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Old 10-23-2013, 10:12 PM   #11
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I looked at the ones you can hang up, how often do you replace them?
The ones you hang up are the Damp Rids. Every 30 days, or I have stretched it to 60 days.....
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Old 10-23-2013, 10:19 PM   #12
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Dang. You are all recommending 45-50%? I'm on the Oregon Coast right now trying to keep it down to 60%! I have two Eva Dry units, one is 3 amps, and one is 6 amps. I'm running the 3 amp one, but not the 6 amp one.... yet...... Trying to keep my amps down as I'm also running space heaters. (Plus all the Damp Rids I have hanging in the closets.....)

In the 3170 with the computer desk, I have found that leaving the window open near the computer desk really cuts down on getting humidity on the interior windows. I don't lose that much heat, the front section and the bedroom stay pretty toasty. Don't know if you want to do that with the kids bunk option.
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Old 10-23-2013, 10:47 PM   #13
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Dang. You are all recommending 45-50%? I'm on the Oregon Coast right now trying to keep it down to 60%!
No, 60% is a bit on the middle ground. Basically you want to control it when occupied. If your coach is vented that will help. Think of it like the attic or the enclosed garage in a home. Those spaces aren't conditioned or dehumidified but there isn't a mold problem either. Those areas are vented which keeps the moisture low.

I live in Louisiana - the south tropics so high humidity is part of life. We see mold problems but it is usually caused by something else that is wrong (roof leaks, drain leaks, poor vapor barriers and/or ventilation).

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Old 10-24-2013, 10:24 AM   #14
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I also try to leave the driving compartment windows cracked open a little, just a TEENSY bit. It helps..... some.... but not that much.
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Good discussion. So this is my concern. I live in Georgia where humidity levels can be at 100% outside at times ...lol, so my thoughts are to keep levels in the RV at a level that we are maintaining proper humidity levels to maximize the life of the interior of the unit. One member made a good point about drying out the interior which will cause cracks in plastics, wood and leather materials and on the other hand we want to prevent mold growth and extend the life of the walls and other surfaces. I guess its a fine line to walk. I keep a digital read out on the wall that lets me know my levels at all times.

Right now its getting colder and I have the heat pump on at 65 degrees to keep a comfortable temp in the RV because we use it daily. I assume the heat pump because it's electric will dry out everything so need need for the dehumidifier, correct?
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...Right now its getting colder and I have the heat pump on at 65 degrees to keep a comfortable temp in the RV because we use it daily. I assume the heat pump because it's electric will dry out everything so need need for the dehumidifier, correct?
Not a dehumidifier, a humidifier to keep it around 45%-55%.
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So "yes" the heat pump will dry out everything?
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So "yes" the heat pump will dry out everything?
Definitely.
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The heatpump is a reverse cycle air conditioner; absorbing the heat from outside and bringing it inside (which is why heatpumps don't work so well when it is cool outside - less heat available to absorb).

I live in an area with humidity averages 80% - 90%. But it doesn't stay at that level all day (unless it is raining).

There is a lot of information on the internet about humidity ranges for homes and just as much information on mold control. Mold has been around long before RV's and air conditioning. The point is is mold likes a particular environment and that environment needs to be consistent to support mold growth. Most homes and/or RV's do not have the condition consistently to support mold growth.

Monitoring humidity is a good practice and use a good hygrometer but my advice still stands that the best practice is to vent - same as you do for the bath area after showers. Why do most baths (RV and homes) have vents, to get the moisture out of the area where it can be the highest.

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Old 10-26-2013, 12:05 AM   #20
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Chrisbrock, I used to live in Smyrna (but didn't have an RV at the time....). I don't think you will have a problem with getting things too dry...... But what do I know, I haven't lived in Smyrna since 1998......
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