Simple Tips for Beating the Summer Heat in Your RV

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.

You Need to Be Smart When Travelling in the Summer Heat
You Need to Be Smart When Travelling in the Summer Heat

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.

  • Huh. This author seems to think it’s plausible to choose your RV campsite. Since most people RV in the summer months, most RV parks are packed to the hilt and you are lucky if you can get anything, so I find tip #4 to be unrealistic and wonder if this author has much experience at all. I have never been to an RV park where the owners will let you drive around and pick your own spot, even in the cooler months when there are very few other campers in the park. The only time you get a choice is when you decide to go without hookups and can boondock someplace, like a Walmart parking lot, or a state park with no hook ups. Then you’re forced to give up your rig’s air conditioning. No thanks! How about this tip? In the hot summer months, plan your trips to cooler, more northern places or in the higher altitudes where the temperatures are always several degrees cooler. Pick a shady RV park where you can plug in and utilize your a/c. Save those hot, southern trips for the winter months. Common sense makes it easy.

  • We just returned from a two month trip to South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee, Alabama. I can say with accuracy, there was not a day that it did not reach 100 degrees in all the states we were in. And, most of the campgrounds had little to no shade. Our solution was to cover all the windows with extra coverings, and when we pulled in (always check-ins are in the afternoon), plug in the electricity and turn on the A/C, unhook our fifth wheel, and take off to a movie for 2 or 3 hours and wait for it to cool down