How To Keep Cool While Boondocking/ Camping in an RV Without Electricity in the Heat of Summer

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This week’s topic is How To Keep Cool While Boondocking/ Camping in an RV Without Electricity in the Heat of Summer. We’ve been surviving this summer boondocking as much as we can when weather and circumstances allow. As long as temperatures are in the low 90s or below we will boondock. Anything about 93 or so and we start looking for hookups. But here are our tips to survive some 90 degree days while boondocking.

Tip #1: Try to find shade. Tip #2: Use awnings. Tips #3: Tilt windows and window covers. Tip #4: Open windows to maximize airflow. Tip #5: Use Fantastic Fans. Tip #6: Use fans if possible. Tip #7: Use water to cool off. Tip #8: Cook outside. Tip #9: Camp where it gets cooler at night. Tip #10: Close blinds and use Reflectix on areas with direct sun. Tip #11: Run A/C if possible.





113 Degrees in an Airstream – Keeping Cool

The past 3 days the outside temperature has been above 110º F. It’s officially summer in Southern AZ and everyone is now counting down the days until the monsoon storms help bring the temperatures back down. Our number one priority is keeping cool. We’ve both lived here in Tucson for over 7 years, so we know what a Tucson summer entails. It is never fun. You spend A LOT of time inside. This summer we have the added fun of living inside a 30ft Airstream. We understood that these few months were going to be rough when we decided to move up our plans and move into our Airstream back in April. If we can live happily in this tiny space without being able to go outside much for a couple of months we should have no issues once we start traveling, that’s for sure!

I posted on Instagram this weekend about our indoor activities given the weather and had a commenter mention moving their home away from the heat. We wish we could! I still work full-time in an office here in Tucson and will until February. Steve works from home, so I am the only thing holding us here. Me quitting early is not something we’re willing to entertain. We thought about having Steve and the girls move somewhere cooler and me finding a place to stay and work but decided we’d rather suffer together as a family then split up (aww thanks guys). So we deal with the heat. I’ve had a couple of questions regarding our methods. So here  are some of our tricks to keeping cool so far.Continue Reading