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Old 01-15-2015, 09:50 AM   #15
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When parking our Airstream, orientation to the sun can help. Near summer I look for a site that puts the front of our rear bed model pointed northeast so the large curbside awning shades the side of the trailer in the morning and keeps the street side of the trailer out of the sun. Our front living space has little direct sun coming in, while the rear bed can be closed off during the day.

The afternoon sun can be merciless but the optional awning helps a lot. A shade tree near the west or southwest of the trailer is a good thing. Except for the sap and bird droppings if too close.
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Old 01-15-2015, 09:51 AM   #16
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If I am still in bed, I know that the sun is coming up when I can hear the skin of our trailer crinkle like a bowl of Rice Krispies does when you put the milk on. It's to be expected, since there is a lot of black in that the colour aluminum is; you see the black come off on the rag when a TT is polished. One would think that the silver would reflect the sun, and therefore stay cool, but it just isn't so.

The idea of using the special paint made for TT roofs has been proven to be very effective. Some that apply it claim up to a 10 degree improvement in cooling as opposed to no white paint.
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Old 01-15-2015, 11:41 AM   #17
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My '74 came with a special coating that keeps it from heating up when sitting in direct sunlight... It looks just like peeling clear coat, but in reality it is a specialized super secret material that repels the rays of the sun. At least that's what I tell everybody who asks what am I going to do about the peeling clear coat...

-Red, lies about everything...
Last summer in the hot sun I was up on top my Avion crawling around checking the seams for lack of vulkem and I burnt my arm when I moved it to another spot. I looked down and seen that I put my arm on a spot that I had removed the anodizing with a wire wheel to get some roofing tar off that the PO put on. I was shocked to see that anodized aluminum was warm and bare aluminum was hot.
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Old 01-15-2015, 01:40 PM   #18
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Last summer in the hot sun I was up on top my Avion crawling around checking the seams for lack of vulkem and I burnt my arm when I moved it to another spot. I looked down and seen that I put my arm on a spot that I had removed the anodizing with a wire wheel to get some roofing tar off that the PO put on. I was shocked to see that anodized aluminum was warm and bare aluminum was hot.

I'm not sure if the super secret heat repellant peeling clear coat coating was available on Avions... But it's on just about every '74 I've seen, unless someone removes it.

-Red, still lying about the clear coat...
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Old 01-15-2015, 02:02 PM   #19
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Polished is inferior to oxidized, basically. Anodized is even better as to not feeling as hot.

Airstream coats the roofs on current trailers. The other makers did as well with exceptions.
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Coefficient of Emissivity


Polished silver: .030

Polished aluminum: .032



Anodized aluminum: .77

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Old 01-15-2015, 11:55 PM   #21
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Definitely heats up in the sun regardless of hours of exposure... the temperature climbs - often to an uncomfortable level if you don't get at it right away. It is much harder to cool it down when hot ...than it is to keep cool all along.
Cure it with ducted air!
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Old 01-15-2015, 11:58 PM   #22
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Just think of an Airstream as an aluminum can and the result of leaving it in the sun is hot !
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Old 01-16-2015, 05:24 AM   #23
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Back then parachutes were round... and staking one up over any camp out was a standard "sun shade" that really helped. Cargo chutes are still round, but they are generally so big that they're probably not practical.

The factory white coat on the roof helps, but others have used heavier coatings that are good for leaks as well as thermal stuff. I think Overlander63 is one who has been quite successful with that treatment.

Awnings help, shade helps a lot, running the roof fans and opening the windows to create a breeze, ditto. Heading for higher altitude is still better.

BTW, you CAN overdo air conditioning. It puts a strain on your lungs and heart to change too rapidly from 100 F outside to say 68 F inside. I am surprised that my EB which has a 13,500 BTU A/C does as well as my older Safari (same size) did with a 15,000 BTU unit. It runs more constantly which may cut down on the wear and tear. If you want to get the best out of your A/C while traveling, don't try to arrive at a campsite and immediately turn on the A/C. Instead, open a couple of windows and the door, turn the roof fans on exhaust - high, and give it 10 minutes to air out and cool, then close up and turn on the A/C.

It can get to 115 F inside when traveling in 90 F weather. Opening the fan covers is dicey.... lowers the temp but lets in tons of DUST! Stopping then using the fans will drop the inside temp to 90, then the A/C can do the rest.
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