RV Tips: 5 Ways to Keep Cool This Summer

Hi, I’m Kate! I’m a full-time RVer, mom, writer, and I love to share my tips for summer camping. Here are my best RV tips on how to keep cool this summer at the campground. So, if you’re ready to hit the road, load up your new Dutchmen Astoria 2943BHF fifth wheel from Shaw RV. Keep your crew comfortable during vacation with the proper setup at your campsite. 

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1. Pick a Shaded Site

It seems like a given, but you’ll want to make sure your campsite is adequately shaded.  The tree cover will take a lot of the strain off of your RV’s air conditioner and help keep your camper cooler.  You’ll want to ask for a site that is shaded during the hottest part of the day to have the biggest impact on your comfort level.


2. Get a Dehumidifier

This tip is a little less obvious, but having a few highly efficient dehumidifiers can significantly improve your RV’s temperature and overly comfort. We have a large dehumidifier in our living room and a mini one in the bathroom. We run both of ours all day long, but you could only use them after cooking or when someone showers if you want.

3. Cook Outside

Honestly, this is one of my top tips for keeping your RV cool. We eat mostly no-cook meals like sandwiches, salads, and fruits to keep from running our stove or oven during the day. If you must make a hot meal, use your campfire or an outdoor grill to keep the temperature down in your RV. Additionally, if you must use the indoor kitchen, run your vent to move as much air as possible outside.

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4. Clean Your A/C Filters

I didn’t realize how much of a difference this can make, but we were much more comfortable once we started doing this regularly. You’ll want to clean your RV’s air conditioner filters before you leave on vacation. We clean ours about once every week or two.

5. Use Your Shades

During the hottest parts of the day, be sure to pull all of the shades on your RV.  We’ve found that this helps to keep our RV temperature much lower.  We also use the awning from midday to afternoon whenever the wind permits.

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