Don’t just rely on an A/C to stay cool this summer. It may not be enough if temperatures are in the triple digits, and if it breaks down, air conditioners can be costly to repair. But there are other ways to beat the heat in your RV, and we’re not talking about rolling down the window. These five accessories can be total lifesavers while you’re out on the road this season.
1. Portable rotating fans
They may not blow cold air like an A/C, but portable fans work well for air flow and circulation. Plus, during the summer you can use them to blow hot air out. We love these 360° Rotatable Fans (pictured), which easily plug into your 12-volt outlet.
2. Window covers
When the sun is beating down through your windows, the inside will heat up fast. You can block out UV rays by setting up windshield and side window covers when you park, like these ones from ADCO. The heavy duty vinyl keeps the sun from shining in, and also gives you a little more privacy.
3. Personal misting fan
Personal fans will keep you cool no matter where you go. In your RV, or out on a hiking trail, they’re good to have in case you need an extra breeze. We recommend finding one that also mists and works as a personal humidifier, like these Handheld USB Fans from IEGrow (pictured above). They have a fan-only mode and two misting modes, which can be even more refreshing when it’s hot and dry out.
4. Vent insulator
Vent insulators keep the inside of your RV cooler during the summer and warmer during the winter. Popular ones like this Camco Sunshield Insulator fit in standard 14″ RV vents and have a reflective surface to block the sun’s UV rays.
5. Awning shades
Awning shades will give you extra privacy and protection from the sun. Our favorite is Carefree’s Sunblocker (seen above). It’s made with a weather-resistant material and easy to set up in minutes.