Originally Posted by Kwideski
Brand new here. I have a few questions that I have seen some forum info on but wanted to seek people's opinions on.
1) my dometic fridge is shot to my knowledge. I would like something that runs off propane
and plug service. Any suggestions?
2) looking a doing the cpu fan setup for quiet sleep ventilation. Anyone tried doing a conversion from solar/usb?
3) we are on the "wet" coast and wanting imput on prevention of mold during the winter. I've run the dehumidifier in the trailer after heavy days of rain but as it is not designed to be air tight the humidity justs right back up. Have tried the dry crystal system too but wondering if anyone had luck with anything else.
Thanks for your time!
You can't keep mold spores out of the air, they are everywhere, but you can keep the concentration of them that develops in an enclosed space under control with a simple and practical measure that requires no chemical treatment, don't turn it into a completely enclosed space
I have not had any problems with mold in my Sunrader motorhome and it stays outside with no cover all year around in Seattle. The secret is to have some air movement, don't just close it up tight. I am sure you have seen how most boats have louvers on the cabinet doors to promote air circulation to prevent mold. I keep my roof vent just barely cracked open, rain can't come in but fresh air can. Otherwise I would have a concentration of mold spores that keep breeding, multiplying very much faster than rabbits, feeding on any dirt they can find. So the key to mold prevention is to bring in fresh air for an exchange of air which reduces the concentrated number of mold spores. I know it sounds counter intuitive to leave it open for some ventilation even if it is raining outside.
It took a long time for the housing industry to catch onto the fact that houses must have an air exchange in order to stay healthy. They ended up making them so airtight people began to have sick house syndrome. So nowadays they have those little vent ports on windows
and bathroom fans on timers to pull fresh air inside and exhaust stale air to the outside. So the question is are you (meaning you in the collective sense) giving your RV sick house syndrome because you have made it pretty much air tight for storage by making sure there are no leaks
? Did you forget to give it a way to have an air exchange?
If you look around in the marine supply stores you will find some small clam shell shaped covers for little vents. For use on RVs you do need to screen the opening. Even in the winter time with heat on you need a little fresh air coming in. And you can get something like these vents. http://www.defender.com/nicro-solar-vents.jsp
It is good to have one vent lower down (maybe a clam shell) placed on the opposite side of a vent in the roof. That will create an intake and a natural convention path up and out a vent in the overhead.
I have never needed to run a dehimidifier or use dessicant products, I don't have any mold and my FGRV does not smell musty because I know the secret, don't create a closed container with no air movement. It would not hurt to once in a while during storage time open all the doors and windows
and let the air do a major overhaul all on its own. So now you all know...keep water out....let air move in, out and roundabout ...even if it is damp outside.