“It’s a hot one out there.”
It’s a saying as old as time, and as hard as it may be to wrap your head around, it’s never been more true. With temperatures soaring far beyond any previous records set in places where it’s especially uncommon, hot weather has gotten to a point where it’s more than discomfort—it can be a real threat with severe consequences!
Luckily, it’s easy to avoid with only a little bit of preparation. Here are some ways to make your time on the road safer and more enjoyable this summer.
Utilize your window shades and blinds whenever possible.
Depending on your RV’s orientation and the time of day, there might be some windows that receive far more sunlight than others. And while natural daylight is the best source of light, it can also drive up temperatures inside your RV… fast! Regardless of whether or not your AC is running, this is a must-do in the summer months.
For extra protection, consider reflective window covers!
Open your awnings whenever you’re parked.
Summers are meant to be enjoyed outdoors, making this RV accessory necessary for any RVer, full-time or casual. Even if you’re not chilling outside in your cool outdoor living space, opening your awning when you’re parked can provide even more shade for the side of the RV that it’s on.
Cook early and/or outside.
Firing up the stove in the middle of the day? As if the inside of an RV in the summer wasn’t hot enough already! Instead, cook ahead of time before the day heats up or plan for meals that can be grilled outside. If you want to eliminate having to cook all together, packaged food that doesn’t need to be cooked or food that can be eaten cold are never bad ideas.
Change your AC filters.
You might be surprised at just how much of a difference it makes! Dirty filters make it hard for your AC to effectively do its job, so a routine change is a must, especially if you’re on the road in the summertime.
Pro tip: keep a couple replacements stored on deck at all times.
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.
When you’re busy soaking up all that summer has to offer on the road, it’s easy to forget about drinking plenty of water. Whether you’re inside or outside, this season takes a toll on people, and it’s always better to be safe rather than sorry. Take a brief moment at every pitstop to do an inventory check to make sure you and your family are well-stocked on drinking water.
Summers were made for RVers like you and us! The warm weather is perfect for exploring the open road, but it can also be dangerous if proper precautions are not taken. These tips are essential for battling the climbing temperatures, but they are far from the last. If you have questions or concerns about your RV’s ability to beat the heat, click the button below. We’re also happy to answer any questions you may have about the best ways to make every trip the best trip ever.