Reduce Condensation

We have arrived at the time of year where issues with moisture and condensation in RV’s begin to arise.

With a little planning and attention, you can keep your motorhome’s humidity at the right level, and therefore, reduce condensation, mold, rust, and wood rot.

The root cause of RV condensation is moisture and temperature. Thus, the most effective way to rid your trailer or motorhome of condensation is to remove excess moisture from the air and control the internal temperature.

Many daily activities such as cooking, showering, etc, add moisture into the air. The outdoor temperature and humidity level also affect the amount of moisture in the air inside your RV. Follow our 6 tips to combat condensation in your RV caused by day-to-day tasks as well as inevitable weather conditions.

1. Seal Your Windows

A great place to start is to make sure all of your windows are sealed well before heading out on a camping trip. Whether you want to increase or decrease the humidity, having control over your environment means reducing the exchange of air between the inside and outside to only a few channels. Sealing your windows tight means that you can control what kind of air comes in and out.

2. Use Your Vent and Exhaust Fans

Most RV’s are fitted with excellent vent/exhaust fans. Some people only think of using them when what they’re cooking will create smoke, but these fans do a great job of removing excess moisture from the air. It’s also a good idea to install roof top vent covers to allow your vents be left open, ensuring proper air circulation.

3. Open the Windows

When the weather is nice, try opening some windows a crack to help air-out the interior of you RV.

4. Use a Dehumidifier

One of the easiest ways to control interior humidity is to purchase a dehumidifier. Some models require a significant amount of energy to run, however, so be sure to consult your owner’s manual to find out how to safely and efficiently run a dehumidifier in your RV. You can also inquire with one of our qualified parts specialists about which dehumidifier will work best for your model.

5. Be Mindful of Where and How You Cook

A big pot of pasta can be a tasty, quick and easy way to feed a large family. To cook it, however, requires a large pot of boiling water on the stove for at least half an hour. While the water is boiling, it’s releasing water into your air. Because motorhomes and trailers tend to be well insulated, that water isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. If you need to boil water, consider doing it outside to reduce condensation. The best way to continue to cook inside your RV is to skip the stove top and use the oven or invest in an instant pot. Otherwise, cooking outdoors is a great option as it won’t increase the humidity inside you RV at all!

6. Take Your Laundry Outdoors

If your RV doesn’t have a drying machine, avoid air-drying your clothes inside as much as possible. When you air-dry your delicate clothes, the moisture that was in the fabric doesn’t just go away—it gets released into the air. Plan your laundry routine so you’ll be able to air-dry your clothes in the great outdoors.

RV Condensation can be drastically reduced if you are mindful about the amount of moisture that is being released into the air.
Try out our 6 tips and see how well they help to eradicate the condensation in you RV!