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Old 11-12-2015, 01:25 PM   #1
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Condensation

So . . . on my way to Corte Madera, CA and stopped at a Cabela's parking lot for the night. Received permission from the greeter but nevertheless, at 12:30 a.m., had a knock on the door from the security guard telling me I had to leave.

Drove across the highway to Fred Meyer, woke up this morning, went to leave and could not find my keys. After searching everything I could think of, I pulled up the mattress and noticed that the fitted sheet on the wall side was wet. The mattress is bulky but I was able to lift enough to see what looks like mold already starting on the front inside wall. Eeek! I wiped down, kept the mattress lifted to dry. Removed sheet and will take to laundramat but am wondering about that condensation. I use my max fan every time I am stopped, always use the range top fan when boiling water.

I've had the Escape less than a month. What am I doing wrong and what can I do to make it right? Many months left on this journey.

And may not be able to respond to replies for a day or so because of access to wifi.

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p.s. Found keys after over an hour of searching!!!
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p.s. Did a search but couldn't find anything. Possibly searching wrong but have had results in the past.
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Old 11-12-2015, 01:34 PM   #3
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I don't remember if you use the front as your bed as I do. I've started leaving the rock shield closed at night, (sort of a thermal effect I guess), open the awning windows at both ends of the bed and crack open the Maxx Fan. So far the front window remains dry and no condensation to be found elsewhere.
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Old 11-12-2015, 01:44 PM   #4
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Yes, I do use the front as my bed. Always have the rock shield closed.

I have been using the furnace every night (40's -- I'm a cold baby).

Will crack open the Maxx Fan and trying opening the windows.

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I don't remember if you use the front as your bed as I do. I've started leaving the rock shield closed at night, (sort of a thermal effect I guess), open the awning windows at both ends of the bed and crack open the Maxx Fan. So far the front window remains dry and no condensation to be found elsewhere.
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Something along this line will do the trick.

DryMesh Anti-moisture Layer - Marine Bedding
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Old 11-12-2015, 02:48 PM   #6
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Looks great! Did you order from England? I couldn't find a place in the U.S. with this product.
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Old 11-12-2015, 03:03 PM   #7
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There used to be a supplier for DryMesh in the US, but they became unresponsive to requests, and the website (drymesh.net) no longer exists. I have DryMesh under my permanent bed in my Escape 17B, and love the stuff. Wish some US supplier would pick it up. I suggested it to Orbital Machine Works, a company that does modifications to Casitas, but it was something they were not interested in handling.

Hypervent is a similar product, although a bit thicker, and stiffer. A friend that used it said it was scratching the table top, while the DryMesh is soft enough that it doesn't.

In either case, the material provides an airspace between the mattress & the walls & table top that reduces condensation.
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Old 11-12-2015, 03:11 PM   #8
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Ellen, boiling water creates a lot of moister into the air and the range hood should take care of most of it. But, after being out with the trailer for a few days and giving it a good going over I discovered that there were two little tabs holding the flapper on the stove vent closed so it wouldn't be flapping in the wind while traveling. These are outside under the shroud. In that case, the vent is not removing steam from the stove. Check to see that these are open when using the stove so that it can vent. And remember to secure it when hitting the road. Also, having the vent in the shower open and running is an absolute must while showering. Things and systems are a little different on trailers than our houses and in my opinion, more complicated.

There is a fairly lengthy article on condensation in the owners manual and keeping moister under control is the key. I used our trailer in some upper 20 degree F weather at night and I cracked the max fan vent about an inch and turned up the heat to compensate. I also opened the hatch under the bed to keep it heated under there and really didn't have a problem. Hope this helps, and as I said before, I really admire you gals out there with trailers. Happy camping. Loren
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Can't help with where to get it, don't need it in the fifth wheel. Could try some carpeting.
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For drainage applications in geotechnical engineering, I have often used a product called "geo net", which would likely work well to act as a separator between the side walls of your trailer and your mattress, or even underneath your mattress.

I have seen the geo net product by itself without a geotextile cover, or with non-woven geotextile fabric on one or two sides of the geo net.
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