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Old 11-18-2008, 02:18 AM   #1
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Any thoughts on reducing condensation in the storage compartments at the front and rear of the trailer, without the requirement for constant unpacking, more heaters, or restricting camping to the summer months?

I've spent most of the summer/fall in my trailer (home-away-from-home is now my constructed home). It has been very wet lately, and that has translated to lots of condensation.

I'm heading to the Queen Charolettes (hopefully) at the end of November, and suspect that condensation will be a serious problem over there.

Looking for suggestions.

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Old 11-18-2008, 06:57 PM   #2
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Re: cabinet condensation

Have you tried any of those de-humidifying crystals? Have you asked Tammy? She is a wealth of information.
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Old 11-18-2008, 07:49 PM   #3
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Re: cabinet condensation


I bought Dry-Z-Air (crystals) for Toad. Cost $15 and according to the instructions, you need one for every 10 square feet. I should probably get another for a 17. I've got all the cupboard doors open, except for under the seats. I think I'll open them up too. I picked up a slight amount of moisture in the tray after three days, but that may say more about the trailer than the product.

Got another one for the trunk of the company car. It's full of camera equipment and apparently leaks like a sieve. After one day, I had a couple or three table-spoons of water in the tray. It may take a while for it to suck the water from the wet carpet.

A buddy with a boat has used the product and prefers to use a fan. I saw a low powered heater / fan for RVs and boats, but it's $80, so I'm sticking with the crystals for now.

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Old 11-18-2008, 10:50 PM   #4
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Any thoughts on reducing condensation in the storage compartments at the front and rear of the trailer, without the requirement for constant unpacking, more heaters, or restricting camping to the summer months?

I've spent most of the summer/fall in my trailer (home-away-from-home is now my constructed home). It has been very wet lately, and that has translated to lots of condensation.

I'm heading to the Queen Charolettes (hopefully) at the end of November, and suspect that condensation will be a serious problem over there.

Looking for suggestions.

Cheers,
Dirk
Hi: Dirk... The closet in our 5.0 has a 3" vent in the wall facing the bed up front. It is a plastic grill that is readily avail.@ Home hardware Building Centers. They call it an "Eave Vent". They come in many sizes so you could get one to match a hole saw!!! Our Boler had 1" ones in the walls of the storage bins. Maybe if they were installed in your storage bins that might help to circulate/equalize the air.
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Old 11-19-2008, 01:33 AM   #5
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Re: cabinet condensation

Hi Dirk

As mentioned above....installing vents in the benches will help the air circulate into these compartments.

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Old 11-19-2008, 10:47 AM   #6
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Re: cabinet condensation

Thanks for the feedback. I had thought of the vents and the crystals - what about insulation? Not so much for temperature in the trailer but for reduction of the condensation collection.
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Old 11-20-2008, 02:41 AM   #7
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Thanks for the feedback. I had thought of the vents and the crystals - what about insulation? Not so much for temperature in the trailer but for reduction of the condensation collection.
You might end up with soggy insulation!!! Air circulation is still most important tho'.
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Re: cabinet condensation

Is the condensation you were experiencing only on the lower storage cabinets?
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Old 12-03-2008, 05:44 PM   #9
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Re: cabinet condensation

nope - pretty much each cabinet (it was very rainy for a few weeks there). It was worse in the bottom ones, I think due in fact to not opening them as much.

I'm currently trying to employ "systematic drying" - to see if that works before I make any alterations.

I did look into the drying crystals as well - although I'm going to see how this current experiment turns out first.
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Old 12-04-2008, 11:31 AM   #10
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Re: cabinet condensation

I have never tried one, but I wonder if a small dehumidifier would work.
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