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Old 03-15-2009, 11:08 AM   #15
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Originally Posted by Inland RV Center, In View Post can run the AC to remove the moisture, as well as run the furnace at the same time, to keep the temperature comfortable.
This is exactly what a dehumidifier does, except rather than dump the heat outside like the air-conditioner does, it uses it to reheat the air it chilled down to remove the moisture.

In warmer weather, a vehicle windshield defroster may also turn on the cars air-conditioner to remove moisture from the air before heating it back up and blowing it on the windshield.

Breathing, cooking, and showering generate a tremendous amount of moisture. Venting is necessary to let it escape, not to mention replace the carbon dioxide you're generating with fresh oxygen.

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Old 03-15-2009, 04:08 PM   #16
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We also use the Soleus dehumidifier. It kept things nice and dry during the recent snowy, wet weekend camping trip in Port Townsend. I believe that I ordered it from Amazon.

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Old 03-15-2009, 05:45 PM   #17
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I think the furnace dries my camper.

Originally Posted by Inland RV Center, In View Post
The furnace does not remove water, but the AC does.

During those strange days of weather, you can run the AC to remove the moisture, as well as run the furnace at the same time, to keep the temperature comfortable.

The furnace has many more BTU's than the AC, which limits the cold air.

Opening a window, I think, would just let in more moisture.

Warm air will hold more moisture than cold air. So with the furnace running and a roof vent cracked, Won't the warm air collect the moisture and exhale it thru the roof vent? I maybe fooling myself but it sure feels dryer with the furnace on.
In the wintertime in my neck of the woods, I would have thoughts of shooting the AC unit before I had thoughts of turning in on.
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Old 03-15-2009, 05:59 PM   #18
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We live in GA and have high humidity, as well. We leave a vent open a small amount, always. In warm weather, even with the A/C on, it is usually the bathroom vent. In cold weather, it is normally the back vent (with a Maxxair cover). If the outside temperature is lower than the inside temperature, the air will remove moisture. Using a small heater will also help.

I'm sure using a de-humidifier or the A/C will dry the trailer, but we prefer to use as little as possible. After all, we are camping.

One other thought. In GA you WILL get condensation in a stored camper. If it is warm or damp when you store the camper, colder nights will cause condensation. You need to think about water leaking into the camper from rain. Remember, THEY ALL LEAK! We keep the vent open in storage as well.

Finally, think about the building products that are used in a camper. These include wood with glues, fabrics, and plastics. Ever notice a film on the inside of your car windows? All these products give off gas. In low concentrations this gas is not a problem. Let it build up and it can be unhealthy. In the extreme, you can have significant issues.

My thoughts.
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Old 03-15-2009, 07:07 PM   #19
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We use the exact same dehumidifier. It has been very reiable and quiet. I just leave it in the center of the trailer SoleusAir Dehumidifier
and it works perfectly. There is no condensation on the windows an i know my new cabinent doors are not splitting apart from the moisture. It amazing how full the water bucket is in the morning after two adults, one child and dog inhabit the space.

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Old 03-15-2009, 07:16 PM   #20
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We bought a bunch of those silver bubble car windscreen sun protectors from WalMart, and cut them to shape to push accurately into each window recess. That cures our condensation on the windows, and makes the trailer much more comfortable, as well as economical.

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