Dog Condensation - Fiberglass RV


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Old 06-17-2007, 06:05 PM   #1
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I just got back from camping. The weather was humid but not hot. At night it wsa cool I had the roof vent open and a window open in the night it felt like being inside a cloud. in the morning there was condensation on every thing. the paper towel were damp the mirror ws fog. I know dogs put out a lot moisture but this is too much. What do you all do. Open more windows a fan?
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Old 06-17-2007, 07:55 PM   #2
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I dealt with this in my 13 footer. (I oddly don't have much of a problem with the 17, but it has more air in it )

Two dogs make it worse, trust me.

I put very heavy "curtains" on the windows (Actually, rag rugs) and that helped quite a bit. You could cut reflectix to cover the windows at nite. Cutting the cold to warm air factor definitely helps. The windows have the biggest hit for this.. ice cold outside, toasty warm in... makings of an indoor rain shower in the works!

Using a propane cat heater was a problem, if the humidity outside was high. Heat and humid didn't seem to make a difference for me. Humid.. is humid.

Try to toss out the trash at nite if you have wet paper towels or stuff. I also put my bath towels in the car.. anything that held moisture made it worse.

I used a foam material used to seal sills in construction around the perimeter of the cushions.. in between the cushions and the walls. This gave the moisture a barrier from getting the cushions wet, and with Normal" condensation, I had dry bedding. In heavy stuff, the water would simply run down and get caught near the lower edges.

The smooth walls collect it, and I image any model with no rat fur or ensolite stuff have this issue, or.. at least, it seems worse because it is right there in front of you.
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Old 06-17-2007, 08:39 PM   #3
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Two dogs make it worse, trust me.
I not sure 2 beagle vs 1 Newf. I need to try something it is like waking up in a rainforest only it smells like dog breath.
I tried the heater one time but it was raining all day and the dog was wet to boot. I had puddles forming then. Maybe if I ran the AC?

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. Maybe if I ran the AC?
Why not? It works in cars to defrost...

I wouldn't suggest it in the dead of winter tho
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wait.. you have a WET Newfoundland in a 13???

Iy Yi Yi!!!

Put the dog on the roof....
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Unfortunately He was not wet for long He dried himself off on my bed
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If it's not too cold, I vote for the A/C. Works for my 80# pup. Just got back from a trip where it rained (as in poured) every night. I also used my shower and cooked inside. First day it was so hot that I let him go for a couple of swims in the lake. A/C helped get rid of that moisture as well. Didn't help with the wet dog smell. Because of the wet weather we spent a lot of time indoors so no more swims in the lake after the first day.

Note: I do have carpet on the walls.
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Of course, he's not nearly as big as your Newfie and my trailer is a tad longer.
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If you can run your AC, then you have 110v available.

Hair dryer if pup pup puts up with it?

(I have one that loves to be groomed, including the dryer.. one that hates it but puts up with it cause it's warm)

Lets see... for a Newfi... about 25 kilowatts should do.....
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Taylor,
You might try a shopvac for drying the dog also, I had a sheltie who loved the vaccum, (he would come and lean on my legs when I was vaccuming the house, like to say my turn) it raises the hair and cooler air rushes in. It also helps when they are sheading.

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He does not like a dryer and I have to watch the weight so a shop vac won't work. I guess next time I will try the AC if I get cold I can alway snugle up with the furry beast. Now to convince hime to share the bed.
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Old 06-19-2007, 03:44 AM   #12
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I just got back from camping. The weather was humid but not hot. At night it wsa cool I had the roof vent open and a window open in the night it felt like being inside a cloud. in the morning there was condensation on every thing. the paper towel were damp the mirror ws fog. I know dogs put out a lot moisture but this is too much. What do you all do. Open more windows a fan?
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We ran into the same problem but with our 10 year old grand-son last year on our first ever camping trip, in our 13 fto Boler, where it rained all weekend and the cloths were were wearing got wet and then sitting, cooking and sleeping in the camper with damp cloths in the corner had us all in a cold sauna.
I installed a 12v 4inch fan that I retro fitted to hang off the exhaust fan and by running this to blow air out vent window with another window open on other side of traier that got the air to move enough to get the moisture out.
No problems since but the noise of the fan is alittle much till I braced the vent hood with a stiffer piece of metal where I mounted the fan..no more vibration .
Gerry the canoebuilder
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