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Old 07-20-2016, 08:22 AM   #1
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Exclamation Will high temps and humidity do and damage to a camper?

Not sure if this is a pointless question or not, but I thought I would at least ask. Iím new to camper trailers, so maybe this is a non-issue.

In my area (Southwest Missouri), the temps in the summer time hover around 90-95+ most of the time, and the humidity is crazyÖ.anywhere from 85-95%....it feels like a sauna. When storing our camper, would it be a good idea to put a dehumidifier in it in order to try to dry out the air and keep the humidity out? I canít even imagine how hot it gets inside the trailer when itís setting out in the sunÖ..Iím sure itís in the 100ís. Should I be leaving all of the vents/windows open (as long as there is no rain in the forecast) in order to keep air circulating through it? Will the high heat and humidity damage anything?

OrÖ..is this a non-issueÖÖjust keep it all buttoned up until Iím ready to use it?
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Old 07-20-2016, 08:28 AM   #2
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High humidity is never good for an enclosed space. If you can leave a vent open a bit and a window that will help. If you have access to power when in storage, you could also add a fan to promote airflow (put it on a timer to come on during the hottest times). Humidity can cause wood to swell and things like cupboard doors can break the joints.
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I put a vent cover on and leave the top vent open...
also, it would be good to leave a low level vent window slightly open to promote natural air flow...

BUT, opening the vents will let some dust come in too,
but that's what paper towels are for
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What have you got for a trailer? Some have slider windows, and some, (like mine) have the Jalousie window which cranks out. If you have the latter, you can leave them partially open all the time. Covers over the top vents are another good investment. Then you can have the top vents open also.

The more air flow you can get the better you will be.
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Use it every couple of weeks and that helps airflow too! Mold, mildew and musty are likely a bigger issue that damage.

My folks live in North FL and have similar issues. They crack windows and vents, but have to watch the daily rain storms. If you have permanent shore power, fans are a good idea.

Anyone use dehumidifiers in a closed up camper?
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Old 07-20-2016, 09:18 AM   #6
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What have you got for a trailer? Some have slider windows, and some, (like mine) have the Jalousie window which cranks out. If you have the latter, you can leave them partially open all the time. Covers over the top vents are another good investment. Then you can have the top vents open also.

The more air flow you can get the better you will be.
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Old 07-20-2016, 11:07 AM   #7
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I leave vents open slightly and use this product which soaks up the water in air. I dump the bowl out once a month or so. It seems to work well.
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Old 07-21-2016, 06:04 AM   #8
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Airflow is good but I think a dehu is even better. I run a big dehu with the hose running into the sink and the gray valve open. You would be amazed at the water flow. If you work at it, just airflow should be sufficient, especially with a fan or two. Heat, while not good, should not be any more damaging to your trailer than it is to your car. Best wishes for an optimal solution.
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After using, leave the refrig/freezer doors open to vent. No black mold surprise upon coming back to use!
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All good ideas - but we all know that new ones from the time it is built until sale, it's buttoned up tight, so we are just being extra cautious
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