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Old 06-30-2015, 12:55 AM   #1
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What are doing to stay cool this summer

Summer is here and with it the western half of the country is feeling the heat at unprecedented levels. Me included!!! Some fellow RViers only live in their rigs during winter's snowbird season. But either some of us either have or do live in our rigs all year round. So if you boondock during summer it can be a particular challenge to stay cool when your living off the grid. I like most RViers have a generator, solar panel and battery that power my 12 volt turbo kool rooftop RV swamp cooler. So staying cool is easy for me as long as I have water in the fresh water tank and stay indoors. However every RViers setup is quite different. Regular RV AC units exhaust your generators fuel supply quickly. Is there a more energy efficient method of staying cool??? So I am interested in hearing your ideas. How you my fellow dry campers stay cool in the summer.

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Old 06-30-2015, 01:30 AM   #2
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In the western US you can regulate your ambient temperature with elevation or location.

Each 1000' in elevation = approx. 3 degrees cooler.

The Pacific Ocean is a giant a/c unit for that ribbon of land along the coast.
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Old 06-30-2015, 08:09 AM   #3
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when the heat is on I tend to stick to the heavily forested areas, it keeps me in the shade and those tall timber forests are a giant AC unit
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Old 06-30-2015, 04:21 PM   #4
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I'm just getting started on a quest for cool I've installed the Go Power 480 watts solar setup with the 3000 watt inverter, and will soon order Go Power's 120 watt portable panels for a total of 600 watts of solar panels. Ours is a 2004 Winnebago Sightseer 35N. My goal is to boondock without running the generator so no AC either. What I do have is a Bonaire portable evaporative cooler that draws 1.3 amps an hour. When I put 2 or 3 frozen water bottles in the cooler's water reservoir it does a good job during the day and an even better job at night.

That said, I'm not in what I would term as a 'dry' climate. I'm in Oklahoma where it's humid, still, if I set the Bonaire in front of one open bedroom window, and open the other window as well, that sucker will put out some cool sleeping air all night long. This is awesome for us because the generator, among other things, is under the bedroom. If that's not bad enough, my Mrs. has reached that age where she is fine one minute and burning up the next Beyond that I learned a valuable lesson long ago, happy wife = happy life. Peace.
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