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Old 01-28-2008, 01:41 PM   #1
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Probably a silly question, but I've heard that a coach window should be left open at night for ventilation. Obviously, this is important when taking a shower or cooking but is this common practice at night in a large coach?
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Probably a silly question, but I've heard that a coach window should be left open at night for ventilation. Obviously, this is important when taking a shower or cooking but is this common practice at night in a large coach?
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We rarely have a window or vent open at night -- will sometimes when outside temp and humidity is just right.

We don't open vents or windows when taking a shower.

We don't open vents or windows when cooking, though we do often use the cook top vent, which in our coach DOES vent to the outside.

We have never had a problem with humidity/condensation inside except on the front windshield in extremely cold weather.
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I leave the vents open in the summer just to get fresh air in to the camper.
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I don't but DW does. She likes the fresh air. As a matter of fact she even does in the stick&brick house. Used to be a problem until I discovered electric blankets work in motor homes too.
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Depending on the time of year we do. We usually turn on the everhead fan when showering just to vent the humid air to the outside.
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As far as I know, there is no rule or manufacturer direction stating to leave a window open at night for ventilation in an rv.

Unless, of course, the dryer is running or someone is using the propane stove for cooking. Then, an open window or vent is necessary.

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Actually my owners manual recommends leaving a window or vent open to vent the coach. I usually leave the small front slider open a few inches in the front of the coach buy the DW seat. I use a ceramic electric heater when we get into the colder areas and I have shore power. The fresh air helps from the build up of humidity and keeps the stuffyness down.

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We are fortunate to have a "whole house" type fan in the bath area and use it to help with shower humidity build up and an excess of cooking odor. In the winter, however, we block that exit or all of the heat leaks out quickly. IMHO, there are enough small holes here and there to allow air to enter in the winter.

If at all possible, we have multiple windows open. We like the fresh air. In Texas in the summer, however, the A/Cs run a lot of the time and the windows are closed then, too.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Unless, of course, the dryer is running or someone is using the propane stove for cooking. Then, an open window or vent is necessary </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
"Recommended" maybe, but not "necessary," at least not in our MH. We routinely run the dryer and cook with no vent or window open, and do not have humidity problems! Of course, our ac/heat pump system does remove humidity from the air when it is running...
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Thanks to all for your input. I'm glad to know that I probably won't die if I close the window on cold nights! I do like the fresh air and learned this past summer while spending a lot of time at high elevations, that electric blanket really DO work in RVs too.
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Yes, we do. The kitchen window.
Have one cracked open a bit at home too.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by AFChap:
"Recommended" maybe, but not "necessary," at least not in our MH. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Your coach must have ventillation other than ours. Our dryer has a large warning sticker on it stating not to run without opening a window so as not to promote a negative air pressure in an enclosed vehicle that contains propane appliances. Although, I'm of the same opinion as chasfm11 that our coach isn't perfectly sealed so I'm sure fresh air gets in even with all vents, windows & doors closed tight. Also, our propane stove has a similar warning not to operate without proper ventillation so that there isn't carbon monoxide buildup.

Just safety precautions there, not related to humidity or stale air.

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