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Old 12-17-2005, 10:39 AM   #15
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If you have single pane windows, there's not a whole lot you can do to stop the condensation...slow it down maybe... Just be prepared to mop the windows as necessary, be careful about purposely adding moisture to the air by how and what you cook. Obviously you don't want to be boiling a big pot of water for pasta without having the stove vent going full blast, don't allow the tea kettle sit and boil, etc.

Dry rot occurs because moisture is allowed to soak wood over and over with drying times in between. I wouldn't worry too much about dry rot from condensation if you dry the trailer out after camping, and that includes the cushions. If you lived it in full-time, I'd be looking to move to a warmer climate in the winter

Condensation is more of a nusance than anything else, especially when it drips off the window and onto the bedding...ask me how I know
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Old 12-17-2005, 11:11 PM   #16
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I know condensation is a problem with campers and smaller trailers so I had my wife get some of the cyrstals and sow them into little cloth packets 2"x3". We threw them in all the storage areas under the seats and cupboards. We still get some mouisture on the trailer windows at night but not too bad.
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Old 12-18-2005, 09:09 AM   #17
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I was a little concerned about carbon monoxide in the trailer cabin.

I know with the propane, non-catylitic, furnace the actual burner is external to the cabin and the heat is transferred by recirculating air past a heat exchange baffle. A hole in the heat exchange system could allow CO to enter the cabin. Do you have the same problem with condensation when you use an electric heater?

Just breathing, on the other hand, will generate quite a bit of moisture in an enclosed space... ventilation is probably the reasonably solution (2 windows... actually, one window and crack the roof a bit... hot air rises).
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Old 12-18-2005, 09:27 AM   #18
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I know condensation is a problem with campers and smaller trailers so I had my wife get some of the cyrstals and sow them into little cloth packets 2"x3". We threw them in all the storage areas under the seats and cupboards. We still get some mouisture on the trailer windows at night but not too bad.

Con, the Dri-Z-Air crystals that I use require a container for the moisture to drip into. I'm assuming you're not talking about the Dri-Z-Air, otherwise where would the moisture go except into the fabrics/cushions etc, once it was pulled out of the air
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Old 12-18-2005, 11:06 AM   #19
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I just discovered that there is another Eva-Dry dehumidifier that is double the size of our Eva-Dry 300. It's the Eva-Dry 500, and I read that it can absorb 8-10 oz of water before needing to be renewed by pugging it in. Considering the size of our trailers, it would probably be the better size to get. (I also learned that it doesn't use dryrite crystals after all - instead it has "Water Glass Technology" which the manufacturers say is more absorbant than other dehumidifying crystals.)



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Donna - I used to sew little packets to put dryrite crystals into too, which I think is what Con's wife is doing. For me, this became tiresome because the crystals become saturated with moisture, at which point you need to open up the packets, dry the crystals out in a low-heat oven for a couple of hours, then replace them into the cloth packets. The great thing about the Eva-Dry is that all you need to do to replenish its moisture-absorbing properties is to plug it in. (And no, I don't own any stock in the company!)

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Old 12-18-2005, 06:10 PM   #20
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I read somewhere that the average adult puts out about 1 pint of water in the breathing process throughout 1 night of sleep. Sounded like a lot of water to me.
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Old 12-18-2005, 07:50 PM   #21
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I read somewhere that the average adult puts out about 1 pint of water in the breathing process throughout 1 night of sleep. Sounded like a lot of water to me.
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Having spent numerous nights in a nylon tent I would believe that. Most backpacking tents are double wall. The inner wall will allow moisture to pass through. The outer wall is coated to be water proof. The object here that condensation will pass through the inner wall and collect on the outer wall. Then will run down the outer wall, thus keeping the ocupants dry. Nothing worse than having it raining outside and raining inside from condensation, except having it snowing inside.
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Old 12-18-2005, 09:47 PM   #22
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I am Drowning in it right now. There was a ton of rain here in a torrential down pour, I DID make pasta and I have two moist dogs in here with me.

I am going to use the rv park shower as I don't want to add another drop!

My bedding has been in the dryer once already. I may do it again!
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Old 02-27-2006, 10:35 PM   #23
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First, I wasn't sure if I was supposed to start a new thread or bring this thread back up to the top. But I decided on bringing this one back up as it has a lot of useful info.

Anyway, I went out to our trailer tonight (to peek again at our wonderful cleaning job we did yesterday) and noticed that one of the cushions was wet in a spot. I felt the walls and am pretty sure it was condensation dripping off the ceiling onto that spot. We have a Dri-Z-Air (I think that's what it is called) in there and it obviously can't keep up with the rain we have been having.

I ordered the Eva-dry 500 from Amazon.com and I will let you all know how it works!
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Old 02-28-2006, 08:48 AM   #24
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I bought a dehumidifiier from Sears and put it in ths Scamp it really made a difference.They are about a $140. I have since moved it to the basement and around the house. I really would like to see a small dehumidifier my wife found one on the web and can not find it again.
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Old 02-28-2006, 09:52 AM   #25
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Old 02-28-2006, 09:34 PM   #26
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A while back someone suggested using Rain-X on the inside of the windows. We tried this and it does reduce condensation. I could tell it helped by looking at the condensation on the one window that I didn't coat with Rain-X.
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Old 03-01-2006, 01:14 PM   #27
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Interesting about the Rain X.

I don't know how it would work. Does it eliminate the surface tension of the droplets? I was under the impression it was a silicon based product that actually made the water bead up and blow away on windshields, but thinking about it now I wonder?

Hopefully someone on this forum has their head screwed on straighter than I in this area and wouldn't mind educating this dummy on what Rain X actually is and does.
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Old 03-01-2006, 02:32 PM   #28
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hummm, maybe Rain-X keeps the water from beading and sticking. Instead it runs to the drip area??
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