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Old 05-05-2013, 03:24 PM   #1
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Popup air con can not keep camper cool

Hello, I am new to camping in a popup and we just got back from a camping trip at Koreshan State Park in Fort Myers Florida. We went to take a nap on one of the end beds and it was as warm. The air con felt like It was working but the end beds under the canvas was warm. Outside temp was around 84 deg. Is this normal and I thought about putting some type of tarp over the ends? The model of camper is a Rockwood High Wall 296, thx.
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Old 05-05-2013, 03:29 PM   #2
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Nice,, thanks
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We had 2 Fleetwood/Coleman pop ups- they had a gray vinyl top with fabric sides that were a forest green color- both had a very good AC unit on them- but during the heat of the day, the ends would get hot, or at least warm. After all- you ARE trying to cool a tent on a frame. NO insulation at all. Try to pick shady campsites, if at all possible. It is much cooler when the sun sets!! Randy
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Same as above - our pop-up would get warm when it was HOT outside. When it was 105, we couldn't get the inside to 80 even in the main part of the box. We used fans to move the cool air out to the bunk ends.
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Pugs are your friend, that and I bought a roll of Reflectix and made cut outs for all the bunk windows. Helps a lot in hot and cold weather.
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Old 05-05-2013, 06:57 PM   #7
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Ditto what others have said. Our sales guy gave us the expectation that the a/c in the popup would give you about 10-15 degrees of coolness as compared to the outside air. I would say that ran just about right. If it was 100 outside, it'd be about 85 in the 'living' area of the camper, and a bit warmer than that in the tents.

When camping in hot weather, we would keep the curtains on the bunk ends closed during the day and that would really help keep the temp in the living area much cooler.

And yes, if you are napping in the bunks and the sun is a-shining, it does get pretty sweaty in there, even with the AC running...

One of my fav things about upgrading to the v-lite TT is I have actual airconditioning vents IN my bedroom and can take a really nice, cool nap! I don't miss the tent 'greenhouse effect' bunk ends of the popup.
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If you use pugs you can also get a couple of Dollar store noodles and put in between the pug and the top of your canvas to give you a little air gap.
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Old 05-07-2013, 10:01 PM   #9
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Thanks for all the info/input..
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Just got my popup gizmos covers and I highli recommend them, especially down here in S. Florida. We borrowed a friends last summer and they made a huge difference. Plus they'll keep dirt and droppings off the canvas. I'll post some pics after we use them Memorial Day weekend in the Keys.
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