Condensation

Submitted: Thursday, Jul 18, 2013 at 18:01
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Open up my camper the other day after being closed for a couple of months.
There is condensation inside it, which caused a little bit of mould on my doona cover. Any ideas on preventing condensation when camper is not being used and closed?

Thanks.
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Reply By: mountainman - Thursday, Jul 18, 2013 at 18:28

Thursday, Jul 18, 2013 at 18:28
A tub of rice ?

When you drop your phone in water, you throw the phone in some rice and it draws the moisture out of the phone.
my friend only just recently done this, and it works..
I told her about the rice.....and made sure I MEANT IT........ha ha

it should work inside the van...?

some moisture absorbent material would be commercially available..
at a price..


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Reply By: traveloz005 - Thursday, Jul 18, 2013 at 18:30

Thursday, Jul 18, 2013 at 18:30
I'd check that water has not been getting in somewhere ... that much condensation could indicate there is water inside that is condensing when the sun warms up the camper
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Follow Up By: SDG - Thursday, Jul 18, 2013 at 21:53

Thursday, Jul 18, 2013 at 21:53
Had a look for leaks. None that I could find.
The only thing I found was a window zip a little open, which is near where the moisture was, but as lid was down and under cover I can't see how water could get in.
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Reply By: Member - Coldee - Thursday, Jul 18, 2013 at 19:12

Thursday, Jul 18, 2013 at 19:12
You can get some commercial moisture dehumidifier crystals in supermarkets for a couple of bucks. They will draw in the moisture and are pretty good. While living on the coast near a beach they prevented mould in the cupboards and wardrobes.

Disadvantage: Once the tub is full of water you need to chuck it so you will have to replace it every month or two (depends on how humid things are and the size of the tub of crystals). The tub will not overflow but once the crystals have dissolved the product is useless.

Advantage: They are not edible and attractive for mice.

I agree that you first need to check for leaks to ensure that is not the source of the problem
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Follow Up By: Member - Jerry C (WA) - Thursday, Jul 18, 2013 at 20:54

Thursday, Jul 18, 2013 at 20:54
Hi SDG,

Try something simple, open a couple of vents and let the air circulate, and leave them open for a week. One big advantage of this is that it costs nothing.

Cheers, Jerry.
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Follow Up By: Member - Russler - Friday, Jul 19, 2013 at 07:59

Friday, Jul 19, 2013 at 07:59
Re dehumidifier crystals from the supermarket, we've used both Hippo and DampRid at home in one of the downstairs cupboards, and it works a treat. As Coldee says though, eventually you have to replace the crystals and throw away the water that has been collected, so a periodic check is advised.
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Reply By: Member - evaredy - Friday, Jul 19, 2013 at 09:39

Friday, Jul 19, 2013 at 09:39
I think condensation is a common problem in campers. Ours came with a matt that sits under the mattress.
I can't remember what ours is called but there is one called Hypervent.

http://www.hyperventmarine.com/
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Reply By: Krooznalong - Friday, Jul 19, 2013 at 13:23

Friday, Jul 19, 2013 at 13:23
Are you absolutely certain everything was bone dry to begin with?
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Follow Up By: SDG - Friday, Jul 19, 2013 at 13:32

Friday, Jul 19, 2013 at 13:32
As far as I could tell it was. Took me three weeks to get it that way.
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Follow Up By: Krooznalong - Friday, Jul 19, 2013 at 13:41

Friday, Jul 19, 2013 at 13:41
The reason I asked was that it only takes a little bit of moisture to cause a problem, and a little bit of moisture isn't hard to miss.

You said you had a bit of mould on the doona cover. Was the open zip you mentioned anywhere near that - if not then it's not the likely cause.

Could be moisture under the mattress working its way up in the cooped up environment.
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Follow Up By: SDG - Friday, Jul 19, 2013 at 13:54

Friday, Jul 19, 2013 at 13:54
I have the Swift. It is small enough that when closed, both beds end up together. The "kitchen" window was the one with the zip a little open, and the corners of both beds, which is where the window would fold down onto, is what was affected. The moisture I did find though was on the far side of the window from the zip.
I have just bought it home from my parents, so I'm going to have a further look around. Got some warrantee issues being looked at in the next few days.(Weather Permiting)
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