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Old 11-13-2015, 12:44 AM   #41
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The problem I have with the alien spaceship is - where does the moisture go?
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With the air in the trailer a bit warmer, it holds more moisture, which helps to keep it from condensing on surfaces in the trailer.
Exactly!
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Old 11-13-2015, 12:51 AM   #42
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Regarding the heater/fan: I guess I thought that the low wattage (90 W) and intended use in RV's meant it was safe to use in the trailer over the winter, though I always checked every 2-3 weeks in our previous trailer in case it started acting up.
I think that's a reasonable expectation. Although part of the manufacturer's marine line, rather than specifically for landlocked RVs, maintaining the interior of a vehicle in storage is the intended purpose.
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Old 11-13-2015, 12:59 AM   #43
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Have used one of those plug in units for close to 10 years now--no condensation in the trailer... we don't have the cold as much as much as the WET..
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Old 11-13-2015, 02:00 AM   #44
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How often do you check on the unit over the winter, Anna-Marie? I'm still wondering what the risk is of the fan or heating components overheating and causing a fire. When checking on it I am always relieved to hear it running quietly. As I mentioned earlier, I also worry about leaving the home PVR on when we are on vacation. I don't know if that is any safer.

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Old 11-13-2015, 02:27 AM   #45
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As to its effectiveness, from our experience with the previous trailer it really made a difference, simply by raising the trailer's temperature a bit and reducing condensation. I think that it should extend the life of the desiccant and maybe make the trailer drier.

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Only to a point. While warm air does hold more water vapor, with cold exterior temperatures and cold surfaces like glass, that water vapor will still condense.

The most effective way to reduce humidity is to warm air, allowing it to hold water vapor and then exhaust it. Since you can't stop air infiltration, usually exterior moisture laden air, the best way is to use some heated air and ventilate it to the exterior. So a source of warmth plus a cracked hatch is an effective way to accomplish that.

I use a light bulb with a chimney but I've also used heaters in boats over the years. Never had a problem but didn't trust that situation 100% either.

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Old 11-13-2015, 06:19 AM   #46
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Bob K, What's a PVR?
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Old 11-13-2015, 07:09 AM   #47
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Bob K, What's a PVR?
A Personal Video Recorder. I thought just about everyone had one these days, as they have been around for years. Heck, we have two and I don't watch much TV, though much of what I do watch is recorded on it.

Most of them are built into the digital receiver on the cable or satellite box.
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Must be the same as a DVR, digital video recorder. I have and use one, can't stand all the commercials these days.

Just looked it up, same thing.
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I had to look it up, too, but came up with pulmonary vascular resistance as the first choice. And I don't have that one either, whatever it is.
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Interesting, we use the term PVR all the time. "Did you PVR the hockey game". "Do you have the last season of Dexter on the PVR".

What else do you all call the device that records incoming TV shows? That "recording thingy" does not count.

I know some of you make up lots of weird words, like "stinger" for "ball mount", "frig" (a soft form of the F word around here) for "fridge". There sure are some weird folks around here. Good thing for me that I am the epitome of normalcy.
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