RV Tips: 8 Summer Camping Hacks

Camping in the summer is a great way to get your family out of the house and off their devices. As a full-time RVer, I have plenty of experience learning what to do and what not to do to make summer camping fun for the whole family! If you’re looking for RV tips on how to make the most of your time at the campground, we can help!

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1. Clean Your AC Filters

Help your AC units keep you cool by cleaning the filters regularly. We recommend every 2 weeks at least, but you can do it more often.

2. Use Your Awning

Your RV has an awning for a reason! It provides a fantastic shady spot for you to rest, and the shade helps keep the inside of your RV cooler. Put your awning out every day in the summer, even if you don’t plan on sitting outside.

3. Bring Outdoor Rugs

If you’re staying on a paved site, using outdoor rugs can reduce the amount of heat reflected up from the ground at your RV. Additionally, they can reduce the amount of dirt and mud that gets tracked inside.

4. Avoid Tracking in Mud and Dirt

Speaking of which, you can cut back on the dirt even more by setting a rule that everyone removes their shoes before coming inside. This drastically reduces the dirt level in the RV and helps you to have to sweep less!

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Photo by Ricardo Esquivel

5. Keep Your Gas Tank Full on Travel Days

Travel day is a bit nerve-racking, even for veterans of the road. One tip I cannot stress enough is to try to keep your gas tank as close to full as possible. You don’t want to get caught in traffic on the highway running on empty in the summer heat.

6. Slow Down

Another tip for the road, take it slow. You need to give yourself enough time to make the trip without stressing so that you can drive safely and make sure everything gets there in one piece.

7. Check Your Tires

Before you leave, check your tires. You do not want to get on the road and have to replace a tire en route! Do a quick overall check on all your tires before you get on your way.

Photo by Gerd Altmann

8. Travel During Cooler Times of Day

Another way you can make the road trip easier on you and your RV is by traveling during the cooler parts of the day. Early morning to about 11:00 AM is a good window for travel, and then from 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM in the summertime. Avoid arriving at the campground at night, so be sure to give yourself enough time to make it to your destination.

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