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Old 08-13-2013, 03:11 PM   #1
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Creative moisture reduction ideas for camping in a fiberglass trailer?

I find camping on a dry night fine, but when it is really damp outside I have not been able to fine a way to keep the dampness out of the trailer. We have 4 of us sleeping inside a 13 ft Boler, so we create the problem.

Opening the vent or turning the vent fan on only seems to help on nights when it is not really damp outside.

A 120 volt dehumidifier is not an option as we camp without hook ups.

Wiping the moisture off the windows works, but I would rather not wake up in the night.

We switched to fleece sheets, and that made a huge difference in comfort.

With the exception of the windows the trailer is dry inside, but the moisture does make it less comfortable.

Has anyone found a solution or have any ideas of where to look?
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Old 08-13-2013, 04:18 PM   #2
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air conditioning is the only way when there is moisture outside, you want to remove the moisture to be comfortable and that is what it will do, even as low as 70 degrees but with 95% humidity it feels a lot hotter.
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Old 08-13-2013, 05:17 PM   #3
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LOL, we are worried about it feeling cold at night.
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Old 08-13-2013, 06:54 PM   #4
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vent fan and open windows a crack will deal with your exhaled moisture but not going to lower inside humidity below outside humidity without AC or dehumidifier.

Window moisture may be a result of temp differential between wamer inside and cooler outside. Same as a cold beverage in a glass gets condensation on a warm day. Your window with cold outside air on one side and warmer inside air may be creating condensation on the warm side.
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Some owners have had success by cutting and mounting reflectix *or vehicle windshield covers) and affixing those to the windows. You're looking to create a barrier between the outside and the inside. Covering the windows with insulation helps.
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Old 08-13-2013, 09:08 PM   #6
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We always keep some windows and the vent open at least a crack. Never had a problem with moisture buildup, but there are only two us plus two tiny furbabies. We don't cook or wash dishes inside either and that probably helps.
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Some owners have had success by cutting and mounting reflectix *or vehicle windshield covers) and affixing those to the windows. You're looking to create a barrier between the outside and the inside. Covering the windows with insulation helps.
I know my insulated mug does not sweat so this suggestion sounds to me like a really good idea to try.
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Old 08-14-2013, 12:15 AM   #8
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You can try a 12 volt dehumidifier. Here's one available from Wally World. assuming you have a way to keep the battery power up, like with solar.
Sunpentown Mini Dehumidifier SD-652 - Walmart.com

This forum talks about diy solar dehumidifiers.
DIY solar dehumidifier - EcoRenovator

I think running a fan usually helps too along with ventilation.
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Old 08-14-2013, 01:57 AM   #9
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Try these dehumidifies. They are pellets that absorb the moisture out of the air no electricity needed.


http://www.campingworld.com/shopping...dri-z-air/4735
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Old 08-14-2013, 11:31 AM   #10
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I remember that on our maiden trip home to California from Backus, Minnesota in late August 2011 we had a problem with condensation. The worst part was when the bedding got wet from the condensation dripping from the back emergency vent. In addition, the fiberglass surfaces were moist. It was uncomfortable if your head was near a fiberglass surface when sleeping because it was cold and wet. I, too, noticed that this happened when all the windows and vents were shut tight.

Since that trip I crack open at least one window and one ceiling vent if there is no threat of rain when I go to bed. That usually takes care of the condensation and provides a refreshing exchange of air. In addition I have created block-out shades that not only block out artificial lights and sunlight but also serve as insulation (see photo). The block out shade at our head is sealed all the way across with the hook side of hook and loop fabric, AKA Velcro, (and the window is shut closed) so no cold air flows down on our faces (on cold nights). The other block-out shades only have bits of hook fabric on the bottom so as to let in the air from slightly open windows.

I also have a block-out/anti-drip system for the roof vents. I simply cut a square of "flannelized rubber" (available at baby supply stores) and sewed a bit of the hook side of hook and loop fabric to the corners. This fabric is then "hooked" onto the rooftop "ratfur". Any small drips of condensation are absorbed by the flannel and it blocks out a bit of the light (not totally).

For comfort in bed as well as to protect the rat fur from getting aged too fast I surround the upper walls of my bed with a baby crib bumper! ($5 from the thrift store) I simply sew a few bits of the hook fabric onto the back side on top of the bumper and attach it to the "rat fur". You can also place the bumper at the side head of the bed to eliminate touching the cold fiberglass. The bumper also serves to cover those nasty metal table catches on the wall. (See photo). Note also the net mesh pockets I added to the curtains for nighttime storage (Kleenex, eyeglasses, lightweight flashlight) and the cloth pockets that are attached to the rat fur. You also get a glimpse of my "glamping" (glamorous camping) decor. This was my Hiking in Autumn theme!

'Hope these additional ideas help.
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Those curtain pockets are a novel idea.......I like it.
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Old 08-14-2013, 04:42 PM   #12
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we open a window, usually the back one (as we can shut it if it rains w/o getting up) and have our fantastic fan blowing out.
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Old 08-14-2013, 05:31 PM   #13
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Same here, Bill. I can close the slider with my big toe and have done but the bride shuts down the fan. Jealousie windows would be nice!

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Old 08-14-2013, 07:06 PM   #14
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Thanks for all the ideas!! I think we will try a small chemical dehumidifier on those really damp nights, otherwise the vent and window.

I am also looking at making insulated covers for the windows, so we can camp in the winter (although in the winter I will want a site with power).
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