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Old 08-03-2015, 08:36 AM   #1
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Heat Help

I am working the oil fields in South Texas and living in my 2013 361REQS full time. The rv is in a pretty open area and gets beat by the sun all day long. I understand that it is an rv and not a home but I am trying to make it as efficient as I can to keep the heat out and the cool in. Th temperature during the day average is about 103 deg. When I get home in the afternoon the inside temp. is about 83 deg. and the a/c units dont ever turn off. I have cleaned the coils both inside and out. I also noticed that under the stairs there is a wooden type vent. I looked into the vents an saw the wiring harness that I would access from the basement. Went into the basement and checked with an ir gun and the air was 79 deg. coming through there when it was 99 outside so I packed that and the opening under the sink which also goes directly into the basement with insulation.
I was wondering if anyone new of anything I can put on the roof temporarily to help with the heat. I purchased a roll of radiant heat barrier to put on some of the large windows. Does any have any other ideas. Add a 3rd a/c?

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Old 08-03-2015, 09:07 AM   #2
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I'm not sure I can help much with the heat other than what you have already done. I am a little concerned that you blocked off that vent with insulation. Is your converter behind that vent?

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Old 08-03-2015, 09:09 AM   #3
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How about a Temporary RV shelter, aluminum poles and a custom tarp, to give you shade?
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Old 08-03-2015, 09:28 AM   #4
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You could cover the windows with some kind of insulating material. I've seen RV's with aluminum bubble wrap taped over the outside of windows.

For my TT I cut out pieces of hard styrofoam insulation board to fit tightly inside the windows. Used them mainly in the winter to keep heat in, but I use one now in a window that gets direct afternoon sunshine to keep the heat out (aluminum surface facing outward, toward the sun). It makes a big difference keeping the interior cooler.
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Old 08-03-2015, 09:40 AM   #5
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Have you covered your vents and skylights? I haven't found a blind yet for the skylights, but have used a vent cover in our bedroom to 1) help with the heat and 2) keep it darker in the early a.m. hours. This does help a little. http://www.amazon.com/Camco-45192-Su...=rv+vent+cover

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Old 08-03-2015, 07:42 PM   #6
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Didn't think of covering the skylight in the bathroom. Covered that up with some of that radiant bubble stuff on the roof and that made a major difference that you could feel immediately. I think I will put that around all the windows as well since already bought a 25' roll
I could not find my converter yesterday when I covered that area up but I think I need to locate it because it could possibly get pretty warm if its in the area that I insulated.
I think I am going to see about putting some type of cover over the top temporarily. That should rally help also.
Thanks for all of the suggestions
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Old 08-03-2015, 08:04 PM   #7
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I have the same problem at our seasonal site. No shade and pretty much both AC units run all day as well.

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