I can't find anything that covers this in the FAQ so here goes:
Is there a need to do anything to protect the fabric and foam in the furniture from getting damp/dank over the Canadian winter? I know we sometimes will get a few freeze/thaw cycles. We could take the dinnette cushions inside but not the sofa or the overhead bed.
I've notice some of the "anti damp" crystals on sale look suspsiously like cat litter, I'm wondering if a tray of that would do as much good as anything.
Actually, the drying crystals are the same as some "ice melter" that you can buy for your sidewalks in winter. If I recall its Calcium Carbonate or something like that. Definitely not Kitty Litter
I use the drying crystals. I bought it originally with a little circular tray that suspends above a circular type bowl. The tray is all vented. The crystals absorb the moisture in the air and it drops into the bowl. About 2 cups every couple months in my 19ft trailer. And it rains lots here in the winter time (Vancouver BC). I don't heat my trailer or anything in winter, its just stored.
Not sure how much this really helps but it wasn't terribly expensive, and each dish full of stuff in maybe a half cupful? It lasts a long time and I bought a big gallon jug of it.
We have never done anything extra for the inside, PUP, HTT and now c-class. We just make sure everything is dry before putting away. Never had any problems.
Beverley and Ken
X 2. The only thing I can add is that I always place cardboard between the window frames and day/night shades to prevent the sun from bleaching the furniture. Many years ago I had a trailer that was left exposed to the sun over the winter (my fault) and the furniture cloth and foam disintegrated where the sun dried it out while stored, particularly.. the back of the couch. Now I even put a sheet of cardboard under the bathroom skylight. It's dark in there now!!
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