12 RV Hacks for Staying Cool this Summer

Beat the heat this summer with these 12 handy hacks that will help you, your pets, and your RV stay cool and comfortable, despite the high temps!

We pulled these hacks from our new book RV HACKS: 400+ Ways to Make Life on the Road Easier, Safer and More Fun. It’s available in print and digital at all good bookstores, and you can order it here.

Use services like the NOAA Weather Radar Live app and Weather High-Def Radar app to track inclement weather in the days before your trip and adjust your itinerary or route as needed to avoid high winds, storms, or extreme temperatures.

Check the weather.

Plan your trip in advance with a useful online tool like RVTrip Wizard.com, which uses your RV-specific data to help you plan RV-friendly routes, find campgrounds, plan fuel stops, and track your trip budget.

Use an online trip planner with RV-safe GPS.

Avoid maintaining consistent light pressure on the brake pedal for long periods, as it will create constant friction, which can cause your brakes to overheat and become squishy, and they won’t work properly when needed.

Avoid overheating your brakes.

When you park on hot days, use window shades and/or turn your steering wheel 180 degrees so the part of the wheel you hold to drive is shielded from the sun.

Keep your steering wheel cool when parked.

Apply window tint film to your RV skylight and windows to reduce solar heat gain and UV rays while increasing privacy inside your RV.

Tint your RV windows to keep it cool.

Use external window shades on your RV’s windshield to reduce the solar heat gain streaming into your RV.

Block solar rays from the outside.

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