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ItsyRV

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Posted: 11/05/19 08:35pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

jackM85308 wrote:

Has anyone stay full-time in an RV park in Arizona during the heat of the summer if so what did you do to stay comfortable?

Can you be a bit more specific as to where in AZ you're looking? You could see temperature differences of 40 to 50 degrees depending on where in the state you are. Trying to cope with 120 degrees is not he same as if the highs are 85 degrees. Location???


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jackM85308 wrote:

Apache Junction

Humm, Apache Junction in the summer. I would recommend that indoor RV and Boat storage place near US60 and Idaho for the RV and for you, maybe the Gold Canyon Resort and Spa. It's going to be a bit lonely as some of those RV places shut down in the summer and those that are open are like ghost towns after 6 am when the sun comes up.

The best advice is make sure your RV is well protected from heat transfer. If you don't have them, get those reflective sun shields for all the windows and for any roof vents.

Also make sure the RV property has the ability to provide the power you will need for A/C during the peak periods. With so few paying guest, limiting electrical usage may be their way of breaking even.

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A lot of these hot weather recommendations include putting something in the roof vents.

Why is this necessary if you have vent covers over the vents? Vent covers prevent the sun from heating the vents themselves and also provide a layer of air insulation between the vent cover and the vent.

Our vents do not introduce heat into the interior of the coach in hot weather, but they do have vent covers permanently mounted on the roof over them to keep the sun, rain, snow, sleet, and hail off the vents. I wouldn't have an RV without vent covers over it's vents. Our vent covers allow the vents themselves to be completely open for ventilation in any kind of weather conditions.


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Move north to a higher elevation is the only real answer.
That is the beauty of owning an RV, you can move.

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Roof top MaxxAir vent covers...and vent pillows...and reflective bubble for the shower dome...and dual pane windows...and dual sun screen/blackout roller shades...and window awnings...and an Adco windshield cover...and a surge protector.
All of the above works well for us.

Yes, I have spent several summers full-time in an RV in Arizona, a number of years ago. It can be done, with a bit of caution and common sense. If at all possible, you want the windshield facing east, so it only gets the morning sun.
And any other type of shade or trees will provide significant benefit.

No longer full-time, but we do use our motorhome in the summer for trips here and there around Arizona.


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Posted: 11/06/19 11:19am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I live in the hottest part of AZ. Several RV parks in the area have many full time residents. All you need is AC and enough money in the wallet to pay for the cost of electricity during the summer.





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We spent a summer in NM at 4,000 feet with temps of 95 - 108 most days of the summer. It was hot! We have a motorhome and put one of the foil insulated panels inside in the windshield - helped a lot. Also pillows in vents so heat from the sun didn't get thru, shades down. A/C running continuously with 2nd one running later afternoon when the sun hit us full force for a couple hours. The main problem we had was the refrigerator and morning sun on that side. Helped a lot when we could have the awning down, but sometimes too windy. We added another fan in the outside compartment at the bottom pushing air up. If it's in a slide, better shade that slide somehow. Of course parking in the shade helps, if you can find any. We won't do it again if by choice.

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pnichols wrote:

A lot of these hot weather recommendations include putting something in the roof vents.

Why is this necessary if you have vent covers over the vents? Vent covers prevent the sun from heating the vents themselves and also provide a layer of air insulation between the vent cover and the vent.

Our vents do not introduce heat into the interior of the coach in hot weather, but they do have vent covers permanently mounted on the roof over them to keep the sun, rain, snow, sleet, and hail off the vents. I wouldn't have an RV without vent covers over it's vents. Our vent covers allow the vents themselves to be completely open for ventilation in any kind of weather conditions.

You need to define "hot weather". In AJ this year, On June 9th it hit over 100 degrees and stayed that way until almost September 15th. I belive there was only about 5 days when the daytime temperatures fell to under 100 (98 to be precise). You also had stretches of 110 weather. Nighttime lows hit about 80 degrees. Heat transfer from vents will happen under those extreme conditions unless additional insulting measures are taken.

An occasional 95 degree warm day isn't going to matter much but when it starts hitting 105 and stays there, vent covers will start transferring heat and no roof mounted plastic cover is going to keep it out. We adapt by insulating the opening or paying for electricity.

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Posted: 11/07/19 07:59am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Do you have a mobile home or an RV? Why not move?

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