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Old 07-16-2015, 03:48 PM   #1
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trying to stay cool...

Hello everyone. I'm new here so I hope I'm doing this right...lol My wife and I are full time in our 32 ft Kodiak and we are currently living in an rv park. We have been living in it a little over a year now and man it has been a learning experience going through the different seasons. Where we are currently set up it is literally like a parking lot, without any shade at all, and man has it been hot and humid here in Hot Springs Ar.Problem is mainly the bedroom staying too hot. Ours only has the one ac unit and doesn't seem to keep the bedroom cool to well. The sun sets on the driver side of our camper and really heats that bedroom wall up to the point that when you touch it from inside it feels hot. Was thinking about somehow mounting some type of insulation board to the outside of that wall with a reflective side out. Anyone have any idea what to use and how to mount it so that it could be takin down once summers over, and without causing cosmetic damage to camper. Were new to all this but we catch on quick....lol Thanks in advance for any good advice

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Old 07-16-2015, 05:23 PM   #2
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I've seen , the hot water tank , silver sided bubble wrap insulation, used in similar situations ( check with the park, they may have rules against this kind of thing) the wrap comes in 3' wide rolls, and you can purchase it by the foot at building supplies. I spend my winters in Parker AZ. and folks that store their RV's in the park for the summer, cover the windows with the insulation, and hold it in place with foil tape; foil tape won't dry out the way duct tape does; and leaves very little residue when removed. Rubbing alcohol removes what's left. Insulation rolls up for re-use.
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Old 07-17-2015, 03:33 PM   #3
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I've been arguing with Winnebago over their Ultra Lite TT, the 28DDBH. They seem to think one A/C unit is enough. I can't get them to agree to a special order with a second A/C unit at all. I am either forced to a floor plan I don't want or to buy another brand. I know it doesn't get and stay as hot in Wisconsin... but they seem to think their engineering "wisdom" trumps my experience... and it will most likely cost them a sale. Good luck with keeping cool... I know from experience how bad that can be. Have you thought of moving to a shaded park? I would think Hot Springs would have lots of trees. It's amazing how many parks clear all of the trees when they are built.
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That's a tough nut to crack. Big area, little insulation and one ac working hard. Maybe you can try a couple of tower fans to move the air. Keep all shades down and help keep the interior dark.
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Old 07-17-2015, 03:54 PM   #5
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Is that a 50A trailer? If so, Kodiak has wiring for a second AC. Just add it.
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Old 07-18-2015, 06:27 AM   #6
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A short term solution might be to create a little of your own shade. Many tarps sold at Walmart or Home Depot are silver on the inside. Not sure what profile your trailer has on that side (slides?) But you may be able to string one up with the silver side out without causing an eyesore or damage to your finish.
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Old 07-19-2015, 08:37 PM   #7
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think i may try that tommorrow. already have one of those so it will be the cheapest way out. thanks for the idea. thought of that before but was just hesitant because of appearance. but its so hot now i say whatever it takes to stay cool. thanks again.
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as with all manufacturer issues it always comes down to installing what little items they can that will be overworked so a few days after the warranty expires you can replace at your cost.

by installing the right amount of btu AC units you would never overtax and it would last longer.

it's all in the major plan to separate the consumer from their money.

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Irronically, too much BTU (or tons in residential hvac) is bad. They cool so much the they don't run long enough for dehumidification. A system they has long run times but still keeps you cool enough is best.
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Can you use one of those portable carport tarps that you have to assemble? It would give shade and air space so the a/c could still work. Harbor Frieght and Northern Tool are just a few places that carry them.

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