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Old 10-03-2015, 10:30 PM   #1
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condensation inside the bunk end

ugg!! We just went to crawl into bed and the insides of the top of the bunk ends are covered with condensation. its cold and raining outside and we have the furnace running inside (without setting off the smoke alarm for those of you who read my earlier post). i was surprised to see water droplets all over the inside of the canvas. DH says its condensation. We kicked on some fans to move air around. How do we prevent this in cooler wet temps in the future? Anyone else encounter this issue? thanks all, and happy and dry camping!

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Old 10-03-2015, 11:11 PM   #2
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There are literally hundreds of condensation posts in the Hybrid section or any other RV forum's Hybrid section.
That's why Popup Gizmos or the generic solar blankets are the #1 Hybrid mod. They and air movement are the keys to eliminating condensation.
Many newbies close up their hybrids like a submarine, which is a bad idea.
So breathing humans and furnaces create lots of trapped moisture.

Sounds like you don't have PUGs. Get them and leave roof vent cracked and a tent window flap opened. A bunk end fan can help too.

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Old 10-04-2015, 08:03 AM   #3
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bikendan, you are absolutely correct. we are completely new to hybrids and we closed it up tighter than a submarine. we did try to get some air moving but failed to pop open a ceiling fan, window or unzip a bunk end. i've done all now and I ordered PUGS this morning. we'll get the hang of it with the help of good folks on the forums here like you who are willing to help point us in the right direction. Thank you very much for the reply and for your help!

Any other suggestions or a list of "must haves or must do" for new hybrid owners that the PDI/dealer may not have told us?

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Old 10-04-2015, 08:19 AM   #4
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Old 10-04-2015, 08:28 AM   #5
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I've tried to convince people the easiest way to prevent condensation from forming is to stop breathing. For some reason I've made more enemies than friends by suggesting this method...
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Old 10-04-2015, 08:56 AM   #6
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When we had our hybrid, we put thin self inflating air mattresses under the bunk mattress. The moisture from your body will penetrate the mattress and condense when it hits the cold platform. The vinyl covering and air gap help prevent the condensation.

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Old 10-04-2015, 07:02 PM   #8
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You'll love the Popup Gizmos in your hybrid. Well worth the cost. We always camp at sites with electricity so we used 1 or 2 portable electric ceramic heaters like this one.
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I do a fair amount of driveway camping... where I live it is pretty humid for three seasons. I have to keep the ceiling vent on and the bunk end zipper open about a foot or more to "sweep" the moisture that I generate when I sleep out of the bunk end. Otherwise it will almost always create quite a bit of moisture condensation on the vinyl roof of the tent end if the evening cools off at all. Low 60's at night is enough to create condensation.

I have never camped without an electrical hookup so I use electric cubes heaters to keep warm on cool evenings. I have a 15 inch fan that I often use on low in the camper just to circulate the heated air off the ceiling. All of the slightly moving air on those rainy or humid cool nights also help with the condensation problem. SO far I have not gotten PUGS.

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Old 10-04-2015, 08:05 PM   #10
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Has anyone here tried using Cedar Breather under their mattresses?

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