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Old 12-19-2013, 07:30 PM   #1
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Any oxygen concerns with a well insulated rig?

Just wondering if a unit is really well insulated and air tight is there a concern of oxygen depletion? Say two people and two dogs are in the unit.

Should live plants be kept inside to generate oxygen?
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There's no RV air-tight enough for that concern & it would take more plants than you can fit in an RV to generate the amount of oxygen. I wouldn't exert any more brain cells worrying about it. Just enjoy.

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Old 12-19-2013, 10:42 PM   #3
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Well insulated and well sealed are two totally different issues. I have never seen an RV sealed to the point that you will kill yourself from lack of oxygen

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First, no RV is air tight enough to worry about. Second, a 10' x 10' x 7' room has enough O2 to keep one person alive for 3 days. Third, it would take 300 to 500 plants or 17.5 trees to create enough O2 for one person. Two adults and two dogs would need around 1800 plants. The number of plants is hard to calculate because as carbon dioxide builds up, plants produce less oxygen.

A lack of air really isn't an issue, I wouldn't hold my breath over it.
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I have to leave the door open or I get light headed.
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Old 12-20-2013, 02:46 AM   #6
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If it was sealed that tight, you would have to open a door or window to open or close the slides and it would be hard to close the door without a window open.

My 94 Ram 1500 is still that tight. If I don't crack a window, I have to really shut the door hard.
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As said above, but in summer or winter, you should have windows and vents cracked open a little anyway. It's especially important in the winter to remove moisture and minimize condensation and potentially serious problems.

Look inside cabinets and you will see holes through the floor for pipes and ducts which will let air in. Look at slider windows and you will see small slots in the bottom channel to let condensation drain out. Lots of other places that will let air in. The range hood fan for the cooktop needs makeup air and gets it from leakage into the RV when all the doors, windows and vents are closed. You couldn't keep it airtight if you wanted to.
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I was thinking of all the people that winter in their trailers up north. They seal all the holes they can find where plumbing comes thru the floor have dual pane windows, good slide seals etc.

Just wondering on a real cold long weekend where they do not open the door if oxygen depletion is a concern. Sounds like it is not.
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If you are worried about it. Most RV's have 1-2 ceiling vents with fans.
Some will run in reverse to bring air into the RV.

And most have windows that will open to let in fresh air.
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If you have a dryer then you have a 3" hole in the side as well.
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Old 12-20-2013, 08:09 AM   #11
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Just wondering if a unit is really well insulated and air tight is there a concern of oxygen depletion? Say two people and two dogs are in the unit. Should live plants be kept inside to generate oxygen?
Here is a good monitor to detect unhealthy levels of carbon dioxide (the gas we exhale, and the stuff plants love!)

I think I will be adding this..... Why not be informed about something that could affect health ?

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The only cases of folks dying from lack of Oxygen in an RV that I have ever read of had one of two primary causes.

1: Running generator all night without a Gen-Turi or equal (or using a portable improperly)

2: Sleep Apena and they either lost power or took the mask off..


Thankfully I DO have a Gen-Turi, and per the doctor I do NOT have sleep apena.
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I have to leave the door open or I get light headed.
Is that before or after happy hour?
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First, no RV is air tight enough to worry about. Second, a 10' x 10' x 7' room has enough O2 to keep one person alive for 3 days. Third, it would take 300 to 500 plants or 17.5 trees to create enough O2 for one person. Two adults and two dogs would need around 1800 plants. The number of plants is hard to calculate because as carbon dioxide builds up, plants produce less oxygen.

A lack of air really isn't an issue, I wouldn't hold my breath over it.
Great facts, thanks! DH & I have had this debate numerous times as I feel the air inside the coach gets "oxygen depleted" within 24 hours without windows open & fans on to recirculate fresh air. When looking at new coaches the 1st thing I check for is how many and how wide open the windows are and how many ceiling vent fans are available. Your facts confirm DH's opinion... it's all in my mind
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