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Old 01-02-2017, 11:14 PM   #1
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Dry heat in new travel trailer

We have a brand new travel trailer and used it in the North Georgia mountains this past week for the first time. Winnebago Minnie Plus 27bhss. Overnight, it was in the mid 20's, somthe heat cut on throughout the night. With 3 small kids, we were worried about staying warm. We actually had to turn down the heat because it worked so well. However, I barely slept at all. It was so dry! My nose was stopped up to the point I couldn't even breathe and I was awake most the night. Is there a cure for this? Will a simple room humidifier solve this problem, or is there another trick to provide a little humidity in the camper with heat on? Being in Georgia, heat will only be needed a few months out of the year. But, I'm willing to try almost anything to not have that dry heat overnight anymore. Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
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We keep a window cracked open in the front of our RV and the bathroom exhaust fan running in the rear of the RV even in very cold weather.

This helps prevent moisture from condensing on the windows. We run a electric heater all night when it's down under 40 and never run the furnace until the morning when we get up.

The furnace burns a lot of propane and is noisy. We use a couple blankets.
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Yes, a room size humidifier will work. Usually the problem is excess humidity condensing on windows and damage can result. Opening a window will lower humidity when outside temperature is low.
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I have that problem when I visit AZ (Quartsite) and I use a vaporizer or humidifier In the desert I can put as much as five gallons of water into the air a day in this RV and still have nasal issues.. Saline spray helps too. But the only time I need it is in the desert.
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We have a brand new travel trailer and used it in the North Georgia mountains this past week for the first time. Winnebago Minnie Plus 27bhss. Overnight, it was in the mid 20's, somthe heat cut on throughout the night. With 3 small kids, we were worried about staying warm. We actually had to turn down the heat because it worked so well. However, I barely slept at all. It was so dry! My nose was stopped up to the point I couldn't even breathe and I was awake most the night. Is there a cure for this? Will a simple room humidifier solve this problem, or is there another trick to provide a little humidity in the camper with heat on? Being in Georgia, heat will only be needed a few months out of the year. But, I'm willing to try almost anything to not have that dry heat overnight anymore. Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
Normally folks complain about it being way too humid. Seems strange with the furnace running that you felt it was too dry. Must've been in the middle of a high-pressure system with those 20° temps. To me the simplest thing if it's just a few times a year would be to do the things that cause too much humidity up here in the north, take showers leave the water on the side of the shower stall, boil water, shut the doors and windows while doing some serious exercising
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Heavy storms moved in that night, so maybe that was it. But, I get dried out when we run the heat at home, too. Ends up with a completely sealed nose and mouth breathing/ snoring throughout the night. I think the propane just burns so hot, it dries the air out. An electric heater isn't a bad idea. I think we will take a humidifier when we go again in a few weeks, too. Thanks for the replies.
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Spend a few months in the desert. You'll adjust.
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Crazy story here to tell you that actually made me worry about mold and mildew in our trailer. I don't like drying our nice clothes so I hang them to dry. I hung them on hangers over the shower rod and through out the trailer. Our trailer is so small (20 ft) that our entire trailer had humidity on all the windows in the trailer. So, if you hang some clothes up, you should be fine haha.
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We have a brand new travel trailer and used it in the North Georgia mountains this past week for the first time. Winnebago Minnie Plus 27bhss. Overnight, it was in the mid 20's, somthe heat cut on throughout the night. With 3 small kids, we were worried about staying warm. We actually had to turn down the heat because it worked so well. However, I barely slept at all. It was so dry! My nose was stopped up to the point I couldn't even breathe and I was awake most the night. Is there a cure for this? Will a simple room humidifier solve this problem, or is there another trick to provide a little humidity in the camper with heat on? Being in Georgia, heat will only be needed a few months out of the year. But, I'm willing to try almost anything to not have that dry heat overnight anymore. Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
Good Morning, I got thinking about this, what was your thermostat set for? We set the heat back at night to ensure it's comfortable while sleeping. If you heat a space with an electric heater or a furnace to a temperature of 80 degrees...how would the air be drier?

A brand new TT? Could it be that the duct work has mold or other contaminants in it. Dust developed from saw dust to particulate matter used in modern construction methods? When just turned on and blowing them about caused an allergic reaction or respiratory distress? Did all of you have the same issues? Anyways just a thought, meant for consideration.
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I suggest you get an oil heater and use it instead of the propane. It is quiet and will cost you less and might solve the dryness issue. With all those people sleeping in the TT they are expelling a lot of water through their breath.

You want to avoid moisture getting into the TT.
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Hi,
Crazy story here to tell you that actually made me worry about mold and mildew in our trailer. I don't like drying our nice clothes so I hang them to dry. I hung them on hangers over the shower rod and through out the trailer. Our trailer is so small (20 ft) that our entire trailer had humidity on all the windows in the trailer. So, if you hang some clothes up, you should be fine haha.
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LOL...Good idea.
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It's important to note that unless a heater has a water line either running to it, or from it, no water can be added or removed from the air by it. That is, heating air does nothing to the amount of water contained in it. Heat cold dry air and you get hot dry air. Hot air CAN hold more water, but that's a different part of the story.
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