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Old 08-19-2014, 08:44 AM   #1
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Under mattress condensation

Has anyone really found a fix for condensation under the bunk ends? I thought once things warmed up outside it would go away, but every morning I have to lift our sons mattress on his bunk end to let it dry out.

I have tried some of that reflectix insulation under the mattress (this stops the bunk wall from getting wet but there is still moisture between the insulation and mattress).

I have tried those playmats (the foam puzzle type things) along with the reflectix insulation.

I just bought a foam mattress topper to try on his bed as well (will give that a try next time out). Our son is 9, doesn't weigh a lot, but is a little heater all in himself. He gives off a lot of heat.

I fixed the problem on my end as I found the mattress a bit thin so I bought a blowup mattress and add that to the top of my end.

We have a 2014 Surveyor 192T.

Thanks, James.
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Old 08-19-2014, 01:49 PM   #2
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These ain't cheap but a lot of boaters in an environment that produces LOTS of condensation swear by their Froli's:

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Thanks. They look good, but think it would be a pain to have to set up every time as even with just the thin reflectix pads under the mattress, I found it tighter for closing the beds up. But maybe there is something like that out there that I can put under then take out quicker. I shall look.
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I am amazed to hear of this problem. We had a trailite Bantam for many year and never had any problems with condensation on the mattress even though most of our camping was in the Canadian Rockies where night time temps would drop down close to freezing. On occasions we would wake up with slight condensation on the inside of the bunk ends. We found the best cure for this was to lease one of the window flats slightly open. This was a trick we learned in our many years of tenting.

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Some brands of hybrids have mattresses with vinyl bottoms, while other brands have ones with fabric bottoms, like FR's.
The fabric ones seem to have this issue more than the vinyl ones.
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I am amazed to hear of this problem. We had a trailite Bantam for many year and never had any problems with condensation on the mattress even though most of our camping was in the Canadian Rockies where night time temps would drop down close to freezing. On occasions we would wake up with slight condensation on the inside of the bunk ends. We found the best cure for this was to lease one of the window flats slightly open. This was a trick we learned in our many years of tenting.

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Thanks Tim. The problem is only directly under where we sleep. My son doesn't move around much when he sleeps so in the morning, I know exactly where it will be wet.

I learned about letting airflow in to take care of condensation on the tent ends inside, but this is actually under the mattress.
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Some brands of hybrids have mattresses with vinyl bottoms, while other brands have ones with fabric bottoms, like FR's.
The fabric ones seem to have this issue more than the vinyl ones.
I think you are right.

I think I have to try something to get a little airflow under the mattress.
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A thin wool blanket helps for me.
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A thin wool blanket helps for me.
That's what i've used after trying other things.
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That's what i've used after trying other things.
Where do you think I learned that from? I forgot to thank you earlier.

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