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Old 07-02-2013, 06:19 PM   #1
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Traveling without Air conditioners

I've been thinking about everyone traveling and camping without air conditioners in this heat. First it was to cold to go, and now it's so hot. No happy in between. How do you all keep comfortable in the campers during the day and night. Up north it has been cooling off enough at night, but how about those of you way down south with the 90-100+ temps? I've been invited to go to SC, but I don't think I'm interested in going in this heat with no air in the camper. My pooch has a hard time in this heat.
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Old 07-02-2013, 06:37 PM   #2
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Well, there's always this... if you have a 3-way with a freezer so you can refreeze bottles or never ending supply of ice : Redneck Air Conditioner - Cheap Cool Air - YouTube
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Old 07-02-2013, 06:43 PM   #3
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After much pondering of transferring out of the Pacific Northwest with the company my wife and i work for, partly due to us both complaining over the years of all the rain we must put up with here in Oregon...we've come to the conclusion that we will just deal with the wet stuff rather than move. At least here we can deal with the camp-outs by donning on galoshes and ponchos in June rather than running around in our birthday suits trying to stay comfortable. I do honestly wonder, as you are, how peeps enjoy trips in the wild having to (well most likely) be hooked up to an umbilical cord so the rig can remain livable.

During our first two main trips this season, first the Memorial Day-Week, and then last week, it poured. We donned the rain gear and made the best of it in the upper 60's low 70 temps in very green forest/river settings completely off grid & secluded. I realize this is a personal preference. I also realize it's a big country and we live where we live mainly because a job or family calls.

Just rambling on this sunny day (one of maybe ~80) on the Oregon Coast with a cool ocean breeze coming through the window next to me as i post from inside our home-on-wheels. . . < notice i did say "Indoors"...my wife and i are so used to doing things outdoors in the wet stuff we actually don't bother heading out when the sun-disk is beating down on us! A funny twist. Guess we've become more Nor'Wester than we ever thought we would!
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Up north it has been cooling off enough at night, but how about those of you way down south with the 90-100+ temps? .
When you say up north I'm assuming you mean the Antarctic this week,,,,, been in the mid 80's on the west coast of BC and into the 100's in the interior of BC. Wish it would cool off at night.
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My feeling is that if you need AC at night it is probably too darn hot during the day to be camping. I've camped when I'd have enjoyed AC for a few hours in the heat of the afternoon but now I avoid that kind of weather as much as I can.
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We have a small closet air conditioner that in two years has only been turned on a couple of times, only when Ginnys cooking up a storm on a hot day. During that time we've been on the road 15 months.

The reality has been we really don't need it. We resolve the heat issue by camping northward in the summer and southward in the winter, a definite advantage of a mobile home.
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Old 07-02-2013, 08:39 PM   #7
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After much pondering of transferring out of the Pacific Northwest with the company my wife and i work for, partly due to us both complaining over the years of all the rain we must put up with here in Oregon...we've come to the conclusion that we will just deal with the wet stuff rather than move. At least here we can deal with the camp-outs by donning on galoshes and ponchos in June rather than running around in our birthday suits trying to stay comfortable. I do honestly wonder, as you are, how peeps enjoy trips in the wild having to (well most likely) be hooked up to an umbilical cord so the rig can remain livable.

During our first two main trips this season, first the Memorial Day-Week, and then last week, it poured. We donned the rain gear and made the best of it in the upper 60's low 70 temps in very green forest/river settings completely off grid & secluded. I realize this is a personal preference. I also realize it's a big country and we live where we live mainly because a job or family calls.

Just rambling on this sunny day (one of maybe ~80) on the Oregon Coast with a cool ocean breeze coming through the window next to me as i post from inside our home-on-wheels. . . < notice i did say "Indoors"...my wife and i are so used to doing things outdoors in the wet stuff we actually don't bother heading out when the sun-disk is beating down on us! A funny twist. Guess we've become more Nor'Wester than we ever thought we would!
Well, that's the whole point, living in the NW, isn't it? If you wait for clear weather, you'll never do anything! Better to just go forward. That's what they make raingear for...
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Just returned from a trip to Texas and Arkansas Upper 90's during the day , mid 80's at night . When we returned home the day time temps were in the 70's and the nights in the lower 60's I've lived my whole life in the upper Midwest and do not understand how people can live with month on month of temperatures in the 90's and high humidity but I am sure they don't understand winter either. I was really glad we have A/C in the trailer it made the trip down South bearable
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Old 07-02-2013, 09:18 PM   #9
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Well, it's not always about just going camping, but if one is traveling from coast to coast one has to sleep in the camper. That's what I'm wondering.... How is it working for you in this heat at night without air. If I'm pulling a camper, I sure don't want to have to spend the nights in a motel. I very seldom stay in motels as there are to many stories about motel rooms.
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I guess in the words of a fulltimer in a 13', "I've got a rotary air conditioner". If it's too hot where he was at he moved to a cooler place and the other way around.

We just go back from a short 10 day trip at 6300'. The first 2 days were nice and in the lower 60s, then rain for 4 days, then back up to 80s during the day and 50s at night.

We're about to head out again this time into California Red Woods. Forecast temperatures in the mid to upper 60s.
Who needs an air conditioner?

FYI Going to south in the summer is generally not the best of ideas. Example Death Valley's season is mid Oct. to April 1st. Too hot the rest of the year.
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Old 07-02-2013, 10:25 PM   #11
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Park in the shade or head for the mountains or BOTH!
Love that Redneck air-conditioner, Donna!
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Last weekend, it was pretty hot here in Nj, but fortunatly the humidity dropped enough at night I managed without AC. Two motor homes 3, and 4 spots over from me were running quiet generators to keep cool(didnt ruin my camping experience at all ,) I was all ready to fire mine up but it cooled down enough that I didnt need it. It was nice that if needed the rangers are ok with the quiet generators running at night... always an option.

Im not going to stay home if the weather is good just hot... during the day Im either doing things with friends, swiming, staying in the shade etc... but when I need to sleep Im going to do what I need to to get comfortable. If the park offers electric I will pay the extra money for the hookup during the hottt months...I just liek being out in the woods.
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I have never had an AC in any of my TTs.
The Scamps I've had I installed a Fantastic Fan over the bed area and have had reasonably comfortable nights with the fan on low.
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I have never had an AC in any of my TTs.
The Scamps I've had I installed a Fantastic Fan over the bed area and have had reasonably comfortable nights with the fan on low.
Same here. It's 110 dry heat degrees in the Phoenix area now, but the mountains are low 80's with 50's at night... or go stay wet at the lakes.
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