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Old 01-14-2015, 07:56 PM   #1
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Does your trailer heat up in the sun with no shade?

If your setting in the direct sun, will it heat up inside?

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Old 01-14-2015, 09:15 PM   #2
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Old 01-14-2015, 09:58 PM   #3
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My Interstate certainly does, so I'm sure a trailer does as well!
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Old 01-14-2015, 10:11 PM   #4
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If your setting in the direct sun, will it heat up inside?
Absolutely! It is why I just bought a 2015 ducted with dual AC and full awning package. This heating effect is worse with the newer units that have an aluminum interior skin. It transfers heat much faster (a lot more) than the older style interiors. We are usually in direct sun both in CO and AZ. Once the sun hits the trailer it starts to heat up. Even with the single AC set early in the AM to 68 by mid afternoon it would be 80 plus inside.
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Old 01-14-2015, 10:37 PM   #5
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Yes it does heat up faster in the sun, like anything in the sun. But in the climate and places we travel we have only turned on the air conditioner once a quarter to ensure it still works. The Airstream is well-equipped with operating windows, roof vents and fans, and screen door for excellent ventilation, which we prefer.
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Old 01-14-2015, 10:53 PM   #6
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It heats up faster and cools faster.
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Old 01-15-2015, 12:42 AM   #7
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Hi, My standard answer is; My trailer heats up much faster than a house but not quite as fast as a car.

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Old 01-15-2015, 04:11 AM   #8
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My first question is, "how big is the dose?".... LOL, funny, cannot get over how clever I am...

OMGosh, yes, my trailer heats up almost instantly in the sun. However, my impression is the 2015 units with the thicker roof structure may be more resistant to sun exposure.

The solution, if I am not hooked up to shore power, i.e., can run the A/C units, is to make certain both the bathroom and shower ceiling vents are open, and the Fantastic Fan is set to run occasionally if the interior temp gets too hot.

I have often thought is one could have a tent like structure about 6" - 12" above the trailer and place it in the shade, this may dramatically reduce thermal heating and for boondocking reduce energy requirements.
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Old 01-15-2015, 04:32 AM   #9
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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...

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Old 01-15-2015, 05:03 AM   #11
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Oh yes. The awnings help a LOT if the sun is hitting the side of the camper and they can shade it.
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Old 01-15-2015, 06:09 AM   #12
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A white roof coating helps a lot.

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Old 01-15-2015, 08:11 AM   #13
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I came across the term "toaster" in the forums, I think that adequately describes it.

One of our first trips this year was in a national forest, boon-docking. The temperature was 94. Even with the shade from the trees it was hot. The vents and fans helped but we had to lock up and head for a cooler place during the midday sun.

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Old 01-15-2015, 08:19 AM   #14
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I used to think I could tell the time of day in the trailer by the interior temperature. Everyone who's posted has called it like it is. Any kind of shade helps, definitely the optional (SS) awnings are a must. And, I found that I did need to add the 2d A/C in my 28' Intl CCD IF I wanted to inhabit the rear of the trailer during a sunny afternoon. It does cool very quickly once you are out of direct sun, and if you have windows open, fans pulling/pushing air.

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