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Old 03-14-2009, 11:46 AM   #1
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Our first winter in our 25' Safari--we are in south Texas the weather has turned cold--heater on & our interior windows are full of condensation--we are continuosly wipeing them off-----any suggestions
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Old 03-14-2009, 11:53 AM   #2
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I think I'd try cracking open one of the overhead vents....fan on low to get the air circulating. I know the Valley humidity well...it can be miserable.....better than ice and snow.
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Welcome to Texas - where the weather can be hot and cold all in the same day! We always leave either the shower/bath vent open, and if that does not do it, open the Fantastic Fan just a little. In addition, while cooking you may even have to open a window just a bit. The idea is to provide humid air an escape route.
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You've noticed how it's hard to prevent condensation on the inner skin when you're boiling water (eg, for pasta) in cooler weather. Dontcha just love that the smoke detector is so close to the stove?

Condensation is worse in the morning if you've buttoned up tight. Ditto to opening a roof vent an inch or so. I also unlatch one of the windows at the other end of the trailer -- just let it hang. Enough air will circulate. You have to manually open a roof vent (eg, Fantastic Fan) to have it be only an inch or so open. This overrides the automatic close if rain starts. So this works if there's no chance of rain or if any raindrops would wake you. I like to wake up just for that nice sound! I imagine living on a tropical beach with the drops on my tin roof and gentle sounds of surf...

If it's raining and cool enough for condensation inside, I'll just unlatch a few windows and let them hang. In some situations open the handle but don't turn the latch -- the latch tongue will keep the window from flying if it's going to be windy conditions.
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Our first winter in our 25' Safari--we are in south Texas the weather has turned cold--heater on & our interior windows are full of condensation--we are continuosly wipeing them off-----any suggestions
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.

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I agree with Andy.

Every time we open a window or vent a crack, it just let's in cold air without the desired drying effect and wastes propane running the furnace more often. I go around with a towel and wipe down surfaces when I think about it.

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One person, three, or five sleeping exhale a lot of moisture inside. Mornings below 60 degrees will see dew on the grass outside. All the exhalation moisture can yield a much higher humidity buildup inside the trailer than outside. C'mon -- the insulation isn't great to begin with. The ribs conduct cool to the inside very well (see boiling pasta comment -- you can see the pattern on the interior SE bare skins). Higher humidity inside plus cool skins equals a condensation surface.

Yes, air conditioning naturally dehumidifies. But we're talking about shoulder season camping with early AM cool temps from 35-55 degrees. Who has more experience hee-yar folks?

Leave the upper vent open a bit and windows cracked a bit -- if nobody is sleeping inside you'll never see any condensation on the inner shell or windows. When people are sleeping inside, if you let some of that respiration moisture escape and humidity equalize -- voila! No condensation like the excesses linmar has been seeing. Been there. More than done that.

This works whether you camp in the north in April or October. Texas in February. Or the mountains any time.
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BTW - I do bring warm bedding, old sleeping bags, etc. Anything to avoid sleeping under those 20 pound OEM Airstream bedspreads.
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We have a dehumidifier that works well. Two adults and 2 dogs generate a lot of moisture. Running the stove vent and sometime the bathroom vent along with the dehumidifier will drop the humidity to 45% (on cold, rainy days). No boondocking in the winter here!
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What type, size and brand dehumifier?
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We found the place for waking up to the sounds of surf and the pinging of rain on the skin of Spud and it is NOT tropical. We camped at Crescent Beach west of Port Angeles, WA over Thanksgiving. And we awoke to that very pleasant sound CanoeStream speaks of...
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When we are not boondocking, we use a dehumidifier (SoleusAir Dehumidifier). This unit has worked well and is pretty quiet. We use this unit while parked at home to keep moister levels in check. In general, wood will collect moister at or below about 55 degrees and start to swell. If you have tight dolerances on your cabinet doors or other woodwork you know what I mean.
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