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Old 07-07-2014, 11:10 AM   #1
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Hybrid Summer Camping in the Southeast

Hi! This summer, our family will be camping along the east coast, mostly around beaches between PA and Florida, then back up through the Smoky Mountains, for a total of about 4,000 miles. This will be our first time using our new Coachmen 21TQX (we had a popup for years before that) for a long trip, and our first time to camp in the south during the summer months. Thanks to all the advice on this forum, we did buy PopUp Gizmos, and are looking forward to using them! I have done a bit of research, but am trying to figure out if there are any "unknown unknowns" that I am missing. Do any of you more experienced hybrid owners have advice for a family to work with the heat, humidity and storms of camping in in the Southeast? Maybe a favorite product or routine that works well for long trips in those conditions? Thanks so much for any suggestions you may have!

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Old 07-07-2014, 05:30 PM   #2
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Might also want to use the reflectix on the bunk ends. Certainly helps with keeping the trailer cooler....

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Old 07-07-2014, 07:06 PM   #3
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Grady Camp....Going on almost two full years of pretty much nothing but Florida and Georgia camping in all "seasons" with our Roo 233S, which has three fold out bunks. We note the heat/cool effect of NOT using the PUG's (just our choice not to) but don't really mind or have issue with it. Eventually in the cold, you snuggle with your bunkmate (or sleeping blankets) more and in the heat, you sleep with a sheet or fan blowing...but you will not be uncomfortable. Best advice for the high humidity/sun combo...pick shaded sites whenever you can, dry the bunk canvas as best you can before closing, and when closed up, set one of those large Damp Rid buckets (with the fabric style paper sealed top) out in the middle of the rig to absorb any residual moisture when you can. The roof vents work great for allowing excess moisture out so crack them when you need and I don't personally think you will have a whole lot of problems.

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Old 07-13-2014, 11:07 PM   #4
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I live in Georgia and camp frequently in the summer months. When I bought my 23ss I had the AC changed to a 15000 btu unit. Glad I did. One thing we do is once we have arrived at the campground, before opening the camper we run the AC for awhile. This allows everything to cool off much faster. The pugs will make a big difference. I always attach the pugs prior to erecting the bunk ends. Much easier. Enjoy your trip.
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Old 07-16-2014, 08:53 AM   #5
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Thanks everyone, for some really great advice! Will definitely look in to all of those suggestions. I appreciate your taking the time to respond!!
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Old 07-23-2014, 08:40 PM   #6
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Get the Reflectix for sure!!! I live in Louisiana so I know about heat and humidity.
Putting the reflectix in the windows helps sooo much. You can instantly feel the difference.. I even put it in the door window and it takes the heat away.
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Old 07-25-2014, 12:27 PM   #7
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I'm so glad you replied about the 15000 btu AC. We are about to purchase a hybrid with 3 tent beds and have been debating the AC upgrade. We live in SC and know that going to the beach in the summers in a hybrid puts a lot of stress on the AC. Anyone else out there have any thoughts on whether we should upgrade?

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Old 08-01-2014, 07:09 AM   #8
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We never had issues with staying cool in our Trail Cruiser C191, we had the PUGs solar covers on the bunk ends. This includes the intense 100+ degree summer two years ago (110 on one day.)Click image for larger version

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Old 08-01-2014, 09:48 PM   #9
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Yes to 15,000 air and PUGs.

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Old 08-02-2014, 08:18 PM   #10
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