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Old 04-23-2014, 05:54 PM   #15
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Dri-Z dehumidifier and open/shut windows?

I have a 13 ft Scamp that just spent its first winter in Victoria, BC, after a lifetime in Calgary. Mold has appeared in several places inside for the first time. I just bought a Dry-Z air canister to try drying out the air inside, now that the mold has been removed. I've kept a small window open all winter (it is protected and doesn't let rain in), but I'm thinking that with the dehumidifying canister, I should shut up all the windows -- otherwise I'm trying to dry out all of the We(s)t Coast!
Does this make sense, or should I continue to keep a window open? BTW, the open window was NOT the source of any water getting in -- moist air maybe, but not direct rain water. Any insight much appreciated.
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Old 04-23-2014, 09:45 PM   #16
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I would use a dehumidifier with an external drain so you can leave it running. You might want to put in a remote wireless sensor to monitor temperature and humidity.
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Old 04-23-2014, 10:02 PM   #17
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We live in a pretty wet area.....90 to 100 inches of rain per year. I use one of these in my Casita.......designed for boats but works well in trailers. Keeps everything very dry.....no moisture inside. Cheap to operate. Also installed a Maxx air vent cover which allows me to leave my roof vent open during any weather conditions.

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Old 04-24-2014, 12:37 AM   #18
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Does this make sense, or should I continue to keep a window open? BTW, the open window was NOT the source of any water getting in -- moist air maybe, but not direct rain water. Any insight much appreciated.
Welcome to BC! I attended school in Victoria.

Keep a window open - go down to the marina and they boys down there will all tell you the only way to win the battle with the moist air (related to the fact you are now living on the ocean) is to keep the air moving. Take your cushions out or put them up on end and take all other soft goods (bedding, towels etc) out.
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Old 04-24-2014, 05:51 AM   #19
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I have a vent cover over the roof vent and one over the curb side window and haven't closed the window or roof vent in about 8 years. No mold yet.

I used to turn the cushions up and open all the cabinets but haven't even done that in years and years. I don't think Michigan is as rainy as Oregon nor is it as dry as Arizona but whatever cross ventilation I get seems to be enough.
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Old 04-24-2014, 06:01 AM   #20
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My Dry-Z freezes solid pretty early in the winter and stays that way till spring. Come April I do have some water in the cup, but not a lot. That's with everything closed up.

2 winters back I left the vent and a window open a bit, no Dry-Z at the time. Spring found mildew on just about everything. The only time I had the problem in 8 winters.
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I have a vent cover over the roof vent and one over the curb side window and haven't closed the window or roof vent in about 8 years. No mold yet.

I used to turn the cushions up and open all the cabinets but haven't even done that in years and years. I don't think Michigan is as rainy as Oregon nor is it as dry as Arizona but whatever cross ventilation I get seems to be enough.
I installed a vent cover (Maxx Air II) over my Fantastic Fan and a Window Maxx on my pasenger window . I leave the roof vent and window partially open . Like Steve it seems to do the job . I do block my bathroom door open when the trailer is in storage
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Old 04-24-2014, 02:14 PM   #22
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Well, Mom said it was never going to be easy..... Thanks for all the responses. I guess the trick is to figure out what works under my own special circumstances! I'm inclined to agree that I want some ventilation (in spite of the fact that several other folks have had positive results with closed-up trailers), but trying to dry out the air blown in off the Juan de Fuca Strait 200 meters away sounds destined to fail! I'll definitely bring the cushions into the house next winter -- wish I could squeeze the entire Scamp in too! Still, I prefer moist warm air in the winter to 30 below and ice under foot!
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Old 06-01-2014, 02:07 PM   #23
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I got a $40 small dehumidifier from Walmart that sits in the sink, drains with a small hose, can just leave my tank open a tad if needed. I keep it mostly closed and posted a hygrometer to keep track of it. Works well.
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Old 06-01-2014, 03:19 PM   #24
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I keep mine under a carport and have a Max Aire vent cover. Thinking about getting a window Maxx. I can leave a window open on the lee side of the carport. Winter is not an issue because it's in the south.
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Old 06-02-2014, 08:02 AM   #25
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Storing compact jr

Ok, just finished my maiden voyage with my "new' 1972 Compact Jr.
3885.6 miles round trip from Northglenn CO to Carpentersville IL, to Cordele GA, back to Carpentersville then back to Northglenn CO.
First TT I have owned and I LEARNED A LOT !! More on THAT soon...
Ever since I bought this unit I have been a follower/lurker on this forum and was well-prepared (?) to undertake such a long trip for a maiden voyage.
NEW TIRES, NEW WHEEL BEARINGS AND RACES, NEW TRAILER HITCH, NEW LIGHTING (INSIDE AND OUT).
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Question re: storing over fall/winter/spring..
My unit is the original factory TAN color.
I cannot put the unit in my garage (although it would fit) because I have all my tools and hobby stuff in my 2-car garage.
My question is: Here in Northglenn CO (a close-in suburb of Denver) should I buy a cover for it or is the weather mild enough for it (uv-wise) to not have a concern, especially due to its natural TAN color.

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My Dry-Z freezes solid pretty early in the winter and stays that way till spring. Come April I do have some water in the cup, but not a lot. That's with everything closed up.

2 winters back I left the vent and a window open a bit, no Dry-Z at the time. Spring found mildew on just about everything. The only time I had the problem in 8 winters.
Padlin00, I hope the mildew didn't cause any serious issues. How did you clean everything? I'd love to hear some tips. Thanks!
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Old 03-11-2015, 11:41 PM   #27
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Richard, I am also in Victoria. We run a marine fan like the one Jerrybob suggested, and I keep one window open a crack. No mold. I also take our step stool and put it under the middle of our mattress to keep air movement there as well. This is our second "winter" season with this method.
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