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Old 01-10-2012, 07:40 AM   #1
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Do I need a dehumidifier or heater in storage?

I live in Northern Georgia where we have relatively moderate winter temperatures, but we do have a lot of alternating cold, wet and warm periods during which condensation may occur. I store my 2011 27 International under cover, but one end of the storage building is open to the elements. No rain or snow falls on the trailer, and there is an electric hookup available.
My question is: should I put a heater, or a dehumidifier in the trailer and run it while the unit is stored during the winter months.
So far I do not see or smell any evidence of mold, but I would like to prevent it from occurring.
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Old 01-10-2012, 08:01 AM   #2
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Since you are not living in the unit I don't believe you will have a condensation problem. The condensation forms when the relatively warm moist air comes in contact with the cooler surfaces which is similar to reaching the dew point. Since the air inside the trailer is virtually the same temperature as the metal and glass surfaces there is not much chance of dew or condensation forming.
With the trailer being under roof the chance of water leaking in is greatly reduced because the shelter provides considerable protection from the dew settling on the trailer exterior because the shelter is somewhat like the "fly" on a modern camping tent.
So I think the risk is relatively low. I would keep a vent cracked and maybe a window ajar to provide minimal ventilation to prevent the musty smell that you get when things are closed up tight.
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I use one of those "evil" incandesant light bulbs in a trouble light near the floor (60 or 100 watt) and provide a small amount of ventilation. The heat from the bulb circulates the air and, for me, prevents any mold or musty smells. The cost is reasonable. Try it and see if the results are favorable. The humidity in your area may require more "agressive" action.
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I always run a dehumidifier in mine when not in use.
I have a delonghi with a auto pump and humidistat. Set it and it does its thing.
I am in the St. Simons area in south Ga.
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Old 01-10-2012, 08:12 AM   #5
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Storage...condensation?

Never had a problem with interior condensation during winter storage up here in WNY. I do keep the stove vent open.

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Old 01-10-2012, 08:36 AM   #6
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We use a dehumidifyer, and really NEED it, when we are in the trailer. Do we need it when it's parked? Nah...but we do run it to keep everything crisp and fresh.
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Old 01-15-2012, 11:42 PM   #7
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I use a DampRid in mine. It collects any condensation and leaves a nice smell in the trailer. I live in Georgia...just south of Atlanta...in Fayetteville. I use the ones that you can hang in the closet. I leave my refrigerator open, too.
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De-humidifier year round. Set up next to kitchen sink to drain. A gauge to monitor percent humidity would be the next item on the list.

Matters where one lives, obviously, and how well exposed to ventilation is the trailer as dark and damp is no friend.

We moved ours from covered -- roof only -- to a spot with electric where roof and one side were covered and it took several days for the dehumidifier to bring the interior down to a decent percentage.
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I keep one of my trailers in a barn in Illinois. The last time we were there the inside smelled like mildew (Very Humid all the time). I went to Wal-Mart and got humidity absorbing canisters. I bought two and put one in the sink and the other in the tub. You and find them over by the dehumidifer section. My friend swears by them. I will find out in the spring when we head up.

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@ rednax: next time you are up for a new dehumidifier, check out the ones with the humidistat and automatic pump. The delonghi model that I have sits in the kitchen like yours, but has a drain tube (20' or so) that I have run out a gap in one of the rear hatches; the automatic pump empties the tank automatically when needed. The humidistat display tells actual temp/ humidity and desired/set humidity.
I set my dehumidifier at 50%. This time of year it doesnt run quite as often. In the summer, it runs a lot. The AS lives less than a mile from the ocean so humidity is always an issue here.
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@ rednax: next time you are up for a new dehumidifier, check out the ones with the humidistat and automatic pump. The delonghi model that I have sits in the kitchen like yours, but has a drain tube (20' or so) that I have run out a gap in one of the rear hatches; the automatic pump empties the tank automatically when needed. The humidistat display tells actual temp/ humidity and desired/set humidity.
I set my dehumidifier at 50%. This time of year it doesnt run quite as often. In the summer, it runs a lot. The AS lives less than a mile from the ocean so humidity is always an issue here.
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That sounds good. Mine is rather industrially sized (big enough to control a 2-car garage).
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When in storage we crack a vent and have a large damp rid bucket.
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I always run a dehumidifier in mine when not in use.
I have a delonghi with a auto pump and humidistat. Set it and it does its thing.
I am in the St. Simons area in south Ga.

Yes, compared to the cost of an AS, running a dehumidifier is cheap insurance against the effects of poor ventilation and high ambient moisture.
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