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Old 07-15-2017, 10:52 AM   #1
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Tim Allen's Dehumidifier

I wouldn't exactly recommend this product except that it works awesome. It's huge. It's heavy. But it's dropped the internal humidity inside my AS 30% in one hour. (Cue Tim Allen laugh... arghhh arghh arghhh).

If you can afford the weight and size, go for it.

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Old 07-15-2017, 11:05 AM   #2
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And why would it reduce humidity faster than your AC unit which most likely has a higher BTU rating?

Admittedly humidity is the miss understood factor in AC comfort but BTUs are BYUs.

Condensation is a function of air flow across a coil at a temperature below the due point. The size of the coil in that unit can't be as large as the one in your AC unit
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Old 07-15-2017, 11:17 AM   #3
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I have no idea. All I know is my ACs alone can't keep up with this heat (98+, 80% humidity outside) and they're both leaking water inside my trailer if I set them too low. This dehumidifier is AMAZING. What a difference. Both ACs on 70, no leaking, humidity at 45% and dropping, it's like a freezer in here. I love it. Not sure how or why it works, and quite frankly I'm ok with that.
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Old 07-15-2017, 11:34 AM   #4
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You have defined the problem. If the ACs drip water back into the trailer thire net humidification just is not there. Fix the leaks and discount the credit you give to the third unit.
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Old 07-15-2017, 11:40 AM   #5
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You have defined the problem. If the ACs drip water back into the trailer thire net humidification just is not there. Fix the leaks and discount the credit you give to the third unit.
I already tried to fix the leaks. I even had extra holes drilled into the ACs to drain onto the roof. The lines are draining and were checked. It was still leaking inside.
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Old 07-15-2017, 11:55 AM   #6
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There is no place you could drill holes that would relieve the collection of water in the condense tray. That water will either drain via the drain line or overflow the tray if the line is clogged.

One area that may be a problem in extreme conditions like Fl. would be if the suction line, the larger pipe, and compressor are condensing water and dripping it onto the pan tray. To check this on a day you are not using the AC spray the AC unit with a hose flooding the tray. Remove the AC cowling from the ceiling of the trailer and see if there is water coming in.

If this is the issue insulation the suction line and compressor should stop that collection of water in the tray. The insulation has to be 100% complete. Any void in it to the line or compressor will cause water to collect and void the insulation effect.
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I don't see how the heat from the dehumidifier isn't warming the trailer up and fighting the AC units
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Curious. The dehumidifier I have used in the past, not ever in an Airstream, had two problems that I needed to check daily. One, how or where is the collected water going? Does it have a holding tank or are you drawing it down the shower? Second, the unit I had created more heat in the house so I was kind of counter-productive. How are you venting your dehumidifier? I don't want to poke holes in my trailer just yet.
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There is no place you could drill holes that would relieve the collection of water in the condense tray.

I am going to have to disagree with you. The amount of water draining off my roof, in addition to the water draining through my drain lines, is proof enough for me. And I am very confident the AC tech that did the work didn't lie to me.
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Old 07-15-2017, 12:07 PM   #10
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Curious. The dehumidifier I have used in the past, not ever in an Airstream, had two problems that I needed to check daily. One, how or where is the collected water going? Does it have a holding tank or are you drawing it down the shower? Second, the unit I had created more heat in the house so I was kind of counter-productive. How are you venting your dehumidifier? I don't want to poke holes in my trailer just yet.

Yes, it has a 2 gallon bucket that has to be emptied. I am thinking of using the drainage option onto the shower. It uses a regular garden hose. I'll need to get a shorty, 4-5 feet.

And no, it doesn't warm up the trailer. Warm air does come out of it, but with both ACs set to 70, I don't even notice it.
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Old 07-15-2017, 12:08 PM   #11
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I don't see how the heat from the dehumidifier isn't warming the trailer up and fighting the AC units

It's warm air coming out, not very hot. It might be fighting the AC units. But if it is, it's losing.
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Yes, it has a 2 gallon bucket that has to be emptied. I am thinking of using the drainage option onto the shower. It uses a regular garden hose. I'll need to get a shorty, 4-5 feet.

And no, it doesn't warm up the trailer. Warm air does come out of it, but with both ACs set to 70, I don't even notice it.
Read the Amazon reviews. One says a standard garden hose does not work, that the unit requires a British hose thread. The other reviews are mixed.

No arguing with your results though -- must feel great! I used to go to Leesburg to visit older relatives, and I know what summer in Southern Florida is like.

No thanks!

Thank you for posting this find.

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PS -- You could put this unit on the shower floor and let it self-drain without a hose added, although you might have to cut open the plastic bucket where the hose is supposed to connect.
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The unit comes with an adapter you connect, and you connect a standard hose to it. I tried my long hose and it screwed in fine. Not sure what that reviewer was talking about.

Summers are brutal here. Thankfully it's only a couple of months a year. The rest of the time the ACs alone do the trick. But between June and August, watch out!
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I am going to have to disagree with you. The amount of water draining off my roof, in addition to the water draining through my drain lines, is proof enough for me. And I am very confident the AC tech that did the work didn't lie to me.
As an industrial maintenance supervisor for 40 years one of my main considerations was air conditioning. Not only maintenance them but redesigning commercial units to account for production shortcomings. I would be very interested in seeing where these drill holes were placed and what water they were draining.

There are some laws of physics and thermodynamics here that have not been adhered to.
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Yeah, I arrived at Orlando once in the middle of August . . .

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I am just over on the other side of the state and I would love something that would help elevate some of the humidity. Thank you for sharing your results and for answering my questions. I have lived most of my life in the deep southeast and the humidity has always been a real challenge to deal with and I have never gotten used to it.
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I have one of these units coming tomorrow for the house but I dont think I would use it in the MH, too bulky and my AC unit does a fairly good job of dehumidifying.
One note on this brand. In 3 years I have had 2 of the older version of this dehumidifier (FAD704DWD) and they both died.
They worked awesome in my basement until they died because the compressors are crap.
Yes, maybe I am a fool for ordering this one, I am hoping that they have a better compressor in this version. On the bright side they have a 4 year warranty on the compressor system, and they gave me my money back on my first one, now if I could find the receipt of the last one that died!
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Yes, it has a 2 gallon bucket that has to be emptied. I am thinking of using the drainage option onto the shower. It uses a regular garden hose. I'll need to get a shorty, 4-5 feet.

And no, it doesn't warm up the trailer. Warm air does come out of it, but with both ACs set to 70, I don't even notice it.
Why not simply place the dehumidifier in the shower, and simply let the condensate drain into the shower? No manual dumping required.
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Why not simply place the dehumidifier in the shower, and simply let the condensate drain into the shower? No manual dumping required.
It's still a relatively small unit, and I'm concerned about the airflow inside the shower. But my plan is to leave it next to the shower in the hallway dumping into the shower.
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