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4 Tips to Keep Your RV Cool During Hot Weather

It's almost time to start winterizing your RV, but before you do, we have one last hoo-rah before the summer is over - Labor Day weekend. September is the first step into the fall, but let me tell you, September can be a scorcher! 

We have 4 tips on how you can beat the heat this weekend, and the other hot weekends to come.

1. Stay in the Shade

If possible, call the campground ahead of time to request a shaded spot. Available shaded areas aren't always a guarantee, but this can help keep the temperature in your RV down. If you have an awning, that will provide additional coverage for when you are outside.

Speaking of being outside, if it's possible, try cooking outside more. Using your propane stove/oven is only going to intensify the heat in your RV. Bonus: you get to look outdoorsy for your guests. 

2. Shield Your Windows

Tinted windows are another great addition for keeping your RV cool. If you don't like or want tinted windows there are a couple of other options to choose from. We have seen window covers that you can hang up on the outside of your RV windows. Another great option, and maybe less expensive, are black-out curtains. You can make them yourself, or buy them for a decent price on Amazon. We have even seen instances where people hang up black towels instead of curtains. 

3. Keep Your Air Circulating 

First and foremost you want to make sure that your air conditioner is in working order. This means inspecting the filters, cleaning them or replacing them if needed. To clean your air filters, you can wash them with a mild soap and water then let them dry. Alternatively, you can vacuum the filters with the brush attachment. Keep additional filters on hand just in case you need to replace it during your trip.

The last thing you want is stale air moving around in your RV. If you have any tabletop fans, make sure they are packed for the trip. It doesn't hurt to have a box fan on hand to help circulate air either. Other recommendations are to have some vent covers at both ends of the RV to promote cross ventilation and let the heat escape.

Going back to an earlier comment about being outside, try not to go in and out of your RV constantly. You want to keep the cool air in as much as possible. Take this time to go explore. Go hike, shop or enjoy a new restaurant experience. And if you're in the Denver, NC area - stop by Steele Rubber Products for a free tour, or hang out at our Open House!

4. Check Your Seals for Leaks 

Last, but certainly not least, you want to check your RV seals for any damage or cracks that will cause your cool air to leak. Around your windows, check to make sure that the glass run channel has not popped out, and that it isn't starting to look deformed. For your hatches and compartment doors you will typically find a push on seal. Make sure that these seals are still securely in place. To check your access door, we recommend what we call the dollar bill test. Simply close the door on a dollar bill and see if it comes out easily or has some resistance to it. Check around the entire diameter of the door. 

Don't forget to check your AC unit for leaks.If the gasket needs to be replace, we have developed an AC gasket kit which has everything you need. This one piece design ensures no leaks and the quality closed cell rubber yields a higher durability than what was originally supplied.

For all your RV weatherstripping needs, Steele Rubber Products provides high quality products made from EPDM rubber.  You can find a complete list of all of our door sealswindow sealsslide out sealshatches and insert trim and universal parts on our website  Additionally, you can download a free RV Parts catalog online or give us a call to request a mail catalog 800-230-6752. 

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