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Old 04-14-2019, 06:43 PM   #1
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Escape hatch condensation 5.0TA

Mary noticed moisture on the bedspread several times (we are in Day 2 after pickup) and when I got around to checking it out just now realized that there was a good bit of condensation built up on the inside of the hatch lid. Enough that when I opened the hatch it all ran down and then dripped down on Mary

It only makes sense to me that a thin plastic hatch lid right over two sleeping (and at least one snoring...) people in cold weather would attract condensation. When it does it is above the screen and not easily wiped off - wondering what others do about this? I'm sure sleeping with the hatch cracked open would help. I've seen foam inserts covered in fleece that could be pressed into a hatch opening in cold weather to provide an insulating barrier, but have not seen any big enough for the escape hatch, although it probably wouldn't be too difficult to make one.

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Old 04-14-2019, 06:49 PM   #2
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We found that cracking the hatch helps but if it rains you will get wet. I especially like the sounds and view from a fully open hatch weather and temp permitting.

Our worst condensation in cool temps is against the front wall most mornings. Even with hypervent between the mattress/pillows and the wall. Ive been wiping that dry each morning.

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Old 04-14-2019, 08:06 PM   #3
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I started with a square of Reflectix with a hole cut for the handle that I can stick up in there when needed. After seeing it somewhere on the forum, I made a better looking replacement that sticks to magnets hidden in the hatches trim.

You could also see what you can do to minimize air moisture.
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Old 04-14-2019, 08:19 PM   #4
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Although we don't have the deluxe high ceiling of a 5.0TA, we always leave our MaxxFan hatch open a bit (even in rain), and have our kitchen awning window open for makeup air. Thus, condensation has been minimal or a non-issue in our 17, because of the ventilation.
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Old 04-14-2019, 10:30 PM   #5
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We cut a piece of ensolite from a old sleeping pad, glued a piece of reflectix on both sides and wrapped the cover with thick felt. It friction fits in the opening, the felt absorbs any condensation that may occur.

In cool/cold weather at bedtime we crack open the loft windows close the maxfan cover and run it ceiling fan mode. Weve added lots of additional insulation to the trailer over the last four years. Additional insulation behind and around the refrigerator, insulating and isolating the outside storage compartments have made the trailer noticeable warmer with less condensation. Scott

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