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Old 06-20-2013, 12:03 PM   #15
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In the PNW, mold is sort of an exotic house plant.

Follow Donna D's advice, breathe, just not in the trailer.

We always remove our cushions and leave the windows cracked a little to allow air to circulate. You have a tarp over the trailer? that may be one source of your problem. It is not recommended to tarp trailers because of the wind action on the high points of the trailer with the tarp. It looks like the age of your rig may also be a factor. A good cleaning with bleach or mold/mildew cleaner is called for.

Just as your battery should be 'topped off' for one day a month, you should also air out the trailer occasionally.

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Don't be upset. At its heart, your trailer is a fun guy.

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thanks the tarp is only on right now as we've removed the belly band and of course it rains daily here. we didn't want rain getting in behind the fibreglass while we did the work on it. Otherwise no cover at all. We may build a carport now though!
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Old 06-20-2013, 12:04 PM   #16
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There's several of us live in the PNW, Oregon for me. I can and do park my trailer beside my house under a metal carport.
To prevent mold I put Dri-Z-Air in the trailer, a small electric heater set to keep the temperature above 45F, the ceiling vent open slightly, and a small window open a crack. When I was home all winter I would change the Dri-Z-Air about every other month, but I checked on it at least once a month.

So far I've not had any mold and have been doing this for over 7 years.

I don't remove cushions, clothing, bedding, etc. The Dri-Z-Air seems to take most of the moisture out of the air.
Very informative, thank you so much!
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Old 06-20-2013, 12:33 PM   #17
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thanks the tarp is only on right now as we've removed the belly band and of course it rains daily here. we didn't want rain getting in behind the fibreglass while we did the work on it. Otherwise no cover at all. We may build a carport now though!
Caitlin, are you following my thread on the belly band?
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Is this what you are dealing with?
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Old 06-20-2013, 03:02 PM   #18
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Star brite MDG Mildew Odor Control Bags (2 pack):Amazon:Sports & Outdoors

Those help to prevent moisture and mold also, we used it for our big rv.
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Old 06-20-2013, 04:28 PM   #19
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I think it makes sense that the condensation started at the gaps in the ensolite and spread from there. Replacing the ensolite is a major pain - I would really try to clean it.

There is many posts here that describe how to clean ensolite, you can do an advanced google search and specify fiberglassrv.com as domain. See also these:
How much scrubbing to get that ensolite clean?
Restoring Our 1972 Boler American

TSP (tri-sodium phosphate) used by some is a powerful cleaner and there is versions that can be combined with bleach (others can not!), but it is not trivial to use (see the warnings on the box). I never cleaned ensolite myself so hopefully others can give better advice.

Thanks! I've used TSP more than I care to admit so I planned on that if the bleach didn't work out. I'm actually going to try out Tilex's mold and mildew remover first. And read your links. Much appreciated!!
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Old 06-20-2013, 04:29 PM   #20
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Used to mix it with baking soda to propel rockets as a kid. Some use it for volcano's. One might think the effervescence would help clean the little fissures of ensolite, much like polident gets between denture teeth.

Then again, red wine vinegar and olive oil makes a nice salad dressing.
HA!

I use a mixture of vinegar and baking soda to clear clogged drains. Works a treat if you find it early enough - best for sluggish drains.

Given this is on the ceiling gravity is limiting my options though.
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Old 06-20-2013, 04:31 PM   #21
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Caitlin, are you following my thread on the belly band?
My First Belly Band Thread
Is this what you are dealing with?
yours and the many others - THANK YOU! we are so grateful for so many detailed instructions. That project is actually going along just fine. Probably because Amos is dealing with it rather than me. I am too hasty to effective wield an angle grinder HAHA. I'm better with plumbing.

However, that's not the issue of this thread, the mildew from condensation is. Thankfully they seem to be unrelated
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Star brite MDG Mildew Odor Control Bags (2 pack):Amazon:Sports & Outdoors

Those help to prevent moisture and mold also, we used it for our big rv.
wonderful, thanks! I hear good thing about sports odour control things - apparently nanosilver is REALLY good. I'll check that out too.
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Old 06-20-2013, 10:24 PM   #23
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If it weren't illegal to marry cleaning products I would be asking my husband for a divorce right now!


Johnsons Family Scrubbing Bubbles Bathroom (formulated for mildew removal).


I'm a little terrified at just how well this working. WHAT IS IN THIS STUFF!?!?
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Probably chlorine bleach, which is what I was going to suggest you use: water and a little bleach. It looks like it's working great! Yay!
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yeah that's what I started with. Took a lot of elbow grease. This stuff I sprayed on, left for 5 minutes and it did all the work. I just wiped it off.
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I wonder if it would work in a bathroom
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If you read the label, it tells you what's in it. It's not chlorine, but similar. Does a great job of bleaching any clothing it comes in contact with. I have the hat and t-shirt to prove it...and sweat shirt...
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If you read the label, it tells you what's in it. It's not chlorine, but similar. Does a great job of bleaching any clothing it comes in contact with. I have the hat and t-shirt to prove it...and sweat shirt...
Yeah I wore work clothes. I should have covered my hair too. Good thing it's summer.
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