As a result of reading the Moisture Management Manual and online articles, I’ve learned a few things about keeping our trailer dry:
1) It is important to have a well ventilated trailer or RV.
2) It is important to open a vent when you are producing steam during cooking, cleaning, or washing in order to circulate air.
3) CO2 and H2O are released during breathing, especially while sleeping. As long as the weather permits, you can open a nearby window a crack or two.
4) The trailer should not be used to dry clothing. Drying outdoors is best whenever possible.
5) With the help of appliances, you can reduce humidity and increase heat in your home. Also available are DampRid Refillable Moisture Absorbers and DampRid Hanging Moisture Absorbers, which are great for small enclosed spaces like bathrooms and closets. Besides keeping your clothes dry, they can also keep them clean.
6) Don’t make drastic changes to your thermostat. One of the best ways to save energy is to lower the thermostat while you are away or asleep. When the thermostat is set to 10 degrees or below, the indoor temperature can rapidly drop, resulting in condensation on windows and cold surfaces.
7) Maintain a regular cleaning schedule for all storage areas. You can wipe down the areas with a damp cloth dipped in a cleaning solution. The combination of 70% water and 30% white vinegar is a simple and effective way to clean mildew and mould. Using OxyClean or Biokleen Oxygen Bleach Powder, just one cup of oxygen bleach in one gallon of water will produce something stronger and environmentally friendly. It is also possible to use mixes such as this on vinyl.
8) Make sure the exterior of your RV or trailer is in good condition. Keeping the exterior clean and waxed will prevent water seepage. Keep an eye out for gaps, tears, punctures, and sealant failures on a regular basis. It may become necessary to reseal some areas as time goes on.
9) Environmental extremes should be taken into account. There will be special maintenance requirements for trailers used in tropical zones or in freezing locations such as mountains.
10) Clean up the mess as soon as possible. It is important to clean up spills of food, water, and animal accidents as soon as possible and disinfect them to prevent mould growth.
11) Insulating the window with double reflective insulation and/or hanging thicker curtains to prevent radiant heat from escaping. RVs can be kept warm by using this cheapest and easiest method.