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Old 08-14-2013, 07:48 PM   #15
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Chris, I'm a believer and a user of the Dri-Z-Air passive dehumidifer. BUT, it doesn't work quickly, just efficiently for storage purposes. I don't think it would work well during a camping trip.... As sad/bad as this sounds... you need to normalize the temperature. If the outside ambient temperature is 35 degrees and the inside is 65 degrees... you ARE going to have condensation.

My suggestion is to sleep warm... sleeping bag, hotwater bottle, electric blanket... whatever works for you. But NO furnace or cube heater running. AND wear a HAT . The closer the inside temperature is to the outside temperature.. the less condensation. And leave the top vent open and maybe a window cracked. Just don't stop breathing
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Old 08-14-2013, 10:22 PM   #16
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Thanks, we don't use a heater. The condensation is not an issue. Just want to reduce the night time dampness, when the outside is so damp venting doesn't help.
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Old 08-15-2013, 02:40 PM   #17
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I just last evening started installation of sheet cork on my exterior walls around the dinettes.I bought rolls of sticky-back cork (the brand that says 'permanent adhesive' on it - not the Contact brand, which doesn't stick well), and cut it to the right height. It should provide insulation and keep the damp wall away from the bedding. looks nice too, since it covers the glue the PO used to adhere awful, musty carpet to the walls! I'll post pix when I finish it tonight.
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Old 08-15-2013, 03:11 PM   #18
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Jim pointed out in another thread that moisture can build on the edges of the bed, as well as underneath the mattress. He used a product designed for the boating industry to line the mattress & give it some breathing space.

He used a product called Hypervent Condensation Prevention Matting from Defender. I found a similar material a bit thinner called DryMesh. In either case, these products won't help with condensation on windows, but are useful for preventing mold or mildew around your mattress.
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Old 08-16-2013, 02:17 PM   #19
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I hope this works, I've not posted photos before...

Here's the sheet cork around the dinette, with and without the (brand new custom-made!) cushions. Pillows will fill in the voids. Hopefully the cork will keep condensation from soaking bedding, and will add insulation too.

Also attached is the bamboo ceiling - (idea stolen from this forum, thank you very much). First I used double-stick tape to hold Reflectix up, then more double stick to hold up the bamboo, then I used stainless steel screws with cup washers to hold up a strong yet pliable polystyrene molding strip from Home Depot to hold it all in place. Looks great but it'll be a little tricky forming it with a heat gun around some curves at the windows to finish it off. (I tried it on scrap, and if you don't hold the heat gun too close, it won't bubble the surface yet will allow quite a bit of bending).

Getting closer to the maiden voyage!!
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Old 08-16-2013, 02:32 PM   #20
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Wow that looks very nice!
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There are only two ways to reduce the humidity- dry it up with something that absorbs water (such as by running a dehumidifier) or by venting. As you say, venting won't work if it is humid outside. Heating inside will work only if the heater is electric (not possible when boondocking) or vented. Not breathing isn't an option! (Though I suppose you could sleep with CPap masks vented to the outside...)

So the other option is making it more comfortable to sleep with humidity. What bothers me most when it is humid is the sheets feeling damp, so I'd store them in an airtight container until just before bed. For a short trip you might bring a set of sheets for each night, for a longer one (if possible) dry outside during the driest part of the day. Or just omit sheets (cotton feels damp) and use something like a microfiber blanket, which will wick moisture better. As others have said, avoiding touching damp walls will help, too.
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I hope this works, I've not posted photos before...
It worked just fine and I think what you've accomplished looks really great I particularly love the texture of the bamboo on the ceiling. That really breaks up all the white.
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Old 02-02-2015, 04:27 PM   #24
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I'm think about insulating my Uhaul with alumanized bubble wrap from Lowes. It's very thin and could be glued to the inside surface of the outer skin. OR I could use some regular fiberglass batts in the lower storage areas. I also thought of sealing the narrow places between the outer and inner skin with spray foam to make an airtight chamber. I like the ideas of velcro attached insulation over the windows. How do I insulate the floor?
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Old 02-02-2015, 04:35 PM   #25
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Insulating a Uhaul

I want to know the best way to insulate my Uhaul for winter camping. Should I use fiberglass insulation in the storage areas? Is stray foam good for sealing the thin spaces between the inner and outer skin? Should I put foam under the floor. I like the idea of attaching an insulated blanket over the windows. Ideas? Thanks.... Andy
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Old 02-02-2015, 05:29 PM   #26
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A couple of comfort suggestions...

For sleeping, I have used balaclavas (not baklava, the nuts hurt and the honey...) made of synthetic knit or fleece. Keeps the head, ears and neck toasty without being buried in the sleeping bag. Usually picked up cheap at Sierra Trading Post.

Also, I love my synthetic pile, not fleece sleeping bags. Think fake fur. The longer fiber wicks moisture and allows for better ventilation than nylon sleeping bag material or even polartec fleece. It also makes a great Florida bag in summer, not zipped of course.

The pile has worked so well I had mattress pads and pillow covers made for home use. They are sort of funky looking but are easy to clean.
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Old 02-02-2015, 06:31 PM   #27
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Andy, are you on the Uhaul Facebook group? A couple owners there have used the reflectrix insulation and discussed how to do it.
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Old 02-02-2015, 06:52 PM   #28
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I insulated my floor with the fiber cloth insulation used in RV's. Then I laid carpet over it. because I camp in cold weather. I also insulated with closed cell foam under the cushions in winter.
I WOULD NOT recommend the spray foam anywhere in the camper. It is highly flameable, caustic, and makes a big fat mess.
Some people have used Reflectix bubble insulation behind cabinets and in the inner shell of ceiling, others have used carpet in the lower cabinets. I WOULD NOT USE THE FIBERGLASS INSULATION ANYWHERE! THE GLASS FIBERS GET IN THE AIR YOU BREATH AND ON YOU IF YOU HAVE TO GET INTO THE COMPARTMENTS. Campers vibrate while in travel. Pardon me if I misspell a lot.
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