How to prevent RV condensation problems

I’m in RV sales and I hear from my customers about their problems with condensation in the campers and RVs. Here are some tips to help avoid condensation and control moisture in your RV:

1. When bathing, washing dishes, hair-drying, cooking and using appliances and non-vented gas burners, always turn on the nearest exhaust fan.
2. Keep the bathroom door closed and the vent open (if equipped, exhaust fan on) when bathing/showering. It also helps to keep the door close for a period of time after you have finished.
3. Do not hang wet clothes in the camper to dry.
4. In hot weather, start the air conditioner as soon as possible as it removes excess humidity from the air while lowering the temperature inside the camper.
5. If camping in the cold weather, try to manage the inside temperature. The higher inside temperature along with colder outside temperatures will cause condensation to form on areas that are not insulated as well as others such as canvas ends on hybrid campers, windows, vents and some wall studs.
6. Poor air circulation inside the camper or RV can cause condensation to form inside closets and cabinets. Leave doors partially opened to allow air to circulate inside closets and cabinets so the temperature inside the cabinet is the same as in the rest of the unit. Please keep in mind that a closed cabinet full of stored goods prevents circulation and can cause condensation.
7. The natural tendency would be to close the vehicle tightly during cold weather. This will actually compound the camco coverproblem. Simply put, you need to get the moisture in the air that is created from normal use outside. The most effective way is utilizing your vents and vent fans. My suggestion would be to have Camco covers put over your vents. This allows you to leave the vent open without the worry of water getting in. Also, if you cover your camper, make sure to use a “breathable” cover. This allows for air flow in and out of the cover to prevent mold and mildew.
8. Minimize the prolonged use of incandescent lights which produce heat and contribute to condensation in the roof above the ceiling lights. A lot of the new campers are coming with LED lights which burn cooler and won’t create condensation. If your camper still has incandescent bulbs, start to replace them with LED light as needed.

If the RV maintenance tips presented here are not effective in controlling your condensation problems, it may be necessary for you to invest in a dehumidifier. This will help to reduce the health risk to you or your family as well as prevent damage to your RV.

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RV refrigerators vs. residential refrigerators

You see more and more campers and RVs equipped with residential refrigerators (just like the one in your home!) instead of RV refrigerators. One reason is more people are full-timing and want the space that a residential fridge offers. There are pros and cons to having a bigger fridge in your camper.
The most common RV fridge is made by Dometic or Norcold. These two brands are 2 way refrigerators that utilize LP gas or electric for their power sources. So long as you have LP or electric available, your RV fridge will stay cold. A residential fridge requires electric to cool and does not have an LP option. In many of the new campers and RVs, the residential fridge comes with an inverter to change battery power to 110 volt but that comes with a price. The battery power is more short lived compared to electric or LP which means that your big, expensive refrigerator might not keep your groceries cold over a long period of time.
RV refrigerators come in several sizes. Most commonly you will find 6 and 8 cubic foot units in smaller campers and 12-18 cubic foot in some of the bigger campers. The residential fridge has twice the space of the larger RV fridges so you don’t have to go the store as often. And with the added space, you can get bigger items like cases of soda in it without sacrificing room for the food that you want to bring.
When it comes to repairs, the RV fridge may be easier to work on. RV services centers will normally have the common parts in stock for refrigerator repair such as computer boards and cooling units. If not, they are easily ordered and can be gotten right away keeping your down time to a minimum. With residential refers, you normally have to call in an ordinary appliance repair person. If for some reason your refrigerator needs to be replaced, RV fridges can be taken out easily. Residential refrigerators don’t normally fit through the RV entrance door which means they may need to remove a slide room just to get it out.
Both RV and residential refrigerators offer RVers great options. Consider your needs and make the best choice for you!  If you are interested in finding out more information about this or you are looking for a new camper or RV, please contact Aline Parsley at Colerain RV  513-923-3600.