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Jeremy626

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Posted: 07/02/12 08:36pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I also agree with closing the bunk end curtains during the day. PUGS/space blankets are a must. We have a couple small 8" fans we can move around to get additional air circulation in the trailer. I also cycle between the down blast A/C use and the ducted ceiling to even things out.

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Joy wrote:

PUGS as in dogs? They have very low tolerance for hot weather - I wouldn't subject them to it this weekend.


members of the Hybrid forum know that PUGs is short for Popup Gizmos, a common mod on hybrids.


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I had a Coachman Clipper last summer. I took it out several times when the temperatures were soaring in or near the low 100s. I did not have PUGS, although I did buy some space blankets to make them with, which I ended up reselling when I got my trailer. I found that I was only able to keep the popup at around 85 degrees in the heat of the day if shaded and just under 90 if not shaded. But, it did cut the humidity way down. Once the sun set, the temperature went way down and was very comfortable for sleeping.

I didn't spend much time in popup during the day, but on one particularly hot and humid trip to Bastrop State Park, before the fire, my dog could only take the trails for about an hour at a time. We spent many breaks in the popup. It was not cool by any stretch, but as I said, it let us escape the humidity for a few minutes, which seemed to help him out.


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Thanks all. Really like this hybrid group. I've ventured out a few times and it hasn't been pretty.

We have reflectix that we used to keep warm and will use it again to keep cool. Need to get bunk fans, ESP for the back bunk. We may even keep one end up and have the kids sleep on the dinette if it's too warm.

All part of the adventure that makes camping so memorable.

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Closing one end might be the answer to your question. Less space to cool and less area getting heated from the outside. Have a good weekend, wherever.


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We just got back from camping in the Wisc Dells where it got to 100 a few times with plenty of humidity. The CG we stayed at had plenty of shade and we were out doing activities at the water park or in AC, so we left the AC on low to keep the temp cool. It worked out just fine. Fridge was good and kept up well...

I think the other part of the equation is what do you need and what can you work with....


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also just returned from a trip here in michigan. 101 was the high. We had a shady site and the AC rocked it in our 3 bunk (that's a lot of canvas to keep cool) hybrid. Kept it really nice and cool inside. It was too hot to do much outside besides swimming and sprinkler for the kids during the day. Didn't go through much firewood either, it was still 85 at midnight!


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We had temps reaching 84 degrees inside our hybrid last weekend. It was a typical scorching PA weekend with outside temps in the upper 90's. I will be ordering super high wind PUGs soon. We didn't need them with the pup, but now we have a baby sleeping inside, or want to leave a dog in there, the upper 80's aren't going to cut the mustard.


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We just got back from a weekend of 100 temps. Eek! We had thought about heading to MI to escape the heat but it sounds hot up there too.

Anyways, we used PUGS, reflectix, and closed the bunk curtains during the day. We also ran the a/c on cool but not cold, if that makes any sense.

We had no issues keeping the unit cool, and a couple of times the kids actually complained that they were cold.

Thank you for your help.

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Daytime: doesn't matter. Night time: It's too hot when it doesn't fall below ~72 overnight. Without air conditioning that can make for uncomfortable sleeping.


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