Living in the Pacific Northwest has some serious benefits like natural beauty and interesting history. But for RV owners, living in the PNW also means that moisture-related problems such as mold or water damage will be unavoidable. If you own an RV, it’s worth learning a little bit about how to deal with excessive moisture before it becomes a serious problem.
Read on to learn about the problems water can pose to your RV. If you’re already dealing with mold or water damage, give us a call at Ryan’s RV Town to talk to our service center about possible solutions. We repair many types of RV and our talented team of technicians might be able to repair yours. We’re located in Everett, Washington and we proudly serve the areas of Tacoma, Bellingham, and Vancouver, Washington, too!
Humidity, Condensation & Excess Water
Dealing with humidity and condensation is a regular part of RV ownership. There are many potential sources for excess humidity in an RV. Cooking, cleaning, and showering can all contribute vast amounts of humidity. A pot of boiling water can cover your walls and windows in dripping condensation. Even breath from occupants of your RV can lead to condensation. Plus, in a place like Washington, the constant presence of rain and precipitation will eventually lead to water getting into the RV.
It’s important to remember that humidity isn’t entirely a bad thing. A comfortable level of humidity is usually about 30-50%. But maintaining this level of humidity is difficult when the level of humidity outside is 100%
Getting Ahead of Potential Moisture Problems
If you want to prevent moisture-related problems, you’ll need to identify where it’s coming from and treat it. If there’s a high level of ambient humidity, you’re probably dealing with the type of humidity that’s created from everyday living. If one area of your RV is dealing with worse moisture problems, that probably means there’s a leak somewhere. Fixing major damage or leaks is something that should be left to the professionals. When treating water damage, it’s extremely important to be thorough and do the job right the first time, otherwise you’ll deal with the consequences for years to come.
Killing Moisture the Easy Way
If you’re dealing with moisture that comes from normal activities in your RV, the easiest way to keep humidity and condensation under control is to use a dehumidifier. Dehumidifiers are electric appliances, so you’ll need to have a connection to the electrical grid. You could power it off a generator or battery system, but it will probably burn through more energy than you want to use. If your RV is large enough, you might need to use more than one dehumidifier. This is especially true if you have a separate bedroom in your trailer.
Other Moisture Removal Methods
If you’d rather not use a dehumidifier or are wanting to keep the moisture down while your RV sits unused during the offseason, the best option is probably desiccant crystals. These crystals are used in packaging for everything from clothes to shoes to even some food products. You can buy it in large enough quantities to be useful in RVs, though, because they often are sold for controlling moisture in basements and other notoriously damp spaces. Their chemical structure allows them to pull a surprising amount of humidity out of the air.
Staying on top of moisture and humidity doesn’t have to be complicated if you keep these methods in mind. For any maintenance or repair for your RV, stop by Ryan’s RV Town in Everett, Washington. We’re located near Seattle, Tacoma, Bellingham, and Vancouver, Washington so stop by today!