How to Stay Cool Living in a Van in the SUMMER HEAT (without AC…)

How to Stay Cool Living in a Van in the SUMMER HEAT (without AC…)

Living van life presents a number of challenges when dealing with the elements, but having a well equipped van make those elements surprisingly easy to tackle. Rainy day? It might be a bit boring, but our roof vent has a rain cover. Winter chill? That’s what our Webasto gasoline heater is for! But dealing with hot days in the van is something that without an AC unit presents a whole new set of difficulties without obvious solutions. So that’s why we came up with a bunch of tips – some obvious and some not so obvious – to help you deal with the summer temperatures as prime summer camping season comes around in the northern hemisphere.

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  1. James Carroll on October 14, 2022 at 6:35 am

    One of my biggest concerns is not having ac level cooling in the summer.

  2. Raider Nutley on October 14, 2022 at 6:36 am

    you talk fake but good vid

  3. ayush kumar on October 14, 2022 at 6:46 am

    in india , in delhi temperature was around 46 degree Celcius two days back and u ppl are calling 35 degree celcius as hot summer

  4. BW Brady on October 14, 2022 at 6:51 am

    Use a water spray bottle and mist yourself frequently.

  5. Ghiezelle Tamayo on October 14, 2022 at 6:56 am


  6. Semi-Retired&LoveLivingRural on October 14, 2022 at 7:06 am

    I don’t usually watch larger than build vid., but it was intrigued to hear how you stayed cool in a van. I did pick up on 3 or 4 tips. And you’re so right about if they think they’re going to sit like make it home and stay indoors all the time. They won’t in 98-105 heat. Of course humidity accounts for a lot of discomfort. One almost has to have AC.

  7. myBIGtinyhouselife on October 14, 2022 at 7:07 am

    Great tips! Stay cool 😎 🇨🇦.

  8. Charles Glen Tate on October 14, 2022 at 7:10 am

    Y’all are the only van people I’ve heard mention ceramic tint and it baffles me that it’s not more commonly discussed. It’s a MUST for me here in Texas.

  9. john hunt on October 14, 2022 at 7:11 am

    Zero breeze. Expensive but I think more vans still have and lower that cost. 1000 with out barriers. 200 watt at max buti don’t think you need that 24/7

  10. Greg Lancaster on October 14, 2022 at 7:17 am

    good job

  11. Sorgi Stories on October 14, 2022 at 7:19 am

    Massive strategy. Especially after a super hard time so many have gone through with the heat.

  12. JR Raven on October 14, 2022 at 7:20 am

    You could put the 2nd max fan on the kitchen wall 😇

  13. When Adventure Knox on October 14, 2022 at 7:29 am

    The temperatures in Vancouver have even made to to a major news story placement over in the UK. I hope things haven’t got as crazy as Vancouver has been, being in the mountains, but still, pleased to know you’re keeping safe!

  14. John Vandenberg on October 14, 2022 at 7:34 am

    Your next van you can install a webasto electric rag top, For AC carry an Arctic Air Portable Air Conditioner (52 qt. – dual fan – 12 volt) they make smaller units also. It uses a ice cooler and a radiator so you get cold air without the humidity as a traditional swamp cooler, that will keep you cool

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