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Old 09-20-2017, 04:30 PM   #1
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Red face Davis 1458 Air-Dryr 1000. Good? Alternatives?

I'll be storing my 17' Bigfoot soon. This year it will live outdoors in the rainy Northwest. The people I bought it from had it covered with a soft, torn-up 'bag' cover followed by a waterproof tarp. I figure I'll do the same.

I'd like to keep the moisture down inside. I found the Davis Air-Dryr 1000 at about $55. Apparently it works. A regular heater I imagine would cause condensation, making things worse. Any experiences with this David unit?

So, with the Air-dryr, does one keep a window ajar? if so, why? And any alternative ideas? I plan to remove all the cushions for inside storage. Next year she'll have a garage. But still I will want to keep some kind of drying unit inside!

ps. She's been through the first rainstorm yesterday. No leaks at all. She'll be well covered. It's just the ambient air I'm worried about here in Oregon's westside.
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Old 09-21-2017, 11:27 AM   #2
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I learned a trick from the boaters that had their boats sealed in plastic for the season. Place a 5-gallon bucket of charcoal briquettes inside to absorb moisture.
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Old 09-21-2017, 12:14 PM   #3
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That charcoal idea sounds great.
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A friend gave me his Davis that he had been using in his tug. I came to the conclusion that it was no better than a 60 watt bulb. It heats the air slightly, so the air can contain more moisture. The moisture itself doesn't go anywhere, isn't collected to be removed from the space. I tossed it out.
Replaced it with two Dri-Z-Air containers with desiccant that I bought in a half/gallon jug ( cheaper that way ). Moisture is removed from the air and collected in the container which is emptied every two or three weeks. I get about a cup of liquid in each Dri-Z-Air.
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I used Damp Rid when we stored our Scamp 13 outdoors under a Calmark cover. I actually used the smaller 10.5 oz. size, but your trailer is bigger and your environment is much damper. It worked very well. No mildew smells at all. I was advised to put the bucket in a pan in case it overflowed, but that never happened.

DampRid 64 oz. Fragrance Free High Capacity Moisture Absorber-FG50T - The Home Depot

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I use Dri-Z-air. Works good except here in the PNW (Pacific North Wet) you have to empty the liquid and replace the cheap pellets every couple of months. I don't use it much anymore since I take the trailer south during the winter.
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I just looked up Davis 1458 Air-Dryr 1000 and it doesn't appear to have a way to collect the moisture but just warms the air so it has a harder time condensing. A simple space heater should work just as well. I use a combination of a space heater and Dri-Z-Air. Dri-Z-Air actually takes the moisture out of the air.
I would think that using a Davis 1458 Air-Dryr 1000 would make the inside of a trailer here in PNW like a steam bath.
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I would think that using a Davis 1458 Air-Dryr 1000 would make the inside of a trailer here in PNW like a steam bath.
I couldn't tell if it was even on.
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I couldn't tell if it was even on.
Thanks Glenn.
It sounds like a good waste of a few bucks.
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Ditto on the Damp Rid. Have used it
for years and works well.
Not expensive either.
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Looks like Damprid wins this contest. Makes sense to me to pull the moisture out of the air. It's a very small space and will be well protected. I'll try a tub of this and check it in a month.
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This is Dri-Z-Air system, with cage for desiccant and pot under for liquid that results. Like others, I put mine in the sink or a pan in case of overflow ( which has never happened to me ).
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Dri-Z-Air at Amazon.com drizair

Cost $9.98 For the canister and almost one winters worth of crystals.
Crystal refills around $2.00 each package.
Large jug 60oz $13.00

Can't get much cheaper than that and it works quite well. I've used it for over 11 years.
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In addition to the Damp Rid, I opened up all the cupboards, drawers, fridge, etc., and propped up the cushions on end to allow better air circulation.

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