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rickhise wrote:

Any recommendations for wiping everything in the camper down with that could minimize mildew.
I will leave 2 fans running this winter.
Roof vent open
Small window open
It’s stored under roof with side walls.
Also a full camper cover.

Wondering if the cover defeats my windows open an fans running.

I realize some will need more info, I’ll answer all questions
(Location, year, length, manufacture etc)
Manufacturers didn’t provide any info in owner’s manual


So we full time now so this is far less of an issue for us, but before we full timed, we never had an issue with mildew in winter storage.
We lived in the greater Portland, OR area. Our 5er was stored at a storage lot, all vents opened, no windows (no Power).
We kept it stocked with clothes and non-perishable food, so we could take off at a moments notice, never had an issue with mildew.

So where are you located, has a lot to do with mildew.

You state it is under a shed with sides, I would not use a cover, I would make sure you have vent covers on your vents.

As you have power, fans, and a dehumidifier will be a big help.


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I use a small electric heater to maintain the camper just above freezing. It also does a great job of keeping the RV dry. I usually start the winter storage with a vent opened slightly and then later on I close it. I have been doing this for years without any humidity or mold issues.

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When I winterize I remove the batteries and unplug the trailer from power. I do cover with an RV cover and I feel this is a great way to save the outside of the trailer and roof. I close the trailer completely leaving no open windows or vents. I use 2 dry-z-air refillable packs, one in the kitchen sink and one in the bathroom sink. I check the trailer a couple times through the winter, empty the water in the sink, and refill the crystals. I have yet to see any mildew or anything in my trailer - I live outside of Seattle - very damp area in the winter. Moss grows on the north side of your trailer if you leave it uncovered...

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Campinghoss@51 wrote:

Put a few damp rid containers inside in different areas. Damp rid is your friend.


Yep - They're available in 4-pound buckets, which will handle a pretty large area.

Close up the RV, so that you're only dehumidifying the air inside it.

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Welp, the OP was a 1 and done on this thread!
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Put a few damp rid containers inside in different areas. Damp rid is your friend.

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Grit dog wrote:

Welp, the OP was a 1 and done on this thread!
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He's one and done on every thread.


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Running fans all winter will just pull in moist air. Instead dry out the RV and then shut all the windows and vents. You can use a dehumidifier but I just use a small electric heater and leave a ceiling vent open and then close it after a week or so when the humidity in the RV has dropped to a low level.

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JimK-NY wrote:

Running fans all winter will just pull in moist air. Instead dry out the RV and then shut all the windows and vents. You can use a dehumidifier but I just use a small electric heater and leave a ceiling vent open and then close it after a week or so when the humidity in the RV has dropped to a low level.


IF you're using a fan that is drawing in outside air, like a roof vent fan. Simply using a fan to promote circulation will not contribute detrimentally to the humidity, but rather improve it. (Not as good as a dehumidifier)

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Campinghoss@51 wrote:

Put a few damp rid containers inside in different areas. Damp rid is your friend.


My uncle has been dealing with mildew lately. I'll tip him about the damp rid.

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