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Old 11-22-2016, 03:00 PM   #1
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Las Vegas summer heat...

My wife and I are dead set on an airstream. We are also dead set on Las Vegas. Is full timing in the triple digit summer heat even possible? Are there covered areas in RV parks? Are my dreams about to be squashed?
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Old 11-22-2016, 03:18 PM   #2
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NW,

I try not to rain on parades but...... Airstreams/Aluminum are a great conductor of the elements. So if it's hot out it heats up quickly and likewise if its cold out it gets cold very quickly.

Your chances of a successful Las Vegas winter in an Airstream is greater because each day it will likely heat up as the sun comes out.

Having said that there will be a period of time in the summer where it does not go below 100 degrees at night for weeks or a month and there is no breeze.

IF you have full shade during the day. IF you have full hookups. IF you have a good working air conditioner MAYBE at best. Full shade will usually lower your temps by 13 degrees.

That is based on us living in PHX and having some experience in triple digits.

But where there is a will there is a way. Our trailer parks have some folks in them year-round so there must be some that figure it out.

Good luck.
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Old 11-22-2016, 03:26 PM   #3
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totally...

Yeah thats what i figured. Would a newer model with a second AC unit make a huge difference? I've also read on here about white roofs, awnings, and foil covers for windows.
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Old 11-22-2016, 03:34 PM   #4
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Sorry didn't mean to rain and don't take my reply as the end all. More people will answer that have done it.

Yes all those things will help greatly. Shade is a major key to success as your air-conditioner don't have to work as hard, being able to open and close window at key times,

Also variables like maybe you work away from the trailer during the day, maybe your going to park in a higher elevation, maybe theres a pool where you will park.

Food management will also be something to contend with. Those cupboards get very hot backed right up to the aluminum.
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Nice...

Yeah i already envision daytime when not at work will be spent hanging out at malls or other cooler places. I'm sure i can learn to tolerate the heat in the evenings. I imagine the power bill staying at a campsite in the summer will be obscene.

Does extended time in the heat cause damage to the interior or exterior on the new models?
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Old 11-22-2016, 04:12 PM   #6
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We are vintage owners and ours sit in the heat and no damage per sey.

Things that are glued can separate over the summer. This happens a lot in white box RVs.

So mirrors that are just glued on, counter edges, laminate floorings etc.
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NEbarber, my wife & I spent over two weeks camped at the Oasis RV Park in Las Vegas this past June into early July. Our one 15k AC unit never stopped & we rarely got comfortable while the sun was out. We have family in Vegas but are never going back in the summer time.
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Thanks! Was it tolerable in the evening? Did you have to pay for electric while you were there?
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Old 11-22-2016, 04:40 PM   #9
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Thanks! Was it tolerable in the evening? Did you have to pay for electric while you were there?
Evenings cooled down & sleeping was fine. AC was included in the weekly rate & we also used Passport America discount card for two nights. Oasis BTW is a very nice place but very limited shade, a few lots are completely tree covered but usually unavailable.
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Afternoon shade is vital. Two AC units "mandatory". Roof paint if not already done. Reflectix for most interior windows and roof vents. Better refrigerator ventilation. Tire covers

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Old 11-23-2016, 12:21 AM   #11
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Snow birds, just have to know

Reading this thread makes me wonder. People living in the north are called snow birds who go south for the winter.
What are people called that live in the south and come up here to the north to escape the summer?
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Old 11-23-2016, 12:28 AM   #12
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Las Vegas summer heat...

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Hi NWbarber, I am thinking of something that could be equally "challenging" (living in a hot climate). If you decide to pursue this, can you update here and let us know the modifications or other adjustments you try to manage this? Good luck!!
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Old 11-23-2016, 12:59 AM   #14
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Concrete trucks in Las Vegas have "spray bars" that spray a mist of water continuously on the outside of the concrete drum. That brings the concrete temperature down considerably. Haven't seen that used anywhere else though.
This would leave nasty water stains on your airstream, but it might be a consideration.
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Air conditioner (AC) cooling efficiency/effectiveness seems to be related to the ratio of square-footage of aluminum with direct sun exposure, to AC BTU rating.

Our 2005 19' Bambi has an 11,000 BTU AC; and it has no problem freezing us out in 115+ degree weather, while parked in direct sun with no shade. It takes about 15-20 minutes to cool down the interior; then we have to adjust the thermostat, because it gets too cold for comfort.
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If I was going to live in those summer temps in an RV Park/Resort I would look into a park model home with permanent aluminum/steel awnings, carport and shop. A lot more spacious and comfortable than an Airstream, which is designed for travel in every way, and less money.

Don't discount life in a 55+ rv resort if that's what you have in mind. Residents are extremely friendly, active, have a terrific social life and a genuine sense of community.
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NEbarber, my wife & I spent over two weeks camped at the Oasis RV Park in Las Vegas this past June into early July. Our one 15k AC unit never stopped & we rarely got comfortable while the sun was out. We have family in Vegas but are never going back in the summer time.
WOW! when FLA says they're not going back to LV in the summer, you KNOW its gonna be too hot.
Personally I hate heat which is why I stay in the mountains (I do miss so fla beaches, where I grew up)
I'm also guessing some folks love that kind of heat. I'm not one of them LOL!
Like they say, if you can't stand the heat...
But back to the issue at hand- I was surprised the mid 70s land yacht I stayed in, the old stock AC worked fine in the sun and triple digit temps. Prolly woulda been better in the shade tho
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If you have any pets you won't be taking them out during the day. Too hot for their feet. When we lived in Mesa some people that have travel rigs, went to Flagstaff for the summer. I know I would never suffer the south summer. We were in Death Valley this summer in Aug/ Sept. AS got down to 90 at night. Every camper was in the bar for the day or evening.
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I don't think it is a problem. I have camped in Jawbone Canyon in California when it was triple digits, went inside, had my gennies outside running and it was nice and cool inside. I had two adults and two kids and a dog.

I would say, since your AC will be running more than most usually would, expect wear and tear to happen much sooner. That's just stating the obvious.
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HOT ?, its dam HOT.

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