Hi all. Long story short, 29 year old guy who picked up a 16' cargo trailer a few months ago. Put in a few amenities and live in it in my backyard at night. Love sleeping in it but it's obscenely hot during the day. Even with the 5k window ac running, it can get over 90 degrees inside in the FL heat. If I got a bigger AC unit cutout and a bigger unit, got the insulation redone(the manufacturer sucked and poorly insulated it), I suspect I could be in it during the day. But for now, intolerable. Feels great at night, 62 degrees.
I plan on being on shore power most of the time. But I have family up in the NorthEast USA and at some point I'd like to travel west. I will obviously not have permanent hookups if I am boondocking. It would be nice to be able to have a situation where if I had to pull over between destinations where I could be comfortable for a night or two and then get back on the road.
My plan is to head to better weather sometime next year with the trailer. I was thinking Colorado mountain areas. Getting there will be a chore since it's so damn hot down here that I worry about the situation where I don't have a campsite overnight and I am really sensitive to heat so I won't be able to sleep if it's much over 70 degrees inside. So I am trying to decide what system to implement to get power for my basic needs. At most it will be a laptop and a few tiny lights plus a 12v fridge. I'd like some sort of air conditioner system because on my way to my destination where weather will presumably not need any AC, ever, I'll need to have a way to stay comfortable. Trailer is wired with a breaker box.
I was thinking I could spend a few thousand on a solar setup. Not sure if I want my own with batteries in the front or if I want something like a 'jackery' that my friend mentioned. But I doubt this can run even a 5k btu window unit. Right? I don't like the smell of gasoline or handling it very much, so unless there's some really clean generators I'd rather avoid that method too. Any suggestions for me? I really need to get my trailer reinsulated, the manufacutrer used maybe 1/2 or 3/4 inch insulation when the walls can hold 1". Also used styrofoam instead of XPS board which would be better. Not sure how much that will help.
Appreciate the help from everyone here who is much more experienced than I am with this stuff. I love my trailer even with its faults, it's so cozy and it's really good for my allergies being in an aluminum box with fresh air. My only conundrum is worrying about being on the road with no AC and it being hot.. I am so sensitive to really strong heat.. these FL summers kill me. BTW, current tow vehicle is a 2022 f150.
Thanks for ur time!
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