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Old 01-07-2011, 01:19 PM   #1
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Camper windows open or closed?

I left my windows and vents cracked while my camper is stored outside with a cover. Do I still need damp rid inside the camper?

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Old 01-07-2011, 05:14 PM   #2
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Depending on where you are located I guess. Personally when I winterize part of my ritual is putting the dehumidifier in place and turning it on. We have found that doing so anytime we want to go the inside of the trailer including the bedding are nice and dry.

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Im in CT and its been very cold and snowing as I type this.
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Old 01-07-2011, 05:56 PM   #4
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I left my windows and vents cracked while my camper is stored outside with a cover. Do I still need damp rid inside the camper?
That would be a futile effort. Damp Rid absorbs moisture from the air. If you leave a window open you are spending money to absorb moisture from outside air-an endless supply of moisture.
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Old 01-07-2011, 06:47 PM   #5
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I left my windows and vents cracked while my camper is stored outside with a cover. Do I still need damp rid inside the camper?
I would think that would be your first mistake unless it is extremely dry. If you want to do this then forget about using damp rid unless you are trying to get rid of all the dampness in the state.
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On our trailer, I'll crack the roof vents (2) a hair (have Max-Air vent covers). I don't cover my trailer. I store it about 2 miles from home. I notice other trailers stored there that their covers get blown off and or are all torn apart.... I also use mothballs in old 35mm plastic film canisters with small holes punched in them.....Never had a problem with critters.....
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Superslif do the moth balls leave a smell after you open it up?
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So far since I bought my Jayco and have it here on the properity I've see sign of mice outside in the snow (little mice foot prints) but never seen any sign inside the TT. I've double checked where plumbing and other thing enter the TT but never found any way for them to enter yet..

I'm going to pick up a UltraSonic box for it and going to toss a few mothballs in the covered tank areas to keep mice from want to just live there.

But I do got out and check in all the cabinets and hidden places for signs and so far so good!
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I leave my roof vents cranked open about 1/3 (have maxair covers) and never have had dampness problems. with 3 vents on roof, the air circulates around inside, this also helps with not holding back any dampness in unit.
Closed up units without air circ is bad for dampness, also won't help regulate temperature inside, bakes everything.
After many years of doing it both ways, Leaving vents open has been the best. and no musty smell in units after winter. I never have and never will put a cover over units is storage. Have seen more problems with doing that, (from other that have).
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In the summer, between trips, I leave the vents & 1 jalouise window cracked open for air curculation & to vent some built up heat out the top. In the winter, everything is closed & I put a small tub of activated charcoal in the bedroom & one in the living room to help absorb any moisture.

I also do the thing with scattering dryer sheets about to thwart rodents. I could be a myth, but we've not had any issues with critters & the coach smells "springtime fresh" when we open it up in the spring.

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Just a word of warning to those that live in SE Texas. We tried leaving the roof vents open during storage during the summer on a previous 5th wheel - it was in covered storage at an RV storage facility. When we came out to prep the 5th wheel for a trip, it was infested with little black gnat-like bugs that were small enough to come through the openings in the screens of the vents. We wound up having to fumigate the 5th wheel to get rid of them.

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My son lives in central Florida. He found closing the windows on his 30' 5er and several containers of Damp Rid takes care of lots of moisture.

I live in NE Oklahoma with almost no moisture issues so my 5er sits in its shed (open around the bottom). I leave two roof vents open (one at each end) about a 1/4"-1/2" for air to circulate just to keep the trailers interior from getting stale smelling.
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As a new TT owner I had not thought out moisture while the unit is stored. After reading all your posts, it makes sense that moisture would build up, just never thought about it. What is damp rid, and where do I get some?
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I live in northeast Ct. I cover in the winter and leave my two roof vent open about 2 inches. I don't use damp rid and never have. I use about 2 boxes of good dryer sheets, 3 high frequency plug in units 6-8 mouse traps and I sprinkle the outside lightly with a granule that supposed to smell like bobcat/fox urine to rodents. Overkill?? Yes, but three years ago I had to replace a full carpet. So far so good every time I check. If rodents do get past all of the above, the traps w/peanut butter will "git em."

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