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Old 01-12-2015, 02:22 PM   #1
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new to site mold allergies

I am new to the site and my wife has been living with ovarian cancer for 8 years now and is very allergic to mold. We had to remove all carpet from our house. We have some land in south carolina we are trying to sell so we do not want to build on it but would like to enjoy it by parking an rv on it. There is water septic and electricity. Gets cold in Ohio and my brother is in Hilton head. Found the Evergreen site by looking at and researching the history of dutchman. Needless to say the promise of an rv that won't leak and has composite materials that are less prone to mold is highly appealing. So always glad to hear about leakage/ roof and mold issues and which models might be best. Also any advice on simple modern, less carpet and drapes material would be great to hear about. Currently looking at a 2011 everlite in South carolina. Thanks for any direction or advice ..norm
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Old 01-12-2015, 03:18 PM   #2
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Norm;

Sorry I can't answer your question but I do want to welcome you to iRV2. We are happy you joined us. Sorry to hear about your wife's health issues. My advice is to browse the Owner's Corner Forums as a start and don't be afraid to ask questions. We have a great group here who like to help when they can.

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I wish you and your wife the best, good luck with your search.
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Old 01-12-2015, 06:27 PM   #4
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Keeping the inside of the any RV is a challenge. The better the construction the less of a chance of a leak, in particular is the roof construction.

I had a Class C with a rubber roof, I paid strict attention to the maintenance and upkeep. Even with that we had a leak develop on the edge seam across the top bunk. This started when the coach was less then 5 years old. Got it fixed but still a problem.

I now own a Class A with a full fiberglass roof, so far no problems and it is ~+13 years old.

Also pay attention to any openings for vents, sky lights, and AC units. Any opening will require periodic maintenance to prevent leaks.

Windows are another avenue for water intrusion, both from leaks and condensation. Dual pane windows will be less susceptible to condensation and wind blown rain.

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Old 01-12-2015, 09:11 PM   #5
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Hello and welcome. I don't know much about mold problems, we have never had anything in our two motorhomes, other than some mold in the Frige rubber door lining in our smaller RV.

But I have read articles about the larger ratio of moisture in motor homes due to smaller living areas and being built out of non breathing materials. It seems that living in very cold climates or extremely humid areas would present some problems. The main thing is having fresh air (difficult in either extremes), and figuring out how to maintain the RV a lot like a home. Probably with dehumidifiers and stopping it from the start with no leaks, and no conditions that will cause mold.

I would buy a new motorhome if possible to make sure you have no hidden disasters, also to know there hasn't been mold in the past. I really haven't heard of such problems other than older rv's.
Best of luck to you both, as a cancer survivor myself, please give my well wishes and a hug to your wife. (((())))
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As you are learning, all RV's have rather poor construction and may develop leaks in a number of places. The best you can do is have your unit tested by using the pressure test. Do that even if the unit is new.

Is there a possibility that you could build a carport type structure and park under that roof? That would not only keep the water out, but greatly extend the life of the RV.
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I also live in South Carolina. There isn't anything to stop the mold for many reasons. But what I have found is working for me is cutting vent holes throughout the camper to allow for air flow. When you really look at a camper no matter the camper there are a lot of blocked off areas and with the way the weather is in South Carolina there isn't any preventing it. Along with the vents throughout I have gotten the damp rid containers and put them anywhere there is a chance of mold, under the dinette, under the bunk, in the bathroom etc. Hope this helps. It has helped me! :-D
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Clean with bleach solution, then use 1/4 cup bleach and 1/4 cup borax spray it on let it dry. Mold has to have moisture to grow, and when it gets damp the borax makes boric acid which kills the mold. Pretty safe (eyedrops contain boric acid). This process was successfully used post-katrina.
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Dry is the word here. Ceramic and oil filled heaters combined with existing high humidity levels multiply the chances of mold. After chasing the mold thingy I now have a 4" pvc tube at the head of the mattress and run a dehumidifier anytime the windows need to be closed or temps get below 50.
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Their are Ozone Machines on the market for removing mold that are far safer than bleach and acids.
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