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There is a product called popup gizmos. They are placed over the tent ends to reflect the sun away. Popup owners swear by them. Worth looking into.


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Come up to Northern Michigan, plenty cool here. Low in the 30s F for Sunday.


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I had that problem one time. I opened every window, put a fan blowing across both beds of a small camper. Next night I added a larger fan blowing on the floor.
It worked. Noisy, but cooler.
When I got home I replaced the AC.

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Don’t waste your money on a swamp cooler. It is not dry enough where you live to use one. It will not work at all.

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HadEnough wrote:

Don’t waste your money on a swamp cooler. It is not dry enough where you live to use one. It will not work at all.


X2. Swamp coolers are for Arizona, New Mexico, etc. In a normal climate with RH of 40-60 percent, there's not enough evaporation to cool the air, and what little there is only makes it clammy.

I would try the suggestion of insulating covers to block the sun, or just install a roof air. Portable AC is iffy at best, they seldom work as well as advertised.


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If you live around Vancouver try going into the mountains.
Hybird trailers tend to be too hot in warm weather and too cold in cool weather. I just sold mine.
Find a site with morning shade. Add space blanket material over your pop-ups. You can do it yourself or get some made up to fit your trailer.

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Is there a roof-vent fan anywhere in the rig? If not, I would recommend installing one. Much cheaper than adding an air conditioner. Running the fan to pull air out of the trailer will draw cooler air in from the outside. If you're sleeping in one of the pull-out beds, close all windows everywhere else in the trailer, and close the door(s). Then the incoming air will be pulled in right across your bed. This would work in all but the hottest times of day. It would be especially helpful in the evenings and overnights, if the temps are below 70 F at night.

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toedtoes wrote:

There is a product called popup gizmos. They are placed over the tent ends to reflect the sun away. Popup owners swear by them. Worth looking into.


Thank you. I found these yesterday in my searchs and that lead me to someone else who suggested a DIY form: http://www.trailandhitch.com/shiny-bubbles-insulating-your-trailer-with-radiant-barriers/

But I think I prefer the popup version better, it looks more solid than I could do.

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HadEnough wrote:

Don’t waste your money on a swamp cooler. It is not dry enough where you live to use one. It will not work at all.


From what I read, swamp coolers work well in high temp / low humidity. Penticton, where we do most of our camping, is very low humidity.

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SpeakEasy wrote:

Is there a roof-vent fan anywhere in the rig?
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If you're sleeping in one of the pull-out beds, close all windows everywhere else in the trailer, and close the door(s). Then the incoming air will be pulled in right across your bed.
-Speak


Thank you. We do have a roof vent and your solution is what we've done before and will likely continue to do until we get it replaced with an AC.

As I reflect on this further, there are two key problems:

1. generally too hot at times
2. specifically too hot and bright in the mornings because of the location of our side of the trailer

An AC or swamp cooler will help with #1. And some form of reflective barrier will help with both parts of #2.

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