What do you use in the hotter climates? (1 Viewer)

Apr 12, 2021
206
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Next to The Rusty Angel
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80,360
MH
Race Van
I have recently purchased my first proper MH and planning a trip abroad. Can anyone tell me what they use to cool the inside of the van during the hotter months if you do not have air con? Thanks
 

claude et maude

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Mar 17, 2018
437
1,337
Kent
Funster No
52,842
MH
Hymer B664 CL
Exp
Since 2018
Nothing at all apart from a couple of rechargeable fans from John Lewis. We were in 35 degree heat in south west France and just kept the blinds up and it was fine. I have just looked at Titan fans after seeing them in a YouTube video and might consider them.
 
Feb 19, 2018
5,097
86,702
EAST ANGLIA
Funster No
52,484
MH
Murvi Morello
Exp
Since 1975
Rarely need to use it, as my windows/ skylights all have fly blinds but, if needed, I use the fan heater on cold, the same one I use for heat in winter.

Old towels to cover/shade open windows.

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Lenny HB

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Oct 18, 2007
54,178
153,060
On the coast in West Sussex
Funster No
658
MH
Hymer B678 DL
Exp
Since 2008 & many years tugging
Have a Fantastic fan and fitted another fan in the main rooflight. They help but generally not too bothered you soon acclimatise after a few days.
 
Feb 9, 2008
4,107
5,945
SW Scotland
Funster No
1,453
MH
LP Coachbuilt
Exp
Since 2008 after caravanning for 20 years
Shaded pitches, blinds and a fan. We had 37° heat this summer and managed.
 
Jun 29, 2015
3,519
58,458
Southampton
Funster No
36,999
MH
caravan (for now)
Exp
on and off since 1984
We used to have air con in our last van, it was too noisy and not powerful enough for daytime use, we did use it to cool the van on the evening while we were outside. Don't have air con now we have an endless breeze fan and that's good enough.
 

bobandjanie

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Apr 28, 2008
8,179
15,858
Javea, Spain
Funster No
2,360
MH
Pilote V600g
Exp
2007
We have two Roadpro cooling fans, they are very light and been using them for 6 years, remember we live in Spain and only do hot. 😁
One we have a dimmer switch that we can slow down and not so noisy for our bed area. 😁
External silverscreens keep the heat out, windows open on the shaded sides and rooflights open with plenty of airflow. 😎 Bob.

 

Ridgeway

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Mar 10, 2012
3,688
6,255
Lausanne
Funster No
20,102
MH
NiBi Arto 85E
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Since 2012
Replaced the 400mm skylight with a MaxxAir fan. Continuously pulls fresh air through and keeps us much more comfortable.

This is the most efficient way from our experience. Have been very impressed this summer with the roof vent taking quite a bit off the hot temps, it's also quiet and uses hardly any juice.
 
May 5, 2022
1,842
8,373
Kidsgrove, North Staffordshire.
Funster No
88,502
MH
Hymer B778 PL
Exp
Since 1992
We have a sun screen on the cab windows. It is made of a material similar to the anti slip stuff you put in cupboards with small square holes in. It keeps direct sunlight out, but let's light in so you are not sat in the dark. You can also see out.
Another tip. Make sure you close the doors, windows, fly screens before you turn your internal lights on in the evening else you will have bugs everywhere.
 

Steve N Tracy

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Jun 1, 2015
1,243
3,768
Southampton
Funster No
36,661
MH
A Class
Exp
4 Years
Fiamma Turbo vent set to extract takes the hot air out of the van and draws cooler air in through the drop vents from under the motorhome.
 
Jan 30, 2020
3,048
15,055
Mid Bedfordshire
Funster No
68,408
MH
RS Endeavour
Exp
Just a tad..
Heat management is the key…

Get the inside of the vehicle as cool as you can early morning, windows and doors venting etc, then insulate it as much as you can during heat of the day, thermal screen covers, blinds etc

Use and endless breeze fan if I want air movement. Very efficient fans both in terms of air moved and power consumed.
 
Apr 27, 2008
11,863
14,125
Eastbourne East Sussex
Funster No
2,327
MH
Hymer low profile
Exp
Since 1972
Orientation of the motorhomes very important. We always try to have the awning side facing south so that side of the van, which is also the fridge side is shaded. Fans on the top vent of the fridge to improve its efficiency. We don't like to park in the shade because we need the solar power.

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