Jason & Lisa McEwen

RV Trip Planning for Hot Weather

Jason & Lisa McEwen
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If you’re planning an RV trip to a warm weather destination, there are a few things you should know about before you start making reservations. Here are a few things to consider:

1. Pick a campground near water. For hot weather camping, try to reserve a campground that has a lake, pool, or is near the ocean. When it’s hot, you won’t have to go far to cool off.

2. Try to park in the shade. If you’re staying at a state park or a shaded site, take a moment to consider how to park your RV to maximize the shade. Your RV awning can create shade too, so don’t forget to put that out. Keeping your RV cool in extreme heat is a challenge, but these small adjustments will help.

3. Check on your air conditioner. If you’re going somewhere warm, like Florida during the summer, you’ll need your A/C. It’s a good idea to have it serviced before your trip or at the very least, change filters and test it before you hit the road.

If it breaks down while you’re on your trip, you can call out a mobile repair tech, but it will likely be pricey and you may have to wait, so if you can, do maintenance ahead of time.

4. Cook Outdoors. When the mercury rises, the last thing you want to do is add more heat to your RV. So, instead of turning on the stove, cook outdoors. Break out the grill or cook over a campfire to keep the heat outside.

Plan easy-to-grill meals like burgers or brats or you might even eat some light like sandwiches and fruit.

5. Consider running a few fans. If you have a bigger rig, consider adding a few small fans to help the air circulate a little better.

6. Keep everything shaded. If you open your windows at night for a breeze, be sure to close them in the morning. You should pull your shades down too to keep the sunlight from heating up your RV. If you have any reflective insulation you can put that on the windows too.

You can RV in any kind of weather, but you should always be prepared. It’s a good idea to have a few weather apps on your phone too because weather can change quickly in the south.

Want to learn more? Check out these tips for hot weather camping.

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