Camper Van Air Conditioning
One of the most important things about living in your van is staying comfortable. If your not comfortable in your home on wheels, you won’t want to spend any time in it, which will only make you miserable! (Or even worse, send you back to a house that doesn’t even move!) And sure, van life has some trade-offs to living in a house, but being comfortable shouldn’t be one of them! Being comfortable will give you a much better nights sleep and make any long road trip go much smoother. Additionally, If you have pets or children, keeping your van cool is a necessity.
So our first piece of advice on staying cool when the temperatures rise, is to drive where the cool comfortable weather is! Hopefully you have some mountains close by!
With a well-insulated van and a fan, you can manage to stay very cool and comfortable. We really do stress to new van lifers how important a fan is to your comfort, plus, it also aids when cooking inside to get rid of any smells. We talk about the installation process of a roof vent in our Ceiling and Walls chapter. And of course nothing ever beats parking beneath a nice shady tree! Nobody wants to lay around in a sticky hot, sweaty mess, and you shouldn’t have to!
Sometimes a fan or a shady parking spot isn’t going to do the trick, which is why we recommend an air conditioning unit. If you’re traveling to hot places, a portable ac unit for your van is an absolute lifesaver.
There are plenty of ways to stay cool in your van. Check out a few ideas below that work with your budget and space accommodation.