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Old 07-21-2016, 07:01 PM   #1
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What are your tricks?

We have been working on our trailer all summer. The heat has been difficult but it is really at dangerous levels recently and predictions are for upper 90s through the weekend. It's really cramping our efforts to meet our target of having it ready for a Thanksgiving shakedown trip. Some of you have wonderful indoor space to work but our garage is full of cars. So those of you like us who work in the weather what are some tricks to make it a little more bearable so we don't have to just throw in the towel on these days. We still have quite a bit of sealing and leak chasing before we can move to the majority of the inside work. I use a cooling towel and dark sunglasses to cut the aluminum glare. What do you do? Valarie

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Old 07-21-2016, 07:07 PM   #2
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Uhh....move the cars.

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Old 07-21-2016, 07:12 PM   #3
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Old 07-21-2016, 07:15 PM   #4
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Can you get some shade up over your workspace? Consider a large tarp strung up over it all, or a walmart carport, or even a couple of patio umbrellas placed somewhat strategically.

I work in the HVAC industry (I work inside), but saw a contractor picking up equipment a few weeks ago at our warehouse. He had a large patio umbrella in the back of his truck. I asked him about it. He said that they learned to bring that, put it up in a stand to shade the air conditioner outside. That it cools it down enough to not make it too hot to the touch.

And don't overlook the "old school" ice and fan. Get your roasting pan out, put a large block of ice in it, and blow a fan over the ice where you are working. It will help.

If it's too much to bear, and you can spare the money, there are also "portable" AC units at places like costco and the big hardware stores. They are about $300-400, but that is something you might consider getting, using, and then selling when you complete your project.

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Old 07-21-2016, 07:30 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by mojo View Post
Uhh....move the cars.
Seems the simplest, most obvious solution.
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Old 07-21-2016, 08:26 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by mojo View Post
Uhh....move the cars.
they're vintage show cars so probably not happening and don't think the trailer would fit height wise anyway. We are always debating what vehicle needs to be in the garage the most. We did move out the 56 VW Beetle oval window out and put it under a car cover to accommodate all the interior of the Tradewind while we're renovating. We do have a couple of quick pop up awnings we use at car shows but they're not tall or large enough to shade the actual trailer.
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Old 07-21-2016, 09:57 PM   #7
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Another option is to do the work at a different time of the day. Avoid mid-afternoon when temperatures are highest. Work all morning, take an afternoon siesta, and resume work in late afternoon into the evening once temperatures have started dropping.

Timing the work so you're always on the shady side of the trailer helps, too, assuming you can orient it more-or-less north/south. Work on the west side in the morning, the east side in late afternoon, and of course take your siesta when neither side is shady.
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Old 07-22-2016, 12:03 AM   #8
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Morning and evening work with a portable awning for shade. A large fan would be a good investment. Take hydration breaks often and save the beer for when you're done for the day.
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Old 07-22-2016, 03:01 AM   #9
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get use to it?

Sadly that's the normal temperature range for us most of the summer 90's-100's. I have an un-air conditioned workshop and I find the less I'm inside during the day the less it seems to affect me as it heats up during the day. But I also exercise/run outside in the heat at lunch where we're usually in the 90s.

Despite most of my life being in very hot areas of the world...I was stationed in Yuma AZ, and 29 Palms CA when I was in the Marines, and have lived in Texas most of my life. You still long for AC.

And sadly trying to get use to the heat is the only real trick I know if you spend any length of time outside in this stuff. Here is it 0400 and it's already 83 with 64% humidity... we'll drop some of the humidity during the day, but the heat is just with us until October usually... and you can't just hibernate in this type of weather for that long.
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Old 07-22-2016, 06:05 AM   #10
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Old 07-22-2016, 07:11 AM   #11
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Checking in from the hottest city in the USA. Feeling your pain, 120 scheduled for this weekend, but yes it's a dry heat most of the time.

Shade cuts the temperature by 13 degrees.

Those big pop ups awning will really help they just need to be elevated a bit. Take some 2x4s and cut 1-2 ft sections and drill holes into them to slide the awning legs into so you can move the awnings over or against the trailer. Also works with PVC pipes with holes drilled into. Kind of like making bed risers.

Shade sails mounted to poles in buckets with concrete. Roll/move the buckets into place and clip the sails onto the poles. Moves out of the way when not in use.

Work early in the morning, we try to be in by 0900.

Fans, wet cloths on necks, water spritzer bottles, work at night and what everyone else said.

Hang in there.

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I agree with the shade suggestions. We had a metal carport installed years ago that works well to provide shade and for trailer storage, keeping most of the rain and hail away from the aluminum. Beyond that, I use one of those portable Air conditioner units and run the duct out what ever hatch is available. It's only an 8000BTU unit, so I use a small fan to move some of the dehumidified, cool air around. You can kind of see the unit on the left of this photo.

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Old 07-22-2016, 07:40 AM   #13
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I have no suggestions for avoiding the heat but if you are going to weld inside the trailer with shell on I used some thick plastic sheeting to create a skirt around the trailer. This kept the wind at bay.
I taped it on with blue masking tape.
It worked great!
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Old 07-22-2016, 11:22 AM   #14
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Buy a few work lights on tripods. Not expensive at Home Depot or Harbor Freight. Start before daylight in the am and quit when the heat builds up. Also, try one of those portable garages for shade and later for weather protection.

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