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Old 01-12-2010, 12:06 AM   #1
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I have had a Boler for 2 years with the luxury of storing it in a garage. It has now been outside since August and during that last month started to grow mold inside on the cushions and some of our other items inside. There is minor leaks where the rivets are but I assume moisture gets in where the door does not close perfectly too, not to mention condensation. How do people keep their BOlers dry stored outside in the rainy winter?

I thought of a small heater but was afraid it may attract rats or other rodents to live inside of it. Would a tarp help much?
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Old 01-12-2010, 02:35 AM   #2
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I had a small leak because of rivets, also. I placed and smoothed plastic food wrap over the rivets and so far it has stopped the leak. The wrap clings to the fiberglass well and so far hasn't blown off. Of course we don't get much wind, but the solution was cheap.

We removed all cloth from the inside. We found our mattress was getting mold underneath. We leave a window cracked, and when we plug it in to recharge the battery about once a month, we run the heater and exhaust fan. There are things you can buy to remove moisture. If I had a big problem, I would try running our dehumidifier in the trailer.

Hope this helps.
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Old 01-12-2010, 06:33 AM   #3
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I live in an extremely windy area and don't cover the trailer with a tarp, etc. due to the chaffing of the gel coat that would occur. I don't run a heater either as it's an electric expense I chose not to incurr.

I use a Dri-Z-Air canister/crystals, a passive dehumidifier. I place it in a plastic tub that is then placed inside the sink. The original canister cost about $5 and I can use 2-3 bags of crystals (a year) at about 99 cents a bag. The canister needs to be dumped a couple of times a month.

That being said, you'll need to stop the leaks. Running a heater or using a dehumidifier isn't going to do much good if moisture is continually coming in.

If wind isn't a concern, tarp the trailer. If snow load is a concern, overturn a bucket over the ceiling vent and stretch the tarp over the bucket.

There may be other ideas coming in too...
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Old 01-12-2010, 11:02 AM   #4
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To winterize, I remove all cloth and paper items from my trailer, cover and leave a 75 watt bulb on. The moisture just sucks into any cloth/paper and helps the mold, so I store those items in my closet...the bulb keeps it just a bit warmer so the air is a bit dryer....though the "heat" does tend to stratify in the trailer.
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Old 01-12-2010, 11:09 AM   #5
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This site has good gadgets to keep tarp down.


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Old 01-12-2010, 11:36 AM   #6
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As Donna said, you'll need to fix the leaks in any case. However, if now is not a convenient time, I can recommend 3M's "Weather Resistant" silver masking tape. It's their tape #225. As long as the egg is dry and clean at the time, you can apply a square of this over a rivet, or a strip of it over the top of a leaking window frame (like a shingle/hood), and, unlike other tapes, it will not "weld" to the surface in short order.

Of course it won't last forever, especially in intense sun, but it does a really good job as far as tiding one over to a season in which it is easier to re-bed the hardware (and stop the leaks properly).

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I go the other way and leave the vent open slightly and all the windows cracked so there is good airflow. I also have a composting toilet installed that has a powered vent which also ensures airflow.

When not in use I prop the seat/bed cushions up so there is air flow on all sides and leave all cabinet doors open.

We use our Scamp mostly in the winter for trips south, so it doesn't stand idle for months on end.
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Old 01-12-2010, 04:41 PM   #8
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I go the other way and leave the vent open slightly and all the windows cracked so there is good airflow.
I'm not sure if you were referring to my post or not, but just to clarify what I said: Although I recommended the special tape as a good way to stop leaks until you can fix them properly, I didn't mean to tape over window openings. I, too, leave the windows open when storing the trailer (I have jalousies, so no worries about rain getting in).

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(I have jalousies, so no worries about rain getting in).

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You obviously don't live where the wind blows <_< My trailer is stored under a carport that's 18' x 25'... and it's parked dead center. In 2008, with our 40 year winter storm, I still had a foot of snow ON top of the trailer!!!!!!!!! I would have taken pictures, but it was too friggin' cold out.

BUT, if the trailer is stored in a dead-calm area, opening the windows for ventilation is a good idea. I just happen to live where the rain comes in sideways... true story. And, I'd never leave a window or vent open. YMMV
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Hi Donna,

Well, never say never! However I got through "Nor-Ida" just fine, and we had ferocious winds and rain with that, over a period of days, not hours. My place is not on open land, but it was still frighteningly windy and rain was just lashing down.

The former owners lived in Winnipeg, which is fairly open prairie type country. I know they always left the stove and door windows open (small jalousies), because they told me, and because it was on a "pre-storage list" that they had printed up and left in the camper. I can't see evidence of there having been leaks. In fact, the main reason I chose this particular camper is that it was clean and original, and *dry*. Not fancy, just simple and clean. I just couldn't find any signs of there having been any leaks or mustiness (and I despise mustiness).

Again, I don't mean to imply that it is impossible for rain to come into an open jalousie window, but they sure seem to resist it well. At least my old "square cornered' ones. I'm sure there is a circumstance where rain will get in, but they have resisted all the rain I've had so far.

Is it the square cornered jalousies that you've had leak in the rain? I know they make more modern ones where just the center panel opens and the sides are fixed radius panels - I don't know whether they would be more prone to leakage or not. Maybe because the fixed side panels somehow funnel moisture to the openings? Or do you have slider windows? (I had those on the U-haul and they simply had to be kept closed, or water *would* come in every time it rained.)

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I'm going to bring the trailer in the garage for a week and clean it after it dries out which should be quick I'll dap some clear silicone over the rivets and when I put it back out place a small heater in it. The light bulb idea sounds good but I think it would be odd with a lighted Boler in my yard for the neighbors to look at. My big worry is a rodent will move in for the heat but I'll try and seal the bottom of the door. Thanks all.
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Old 01-12-2010, 11:22 PM   #12
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As Donna said, you'll need to fix the leaks in any case. However, if now is not a convenient time, I can recommend 3M's "Weather Resistant" silver masking tape. It's their tape #225. As long as the egg is dry and clean at the time, you can apply a square of this over a rivet, or a strip of it over the top of a leaking window frame (like a shingle/hood), and, unlike other tapes, it will not "weld" to the surface in short order.

Of course it won't last forever, especially in intense sun, but it does a really good job as far as tiding one over to a season in which it is easier to re-bed the hardware (and stop the leaks properly).

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I second Raya solution for a temporary fix is. Silicon goooo will likely not prevent a leak and will make cleaning more difficult.
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Old 01-14-2010, 07:27 PM   #14
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I second Raya solution for a temporary fix is. Silicon goooo will likely not prevent a leak and will make cleaning more difficult.
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As far as I can tell there is nothing sealing the rivets when it was originally made so silicone must be an improvement. I don't like the idea of putting tape over them as it would look ugly.
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