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Staying Cool In Your Camper In Hot Weather

With the record-breaking temperatures still lingering over the Pacific Northwest and the likelihood of continued effects from global warming, we thought it might be helpful to go over how to stay cool during hot weather while you’re staying in one of our rental trailers.

Our rigs are fairly stock as they come from the dealer, because usually heat isn’t an issue here in the Bridgeport area. If anything, it tends to be rather cool here, especially at night, up in the mountains where most of our units get positioned. So they don’t have air conditioning units. But heat can become excessive anywhere, and there are things you can do to keep the heat out and the cool in.

Close your windows in the morning.

If you close all windows and vents before the sun gets too high in the sky, you’ll trap the cool overnight air in your rig. At some point, once the sun gets up there, you will eventually need to open them. But carefully controlling airflow like this can really help you keep the cool longer.

Keep those blinds closed.

Just like closing windows keeps the hot air on the other side of the glass, closing blinds keeps sunlight from entering and heating what’s inside. If your trailer doesn’t have blinds you can buy cheap blackout curtains at WalMart.

Cook outside.

Because RV stoves use propane, that’s an open flame and will quickly heat up the inside of your trailer. On hot days, opt instead to use a camp stove outdoors, or even a dutch oven or grill and pans over your campfire. You can even make “hobo packets” by cutting up some root veggies like carrots, potatoes and beets, mix them with some ground beef, season to taste and add a little olive oil. Then put it all in aluminum foil packets you can throw directly in the fire. 45 minutes later, voila! Instant camp meal, without heating up your rig.

Cover roof vents.

Roof vents and shower skylights can let in a lot of heat. You can buy square cushions made expressly for this purpose. They are covered with faux Sherpa and one side has Reflectix, which prevents light and heat from entering from above. For skylights, you may want to make a temporary cover out of a bath towel and hook-and-loop faster strips.

Bring a portable fan.

It’s a fact: Moving air is cooler than static air. So the trick to avoiding stultifying air is to keep it in motion. There are a number of great portable fans available in many sizes. Your trailer’s 120v outlets will only provide power if you’re using a generator, so you may decide to opt for 12v fans that power with portable power packs, or even self-contained, battery-operated fans. One way to best use them is to position them to create cross-flow between windows, and to suck heated air outside.

Use roof vent fans.

If your trailer has roof vent fans, use them to pull the cool air inside at night so there’s as much of it there as possible to cushion you against heat in the morning.

Try a swamp cooler.

In drier climates like ours, an evaporative (or swamp) cooler can work really well to cool off your trailer. There are plenty of how-to videos on YouTube to make your own, or you can buy them on Amazon, eBay and other online sellers. They essentially use the heat transference powers of melting ice to create coolness.

Use old-fashioned methods.

Back before air conditioning was a thing, people routinely used wet rags, towels or bandannas on their skin to create evaporative cooling. Another favorite method is to keep a spray bottle full of water nearby and spritz yourself as needed. It’s like sweat without the salt.

Camping at Altitude

Though the Bridgeport area is—by local standards—relatively low in altitude at about 6,500 feet, some people may still experience some effects of high altitude living around here. Whether hiking, biking, climbing, fishing, or any number of other outdoor activities are on your agenda, we offer the following information to help you prevent or counteract anything that might detract from the enjoyment of the time you spend in our beautiful backyard during your vacation.

High altitude is generally considered those elevations between about 4900 and 11,500 feet. Anything above that is considered very or extremely high, so it’s not relevant to our purposes here.

Healthy Folks

If you’re a fairly healthy person under normal circumstances, at high elevations such as ours, the biggest changes you will notice will concern your breathing. You may experience any or none of the following conditions:

  • Breathing becomes more rapid and heavy.
  • You may occasionally feel short of breath.
  • Your nighttime breathing may change, especially if you already have any obstructive breathing issues such as sleep apnea, or use a CPAP machine.
  • You will likely feel the need to urinate more frequently.

