Condensation issues

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  1. electroflux

    electroflux Read Only Funster

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    Hi we have a 3062 Damon Daybreak which we have been using this last week in Derbyshire, and whilst we have a humidifier which seems to suck the moisture out the van it definitely is not coping with 3 people and 2 dogs. Our wardrobes are dripping with water, we now have them all open.

    We were wondering how other full timers deal with this problem, we would like to stay on top of this.

    Cheers Ken and Bridget
     
  2. pappajohn

    pappajohn Funster Life Member

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    in a word...ventilation !

    a dehumidifier wont cope with people living in the Rv and the only chance you have is to open the windows slightly and leave the wardrobe door slightly ajar to circulate air.

    the dehumidifier may help a bit but but they work best in a sealed area, which your RV isnt..... air vents and opening the main door etc will just let more moist air in defeating the dehum.

    try those dehumidifying crystals in the wardrobe but they'll probably need changing every couple of days or so.

    try to keep steam from cooking/washing/showering to a minimum.

    as said and most of all....allow air to circulate via ventilation and hope summer arrives early. :thumb:

    mine is on the drive, unused for 4 weeks, very cold but bone dry due to the windows being open a few millimeters.
     
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    Hi

    We full timed for three years in an RV , four people .. no pets .. no de-humidifier and no real problem with condensation .. two winters in the UK.

    I can only say what we did..

    Kept all roof lights fully open ( we had maxair roof cowls ) and other sliding windows cracked open in lounge and bedroom .. never closed them, even when it was cold, kept the RV warm using oil filled heaters, night and day.

    Ventilation is the key, let the warm moisture laden air escape rather than trying to dry it with a de-humidifier.

    Edit .. and always used the shower/toilet roof extractor fan when showering ..
     
  4. Sundowners

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    sorry but we can only agree with Jim--------loads of ventilation--especially when cooking and showering---and do not hang wet clothes to dry. We have the bedroom skylight open a bit all the time-------it means extra heating but it will cut down on condensation------A LOT !!!!!!
    Nigel & Pamala
     
  5. MicknPat

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    During our 2 years in North America we never suffered from condensation because the roof vents were always open together with several windows.:thumb:

    Since returning to the UK we have had condensation mainly on the front screen but this has been on a cold day when the roof vents are closed and either cooking or showering. :Sad:

    papajohn has the answer Ventilation and its free :Smile:


    Mick
     
  6. Terry

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    Hi Ken and Bridget,the exact same principles apply to houses that suffer from condensation.
    Each person/ dog breathes out aprox 2 pints of water while asleep, so that's 10 pints per night :Rofl1: It has got to go somewhere so the cold spots will get it.Heat and ventilation are the only way :thumb:
    terry
     
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    Nobody has mentioned water ingress in the roof, after all the auther did say his clothes were dripping???

    Doug...
     
  8. Sundowners

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    Never thought of that:Rofl1::Rofl1::Doh::Doh:
    But if it is condensation----it may well get worse with doors left open---access to even more damp air----unless heat and air movement are increased !!
    We find the best method is little heat in several strategic positions, and move ventilation to remove wet air at source eg. vent in bathroom when showering or--- vent in kitchen when cooking or--- vent in bedroom when sleeping------it takes a little thought but allows you to avoid wasting too much heat.
    Nigel
     
  9. electroflux

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    Hi all
    Thanks for the advice, this was our first time out in colder weather having bought her in May of this year so was a new one on us. Having had no problems with our old Autotrail Dakota.

    Cheers Ken
     

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