Dave Solberg

Camping in the Heat: How to Stay Comfortable and Safe

Dave Solberg
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No matter the season, it’s important to take proper precautions to handle whatever weather you might face when camping in your RV. In the cooler months, that means ensuring your RV furnace is in maximal working condition and you’ve brought enough supplies should your heating source give out. Warmer times call for a separate set of safety and comfort requirements. In this free tutorial, RV repair expert Dave Solberg teaches you simple tips for making camping in the heat a safer and more enjoyable experience.

Tips for Camping in the Heat

Included on your summer camping checklist are a number of simple steps that will guarantee a positive experience. Dave walks you through his helpful tips of do’s and don’ts for camping in the heat, such as finding shade whenever possible to avoid direct sunlight. Among other objects, you should utilize tents, awnings and fans to cool your camping space and keep fresh air coming through your site. As for personal safety on the hottest days, Dave has several recommendations for optimal hydration, smart clothing choices, and activity planning.

It’s also highly important that you understand and learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of heat stroke. Keep in mind what it looks like when heat exhaustion strikes, and remember the best ways to cool down and calm your body if you feel any such symptoms. Don’t forget: proper prior planning…leads to a great time camping in the heat! Have fun, and be safe.

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4 Responses to “Camping in the Heat: How to Stay Comfortable and Safe”

  1. Ray

    Greg Cramblit is right. In fact, almost all plastic bottles, frozen or hot (over 118 degrees), are unhealthy. Also, don't presume that you are okay drinking from plastic bottles any time. They are shipped in non-climate controlled trucks and sit in non-climate controlled warehouses. The main problem is leaching of petrochemicals. I wonder if there has been any testing of plastic freshwater tanks for leaching? The right setup is to have a point of use filter on your RV sink that will filter contaminants including petrochemicals and store in a PBA-free non-leaching container or a thermos that is glass-lined. Counter-intuitively, it is also better to drink warm water on a hot day than cold water to try to avoid heat-related sickness. As far as beverage consumption, always opt for cans or glass bottles instead of plastic bottles if you can.

  2. Jeffrey

    You mention NOT SWEATING in the Heat. A VERY SERIOUS CONDITION that many older people can experience. If you have stopped sweating you are on the verge of a Heat Stroke and should seek medical attention immediately.

  3. Jeffrey

    You should carry ONE if not TWO Electric Fans with you. We have a small Lithium battery Fan, adjustable speed and One Larger Standup Fan. Because our Bedroom A/C Cools very well, we use the Larger Standup Fan to Blow the Cold Air from the Bedroom down the Hallway to the Larger Living Room and Kitchen areas. The Smaller Rechargeable Lithium Fan we use in the Living Room Area to help keep the Cooler Air Circulating. Works great. So, instead of trying to let your A/C's do all the work, try a couple of FANS to help move the cooler air around in your RV.

  4. Greg Cramblit

    Drinking water that has been frozen in a plastic bottle is very unhealthy!

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