Hot in the pup

Discussion in 'Heating / Cooling Systems' started by TinaS, Aug 1, 2018.

  1. TinaS

    TinaS New Member

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    We had our first dinner trip in our 2012 Forest River pup and everything worked well but if my kitten the heat. It felt like it never got below 80 in the pup even though the air was going full blast. Any suggestions to cool it down for our next trip?

    BTW we were under a tree in southern Ohio.
     
  2. jmkay1

    jmkay1 2004 Fleetwood/Coleman Utah

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    Are you using a roof top AC? To help keep things cool, I use reflectix in the bunk ends and if there is a sunny side on the popup I keep the blinds drawn to prevent the sun from warming things up. I am also going to buy pop up gizmos once I save up for them. With that said my roof top AC does a fairly decent job. Haven't camped in 100 degree weather yet so can't comment about that. I know on a gosh awful humid day, the AC can't keep up with the humidity so that may make things feel warmer. A popup doesn't have any insulation so it's not going to feel like your household AC but even if the outside temp is in the 90's it should be a tad cooler than 80.
     
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    We are using our rooftop AC. I haven't gotten the reflectix or the pup up Gizmo products yet as I was wondering if others had different solutions before going down that route. Thanks for the validation!
     
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    jmkay1 2004 Fleetwood/Coleman Utah

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    Reflectix is cheap enough, at pretty much any home improvement store. I sware by that stuff and have even used it to make a cooler cozy. you could buy one of those reflective tarps to help if you don't want to buy the popup gizmos yet. I just used bungie cords to hold it on, although the way I attached it , it did slip some though. Anything is better than nothing though. My blinds in my camper have a better black out feature which also helps keep things cooler.
     
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    PopUpSteve Administrator

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    Did you put your hand to the A/C, was really cold air coming out? If not, perhaps the unit needs servicing.

    Reflectix is a great product. I've only used it in cold weather to help keep the heat in, but should help keep the cool air in as well.

    PopUp Gizmos really help on the bunk-ends too. I have them on my camper on every trip.
     
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    I have camped in 100 degree plus weather the last couple summers here in TX. If I have decent shade I can keep it in the 70s. I have gizmos on the bunks and dinette. I also have reflectix in all the bunk windows, main dinette and kitchen window. The main window under the awning is kept clear. Having the awning up for shade on the other side helps a lot. I also add some pool noodles under the gizmos to create an air gap, seems to help a little. I also run a couple fans to help circulate the air. At night with fans I got down to 62 on my last trip, but that was also with a smaller 2nd portable unit around 6-8k btu. I did that as an experiment to see if it would work. Last year I did the same trip but got a site with no shade and my awning broke, and then there was not enough room to use my ezup next to the camper either. That year I saw temps in the mid 80s inside in the afternoon, but nights were in the low 70s.

    After that trip I wanted to make sure I didn't have to worry about the heat so I got the portable and ran it off the regular plug on the pole. Did great for the 11 days we were there.
     
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    Sorry about your hot kitten... hope dinner went well though!
     
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    gatorbait Upstate, SC

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    Those bunkends generate some serious heat. The vinyl top of them seems to absorb heat and radiate like an oven. Covering them with gizmos really helps as does putting reflectix in their windows. You will feel immediate difference.
     
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    I used reflectix to cover ALL the windows. Yes it does darken the interior, but the interior stays cool
     
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    silvermickey2002 Morris County, NJ

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    When we were in Branson, MO in July of 2014 I had purchased the Gizmos before going on that trip. They did make a difference in the heat!
     
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    ....and here I thought "what's wrong with a hot kitty"?....;-)
     
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    My old 13,500 BTU a/c unit struggled in hot weather. I swapped it for a new larger 15,000 BTU unit. I can now freeze us out even with temperatures in the 90’s in direct sun. I don’t fool around with reflectix or gizmos.
     
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    It was cooking, in fact I would stand on our bed just to be tight in front of it. It just couldn't keep up. We had planned on getting the reflectix I just haven't measured for it yet. Thanks for the replies!

     
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    I would go to HF and purchase one of those infra-red thermometers and check the temp coming from the AC. I’m in Florida; just camped this past weekend; I keep my house pretty cold because I’m 6’2, 240lbs and sweat like a race horse. All that to say I had our roof AC on LOW and the temp at about 90% and had to shut it off because it was so stinking cold. You did have all the windows zipped up right?
     
  15. TinaS

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    Yes we had all the windows zipped up. It was a really humid weekend and after adding a fan for our bed it was fine at night. I'll do the reflectix first since it's the cheapest option to start. I also have a thermostat/humidity gadget that I'll monitor the air with.


     
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    We stay between 90-95% humidity down here. I think you might wanna double check the AC performance.
     
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