Summer may not always be sunny in the UK, but there will certainly be days or even weeks when you feel the heat. Travelling in a campervan or motorhome can get a little warm if you haven’t thought about how to keep cool. Make the most of a glorious summer holiday in your van by following our top tips.
1. Invest in Air Conditioning
Luxury campervans for sale Scotland usually come with solid air conditioning systems installed in the van. A high quality air con installation is the best way to make sure you won’t suffer from the heat too much when you are driving in your vehicle. Make sure your van is well-equipped for the summer. It will make long journeys so much more comfortable.
2. Think About Direction
You don’t want to have your engine or battery running all the time you’re parked up, so it’s also essential to find ways to keep cool in your van without power. A simple way to maximise the freshness you feel during the day and night is to park your motorhome facing the right direction. Face the van so that the midday sun shines on the side with the least windows. Park your van so that it takes advantage of shade from trees at the hottest time of the day. You could also move your van so it faces the other direction to keep shaded inside at different times.
3. Improve Your Ventilation
You don’t want your van to be warmer inside than out. One mistake people make is to open all the windows and the curtains and keep them open all day. A better method is to close the windows and curtains when the sun is shining on them and keep the opposite windows open, which are in the shade. Open the roof vents. When the sun goes down, open all the windows, and also open the cupboards to release the trapped heat that built up during the day.
4. Cook Outdoors
Cooking inside heats up your van, which is great for the winter but not ideal in the summer. Barbeque as much as possible; use an open fire, if you are allowed, to boil water. Or use a camp stove outside rather than your van’s internal kitchen. Or, you could decide to only cook in the van later in the evening when the temperature outside has dropped.
5. Look After Your Fridge
Make sure your fridge is not generating more heat than it needs to. Get it serviced regularly to check the fans are working effectively. Ensure the vents are not blocked by dirt or debris. If they are, clean them to let the air circulate.
And don’t forget to take things easy and slow! You have plenty of freedom to relax when you own your motorhome. Enjoy your time in the heat in your campervan by exploring at your leisure and resting as much as possible during the hottest times of the day.