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With record heat waves battering much of the U.S. in recent weeks, it's important to find ways to stay cool (and hydrated). If you're planning a trip in an RV or camper (or living in one), these tips can keep your vehicle cooler this summer and perhaps save you money:

  • Routine maintenance. Having your vehicle's air-conditioning system serviced regularly can help optimize cooling and reduce repair costs.
  • Consider going solar: With new technologies reshaping how RVs are powered and cooled, one way to save in the long term is by incorporating a solar-powered system. Solar panels are a convenient, cost-effective way to use electricity on the go.
  • Buy a fan or two. Portable fans are a budget-friendly way to supplement your vehicle's air conditioner. Even small fans can provide enough airflow to help make your vehicle feel cooler. In the evenings, set up one fan to pull cooler air in from outdoors and another to push warm air out.
  • Double-sided insulation rolls and command strips to secure them. For less than $20, you can install reflection shades on your RV's windows to keep heat out and cool air in.

The New York Times' heatwave map tracker can help you steer clear of areas with heat warnings in place, and it offers other tips on how to be prepared during the hottest months of the year.

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