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Old 08-26-2013, 07:27 PM   #1
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Mold and Mildew in MH

We live in Florida, and have experienced a particularly wet summer, resulting in a lot of moisture in our MH. We have been looking at a number of options to keep our MH from smelling of mold, some of which cost over $200.00

A recent conversation with a RV retailer revealed a simple and cheap way of keeping the smell, and mold, out. Save several plastic coffee containers, punch or drill a number of holes in the lid, fill the container with charcoal briquettes, and voila; dehumidifiers.

Not sure if any one has tried it; I am about to, and will report back with results. If any of you have tried this inexpensive method of keeping that nasty mold at bay, please let us know.
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I put pans of charcoal briquettes in the coach & smaller pans of such inside the fridge during winter storage. Never had an issue. However, they are a VERY SLOW way of dehumidifying. Being in FL, you would probably be better off with some type of mechanical dehumidifier because I don't feel the charcoal would be able to keep up with the volume where you are. Eva-Dry (sold by RVupgrades, one of our sponsors) is less than $80 for the mid-size unit.

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the smell of mold could be you have a leak where the rot is hidden. Just found a spot on mine where water was wicking in under a trim piece. Just dumb luck too.

Otherwise Id be storing it in a covered area.
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However, they are a VERY SLOW way of dehumidifying. Being in FL, you would probably be better off with some type of mechanical dehumidifier because I don't feel the charcoal would be able to keep up with the volume where you are.
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For a point of reference, I live in south GA. I put a mechanical unit in my 39' fiver. It has a pump for the condensate and I put the drain in the kitchen sink thinking there was plenty of room to hold the condensate.

Wrong! Within 2 weeks, it was full. There is a lot of moisture in the air in this area. I had the dehumidifier set at 55%.
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