Anything above 90-degrees is a no-go for us, and usually we like to keep it around 70-80. We love the desert in winter, but avoid it entirely in the summer. Gotta get high and cool in summer....or get to the coast.
It's all relative, and once you get used to it, it can be kind of pleasant. I remember in my military days thinking working outside on a flightline in Las Vegas Nevada during the summer was somewhat uncomfortable. After my first summer in Saudi Arabia, I started thinking of a Vegas Summer as Sweater weather.
That said, the great thing about RV's is that you can head to where the weather is more to your liking.
As far as predicting the weather, we've all seen it. Forcast is for one thing and you get something alltogether different. Last forcast day before was for 80 degrees. That I can do all day long for day's on end.
This trip was actually moved twice. Originally scheduled IIRC Jan/Feb, that didn't work so inadvertantly moved it to Easter weekend. When I discovered that it was Easter I moved it again to this past weekend, blah.., just to hot!
This is actually a seasonal campground. It closes in May and reopens in October. I hardly expected it to be this hot so early in Spring, surprise, surprise! I supose this is just one of those things we discover in all of our other discoveries in life, part of the adventure of camping.
In another post, BobsYourUncle tells of his heater taking a dive recently when he needed it as well as his WH being ruptured (good story check it out). I supose if it weren't for these kind of things happening on occasion it could be kind'a boring sometimes.
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Actually not far from Borrego, about 20 miles east on S2. Agua Caliente, a County of San Diego park. Nice place, used to go there when I was a kid, thought I'd show my kids. Not a good example this time.
We lived in Borrego 22 years... now live in the high mountains of Ideehoo We still have ice on the lakes
Neither of us can take heat after working in the elements for most of our lives
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Our first trip to Anza Borrego was in October. Miserable just like your trip. But now we go in November and March, and when we arrive there we both feel like we are coming home. The desert is an awesome experience if visited at the right time of the year.
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Ya kno, I thought it was just me. I think I was the only that left. It appears that everybody else stuck it out including all of the tent campers. Boy, they're a hardy bunch, there was no small number of them. CG was pretty much full with only a few spaces remaining.
Looks like most that posted to this thread are in agreement. I thought someone would come on here and speak of the wonders and virtues of the heat and how great it is. I guess I'm not the only one that thinks that the Bar-B-Q should be left to the food you bring, not you!
Your TT looks to be about 30 feet long (?) so you will probably need a couple of 15K A/C's (and the right generator) to handle 100+ temps comfortably under all heat condtions.
We've found that one will sometimes pass up some great camping opportunities by being too immune to heat. We have a small Class C MH and here's some things we have personally done or have seen done to control summer heat, even when drycamping:
- In extreme situations we run both the chassis A/C (with an idling engine) and rooftop A/C to fast-cool the interior. (... of course you can't do this in a TT)
- We bought a MH with thick roof insulation.
- We block off as much of the MH's interior as we can with a curtain so as to cool just part of the interior.
- Our MH has a white exterior.
- We keep the awning out as much as possible to shade the wall it's mounted on.
- We park the RV so one of it's ends has the most sun exposure ... not one of it's sides fully exposed to the sun.
- Have after-market individual roll-out awnings installed on all exterior windows to shade each window.
- Have double pane windows.
- If you want to sit outside next to your RV but in the heat, of course sit under it's awning and also have a fan sitting next to you and blowing directly on you. We use a 12 inch 12V FanTastic portable RV fan for this ... plugged into an exterior 12V receptacle via a 12V extension cord.
- Always use the A/C on it's continuous-fan setting ... not it's cycling-fan setting ... and of course do this with the A/C fan always on it's highest speed setting.
- Buy an RV with a distributed-duct A/C system.
- Have a small exhaust vent fan set up for your refrigerator.
- Never camp in high humidity high temperatures ... ONLY low humidity high temperatures. (We're experts on this -> toured the Eastern & Southern U.S. in July-August ... never again.)
Then ... always have a cool drink in your hand and enjoy the peace, quiet, and pristine skies of an empty camping area you're in because everyone else is probably camping at high altitude, up North somewhere, or in some crowded coastal spot!
Add a wet sheet to the front of that fan and you have a mini evaporative cooler.
I'm fairly comfortable in desert temps. I'm from a desert city, stationed in the desert, and have deployed to yet another desert. I'm throughly acclimated. I HATE the cold though. Once it gets a slight chill in the air I put on my silks and don't take them off till Spring.