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February 8, 2018

5 Ways to Reduce Condensation in Motorhomes

If you’re on a long summer trip, you want to be sure that you and your family are comfortable. After all, motorhomes full of uncomfortable family members will probably be motorhomes full of unhappy family members. Your motorhome’s humidity level is one factor that you might not immediately think about but, in fact, has a big impact on how the environment within your home on the road feels.

With a little planning and attention, you can keep your motorhome’s humidity at the right levels. For most people, that’s at about 40% humidity, though individual preferences vary. One way to think about how to control the humidity, or the amount of water in your air, is to think about how to control condensation, or how water changes from a gas into a liquid and vice versa. We at Happy Trails RV want our customers to get the most out of their motorhomes all season long. That’s why we suggest these five simple tips for reducing the condensation in your motorhome:

  1. Be careful when and where you cook

A big pot of pasta can be a tasty, quick and easy way to feed a large family. To cook it, however, would require 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 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 in your home.

  1. Take your laundry outdoors

Laundry is another essential on the road that also takes a lot of water. 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.

  1. Seal your windows

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.

  1. Use your exhaust fans

Most motorhomes are fitted with excellent exhaust fans. Some people only think of using them when what they’re cooking will create smoke. If you do have to cook with water, however, be sure to turn them on to remove the humid air.

  1. Dehumidifier

Of course, one of the easiest ways to control the humidity is to purchase a dehumidifier for your motorhome. 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 an dehumidifier in your motorhome.

If you need help looking for new motorhomes or finding the right accessories that will let you get the most out of your RV, contact us at Happy Trails RV today. Our friendly staff will help you get on the road fully equipped.