Tips to Maximize Your RV’s AC

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Spring is here and summer is close on its heels. The weather is only going to get warmer around the country in the next few months, so no matter where you’re currently RVing or plan to go, you’ll be relying on your RV’s air conditioning unit to keep you cool.

While an RV’s AC does an admirable job, you can always squeeze out a little extra efficiency from your unit if you know how. Here are some of the top ways to make sure that your RV’s AC is running at the top of its game.

Make Sure Everything is Free from Obstructions

Your AC isn’t going to perform very well if it can’t deliver air. This is the first and  most straightforward step to take if you want to immediately boost your AC’s efficiency. Check your filters to make sure that they’re clean and don’t need to be replaced yet. You can prolong the life of a filter by cleaning them. Use lukewarm water with a mild detergent, rinse thoroughly, and dry overnight. You can also dust them with an air compressor or a can of air duster (they sell these at office supply stores for electronics). Also verify that the air return isn’t clogged with dirt or debris.

Place Your RV in the Shade

While parking under a tree may not always be an option, simply finding some shade can go a long way towards keeping your RV cool. Your AC unit won’t have to work as hard to keep your interior space cool. If you can find shade, make use of it. Additionally, keep your blinds and curtains closed if you’re not actively enjoying the view.

Reduce Heat Generation

Limit your use of appliances that generate heat, like ovens, burners, and toasters. If it’s especially hot outside, choose recipes that either involve no cooking or don’t take long to prepare.

Changing out your bulbs for LED lights is another way to reduce heat in your RV. Not only are they more energy efficient, but they run cooler too.

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Visit Grover Hot Springs State Park in Your RV

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Located near Markleeville in northern California and surrounded by scenic mountains and alpine forests, Grover Hot Springs State Park is a picturesque getaway nestled in a valley of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

What to Do

The obvious thing to do is to relax in the hot springs. You’ll notice that the springs have an unusual green color, but there’s no cause for alarm. It’s simply the bromine they use to disinfect the water (a chemical that’s commonly used in hot tubs) reacting with the mineral deposits in the water to create the greenish hue.

The water in the park’s two pools is supplied by six thermal springs. The hottest pool is kept at 104 degrees Fahrenheit at maximum, which is perfect for relaxing.

While the hot springs are the major draw of the park, there are also plenty of other things to do when you visit besides soaking in the springs, especially if you can RV camp. Hiking around the park is encouraged: the evergreen glades and mountain scenery make the area particularly beautiful, even for northern California. There are over a dozen hiking trails to choose from, including one that takes you by some waterfalls on Hot Springs Creek.

Where to Stay

You can stay right at the park with your RV. There are 76 sites at the campground, many of them large enough to accommodate your rig. Call ahead to reserve a spot with hookups. There are also several campgrounds and RV parks nearby if Grover Hot Springs happens to have no vacancies.

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Spring Break Destinations Around California

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California is the ultimate state for your spring break adventures. Whether you’re seeking Pacific Ocean views, world-class hiking or even a week of fun out on the slopes, California’s diverse landscape offers spring break fun for everyone. Fire up your RV and cruise across the Golden State to these three must-visit California spring break destinations.

Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe is known for its stunning scenery in all seasons, but spring is one of the best times of year to enjoy warmer weather on the mountain. Tahoe is home to a number of world-famous ski resorts, including Northstar California, Squaw Valley, Heavenly and Sierra at Tahoe, and nearly all of them stay open until late April. Off the mountain, visitors can enjoy the abundance of eateries, shops and pubs in North Tahoe and Tahoe South.

Carmel-by-the-Sea

If you’re seeking a dreamy California beach getaway, Carmel-by-the-Sea is calling your name. This European-style town is easy to explore on foot with white-sand beaches, cool boutiques, tasty eateries, small museums and unique architecture all within walking distance of each other. The Carmel By the River RV Park is just inland from the Monterey peninsula, offering easy access to downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea and the area’s most beautiful beaches.

Sonoma

Stay in the heart of California’s wine country in the adorable town of Sonoma. The town’s central plaza is surrounded by bright green rolling vineyards and offers a great jumping point for your spring break wine tastings.

The plaza offers tons of shops, eateries, art galleries and other places to explore for the days you decide to spend in town. Sonoma is also home to the last Spanish mission to exist in California, built in 1824, and visitors can explore it as part of the must-visit Sonoma State Historic Park.

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Boondocking Essentials

If you’re like the majority of RV campers, you likely stick to well established campgrounds and RV parks when you’re looking for a place to moor your rig. Maybe you sometimes overnight in a parking lot, but that’s about it. There’s another way to camp, though: it’s called boondocking and it involves going off the grid with your RV in order to get more freedom and solitude and to get closer to nature. It’s a fun alternative, but it takes some preparation to pull off. Here are some indispensable items if you’re going to go camping off the grid in your RV.

An Energy Source

Above all else, you need to be able to power your RV and its systems, lest you downgrade to camping in a tent. You can manage this by installing some solar panels and/or bringing along a generator. A combination of the two often works best, but if you’re only planning to boondock for a short period of time, you can get by on a solar panel configuration alone. Generators are recommended if you plan to put down anchor for an extended period of time.

Bring several spare batteries. Your RV has a some installed, but the juice might run out while you’re off the grid. You can rotate fresh batteries in while using your solar panels/generator to recharge the empty batteries.

Lighting

If you want to continue to do things after the sun goes down, you’re going to want to have some lighting along. Remember, if you’re off the grid there won’t be streetlights nearby (unless your idea of boondocking is the backyard!). Bring solar lights, which offer one of the easiest lighting solutions for boondockers. They charge during the day and provide ample light for the evening. Just be sure to shell out enough money for quality lights.

Climate Control

Using your RV’s onboard A/C system hogs a lot of energy and drains batteries very quickly. While it’s not a problem with an electric hookup, out in the sticks you’re going to see that your power reserves drain at an alarming rate if you’ve got your cooling or heating on. Bring a low-volt fan along for cooling purposes. There are 12V fans available that will have minimal impact on your power supply. For heating, try a propane powered unit.

Save on Water

Your water supply is a commodity when boondocking. Conserve it as much as possible by installing water saving devices, such as a shower heads and faucets that aerate water or slow down the flow of water so that you’re using less water when you turn on the tap.

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If you’re ready to start your own RV adventures, on or off the grid, stop by Pan Pacific RV to tour motorhome and travel trailer floorplans and find the RV that’s right for your family. Take the comfort of the indoors with you wherever you go with your own RV from Pan Pacific RV! If you need supplies for boondocking, we’re just the place to pick those up.