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Old 10-16-2013, 05:49 PM   #1
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So I run a decent size dehumidifier in the evenings and turn it off in the morning when I get up. Is there such a thing as TO much dehumidifying?

Every morning when I get up and turn it off I empty the bucket and pour out about a 1/2 gallon of water

Here is a photo of the unit below
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Old 10-20-2013, 11:31 AM   #3
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I don't think so. I'm running a 3 amp EVA-DRY dehumidifier (LOVE IT!) and I also have Damp-Rid's hanging in the driving cockpit and in all my closets, and I have a DRI-Z-AIR in the bathroon. Now is THAT too much dehumidifying?
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I don't think so. I'm running a 3 amp EVA-DRY dehumidifier (LOVE IT!) and I also have Damp-Rid's hanging in the driving cockpit and in all my closets, and I have a DRI-Z-AIR in the bathroon. Now is THAT too much dehumidifying?

I looked at the ones you can hang up, how often do you replace them?
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I think it depends on the time of year and where you live. Atlanta? Leave it on. 1/2 gal a day indicates a lot of humidity. Do you have a humidistat on the unit? Just set it at a reasonable humidity level.
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I have a digital read out that says for the most part I am at 40-50% humidity
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Old 10-20-2013, 10:57 PM   #7
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Is there such a thing as TO much dehumidifying?
In a short answer - yes you can do too much dehumidifying - when occupied. Too dry will dry YOU out.

Unoccupied, it is not necessary to dehumidify a camper.
If you are wondering where all the moisture is coming from when unoccupied, it is likely from the surroundings. Like your air conditioner, even if you don't open any doors the unit has to cycle on to remove the heat through absorption. Campers, like homes aren't drum tight. Moisture is migrating from outside.

After a trip in the coach it would be ok to run the humidifier for a couple days to dry it from the occupants but you will not likely ever to see a day of never emptying the bucket until the outdoor average daily humidity levels are around 35% or lower.

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In Washington State, in fall we run our dehumidifier while we're camping. I turn it off and on throughout the day, but let it run on low during the night. It keeps the windows clear and the temperature more comfortable. I have one like the picture above. Dining the winter, we semi-winterize, because we like to get out and about after a long week at work. I let it run down to about 40% humidity.
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If you can keep the humidity below about 45% or so, it will impend the growth of mold... That is probably a worthwhile endevour. Out here in Denver, we don't see it that high very often, more like 15% most times except when early in the morning during the winter or when it's raining.

Of course we did have a little stint here a month or so ago that was not much fun, but hopefully not again for 500 years or so.
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So I run a decent size dehumidifier in the evenings and turn it off in the morning when I get up. Is there such a thing as TO much dehumidifying?

Every morning when I get up and turn it off I empty the bucket and pour out about a 1/2 gallon of water

Here is a photo of the unit below
To answer your question yes you can. You can dry out your cabinets and furniture. Your relative humidity should run around 45 to 50%. On the other hand it depends on the time of year. During the summer your A/C is really just dehumidifier. During the winter if you run your propane furnace you add to the humidity in the trailer. If you allow humidity to build in the winter by keeping the unit closed up you stand to grow mold and mildew, the same as the hot summer months. It is safer to leave some roof vents open so you can exchange the air. Propane is not a dry heat like a firer place. I would use one during the winter in storage, but that would be about it. When I was in the HVAC business we use to add humidifiers to people systems for use in the winter only so the heat would not dry things out.(natural gas) During the summer months the A/C took care of dropping the humidity on it's own.( condensation) But there is a moisture content with propane and with the btu's each person puts out on their own. When we calculate the size of A/C's you add that in as a factor. Plus fresh air intake.
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