When you are out and about seeing the country, the last thing you’re thinking about is moisture build-up in your RV. You’re on vacation, you don’t want condensation, mold and mildew to ruin your fun. This serious issue can be dealt with and even eliminated if you are proactive and follow our lead to keep your RV dry and mold free.
Why You Need To Keep Your RV Dry And Mold Free
The build-up of excess moisture in your rig is not something you can ignore. There are many issues that can become a major problem if not taken care of.
- Mold and mildew buildup can create serious health problems in addition to being nasty looking. Those with asthma and compromised immune systems are usually extra-sensitive to mold spores. The spores are in the air and can quickly turn your rig into a rolling health hazard — even if you don’t already have issues.
- Wood rot and moisture damage will occur if the areas with the water buildup aren’t treated and cleaned. Floors that are continually wet will lose their strength and need to be replaced. A leaky ceiling or dripping AC unit can create standing water spots or weaken walls. Simple maintenance to keep your RV dry will stop it in its tracks.
How To Do It!
It really isn’t a difficult process if you are aware of how it occurs and stay on top of the maintenance to avoid it.
Get rid of the source of the condensation
Whether it’s wet bathing suits and towels or steam from your stovetop, you need to reduce or eliminate the source of the moisture. Hang wet things outside to dry if possible. Keep pots and pans covered while cooking and make sure you have the fans going. Even better if you can do the majority of your cooking outside.
Upgrade your insulation.
This is especially important on or in the windows. The extra layer of protection between the outside and your interior can make a big difference in the humidity level and amount of condensation you’ll see.
Turn up the heat.
By keeping the interior of your RV at least a few degrees warmer than the outside, you’ll be helping keep the humidity down.
Keep the surfaces wiped down.
It only takes about 24 hours for mold spores to start multiplying. As soon as you see any moisture, wipe it up immediately.
Practice good ventilation.
Most RVs have multiple windows and ceiling vents. Keeping them open as much as possible to allow good airflow is helpful.
Invest in a dehumidifier.
A dehumidifier is a wonderful thing to have when you’re camping in a humid area or it’s stormy outside. Adding a hygrometer to your arsenal is also a great way for you to keep your rig in that desirable 30-50% range. (Too low can dry out your wood fixtures and furniture.)
Have a good maintenance schedule and routine.
Check those water and sewer lines regularly, preferably before and after each trip. Make sure your roof and all the rubber seals on your rig are tight and undamaged. Windows and doors need to be looked at for a tight fit.
These simple tips are a good way to stay on top of your rig’s regular maintenance. Water and mold damage is a common enemy that can be dealt with if you’re prepared. Don’t let a simple drip from your AC unit turn into a flood of money going out in repairs.