As After reading the Moisture Management Manual and online articles, I have gained a greater understanding of the following:
- RVs and trailers need to be well ventilated.
- During cooking, cleaning, or washing, it is important to open a vent to circulate air.
- When people breathe, especially while sleeping, they release CO2 and H2O into the air. As long as the weather permits, you can open a nearby window a crack or two.
- Drying clothing should not be done in the trailer. The best way to dry is outdoors whenever possible.
- You can reduce humidity in your home and increase heat with appliances. For small enclosed spaces like bathrooms and closets, DampRid Refillable Moisture Absorbers are also available. They can keep your clothes clean as well as dry.
- Your thermostat shouldn’t be changed drastically. When you are away or asleep, lower the thermostat to save energy. It is possible for condensation on windows and cold surfaces to occur when the thermostat is set to 10 degrees or below.
- Ensure that all storage areas are cleaned regularly. Using a damp cloth dipped in a cleaning solution, wipe the areas clean. Mold and mildew can be removed easily and effectively using a 70% water 30% white vinegar solution. One cup of OxyClean or Biokleen Oxygen Bleach Powder will make something stronger and more eco-friendly when mixed with one gallon of water. Vinyl can also be used for mixes like this.
- Check the exterior of your RV or trailer for damage. A clean, waxed exterior will prevent water from seeping in. Watch for gaps, tears, punctures, and sealant failures regularly. Eventually, some areas may require resealing.
- It is important to consider environmental extremes. Trailers used in tropical zones or on mountains will require special maintenance.
- Immediately clean up the mess. Whenever you spill food or water, or if an animal has been injured, it is important to clean it up immediately and disinfect it to prevent mould growth.
- To prevent radiant heat from escaping, the window should be insulated with double reflective insulation and/or thick curtains should be hung. The simplest and cheapest way to keep RVs warm is to use this method.