Your RV is designed to keep the elements out. With tight seals on your windows and doors, your rig is well insulated which means it can hold air in. Strong insulation and seals are a great thing for your RV. After all, that’s what keeps you so comfortable in your home away from home. But, be aware that with this great feature comes something you’ll need to look out for: condensation.
Excess moisture and condensation can cause dampness in your rig that could result in a funky smell, or even mildew growth. Once your RV has a prolonged condensation problem, it can be difficult to reverse. Luckily, preventing excess moisture in your RV to begin with is pretty simple, and should be considered another box to check on your basic RV maintenance.
Here are our simple steps to properly care for your RV’s moisture levels:
Keep the air flowing
One of the most important steps in keeping your RV dry is to maintain proper ventilation. It’s a great idea to keep your fans and exhaust vents on, and keep all of your closets and cabinets slightly open so that air can flow in and keep these spaces from being a different temperature than the rest of the cabin. Whenever you take a shower, make sure you keep the bathroom door closed and open the roof vent. It’s even a good idea to open the roof vent in the living or bedroom areas while you’re sleeping to keep the air moving.
Manage the temperature
On those hot, muggy summer nights you’re going to want to blast the air conditioning. We don’t blame you! Keeping a comfortable sleeping temperature is one of the things that makes owning an RV beautiful. To minimize condensation while running the air conditioning on a hot day, make sure you start running your air conditioning early so that it maintains air temperature while also controlling the humidity and condensation. If you’re camping during cold weather, be aware that the higher temperature inside your RV will cause condensation around the less-insulated parts of your RV, like the windows. To manage this, be sure you keep on your exhaust fans and wipe up any visible condensation when you can.
If you follow these simple steps, you will have the condensation levels in your RV under control. But if you’re not satisfied and you want to take your battle against moisture one step further, you can always invest in a dehumidifier. Either way, taking precautions and making sure your RV doesn’t get damp is an important part of your maintenance. Now hit the open road and keep on livin’ the good (and dry) life!