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Old 05-15-2006, 05:00 PM   #1
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Why are we waking up wet?

Can someone pls tell me How to stop this problem.Every morning when we where camping in the A/S we all wake up damp to the point we had to take thing out to dry for the rest of the day.I had forgot about the problem until i was telling the kids we could go camping in the tent for this summer.While the A/S was getting redone.
Then they said whats the differences mom we still get up wet every morning..So i was hoping someone could tell me ,How to stop or prevent this problem


Weather it raining or not we still wake up damp.I even tryed closing the windows and vent one night.Didn't help much..
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Old 05-15-2006, 05:11 PM   #2
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Hello Beck.. The answer is Damp Rid.. can get it at Walmart.. get the ones to hang in the closets.. put a couple of those in there and than there is one in a large tablet form and it has its own container with a reservoir... check it out.. we did it and used it with GREAT success... Annie
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Old 05-15-2006, 05:12 PM   #3
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Um, can someone chime in about LP and condensation? I seem to remember something about that.

My advice is to have a fan moving air through the trailer. You have water in the air and it is coming from somewhere either inside, such as your breath, like when you breathe on a mirrow, or the ground, or LP burning exhaust, that causes water, I think. Get a fan and open a window at one end and put the fan at the open window at the other end and point it OUT. Turn it on, even low should help.
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Hello Beck.. The answer is Damp Rid.. can get it at Walmart.. get the ones to hang in the closets.. put a couple of those in there and than there is one in a large tablet form and it has its own container with a reservoir... check it out.. we did it and used it with GREAT success... Annie

happycampers... I've never hear of that.Does it need anything to run?

AYRSTRM2 ...we have two fans that run in the two big windows one pulling air in one pulling it out.But then we just wake up cold and wet....it help some to close it completely up .But then so stuffy my kids and i wake up stuffed up.And as far as the LP we didnt use it the last few times we went and still had the problem
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Old 05-15-2006, 08:33 PM   #5
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Damp rid has particles that are encased in a package with a pouch below ( all this hangs on its own hanger). In the pouch the moisture accumulates and each hanging pouch is good for 6-8 weeks. Just ask at any Walmart in the US. We do not have it here in Canada . We only found out about it from fellow campers.. Annie
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Old 05-15-2006, 08:42 PM   #6
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Damp Rid

New to me as well , but thanks for telling about it. I think my trailer needs some Damp Rid too.
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I hate to say this but..

Am glad its not just me....i thought we were going nut there for awhile.I told my kids that where in a tin can how can we still be waking up wet.Where not it a tent anymore so what gives.The sad thing is what you'll find at wally world and home depot we can't get here which really bits...But i will look for it
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Angel73 -- I thought of suggesting a Search on keyword: condensation. But then I tried that myself and was overwhelmed by the number of hits, most of them not directed at your question. You might try that anyway -- but pay more attention to threads seeming to focus on cool weather issues.

2 or more people will exhale a very large amount of moisture during the night. This will all condense on any cool surface, so the windows and walls seem to be soaked in the morning -- these surfaces are cooler than air temperature even when you run the heater.

With the door, vents and windows closed, try putting a pot of water on to boil some cool evening. Do not run the stove hood. Notice how quick the windows fog up. Multiply that many times and you are closer to what gets breathed out by the time your family wakes up.

I find less condensation if I open a ceiling vent (if weather is fair) or a window a crack. You've got to have some way to vent the humidity buildup inside the trailer. I accept that a bit more LP will burn if I need the heater on and a window open a bit, but that's the price of living inside a metal shell. That is pretty thin insulation and the ribs are metal...

I haven't used DampRid but really doubt it would deal with this size of a problem -- it is more suited to preventing humidity during storage.
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So you think i making it worse by closing it up instead of me thinking it could be less the wetness.ill try anything at this point
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damp rid does the trick

We have been using Damp Rid ever since we bought our first Airstream, usually two at a time, one in front and one in the rear. Use it in closets in the house too. Walmart is good for the packets, Home Depot carries large plastic buckets of the stuff. We use it in our enclosed HVAC room too. We do wish it came in BIGGER sizes.
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This is a very common problem when you tent-camp. I'm a Scout Master and I always have the kids keep a window on each side of the tent open for ventelation. They sleep two or three to a tent.

The cool aluminum in your AS will exacerbate the problem.

Make sure you run the exhaust fan when showering to reduce humidity and use the range hood exhaust fan when cooking also.

Keeping your roof vents open a bit at night should help too. If you can keep a window cracked in the LR when you are sleeping in the BR that could help too.

Good Luck!

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Yes, closing it up during sleeping is the biggest part of the problem. Body heat and warm breath rises, so venting as high as you dare works best. My name will be mud if it rains hard and you have a ceiling vent open!

The windows don't wipe dry very well with a terry towel in the morning. We have found a chamois will finish the job better.
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Old 05-15-2006, 10:29 PM   #13
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happy's air dryer

Take a look at this site. store/catalog/product_16154_Davis_AirDryr_Mildew_Fighter_1000_Ha ppy's.html
Keeps the moisture out of the trailers. The Pacific NW gets fairly damp in the winter time. Good luck.
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Lee -- Do you use the AirDryr for storage? It appears to be a heater only and would not remove humidity. Humidity will stay around to condense on cool surfaces. Running my furnace alone doesn't help reduce morning condensation if the windows and vents are all shut. Please help me out if I'm not understanding how you use it.
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