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Old 07-19-2012, 08:59 AM   #1
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Beating the Vegas Heat

I have to be in Vegas in two weeks. I have an 02 American Eagle with 2 a/c units. I have a reflective shield for the from window that really helps when temps hit the 90's. Since I have never been in that kind of heat(100-110 or higher), will we survive in the coach or should I not even try and get a hotel?
We currently have a reservation at the Las Vegas Motor Coach Resort.
Has anyone been to Las vegas in August and stayed in their coach? What was it like?

Thanks for the input.
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Old 07-19-2012, 09:41 AM   #2
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My opinion would be to start the engine early in the AM and head north at the posted speed limit until cooler temps were found. I'm from Havasu so I know about heat. Presently in Wyoming and not going south til October.
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Old 07-19-2012, 09:43 AM   #3
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I need to be there for 5 nights.
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Old 07-19-2012, 10:08 AM   #4
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I do love my motorhome, but for the money your paying at VMCR, I'd stay at one of the Hotels ................. try www.hotels.com
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Old 07-19-2012, 10:45 AM   #5
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we also have two dogs. So if we stay at a hotel, it would be the La Quinta hotel. I would rather have the amenities that the resort offers as long as we don't have a dry sauna for a motorhome.

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Old 07-19-2012, 10:52 AM   #6
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Hi Jake. I'm the guy you met in Santa Fe who introduced you to IRV2. Since We left there around Memorial Day we have camped in 100 plus degree days for over 35 days. We're now in upstate NY and it's 76 today. Anyway we survived. You need to keep the shades drawn all day and get the Coach as cool as you can early in the morning to get a head start on it. IMO , you'll be fine in your American Eagle.

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Old 07-19-2012, 11:37 AM   #7
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Jake21. Living in Vegas and using the MoHo in local places such as Lake Mead it is possible to enjoy your coach in our summer heat. First keep the A/C on 24/7 and realize that the temp will climb during the day. My basement air will keep my coach in the 80-82 range in the heat of the day (no shade) if i start at 76 in the early a.m. Second, keep the awning(s) out as teh shade on the side helps a lot. As stated above. Keep the shades down on the sunny side since the sun load is what kills your HVAC. If possible find a spot with as much shade as possible.

We travel with two dogs also and have had no problems with the heat by following the above.
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Old 07-19-2012, 11:40 AM   #8
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We spent 10 days in Vegas during the month of August. The daytime highs averaged 115 degrees. The front of the motor home was a little warm due to the sun on the windshield, otherwise we did just fine.

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Old 07-19-2012, 12:07 PM   #9
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Hi Jake 21, if you have dual pane windows in your coach and have both AC units running you should be OK.

We live in Vegas and leave our coach with dual pane windows parked in our driveway under the hot sun when not in use.

We leave both AC units on with T-stat set at 84 degrees when we're not in it and it holds an inside temp around 82.

When loading it for our trip to WA state we set the T-stat down to 76 and it cooled down just fine when outside temp was 115.

Another advantage is, we have outside solar screens on all the windows of our coach which helps blocking some of the heat.

Hope you enjoy your Vegas visit, fortunately we're now in Birch Bay, WA enjoying much cooler weather.

Best of luck and safe travels,
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As others stated, keep it like a dark cave with EVRYTHING closed and leave the air on 24/7. If you have TV equipment in the front cap, like receivers, keep the cabinet doors open and cool air hitting them. The DirecTV boxes get hot.
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Personally I'd prefer to book a hotel in that heat, but it is possible to survive in the MH.

-> Like the others said keep everything closed up from early AM onwards with AC on from the start.
-> Use reflectix on the front window AND an outside shade cover (if you have one).
-> Try to park in a spot with front windshield AWAY from afternoon sun -> the front windshield is a massive greenhouse warmer. In hot spots we save alot of heat by parking it away from afternoon sun.
-> Take advantage of any and ALL shade!! If you can get a spot w/ shade, absolutely do it.

You can reasonably expect no more than 20 degree cooling from your ACs.
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Jake, my rig is similar to yours and we are OK in 110 degrees. At mid-day in 110 degree heat we can cool the interior to about 76-78, but no cooler. After the sun drops lower we can get as cool as we want. We have window awnings all around and the big patio awning deployed. We do supplement the roof airs with the bedroom ceiling fan and use a small room fan to blow cool air from mid coach to the windshield area, which does not have enough roof vents. Strongly suggest you carry a quiet room fan. Our dog prefers the RV to a hotel any day!
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Old 07-19-2012, 07:30 PM   #13
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Thanks for all the responses. We are going for it. I have the reflector insulation from home depot ready.

Hi Clifftall. Good to see you responding also. Thanks for putting me onto this site. The iPad app is great. Perhaps our paths will cross soon. We are back in santa Fe at the end of August and then onward to Texas and points East.

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They do make sun screens for the front windows that attach to the outside with suction cups so they stand off the window a bit. And they make a difference. I use mine when I have to park with the front window facing the sun.

Here's one: RV Sunscreen | No More Snaps, Drilling or Climbing
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