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Posted: 11/18/20 09:53am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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My Heki has a screen that stop moist air from causing the frame to sweat. Unless it is not sealing well, I would think your vinyl cover would act the same way. Another option would be to tape a piece of plastic sheeting to the vent to seal moist air from the frame.

Regardless venting moisture out of the RV is a big issue in cold weather. You need some ventilation. Also you need to vent out moisture from cooking and showers.

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Posted: 11/19/20 03:01pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

+1 on venting. The condensation on the aluminum is a symptom, not the problem.

I have added memory foam and a down pad on top of the mattress pad. Under them I have an electric blanket (we are not sleeping directly on the blanket). So when we are hooked up, the bed stays nice and toasty warm. This allows me to have the vent over the bed open. The air cools off, but it does keep the camper from filling with stale moist air.


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Posted: 11/21/20 09:19am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

One of my first experiences with truck camper camping was unpleasant: it was a cold rainy night in the Pac NW; and I was getting "rained on" by our ceiling vent. I wrongly assumed it was leaking, but it was simply condensation. After getting some advice on this forum, I learned that no matter what the weather, that vent needs to be cracked to allow moisture created by us simply breathing, to escape. My current truck camper just got a new Fantastic Fan installed, to deal with any possible condensation problems.

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Posted: 11/21/20 11:22am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I wish they made a small build in unit dehumidifier. One that self drains so you don't have to empty the tray all the time. Now this idea has gone on for a long time really, but no one builds one for RV's unless I missed it.

Just did a search for '12 volt dehumidifiers' and a few came up.... not too expensive, they also help clean the air of mold and bacteria laden moisture. Seems like a good product to look into.

* This post was edited 11/21/20 11:33am by covered wagon *

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We have small dehumidifier that runs on 9vdc. It sits in the dry bath and runs anytime we have shore power. I didn't look into 12vdc model and just looked for something compact that could run for a couple days without emptying.


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