RV Insulation Ideas to Beat the Summer Heat

RV Insulation Ideas to Beat the Summer Heat

There’s no denying that summer is in full swing. In some places, record temperatures are leaving people trying to find ways to beat the heat. If you’re road tripping or camping in an RV, AC might be your best friend.

But, you already know how much fuel that can quickly burn up. Plus, what happens when the rig isn’t running? Relying on less-than-powerful fans to keep you cool isn’t always sufficient.

So, to protect yourself and your passengers from the summer heat, one of the best things you can do is properly insulate your RV.

With that in mind, let’s look at a few places you should be sealing up to trap the cool air inside and leave scorching sun outside.

Seal Up All Entrances

The windows and doors to your RV are the most important areas to insulate properly. Why? Because they might not already be insulated properly. If they’re not, cool air will escape quickly, and warm air will seep in. Take stock of every possible entrance or opening of your RV (including exterior storage compartments), and try some of the following:

  • Resealing windows with caulk
  • Renewing weather stripping
  • Installing reflective insulation
  • Installing new doors and windows if you have an older RV

Even doing one of these things can make a big difference in keeping the cool trapped inside. So, no matter your budget or the amount of time you have, you can keep things a little more comfortable.

Block Drafts Through the Vents

If you’ve sealed up all of the cracks on your RV and you’re still feeling warm air getting inside, it could be coming in through the vents. Use vent covers or even cushions to block that warm air, especially when your AC is running, and remove the covers on cooler days to let in nature’s air conditioning.

Upgrade Your Insulation

If you live in a particularly hot area, you might want to invest in an insulation upgrade for your rig. Foam panels or spray insulation are both great options for RVs, depending on your budget and your needs.

Having quality insulation will also help to keep you warm if you’re a winter camper, so it’s definitely a worthwhile investment.

Don’t Forget Your Skirt

If you’re parked on hot pavement in the summer, think about how easy it is for heat to radiate from that pavement into the underside of your RV. That can then seep up into your floors and turn your entire home on wheels into a makeshift sauna.

An easy way to put a stop to that is with skirting. By skirting your RV when you’re parked, you’ll block any heat that radiates upward. You can purchase skirting or make your own from things like plywood or foam board. It doesn’t have to be fancy to be effective.

Insulating your RV in different ways will certainly help to keep you cool this summer, but we’ve got a few more tips you can use while you’re on the road to beat the heat. We’ll share those in our blog next week. For now, consider these insulation ideas to stay cool and comfortable all season. 

Jul 12th 2021 Stacey Koziel

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