Condensation and Humidity in the Camper

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It is funny all the differences to be found in living in a camper versus living in a normal home.

Up here in South Dakota, we bought humidifiers the first year we were here and living in our sticks and bricks home.  Near-constant heating of the dry winter air made it a necessity.

In the camper, it’s SO much different.  Here we have humidity and too much of it.  I guess all these humans breathing, the moisture from cooking, and the heat going in such a small space completely changes the dynamics.  Dramatically.

This is an excellent post about the importance of reducing the humidity in a RV.  And I mean excellent!  It’ll open your eyes to the importance and I’m not going to regurgitate what was written.

As we enter our first winter in the camper, we’re faced with trying to reduce the humidity in our space.

Window Design.  I’m thinking this is a newer design on the windows for RVs but our big windows in our living/dining/kitchen area have little itty bitty holes for the condensation to drip out of.  Not all of the windows have these holes so we have to be sure to wipe any water out of the “trough”, where it collects.  Also the water can freeze so that’s something to watch out for too.

Venting.  

Cooking Fan.  When I cook, I make sure the vent is on. (important to do anyway because of the propane)

Windows.  Sometimes we need to crack the windows because the condensation just isn’t letting it up.  The camper heats up quickly, but it also cools down quickly.

Bathroom & Ceiling Vent.  Not as easily accessable (at least our bathroom one is) but this also helps and is an option.

Dehumidifiers.  I read the reviews on Amazon, and we purchased an Eva Dry small humidifier.  It doesn’t seem to be able to keep up with the humidity but at least it is doing something.  The jury is still out on whether we like this one or not.  We may need to try another location and see if it draws out the moisture better.

Moisture Absorbing Beads.  We have NOT tried this but we have read about people using a product such as DampRid to absorb the moisture.  With our little ones, we’re leaning away from doing this just yet.  Seriously, it’s hard enough keeping the dog food and water in their respective bowls.

Plastic Window Insulation.  We have NOT done this one either, but reportedly plasticing the windows helps with insulating the warm indoor air from the cold window (thus reducing the condensation).  Since the temperature fluctuates so much here, we want to be able to open the windows so we’ve been dragging our feet on this one.

Dry Towel.  Oh yeah!  We’re high-tech and use a towel to wipe the condensation off.  It collects again, but at least it wipes up excess.

So those are the ways we’ve found to reduce the condensation on the windows.  It’s not a horrible issue, just one more thing we deal with differently in the camper.

Any experienced RVers or smart ones out there have more ideas, I’d love to hear them!

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  1. Amber Johnson says:

    We have a whole house humidifier and we put plastic on our windows to help with condensation too! I wonder how this winter will compare with future winters since it has been unusually warm??

  2. Fascinating. This would never have occurred to me!

  3. I just discovered your site today and it has helped me SOOO much, especially this post!! I’m living in a 5th wheel with my boyfriend and my dog while I attend school and our biggest problem is the moisture! (It doesn’t help that we are on the coast either.) I’m definatly going to invest in a humidifier and the moisture absorbing beads in hopes that it will help reduce the condensation and the tiny bit of mold buildup I keep coming across in varies knooks and crannies. I have also been trying to convince my boyfriend to let me do some renovation/remodeling things, so hopefully by showing him your posts he will understand that it can be done without having to pay for it to bed one professionally.
    Thanks!!

    • So glad it could help you Kaelie! (I’m sure it was a typo but just make sure you get a DEhumidifier – :)) To this day, I’m amazed at the transformation our camper took through the remodel. It is entirely possible for very little money and just a little elbow grease!

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