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Old 10-16-2013, 06:14 PM   #21
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And yes, doesn't matter what size trailer...but the larger the trailer, the more dilution of the moist air.
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Old 10-16-2013, 06:51 PM   #22
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So it seems that a stick built trailer would be affected more by the condensation -- all that wood?
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Old 10-16-2013, 07:08 PM   #23
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Actually, since the sticky leaks like a sieve, moisture could escape.
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Old 10-16-2013, 08:16 PM   #24
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The colder the air outside vs the warmer the air inside, plus breathing, plus boiling pasta the greater the chance of condensation.. especially on single-pane windows. Sleep under warm bedding, wear warm clothes and crack a vent and a window.

I find condensation more of a nusance rather than a problem. That's why I'm getting double-pane windows and extra insulation. Hoping it curbs the nusance!
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Old 10-16-2013, 09:01 PM   #25
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Those smiley faces aren't really necessary. Escapes are tight as a drum. I bet the stick-built trailers do have considerably more natural "ventilation."
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Old 10-16-2013, 09:25 PM   #26
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One of the recent threads is about if a stove vent is needed. I absolutely believe it is if you camp in the shoulder season or the brrrr winter. Get that moisture outside as soon as possible if you're cooking inside. Don't drag it through the trailer or onto the inside vinyl if you can help it.
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Old 10-16-2013, 11:22 PM   #27
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Your Airstream would have had a lot more condensation due to it's metal interior walls bringing the cold into the trailer and moisture collecting on the the metal walls. Keeping you MaxxFan going and a window cracked will eliminate most problems. With the Escape's interior little is exposed to the outside temperature differential.
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Old 10-16-2013, 11:58 PM   #28
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We have a 17b, so fairly small. Last spring we spent a week in Santa Fe that happened to be pretty chilly. Highs in the low 30's and lows in the mid 20s (Fahrenheit) admittedly a dry climate, but there snow flurries two or three of those days, so after visiting museums etc. we would return to the trailer and read or watch movies. we kept the maxi-fan vent open just a bit, and used a pelonis disk furnace to heat the trailer (quieter than the propane furnace and we had full hook ups). two adults and Murphy-the-Dog. With our extra insulation, double paned windows and spray insulation on the floor, the only condensation I noticed was on the two windows at the front of the trailer (single pane), and on the rear window which is right above where I sleep at night. Easy enough to wipe up with a wash rag. We did use the stove vent when cooking, and I am sure that helped.
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Old 10-17-2013, 07:46 AM   #29
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So the warmer the inside of the trailer when it is cold out, the greater the condensation?
Actually, the opposite is true. The warmer the air, the more moisture it can carry, so the warmer it is in the trailer, for any given outside temp, the less condensation you will have on the surfaces.

Having warmer air gives you a better opportunity to vent the moisture laden air outside. Venting is very important in any colder environment if you are living in your trailer.

We have played with inside temperature setting lately while the outside temps were below freezing. Anything below 5C (41F) seems to allow too much moisture to accumulate. There is more condensation on the window frames, and even though we are warm in our cozy blankets things do feel a bit clammy. We now set our thermostat at 8-9C overnight with the ceiling vent cracked open a bit, and find the furnace does not run too much, even at the -8 (17.6F) temps we saw last Sunday night. When we get up, we kick it up to 12C or so to help chase out any lingering moisture.
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Old 10-17-2013, 08:33 AM   #30
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The most important item dealing with condensation, regardless of the cause, is air circulation. I noticed that when some condensation forms on the metal frame around the windows, I open the shades and it disappears. Similarly around the bed, allowing air to circulate via a special vented mat, eliminates the damp walls, in the overheads, opening or installing a vent allow circulation to remove any moisture. Of course you need the MaxxFann open for exhaust, but the air movement eliminates most of the wetness found in winter camping. Try sleeping with the shades up, after nightfall, with the MaxxFann open and notice the difference, you will also see the stars and moon.
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