Our surprise change of plans means we’re “enjoying” our first Houston summer since retirement in 2013. It’s also our first extended hot/humid stay in our 2007 Hitchhiker II. Of course, the weather isn’t unexpected. After all, we lived in this area for many years.
While we’re ready to cope with the “summer swelter,” apparently our Hitchhiker isn’t. It’s wired for two rooftop units, but only has one and as an uncommonly hot June arrived the comfort level in our house, well, let’s say it wasn’t so comfortable.
My first effort at keeping my cool was putting Reflectrix on several of the windows. It makes the camper feel a bit cave-like but it does help.
Unfortunately, not enough.
My second effort was to close off the vents in the bedroom and keep the door closed. The idea was to keep all the cool air I could in the kitchen/living room area. I think it made a difference – at least it made the bedroom hotter.
So, unfortunately, not enough.
My third effort was buy a portable air conditioner. These units have a big dryer-like hose on them that vents the hot air and humidity out the window. The 10,000 btu unit we got was pretty loud and, if I put it in the closed-off bedroom it worked okay. However, downstairs still got uncomfortably warm. Not only that, but the unit we had tended to spit water at us. I decided it was not only lacking in cooling ability for our needs but was probably somewhat defective. I took it back.
We still didn’t have enough.
My fourth effort was to call an a/c guy to come in and evaluate our rooftop unit. By now I was starting to think my only hope was adding the second rooftop air conditioner. He thought my air conditioner could use a good cleaning and that it might help a little. However, he warned us that our air conditioner was, after all, a 2007 (or earlier) model. Freshly cleaned or not it was getting close to going to the air conditioner retirement home. Maybe, he suggested, it was time to bite the bullet and go for a new one.
A few days later, with the wallet somewhat deflated, our Hitchhiker has a new 15,000 btu air conditioner. I’m not sure how it will do come August, and it may be that we will have to deflate the wallet even more for a second unit, but for now….
….I think we have enough.