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Old 10-12-2003, 10:41 PM   #1
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We have just purchsed a 1995 Sovereign and live in Western WA. We get about 60 inches of rain a year. I am considering a structure to keep our AS out of the rain. This cost is about $1500. Do any of you feel this is necessary. Any ideas on how to keep the interior free of dampness.

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Old 10-12-2003, 10:53 PM   #2
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We have just purchsed a 1995 Sovereign and live in Western WA. We get about 60 inches of rain a year. I am considering a structure to keep our AS out of the rain. This cost is about $1500. Do any of you feel this is necessary. Any ideas on how to keep the interior free of dampness.

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Buy a few "Damp-Rid" pails from pretty much any hardware store. I have several that I distribute around the trailer during the winter. You will periodically have to empty the liquid out of them. be careful emptying, as it is a chemical cocktail that is hard to get out of carpets.

They sell bulk refills for the Damp-Rid pails.
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Old 10-13-2003, 01:00 AM   #3
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Having worked in your area engineering maintenance systems to keep your communications systems working, I would definately build a shelter, especially if it only cost $1,500. You have a very long wet season! If anything were to go wrong with one of your vents or skylights, it would not take long to fill the Airstream.

I, like you, have a 1995 trailer. My plastic vent covers are starting to show signs of UV deterioration. I am fixing them as time allows. I am East of the Cascades in Oregon where it hardly rains. The first two years of my trailer's life was spent in Southern Arizona and the rest in The Dalles. Depending on the history of your trailer, you may not have the UV damage that I have experienced. But considering your location, I would take every precaution. It is much easier to fix a potential or actual leak under a shelter than out in that rain.
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It's also much easier to perform preventative maintenance than required repairs. Repair that UV damaged vent cover before it fails and you have other items that need repair because of it.

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Old 10-13-2003, 08:31 AM   #5
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Remove Dampness

I've installed a portable AC/Dehumidifier (roll around type) in the 345. I cut an air exhaust vent hole in the floor under the couch, and use a dryer vent outlet flapper valve in the ducting system. Stainless screen mesh at the outlet prevents inscets and critters from coming into the coach. I also tied the water drain into the existing AC water drain.

Window air exhaust is feasible, but not as easily rigged up/rigged down when you want to use the unit, also adds one more rain leak possibility.

In the winter, you can simply exhaust the hot air into the cabin, adding heat and helping with the freezing problem.

Of course, I'm assuming you have 110 available, and, like you said, a cover sure helps.
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