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Fuel Prices Got You Down? Give Yourself A Break!

road trip into the High Sierra

The whole world has watched in dismay, as fuel prices slowly but steadily rose over the past year, then spiked sharply when the Russians invaded Ukraine in February. Only in the past few weeks has the cost of fuel started to go down at the pump. Yet there’s still much of the summer and the entire fall left to enjoy a vacation to the great outdoors!

What’s a weary worker to do? You say you can’t afford the gas to do such a trip? Actually, we think you still can.

Just get here.

See, in our world, the only gas you’ll have to pay for is to reach us in beautiful Mono County, California. You don’t even need to take a big gas-hogging truck, because you won’t need to haul an RV! That’s right. Just bring yourselves and whatever clothing and gear you need, and maybe your food (unless you just want to stock up when you get here).

We’ll not only provide the camper, we’ll be the ones to haul it to whichever of our affiliate campgrounds you choose. We’ll position it in your campsite, clean and sanitize it, set it up and make it move-in ready for when you arrive. All you have to do is unpack your car, crack open a cold one, and sit back to relax in the pristine wilderness of the High Sierra.

Keep it Small.

Don’t worry about needing a big truck to haul outdoor gear, either. You can rent anything you need from local outfitters, from fishing poles and fly rods, kayaks, canoes and pontoon boats, to ATV/UTVs and hunting rifles or archery equipment. You can even hire experienced guides to get you to the hottest spots around.

You may wish to take some sightseeing trips while you’re here, because the scenery really is gorgeous. But that’s a fuel expense you can choose and control.

Do it your way.

  • Have special dietary needs? Just pack your cooler to eat the way you do at home!
  • Want to pack in a lot of adventure or just lie around dozing in a hammock all day? Either way, you set your own agenda and schedule, and can change it up spontaneously…with no alteration penalty fees!
  • And if you end up enjoying yourself so much you decide to stay another week, we can usually accommodate you one way or the other with the site and rig you’re in, or an alternative nearby.

The way we do things here at Bridgeport Vacation Trailer Rentals, you get the fun and convenience of a customized vacation in paradise, without all the cost and hassle. Just get yourself here (and here’s a great post to help you save on fuel on the way) and become our guest—we’re happy to handle all the rest!

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.