Semi-Compromised Folks

If you’re not in the best of shape, you may experience what’s “altitude stress.” Symptoms of this condition include

  • irritability
  • headache
  • nausea
  • restless sleep

Not-So-Healthy Folks

If your physical condition is moderately impaired, you may find yourself dealing with “Acute Mountain Sickness.” In addition to the previously mentioned symptoms, AMS can also cause you to deal with 

  • dizziness
  • fatigue
  • mental confusion 
  • impaired motor skills
  • Worst-case, if you feel these lower-level symptoms and fail to get to lower altitudes, you could even experience high altitude pulmonary and cerebral edema, which can be fatal.

Preventive Measures

Now obviously, that latter scenario is not only against the odds, but is completely unnecessary. All you really need to do is stay aware of your surroundings and pay attention to how you feel physically, and respond using common sense. Here are some tips to follow to stay safe and enjoy higher-altitude camping at its best:

  • Before a longer stay at high altitudes, try to spend a few shorter-duration periods of 1-3 days at altitude.
  • Begin climbing below the altitude you wish to ultimately go, and don’t ascend more tan 1,000 feet per day. This will allow your body to acclimate slowly.
  • If you feel any uncomfortable symptoms coming on, just go back down. It’s the only cure for altitude-caused discomfort.

We love our mountains here in the High Sierra, but we also know to respect them. If you’re unfamiliar with the way weather conditions can change rapidly at altitude, you need to learn what to expect. During the day, bright, sunny conditions may make you feel that the surrounding air is warmer than it actually is. But as soon as the sun begins to set, we guarantee you’ll begin to feel the difference. Mountain temperatures can drop rapidly, and you can experience high wind events in the peaks at any time, day or night…and often without warning.

Weather Considerations

Be prepared for whatever you might encounter by following these tips:

  • In warm weather or the “shoulder seasons, avoid areas that could attract lightning strikes, such as exposed ground and ridges.
  • Layer your clothing so you can put on and strip off to keep yourself comfortable and adequately protected from the elements. 
  • Avoid exposed mountain passes, which can easily create wind tunnel effects.
  • Choose a sleeping bag adequate to temperatures you expect to encounter.
  • Make sure to bring an expedition or mountaineering style tent when camping at high altitudes.
  • Make yourself easy to find in an emergency by using established campsites.
  • If you expect to encounter ice, wear boots with shanks or crampons to help you dig in.
  • You’ll be closer to the sun, so wear UV-rated protective sunglasses and use a high SPF sunscreen

Staying Fueled Up

Cooking, eating and drinking is affected by altitude. Here are some ways to avoid any issues there:

  • Because you’ll be urinating more often, make sure to bring enough water to keep you hydrated. Avoid alcohol or caffeine, which actually have diuretic effect.
  • This is one time that carbs are your friends. You’ll need them to stay fueled up during your time at altitude.
  • If you go above treeline, you’ll find wood scarce, so you’ll have to pack in your own. We recommend liquid or multi-fuel stoves instead of butane, which won’t find enough oxygen at that height to create a good flame.
  • The decreased air pressure will have the effect of requiring more time for water to boil, so be patient.

Follow these tips, and your time in the High Sierra can be as rewarding and memorable as you hope!

Stop worrying: Stay safely in an RV this summer

As COVID-19 begrudgingly releases her terrifying grip on the world, people from all walks of life are emerging to find a much-changed landscape when it comes to planning their summer vacations. Where before the family might have gotten on a plane and flown to a distant location where they would stay in a hotel room, both of those activities have become somewhat fraught with fear over the lingering possibility of becoming infected with the dread disease.

It’s safe to say there are probably very few people whose lives haven’t been impacted in some way by the pandemic of the last year. And many are now seriously sick of the surroundings in which they’ve been hunkering down in isolation. But they are also wary of putting themselves at risk of becoming infected with coronavirus, right when they’ve finally been given the go-ahead to finally get out and about.

Just in time for summer vacation planning, industry groups are releasing data about their findings that camping and staying in recreational vehicles eliminate much of the anxiety about having to sit too closely with other travelers on airplanes and other common carriers, or having to use hotel rooms in buildings with shared ventilation systems.

Of course, this is no surprise to us. We’ve always known about the benefits of fresh air coming through the screens, the disinfecting properties of bright, happy sunshine, and the generally uplifting qualities of camping outdoors. After all, we were social distancing long before it was cool.

