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Old 08-20-2016, 01:07 PM   #1
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Inside damage to coach from excessive heat?

Hello, I'm brand new to this site as well as owning and using my motorhome. I have read many of the questions on the site and have learned a lot before even registering to post here. This is a great site and I thank everyone in advance for your expert advice and knowledge. I'm sure there will be more questions, but the one I have today is about excessive heat inside my motorhome. I live in Redding Ca and our temps have been in the 105 range for weeks now. The other day I put a thermometer in my coach to see how hot the temp was. It registered 117 and I noticed a cabinet drawer with the laminate buckling. That may have just been a coincidence but I want to know how much damage can be done by this kind of heat. I have been running my AC, but it is costly and I know much wear and tear on the unit while it is just parked in the driveway. Thanks for any information.
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Hello, I'm brand new to this site as well as owning and using my motorhome. I have read many of the questions on the site and have learned a lot before even registering to post here. This is a great site and I thank everyone in advance for your expert advice and knowledge. I'm sure there will be more questions, but the one I have today is about excessive heat inside my motorhome. I live in Redding Ca and our temps have been in the 105 range for weeks now. The other day I put a thermometer in my coach to see how hot the temp was. It registered 117 and I noticed a cabinet drawer with the laminate buckling. That may have just been a coincidence but I want to know how much damage can be done by this kind of heat. I have been running my AC, but it is costly and I know much wear and tear on the unit while it is just parked in the driveway. Thanks for any information.
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When not being used my now 20 year old coach has lived in, (aka: been stored in), outside in temperatures as hot as 105 degrees F, (Red Bluff, CA), and as low as -30 degrees F, (Wausau, WI).

Those temperature extremes have never damaged my coach in any way.... even though all I do is:
1.) Leave a window cracked open.
2.) Leave a roof vent open.
3.) Plug into a 20A outlet using a 12/3 extension cord so the inverter/charger can automatically maintain the charge in the batteries.
And of course 4.) Winterize the coach for cold weather storage.
No heat in cold weather...No A/C in hot weather.
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Winter and summer (we have all 4 seasons in Ohio) I leave roof vents open a bit (under vent covers) and jalousie windows open a tiny bit. This allows air to circulate and prevents build up of moisture.

I don't leave A/C on, even if I had the spare power at home where I park the RV. A/C wear out and would increase my utility costs by 1/3, besides annoying neighbors with the noise.
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Yes I know your pain. While in the Rogue River in Grants Pass OR. it was a 106* the bathroom door grew over 1/8th inch. not a big deal until it was rubbing against the ceiling. Got back home I shaved off that 1/8th inch just in case. But it never did rub before after two years
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Leave both roof vents open, and set the vent fan thermostats to about 85 degrees (which may be the factory setting). They will come on automatically and suck the heat out. We leave both of the cab windows down about 1/2" (it's a class C, so the windows are protected), so the fans pull the air all the way through the unit.
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I bought a dehumidifier for our class c amazing the amount of moisture it removes. Heat + humidity = damage.
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