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Old 11-05-2013, 06:18 PM   #1
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What to do about mold

We've had an odor in the cabinet on the bedroom slide over the bed (towards the back of the coach). We suspected it was mold, and a mold test kit from Home Depot confirmed that. The inside of the cabinet is never wet, even after a hard rain. Can mold get in the walls of the slideout?

We are at a loss to figure out who we can call to try to locate the mold and somehow do something about it. Has anyone experienced this? Can anyone make a recommendation as to how to deal with this?
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Old 11-05-2013, 06:42 PM   #2
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Mold...you have a leak somewhere and you need to find it.

If it is not a leak, there is a moisture build up problem that needs to be addressed.

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Old 11-05-2013, 07:45 PM   #4
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Spray Lysol disinfectant. Lay it on and rub it dry,will not stain or leave a residue.
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I would imagine you have been in cold climates where the inside of the cabinet has got cold enough for humidity (sleeping people generate a lot of that) to condense on the walls. After treating the mold you may want to leave the cabinet doors open so air can circulate. We leave the bedroom door open and have the front A/C on fan only so that air moves around the whole coach at night.
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I found this ad in the FMCA magazine. Sounds like a good product. We have a large electric Delonghi. It works great, but the fan runs all the time and it's noisy. Check out these units for moisture control. Also check out the technology. Portable Dehumidifiers | Eva-Dry
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We have two of their smallest dehumidifiers, they work ok but are slow to remove much moisture. They are very quiet which is a plus.
We full timed in a cold wet climate for many years so condensation was a problem. Probably the best thing you can do is ventilate they area and paint as much of the area as possible with mildew proof paint.
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Yes. Mold and mildew like humidity above 60% and still air. Control humidity and get the air moving and you will be successful. Remember mold spores are everywhere. All they need is the proper atmosphere to grow.
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Most likely condensation in that cabinet. This is our first winter, where it is winter and we are learning all about condensation.

Ventilation is the key, you, your cooking, your propane furnace, and your shower all give off moisture and lots of it added to relative humidity and you have a winter sauna. Moisture needs to escape out the roof if possible and fresh air in to keep it moving.

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Here are some products that can help inside the cabinet to absorb moisture. I am working on my own solutions and it will involve a Maxair unit on one roof vent so I can exhaust air without creating a tornado like a fantastic and and some small computer fans in places that collect moisture. Right now our vulnerable place is the space under the bed closets to the wall of the bedroom slide out. We never look in there but when we did we got busy.
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When we lived in PA we bought a house dehumidifier which helped some of your problems. We still had molds form in the cabinets beside and above the bed because they were closed areas and the slide is not as well insulated as the main walls.
Painting all unpainted wood and particle board with a mold resistant paint was the best thing we could do. Treat the mold first though.
We lived in a motor home for 10 years in the cold northeast, it's not easy.
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