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Old 07-25-2016, 10:04 PM   #1
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How to keep motorhome cool while stored

Any ideas on how to keep my motorhome "cool" while parked at home and not in use? It sits in the direct sun (no choice on that) and by mid to late afternoon it's 100 degrees inside. I have the bathroom roof vent open but that doesn't help much. I don't want to run the air conditioner every day.

Probably not much solution to this but I'd like to hear any ideas.

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Old 07-25-2016, 10:15 PM   #2
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Any thoughts about building a car port to keep it out of the sun? I have seen a trailer where they built a temporary cover using metal pipes. The pieces were from an awning place and were constructed like tinker toys. The material stretched over the frame was the sun shade material. It seemed to work. They are full time in Yuma so there are some extreme temperatures.
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Car/RV port is the best solution of course.
I leave one air conditioner on 80-85 degrees when it's 90+ degree weather.
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Old 07-26-2016, 05:38 AM   #4
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Reflectix. Its the foil insulation with the bubble wrap type stuff. Get a roll at Lowes/Home Depot. Cut pieces to fit your windows and place them in the inside between the window and shade/blinds.
Have done this for my Lexington, which also sits next to our house, in sunlight. Temp drop is easily 10-15 degrees less than without.
Stuff is easy to cut, and although looks "flimsy" does last. Still using pieces I made over 2 years ago.
Also cut a piece to fit the shower skylight. Velcro tabs on each corner keep it up, and that will also decrease the heat a lot.
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I put a MaxxFan in mine and have it set to come on when the inside of the coach reaches 90 degress, and then it closes again after it's below 90 degrees. You can set the activation temperature wherever you'd like (or not at all).
It certainly makes a difference on these hot days.

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Old 07-26-2016, 06:35 AM   #6
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Fans are ok, but all your doing is moving hot air around. The idea is to block the sun from the interior which will heat the air/interior up.
Proof....sit in a car that has front window facing the sun, without a sunshield.
Now, sit in the same car with a sunshield.
Big difference.
What your doing with the Reflectix is adding a "sunshield" to all the windows.
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I agree that shade of some sort would be best, and I'll likely get some Reflectix at some point, but that will be more for MY comfort while running AC, rather than when the coach is just sitting in the driveway unused. Having the fan running pulls in outside air (I have another vent open to allow for easy air movement - not that I think for a second that my 20 year old coach is airtight). I realize it could be better - heck I do as others do and run the AC. But just having this fan running in there makes a noticeable difference inside on hot afternoons. Yes it's still hot inside, but it's not AS hot.
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I tinted all my windows and made reflective covers for the windshields. The tint I used reflects 99% infra-red (heat) and blocks 80% visible light.

I bought a roll of the aluminized bubble wrap insulation material and made custom covers for the two front windows and the two small side windows that are not tinted.

I leave all the blinds down and shades pulled.

If I'm storing it, I leave all four of my roof vents open (summer) ( I have MaxxAire covers)

If I'm living in it, I close the roof vents and install the four aluminized vent covers that I made for the vents.

Window tint and window covers | 2001 Coachmen Mirada 300QB

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I'd be careful with the reflective material. I had a windshield split down the middle . Truth be told , I washed it midday :( .
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Reflectix. Its the foil insulation with the bubble wrap type stuff. Get a roll at Lowes/Home Depot. Cut pieces to fit your windows and place them in the inside between the window and shade/blinds.
Have done this for my Lexington, which also sits next to our house, in sunlight. Temp drop is easily 10-15 degrees less than without.
Stuff is easy to cut, and although looks "flimsy" does last. Still using pieces I made over 2 years ago.
Also cut a piece to fit the shower skylight. Velcro tabs on each corner keep it up, and that will also decrease the heat a lot.
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X2 ... I am still carrying a piece around for the windshield .... amazing ability to cut heat. You will probably need to ask for it by name. Basically, it is like bubble wrap with foil on both sides.
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I tinted all my windows and made reflective covers for the windshields. The tint I used reflects 99% infra-red (heat) and blocks 80% visible light.

I bought a roll of the aluminized bubble wrap insulation material and made custom covers for the two front windows and the two small side windows that are not tinted.

I leave all the blinds down and shades pulled.

If I'm storing it, I leave all four of my roof vents open (summer) ( I have MaxxAire covers)

If I'm living in it, I close the roof vents and install the four aluminized vent covers that I made for the vents.

Window tint and window covers | 2001 Coachmen Mirada 300QB

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Bookmarked your info. I have been looking for something like that.



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OH YAH - As Cliff noted, DO NOT wash or spray anything on your windshield unless you know the glass surface is cool.

Before I spray water (or anything) on my windshield, I place my hand on it to check the temperature. If its warm or hot. I don't wash the vehicle.

A small chip or scratch in the glass will spread if thermally stressed, i.e. spraying cool water on a hot windshield.
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The bottom line is that if it sits outside all the time, the inside of the MH will become the same temp as it is outside. You can protect the inside a bit by covering the windows and keeping the sun off furniture, but you can't lower the temp.
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I'd be careful with the reflective material. I had a windshield split down the middle . Truth be told , I washed it midday :( .

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