Moisture Control

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  1. Terry and Nicola

    Terry and Nicola Read Only Funster

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    HI ALL
    With winter on its way what do we all do to help with the damp , condensation .With a tip planned to france next month and 2 or 3 trips skiing this winter ,been up to riversway leisure looking what they have in .Rechargable Dehumidifier ,Damp Buster and Kontrol Mini Moisture Trap has any one got any of these and how good is it .

    many thanks Terry :thumb:
     
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    dehumidifiers only really work in an enclosed atmosphere.....and you will need ventilation to prevent mold and mildew so making them inefficient.

    they appear to work well, removing vast amounts of moisture, but the simple fact is as soon as it removes moisture from the air yet more fresh moist air is introduced to the 'room' from outside.'

    heat is a far better choice...just a thermostatic 100watt oil filled radiator will keep the room temp above outdoor temp so keeping damp at bay in an average sized motorhome.
     
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    Agree with above post, the only point I would add if you get some fine winter weather and you are around it does no harm to open the windows a little to air off.
     
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    What you actually mean your gonna come this year :Wink::Rofl1:

    I simply leave a window or skylight open when in the van. Or leave the Drivers window open a tiny smidge each side..
     
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    morning paul :thumb:
     
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    winter ready

    tanks drained, combi heater drained , all taps open, bedding all in vac bags and sealed , 4ft tube heater in garage, 750w thermostatic heater in main area , 2 x rodent ultra sonic repellers plugged in
    need to nip up to fit fridge winter vents, window foils and all ready
    yep we are very lucky and have electric hook up when in our secure storage yard :Rofl1:
     
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    We have 2 Kontrol Moisture Traps and regularly fill them with new crystals.

    They appear to work quite well, but do "soak up" the moisture quite rapidly, the crystals then turn to a hard substance and the trap is full with water.

    I leave the Toilet window slightly open (on the second set of catches) which allows some fresh air to circulate also open all the doors to the cupboards etc.

    Not lucky enough to have EHU at the storage site, but sometimes I pop over and run the Genny for a couple of hours and put a small heater on. Also I take the vehicle for a good run, 20 - 30 miles, about once a fortnight this helps to keep it warm, engine turned over, brakes clear and clean etc.

    Remember to drain down the water systems effectively, we had a crystal water filter blow because it had not been drained totally, water everywhere when the pump was turned on.
     
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    yep old van , blown water heater, kitchen tap, toilet sink taps , 2 pipes , all because not drained properly , water sure due expand as ice
    dont fancy having to repair new van so yep properly drained down and heating on, good idea to put all fabric items in the vac bags
     
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