The fall and winter seasons typically bring cooler weather along with them, but in Florida, those cooler days and nights may be few and far between. Temperatures in our state often stay unseasonably warm, even as the winter months approach. That’s the main reason why RV enthusiasts in the form of snow birds from the north flock to our sunny home in droves. However, cold fronts are bound to move through the state at some point, and however short lived they may be, increased condensation inside your rig may become a concern when outside air is cooler than air inside your RV.
What is condensation? The air we breathe is made up gases, including water in vapor form. When water vapor cools enough, it becomes a liquid and will collect on the coldest interior surfaces, which might be your RV windows or metallic areas. Having moisture in the air and on surfaces in and of itself isn’t a huge deal, but it’s what excessive moisture can do to your RV if left too long that’s the issue. Mold and mildew can form in humid environments and once those things infiltrate your RV, they’re difficult to remove. Wood can rot and metal can corrode in moist conditions as well.
That said, it’s always a good idea to reduce or eliminate condensation in your RV as quickly as you can. Here are four easy ways to do that:
- Open a window – Sometimes, simply opening a window to help stabilize the humidity levels inside your rig can help clear out excess moisture and reduce condensation.
- Run exhaust fans – When you’re showering or cooking inside your RV, you’re generating heat and moisture. Running exhaust fans during those activities can help limit condensation build up inside your RV.
- Run a dehumidifier – Dehumidifiers gather moisture in the air and collect it as water into a basin. This dries the air out and helps to limit moisture buildup in your RV. Be sure to dump the reservoir frequently, though, to ensure the dehumidifier continues to work efficiently.
- Dry clothes outside – If you prefer (or must) hang your washed clothes to dry, hang them outside. Leaving them inside your RV to dry means that the water will evaporate from the fabric into the air, increasing the humidity in your RV and the risk for condensation to form.
Taking these few simple steps can help you combat condensation in your RV and help it stay in tip-top condition for years to come.
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