Retiree Sitting Under Awning Of Caravan With Four Wheel Drive Vehicle At Sunset

7 TIPS FOR KEEPING YOUR CARAVAN COOL IN THE SUMMER

Summer is the best time to hit the road. With the sun shining brightly, you can go camping and enjoy different outdoor activities. For those camping in a caravan, however, there’s one major downside. The intense heat of the sun turns your caravan into a sauna, which is very uncomfortable. To survive the scorching hot sun, here are seven expert tips for keeping your caravan cool in the summer.

ADD ROOF AND WALL INSULATION

Brand-new caravans are already equipped with roof insulation. Over time, however, they become susceptible to wear and tear. Old and peeling roof insulation must be replaced to keep your caravan cool. Meanwhile, adding wall insulation will also increase your vehicle barrier against the sun. Insulation makes it harder for the heat to penetrate your caravan.

INSTALL A PULL-OUT AWNING OR ANNEX

It’s better to spend time outdoors when the inside of your caravan becomes unbearably hot. By installing a pullout awning or annex, you’ll still have shelter from the sun’s rays. Some awnings are manually set up, while others extend with the switch of a button. You can also pass the time in your awning while waiting for your caravan to cool down.

CHANGE YOUR LIGHTING

Changing your lights can make a big difference when it comes to keeping your caravan cool in the summer. Halogen and incandescent bulbs actually generate a lot of heat. They increase the already high temperature inside the caravan. You’ll be much more comfortable with fluorescent or LED lights. The latter is also a more energy efficient option.

STAY IN THE SHADE

Parking in the shade is another smart and effective solution for keeping your caravan cool during the warmer months. The perfect spot is under a large tree, specifically one located on the western side. Your caravan will be much cooler even during the hot summer day.

PULL DOWN THE BLINDS

If you’re on the road or leaving your caravan for a bit of exploring, you should pull down the blinds and close the vehicle’s curtains. This will prevent the heat from penetrating the inside of your caravan.

STIMULATE AIR FLOW

Another helpful tip for keeping your caravan cool is to stimulate air flow. If you’re inside the vehicle, open the windows and vents to let the cool air inside. Ventilation will prevent hot air from getting trapped inside your caravan.

INVEST IN AIR-CONDITIONER AND FANS

Unfortunately, there are times when the heat becomes unbearable. Before all your options fail, I recommend investing in cooling appliances such as a 12-volt air-conditioner or mobile fans. You might have to spend some cash as well as deal with increased energy consumption, but they’ll be able to provide immediate relief. It’s a worthwhile investment if it can help you become comfortable and relaxed. Setting up a solar powered system is simply the best way to go these days.

You can’t exactly escape the sun and heat when caravanning in the summer. If you’re spending time in the great outdoors, the heat is inevitable. However, there are things you can do to make your caravan more comfortable. With a well thought out cooling system and good habits your caravan will be your oasis in the sun.


 

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Mike G
mgilles@dinga.com.au

Mike loves to travel on the open road, he's really into vehicles of any kind, especially those with 2 wheels.