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Old 06-12-2016, 05:34 PM   #1
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When is it too hot to camp(RV)?

This is my first summer with a travel trailer, so no experience in the heat. We've got a trip planned for Father's Day weekend, and of course a major heat wave will be spreading over the south and the plains states. Where I'm headed, temps are forecast around 97 by day with the low being around 72. 27' box and one 15K AC. There will be some shade and we'll find stuff to do during the day away from the trailer, but my biggest fear is really at night. I'm picturing 85 degree air blowing on me in an 80 degree camper at night.

What's been your experience? Seems everyone travels through the summer, so is it really that bad?


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Old 06-12-2016, 05:42 PM   #2
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I have found that once it goes over 80 my a/c has a hard time keeping up. I just consider a warm trailer as part of the camping fun

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Old 06-12-2016, 05:43 PM   #3
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My trailer is sitting in my street with NO shade at all, has been over 95 degrees already, one 15k a/c unit, and when my kids want to go play in it, I turn the a/c on. It has no issues cooling it down, and that's without keeping it on all the time. It might take an hour or so to cool it to 75 degrees, but if I left it on it would keep it there no issues. Park in the shade, keep the blinds closed and keep the system on during the day, you'll be fine, IMO.

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Old 06-12-2016, 05:46 PM   #4
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Its important to start the AC before the interior of the TT gets to 80* Your 15K AC should handle it fine
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Old 06-12-2016, 05:48 PM   #5
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If I knew what a 28DBUD was I could probably give you a better answer. The RV alphabet soup escapes most of us as I've stated many times. Please tell us a brief description of what you own so we can provide better answers/help. If you have A/C, you can camp until the RV roof melts, if not, it totally depends on your ability to handle heat and your tolerance level for sweating!
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Old 06-12-2016, 05:49 PM   #6
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Start the AC early and run it hard! I have a 30' motor home with a single 15k btu unit. It will hold in the mid 70's degree range in full sun at 98. We look for shaded or partially shaded sites. Putting the awning out when the sun hits that side of the trailer helps too.

I think you will find that the trailer will cool down pretty quickly once the sun starts to go down.

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Old 06-12-2016, 05:57 PM   #7
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Something that helps initially I've found is, if you have vent covers, leave the roof vents open while traveling so some of the heat escapes.
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In 2014 (time flies) we camped in 120 plus temperatures in August/September in the desert south west. With the mods I did to the air conditioner prior to the trip we did just fine.

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Its important to start the AC before the interior of the TT gets to 80* Your 15K AC should handle it fine


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