures around your RV should begin to fall – but the temperature inside the rig might be a little stubborn. As soon as the sun is down, be sure to open up all of the windows in the RV to allow for air circulation. If you happen to have a small fan that you can run in the RV, place it by a window to create even more air movement. Hopefully, with some cross-ventilation working in your favor, you can reduce the RV to a comfortable temperature before it’s time for bed.