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Old 07-07-2018, 03:06 AM   #1
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Default What do you do when it is so hot for so many days..weeks?

I have found it hard to even consider camping yet alone fish anywhere with it being so hot and humid throughout the lower 48 during the past week or so. What do others do to beat the heat and still camp?

This weather has me questioning my thought of the next B not even having a/c other than on the chassis. But still without a/c the battery capacity size goes down which is nice.
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Old 07-07-2018, 03:15 AM   #2
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Do your stuff before noon, then roll out the awning and pop a cold one or three and watch the world go by.
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Or do what I'm doing, get some altitude. Currently at Jacob Lake, AZ. Forcast for the next week is in the mid eighties with lows in the fifties with low humidity. I'm at about 8000 feet.

Heading to high country in Utah tomorrow for a bit then off to CO for about a month, more high country.
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Or do what I'm doing, get some altitude. Currently at Jacob Lake, AZ. Forcast for the next week is in the mid eighties with lows in the fifties with low humidity. I'm at about 8000 feet.

Heading to high country in Utah tomorrow for a bit then off to CO for about a month, more high country.
Good idea.
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Or do what I'm doing, get some altitude...
yeah man...
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I'm setting at home this week because our one month trip to the mountains has been canceled. Why? Fires.
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Old 07-07-2018, 06:01 PM   #7
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Come north my southern friends, we have beautiful warm but not hot summers.
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Old 07-07-2018, 06:28 PM   #8
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Hey, Doneworking. Where in Oklahoma? We are on the road as I write headed to higher ground. Lots of mountains without fires.
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Doneworking is in Oklahoma City. Yes, there are some forests that haven't been shut down yet but most are under Stage II fire restrictions and if monsoon doesn't start I suspect these will be closed as well. We will go again in the fall when the crowds are gone and maybe adequate moisture will have returned.

Plan carefully and check ahead, which I am sure you have done already.
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A combination of (a) picking your locations carefully and (b) outfitting your van with peripherals that help reduce the overall summer heat load. Every little bit counts.

I'm the OP on an Air Forums thread called "Declaring war on [Class B] heat gain". You might want to review that and see if any of those ideas appeal to you.
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We generally don't travel much between June and September. Too hot and too crowded.
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Come to the Adirondacks of New York State. Over 6,000,000 acres of forest preserve dotted with small towns and villages. The temperature rarely gets to 90 and itís never very crowded.
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Yeah, but you forgot to mention the swarms of mosquitoes big enough to qualify as aircraft.
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Yeah, but you forgot to mention the swarms of mosquitoes big enough to qualify as aircraft.
Dont forget the blackfies and no see ems.
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Now, this time of year there aren’t any! The deer flies and the horseflies chased them all away!
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Too crowded anyway in the summer. I would prefer low altitude NW region where it is cool and I can breathe. But this year forest fires. So glad I'm waiting for the new Sprinter before I get my RV!
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Climatically , the Adirondacks are designated as a temperate rain forest. From about the third week in July until the end of September it is absolutely beautiful here. There are no bugs, almost no mosquitoes, and the air is crisp and clean. If you go to resort areas, like Lake George or Lake Placid, then you will find some crowds on weekends. If you go to the central and northern Adirondacks thereís lots of wilderness, hiking, camping and not a lot of people. I've traveled throughout Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico. They all have their own stark beauty. But for me, home will always be the Adirondacks. They are green, and not so dry that you have to worry about fires.
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In AZ try the White Mountain area around Alpine. Campground elevations vary from 8-9000ft. We usually head up from Phoenix to that area in the hot summer. Woods Canyon Lake also a possible. It's at about 7500.
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Yep, been there, done that. Like I said they all have beautiful areas. Itís just so darn dry. I grew up with green hills and valleys and mountains.
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cwbrown, I usually spend time further south in the Catskill region but have rediscovered the Adirondacks this year. You are correct about it being cooler. Was in the Ausable river area a couple weeks ago and have started to plan for a few days around Schroon lake. Seems like there are sections along the Interstate that are crowded (Lake George) then long tracts that are fairly empty. Having a short B makes it easy to fit in tight areas along the side roads. Also noticed some state camp grounds in the area with a maximum length of 20' sites which works for me.
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