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Old 10-23-2015, 08:44 AM   #1
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Do you use Damp Rid for winter storage?

Wondering if it's a good idea to use some Damp Rid tubs during winter storage? Or are these more important during summer when the humidity is elevated? (Minnesota winters have notoriously dry air).

And if you do use them over winter, will they accelerate evaporation of the pink anti freeze from toilet bowl and traps?
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Old 10-23-2015, 09:57 AM   #2
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I would think it would be a good idea to use the Damp Rid product but I don't have any direct experience.

Instead I use two 36" "Golden Rod" gun safe heaters in the winter months and keep the cabinet doors open. The trailer always smells good "not damp".
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Old 10-23-2015, 10:46 AM   #3
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Wondering if it's a good idea to use some Damp Rid tubs during winter storage? Or are these more important during summer when the humidity is elevated? (Minnesota winters have notoriously dry air).
Along the Gulf Coast, year-round. It's humid here 24/7/365.

And if you do use them over winter, will they accelerate evaporation of the pink anti freeze from toilet bowl and traps?[/QUOTE]Not if you put in the sink stoppers, and cover the toilet bowl with Saran Wrap.

Side note, using Damp Rid tubs in the refrigerator is a good idea as well, to help prevent mold and mildew.
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Old 10-23-2015, 11:51 AM   #4
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Damp Rid is basically salt.
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Old 10-23-2015, 12:06 PM   #5
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Has anyone used the Eva-dry Renewable Dehumidifier? I use them in my gun safes in my garage and they work well here in the humid Virginia summers.
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Old 10-23-2015, 01:32 PM   #6
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I use Damp Rid during the winter, yes. Especially if I've been camping recently and introduced humidity into the interior (shower, sinks, propane stove, me, etc.)

The more chances I have to keep the airstream aired out, the less I'm likely to use it. Just my way of doing it.

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Old 10-24-2015, 01:24 PM   #7
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Here you go. Put one or even two inside during the winter to augment your Damp Rid. I used in the engine room of a boat for years. Works great for us here also. Because it uses heat, it will not be effective in the summer.
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Old 10-24-2015, 03:10 PM   #8
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Damp Rid is actually Calcium Chloride which aggressively pulls moisture from the air. In really humid conditions I think it would be used up pretty quickly.

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Old 10-24-2015, 03:22 PM   #9
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I use a 110v air dryer.
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Old 10-24-2015, 05:35 PM   #10
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We were advised to put a bucket of salt (meant for melting ice on sidewalks etc..) in our unit when living in Luxembourg. 23' unit. Worked well. I think I changed the "bucket" once during the winter/storage season. The bucket of salt drew moisture from the air as well as commercial products.....perhaps better??? I trusted the "dealer." We place a similar bucket in our 23' AS International Serenity. We now live in NY @100 miles north of the City. Damp, cold north east winters. Oh, the bucket was a standard size "galvanized bucket" from years back. Can't tell you the actual volume.
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Old 10-24-2015, 05:52 PM   #11
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Has anyone used the Eva-dry Renewable Dehumidifier? I use them in my gun safes in my garage and they work well here in the humid Virginia summers.
I've used one in my closet depending on conditions, but you have to consider the volume of air. It would not handle all the air in the cabin of an AS. And it would need frequent "recharging".
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Old 10-24-2015, 10:14 PM   #12
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Damp Rid is actually Calcium Chloride which aggressively pulls moisture from the air. In really humid conditions I think it would be used up pretty quickly.

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And calcium chloride can be purchased in bulk much cheaper. I use it in recycled Damp Rid buckets.
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Old 10-25-2015, 01:34 PM   #13
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If your Ice-Melter attracted moisture, it was actually Calcium Chloride, not Salt (Sodium Chloride). Certainly ant large quantity of Calcium Chloride whether bulk or bagged for Ice-Melting will be a less expensive alternative....just be sure you are getting "calcium" not "Sodium"
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I use a dehumidifier and never have a problem.
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