Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 07-19-2013, 11:35 AM   #1
Junior Member
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Maryland
Posts: 7
Question Mold and Mildew in Game Drawer Beneath Refrigerator

Newbie to the forum......
We bought a 2012 Chapparal Lite 280RLS 5th Wheel in February 2012 and enjoy it very much.
Used it frequently last Season with no issues.

This season after properly winterizing/de-winterizing (Eastern Shore of MD) we took it to Cape Hatteras in early April.

When the living room slide was out I felt dampness on the carpet in front of the reefer. A check in the game drawer just below revealed a slight dusting of mold and mildew.

We cleaned it up and began to search for the cause with no result. At first I thought of a leaky slide out or leaks through the vents behind the reefer, but subsequent rains and time have not revealed any other moisture issues. Since then, we've been opening it up every couple weeks when we're not using it and placed a cheap can of evap crystals in the drawer and after about 6 weeks it produces about a cup of water.

My question is: Has any other 280RLS owners observed the same and what did/are they doing to prevent it?

lwieb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-19-2013, 01:56 PM   #2
Moderator Emeritus
Dave_Monica's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 4,329
Is the fridge condensate hose properly routed out through the exterior access panel?



Nights camped in 2013 - 55, 2014 - 105, 2015 - 63
Dave_Monica is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-2013, 05:49 AM   #3
Junior Member
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Maryland
Posts: 7

That was my first thought as well. Yes the condensate hose is correctly routed out through the outside vent. Inspection behind the refrigerator and below it reveals nothing out the ordinary.

Opened and aired it our this weekend and observe only a small amount of water in the evap cup.

Guess I'll need to keep it open and aired out whenever time and weather allows.

Any other ideas, always welcome. Thanks.

Still hope someone with a similar issue sees this and can comment.
lwieb is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:09 AM.