Keeping Cool

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  1. Lizi

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    Are motorhomes very hot in places like the south of Fance? How do peple keep cool enough to sleep well without habitation air con?
     
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    My well insulated motorhome with blinds/flyscreens keeps me warm in winter and cool(ish) in summer.

    I do find it a bit warm when it goes above 35C which is when I try to get by some water and park in the shade.

    I have a 12 volt Travelcool (evaporation) aircooler thingy which helps but I don't seem to need it too often.

    I guess the important thing is to get a well insulated van.

    JJ :cool:
     
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    Yeah.. I think it's insulation for sure but probably more importantly ventilation.. A nice quiet breeze is much nicer than a humming Aircon imho
     
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    I agree. We keep the roof vents open all night which gives a slight cool breeze which is enough.
     
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    lots of cold beer.
     
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    We are currently in the south of France, the temperature has been in the high 30s all day and yes, we are hot even though we are beside water.

    We have external silver screens on all windows ( bought one for windscreen and homemade ones made from silvered car windscreen covers for all other sun- facing windows. Either hold these on with clothes pegs clipped to the outside of the open window or make some elastic ties to keep them in place. It means you can keep windows open to catch any passing breeze while reflecting the sun away from the open window. The external blinds are considerably more useful than internal ones.


    We have an Endless Breeze fan which keeps air moving and we stay out of the van as much as we can. Cooking, such as there is, is done outside on an electric griddle and remoska.

    The awning is up and the sides, if the sun shines round them, covered with silvered shower curtains which are attached to rafter poles with the shower hooks and held out with guy rope and thin tent poles.

    Sleeping is not easy as it is not getting cooler at night. Take a sheet to use instead of a duvet and put a wet tea towel over the fan front. The fan is white noise and very good at disguising the noise that others inevitably make since we all have doors and windows open all night and it is very quiet.

    Eat late, go to bed later and get up early and then sleep in the afternoon.

    At least it isn't the ghastly humid heat we get at home.
     
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    strip down to undies and put a bag of ice on yer head while supping budweiser.works for me
     
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    We leave the roof vents open as well which is adequate for us.

    We are fortunate to have the option of either flyscreens or silverscreens so we use the flyscreens at night.

    I have attached one of those shrieking personal attack alarms between the two, in case anyone decides to climb in via a roof light, for added security.
     
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    Suck it up and enjoy you could be back home , been traveling down through Germany now in Austria ,been mid 30' s ..roll on Slovenia and Croatia.
     
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    We leave roof vents open and in the daytime i use clothes pegs to fix fabric (a towel) over the open windows. The windows hinge at the top so with a towel draped over the window it acts like a mini sunshade and the air can still get in/out!
     
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