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Old 10-06-2004, 01:20 PM   #29
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You indicate you are preparing to hard-mount a dehumidifier in your Airstream? Our trailer is kept in south-central Georgia where, as you can imagine, it gets pretty warm. We experienced a mold build-up the first summer we had it. The only way we could avoid it was to leave the airconditioner on full time, which seemed like a waste of electricity. We bought a dehumidifier from Loew's that we leave turned on in the warmer months, and it has eliminated the mold problem. As the dehumifier is sort of cumbersome and noisy, we leave it behind when we travel. Is there a unit specifically manufactured for Airstream, or did you have one custom-fitted for your trailer?

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Old 10-06-2004, 06:41 PM   #30
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I will use the humidifier that we presently have in the kitchen which is about 1' x 1' x 2 1/2'. Since the trailer is presently stripped out, we will build it into where the closet was, next to the rear bathroom and use the small side/rear door opening. We are also putting in an extra ( very energy efficient) air conditioner and venting it out there, too. We'll have upper storage shelves above. These will be contained and are approximately behind the wheel wells. Both weigh about 120 lbs together. Living in humid TX, I have often noted that if I can drop the humidity, I don't have to run the heat pump so much, so it's a monetary savings as well as feeling more comfortable. Heating is rarely a problem around here and I like cool weather and bundling up. We do have a heater to use if it gets really too cold. But the key to keeping mold down is very low humidity, and a dry inside. Hope it works for you, mold is nasty stuff. Another way (at least for the house, is to run the air past a uv light, that kills mold spores.) suz
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Old 10-06-2004, 06:47 PM   #31
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Oh, sorry, I didn't answer all your questions. No, our units are regular portable non Airstream sanctioned items! Both are on wheels and can be moved from house to trailer where most needed, but locked in place when moving. However both need tubes or vents to get rid of the humidity. So we plan for that and the outlets, and brackets to keep them in place. Good luck, suz
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Old 10-06-2004, 11:13 PM   #32
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Oh, sorry, I didn't answer all your questions. No, our units are regular portable non Airstream sanctioned items! Both are on wheels and can be moved from house to trailer where most needed, but locked in place when moving. However both need tubes or vents to get rid of the humidity. So we plan for that and the outlets, and brackets to keep them in place. Good luck, suz
Suzie,

I use a dehumidifier in my home with a fan next to it to help take the load off the A/C in the house (4 1/2 ton outside unit). I don't have any figures, but just feel that when inside humidity goes up, it makes sense to run dehumidifier for a while to help - esp right before trying to reduce house temps by several degrees like after returning home.

I have used it in the A/S but it is too heavy to move back and forth.

BTW, what brand / size unit are you using. Mine is an older Kenmore unit that stands about 2 feet high and a foot wide.

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Old 10-06-2004, 11:26 PM   #33
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Reallizing that this forum is devoted to A/S trailers, none the less I will ask the following question? Which make of travel trailer (other than an A/S) would you choose for full time living in a northern climate? From the posts that I have read it seems to me that those of you who have tried living through a cold (0 degree and lower) winter have not been very comfortable in your A/S trailers. This is understandable, since the trailer is not designed for this type of use, and living in it full time may be pushing the limits. Is there a cold weather package that can be ordered from A/S when purchasing a unit? From my research into this matter I understand that the Arctic Fox trailer is constructed for the cold, having R-18 insulation in the roof, and R-8 in the walls and floor. Are there any other makes that feature insulation values that match the Arctic Fox? Does anyone have any experience with an Arctic Fox? As I stated above, I realize this is an A/S dedicated site, but a little outside advice and opinion can also be helful. I don't want to offend those of you who own A/S's, and if A/S offered the type of insulation that the Arctic Fox apparantly does, I would not even post my question, for an A/S is what I really want, but it may not be practical for the situation that I describe, i.e. winter living full time. Any comments will be appreciated.
I do not believe A/S or most any other RV trailer made in the US is designed for your very specific &, IMHO, very limited use catagory. I would buy the X-RV if it meets your requirements. An Airstream trailer has it's appeal, but not for every situation or application. Don't suggest a 'stock' A/S if you want to trailer to the South Pole either.
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DeLongi dehumidifier and Stupenden air cond/heat unit. Both have wheels and handles to get them around. They are both european with high energy ratings and some air filtering abilities. The Euros seem to be ahead of USA in energy efficiency and smaller units as they pay much higher fuel costs than we do, and often have smaller living spaces. I didn't even realise the air conditioner heated too!! As heating is the last thing on my mind!! Ahhh..we are FINALLY having weather in the 70's!
It is a fact that humidity affect our sense of heat/cool. 100 degrees in the desert is a lot easier to take than in very humid Houston! suz
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