10 Tips for Keeping Your RV Cool During Hot Weather

Summer camping is a blast, but staying cool in your RV during hot weather can be a challenge. Wondering how to keep your RV cool during the summer? Luckily, the RV community is full of great tips and tricks! We’ve gathered some of the best advice from RVers (thanks, Reddit and Facebook groups!) and added our own Pathfinder tips to help you beat the heat and enjoy your summer adventures to the fullest.

10 Tried-and-Tested Tips for a Cool & Comfortable RV

1. Park in the Shade: This one’s a no-brainer! At Pathfinder Camp Resorts, we offer plenty of shady sites under trees or canopies. Be strategic about where you park – orient your RV to maximize shade throughout the day.

2. Ventilation is Key: Open windows and roof vents, use fans (ceiling fans are a lifesaver!), and consider adding a vent cover to create a cross-breeze. Even a slight airflow can make a huge difference.

3. Reflectix to the Rescue: This inexpensive material reflects sunlight like a champ! Cover your windows, skylights, or even your entire RV roof to dramatically reduce heat gain. You can find it at most hardware stores.

4. AC Efficiency: If you have air conditioning, make sure it’s running efficiently. Clean or replace your filters regularly, and consider upgrading to a more energy-efficient model if you’re a frequent camper.

5. Cook Outdoors: Fire up the grill or use your outdoor kitchen! Keeping the heat of cooking outside will help maintain a comfortable temperature inside. At Pathfinder, we provide picnic tables and BBQ areas for your convenience.

6. Insulate, Insulate, Insulate: A well-insulated RV stays cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. Consider adding insulation to your walls, ceiling, and floor if you don’t have enough.

7. Awning Power: Extend your awning for instant shade. It can drastically reduce the temperature inside your RV and create a pleasant outdoor living space.

8. Window Coverings: Invest in good quality curtains, blinds, or shades. They’ll block out the sun’s rays and help keep your RV cool and comfortable.

9. Limit Electricity Use: Every little bit helps, for example, turn off lights and appliances when not in use to reduce heat generation inside the RV.

10. Cool Down with Water: Keep a spray bottle handy for a quick mist on hot days. Consider a portable evaporative cooler for extra cooling power. Some RVers even wet down their RV roof to lower the temperature.

Tip from Pathfinder:

Beat the heat and splash into fun at our refreshing swimming pools at our Agassiz and Parksville locations, perfect for a cool-down after a day of exploring!


With a little planning and these simple tips, you can beat the summer heat and enjoy all the amazing camping adventures Pathfinder Camp Resorts has to offer. Furthermore, keep these tips in mind on how to keep your RV cool during hot weather!

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