We invite you to discover for yourselves the joys of creating your own pseudo-isolation pod inside one of our modern, well-equipped, thoroughly sanitized travel trailers for your own safe, relaxing vacation. Commune with nature, strengthen your immune system with a long hike in the High Sierra, and wash away your cares in the sparkling waters of our area’s Alpine lakes and streams. Enjoy the closeness of family and good friends inside, while taking advantage of the world’s largest back yard.

Come stay with us at Bridgeport Vacation Trailer Rentals this year, and remember what a vacation should feel like.

BFEF June 2021 Trout Tournament

As we turn the corner and move into 2021, we’re all looking forward to returning to some level of normalcy. That should include marking your calendar now for the June 2021 Trout Tournament sponsored by BFEF (Bridgeport Fish Enhancement Foundation)! This is an important event for the Bridgeport community, and we all appreciate your support. This year’s tourney, sponsored as always by the Fishin’ Mission Foundation Inc., will be held on Saturday, June 26th.

This is a true family fun event: We have Men’s, Women’s and Junior (15 years old and younger) competition divisions. Adult entry fee is $75, and Juniors $40. Your entry fee entitles you to a great old-fashioned community dinner, complete with raffles, prizes, and free giveaways, plus — of course — a fantastic weekend fishing the Eastern Sierra! Non-participants who wish to join us for dinner only are $40.

The awards program will include a $500 Educational Award, given to one Junior participant. The $750 Special Cash Award will go to one BFEF TTT Club participant, and the $500 Adult Angler Award will go to someone from the Men’s and Women’s categories.

Space is limited to 200 dinners, so register early. If you have any questions, please call Ken at 714-227-0765 or email him. You can also call Ray at 760-616-4214. The BFEF’s mission is to enhance Bridgeport area trout fisheries, get kids hooked on fishing, conservation of Bridgeport area waterways, and support outdoor and local programs through nonprofit means. It is a 501c(3) organization. This event is funded, in part, by Mono County, 800-845-7922.

Biking in Mono County…and Beyond!

Whether you ride single-track routes through the forest or take advantage of lift-assisted Mammoth Mountain Bike Park, Mono County is a mecca for mountain bikers.  For road bikers, smooth asphalt roads with minimal traffic and awe-inspiring views make this a cycling paradise.

Here are a few resources for our biker friends who want to bring their rides along when they come to stay with us!

And one for the road…uh, trail! If you’re already hardcore, you might want to get a copy of this book before you head our way: Mountain Biking the Eastern Sierra’s Best 100 Trails.

Beginning Hiker Hacks

So you’ve booked your stay with us, and you’re starting to plan how you’ll spend your time here in California’s breathtaking Eastern Sierra. And you’ve decided one of the things you want to do is become more active. Good for you! Happy is as healthy does, and there’s no easier or more accessible way to start than by enjoying nature’s changing vistas on foot.

Hiking is a perfect activity for the whole family, and it can create a bonding experience like no other. But it does have its challenges, and even on novice level trails, you need to be prepared before trekking out into the wild.

We’ve put together a list of references for beginning hikers here, to help make sure your first forays into our wilderness wonderland are just the start of a long and happy hiking career.

Be serious about preparation and safety, so you can have fun out there and come back to stay with us for years to come!

5 Budget Travel Tips Every Digital Nomad Should Know

First of all, travel off-season. Check with the local tourism office to find out when their off-season starts when flying, either plan well in advance (ideally, 10 months to a year ahead) or at the last minute (two weeks or less before you leave) – these will give you the cheapest pricing. Try to be flexible- you can save on fares by travelling mid-week, or choosing sunny Varadero, Cuba, over sunny Cancun, Mexico. Save your health – check with your credit card company for existing travel or car insurance.

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Why You Should Spend Your Next Vacation in the Mountains

Getting away from clocks, social media, and the clutter of everyday life can be a great way to “reset” your life. There’s something about that sweet, clean, fresh air that city life doesn’t offer. Something about waking up to a few elk outside your door, or a gorgeous sunrise over the peaks convincing you to get out of bed that gives you a great mix of pleasant feelings.

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