I'm grateful Mike L. explained the reason for condensation...actually quite simple. The solution in the camper/trailer, as previously mentioned, is also quite simple...open the windows
While I also open our windows
a crack, there is a bit of a cool breeze that comes in onto my face and/or feet. We have done a few simple things to improve our sleeping comfort in our 13' SCAMP
1. We sleep on our 45" wide bed like sardines, head to foot. Sounds strange, but it really is comfortable as there is more room for our shoulders. You can choose to have your feet stick out or not. You can also sleep in mummy sleeping bags.
2. We focus on excellent/warm bedding. We put a puffy comforter under us. (for us, down-alternative is best for camping as it does not loose it's warmth, much, when damp in spots). We have one or two puffy comforters on top of us. (I have, actually, developed quite a system for camping bed linens that don't fall
off the side. Look up my name, Gilda and bedding, in the "Search" section of this forum.) We also have 1/2 size head pillows that take up little space, but are adequate.
3. We found that the escape
hatch on the ceiling, above the bed, dripped water as condensation formed on the metal frame and crank-opener. To manage that we put two large "garden cushions" (meant for kneeling while gardening) that fit perfectly on each side of the 2 ceiling sections. These cushions are not porous as they are completely sealed with vinyl coating. (Sorry, I can't tell you where to get them as they are no longer sold
4. In addition, I cut a rectangle of Roc-Lon fabric (available at any fabric store such as www.Joann.com
) which is often used to line drapes to make them "black out" drapes. I clip it to the "rat-fur" with "Panel Wall Cubicle Clips"(available at www.STAPLES.com
). Yes, the metal still drips and is "caught" by this "hammock-thingy" but it keeps us dry. The "hammock-thingy" dries out in place during the day when we keep the windows cracked open. It can be easily removed in case of emergency.
NOTE #1: I see that the "Cubicle Clips" are available at STAPLEs in boxes of 20. Don't let that hold you back, since you only need 4. I made another "ceiling hammock" for the ceiling fan. It keeps out the morning sun and neighbors' lights
so we can sleep a little more soundly.
You will find TONs of other uses for these clips. I display postcards, twinkle lights
, curtain tie-backs, and much more, on my trailer walls. When the prongs get rusty I just replace the clips.
NOTE #2: I also made roll-up shades out of Roc-Lon for all of our windows, even on the door. These keep out much of the cool breeze by the bed and most of the light
in the morning. They keep the trailer a bit warmer too. See my photos and instructions by looking on this forum in "Search" by entering "Gilda, curtains".
Feel free to PM me if you have any questions.