Camper canvas & high humidity.

Submitted: Sunday, Apr 19, 2009 at 15:43
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Going to NT near Litchfield park for 6 months in June. Taking my camper. As the wet season advances, is there a risk of the canvas developing mould if the camper is kept closed?
Is there some product I should put inside to prevent this? Someone told me kitty litter was good for preventing mildew.
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Reply By: GoneTroppo Member (FNQ) - Sunday, Apr 19, 2009 at 15:49

Sunday, Apr 19, 2009 at 15:49
Quite likely, you hardly ever see cats with mildew. LOL
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Follow Up By: Member - Mary W NW VIC - Thursday, Apr 23, 2009 at 18:30

Thursday, Apr 23, 2009 at 18:30
Liked that!lol
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Reply By: Member - Noel K (NT) - Sunday, Apr 19, 2009 at 16:30

Sunday, Apr 19, 2009 at 16:30
Gday Twinkles, (Twinkles? Mmm different),
You will be ok until December/November and then it will be very hot and humid living in a camper van. In those months you will need to keep the rain out especially for the mattress as the humidity will keep the damp in.
My camper has a good quality zip around cover when packed away and I make doubly sure it is bone dry be for I pack it away. This last wet I have had no trouble with mould although my camper is parked pretty well under cover.
So if you can keep it dry and air it out you should be fine.

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Follow Up By: Twinkles - Sunday, Apr 19, 2009 at 18:18

Sunday, Apr 19, 2009 at 18:18
I'm not living in it, just taking it up with me to do a couple of trips. It has a hard floor and weather proof seals. It gets a little dust in, but never water.
I did stay in it for a few days during January in Darwin once. It was clammy all the time until I parked it under a carport cover. Didn't leak, even when we had 5 inches of rain.
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Reply By: Member - Fred B (NT) - Sunday, Apr 19, 2009 at 17:19

Sunday, Apr 19, 2009 at 17:19
Hi Twinkles,
We live in Darwin; our CT had to spend 12 months in the weather and behind our house. Before I packed it away, I made sure it was clean and dry, spending 2 full days in full sun. It has a good cover and full zippered weather seal. Worked a treat. no mould, wet mattress etc. The tick is to pack it away clean and dry with no possible ingress of water. Where near Litchfield are you going? All the best.
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Follow Up By: Twinkles - Sunday, Apr 19, 2009 at 18:19

Sunday, Apr 19, 2009 at 18:19
I'll be teaching at Woolaning Homeland Christian College.
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Reply By: Ted (Cairns) - Monday, Apr 20, 2009 at 11:35

Monday, Apr 20, 2009 at 11:35
Buy those Hippo Moisture Absorbers from Wollies or similar and keep them in the camper when stored. That "should" take care of residual moisture and for the $6 or so you can't go wrong. I have a couple in the landcruiser ever since I found mould a couple of months ago and it seems the mould has gone (or so I hope) and they are gathering quite a bit of water when the car sits in the garage.
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Reply By: Bongo (Darwin NT) - Wednesday, Apr 22, 2009 at 00:05

Wednesday, Apr 22, 2009 at 00:05
Hi Twinkles,

My Trackabout has lived out in the weather for the last 5 years; canvas has coped well. Last year I had a tent sitting under the cover for a few months, during the late dry/ the floor of the tent disintegrated but the canvas is still as good as new. The floor of the camper is OK.

If the cover has a good seal you will have no problems.

Enjoy Litchfield and the school.

Cheers

Tom
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Follow Up By: Twinkles - Wednesday, Apr 22, 2009 at 06:27

Wednesday, Apr 22, 2009 at 06:27
Thanks Tom. See you up there.
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