Colder – with a New Problem (Updated)

He said…

It seems that I’m always blogging about the problems with the RV and Mariel blogs about our spiritual/mental issues…  go figure.

Anyway it got colder here!


Okay – not THAT cold… the first picture is in Celsius (for all of our metric friends).  The next picture is what I woke up to this morning (in Fahrenheit this time).


That is the coldest it’s been since we’ve been living in Wanda (our RV).  That, in itself, isn’t the problem.  No pipes have frozen. We still have water supply and our plumbing still works.

The problem is the condensation building up at the tops of the walls inside the RV and then freezing!

Since we put our sticks-n-bricks home on the market a couple weeks ago, we’ve moved the RV down to my parents place and are now living in their driveway.  Yes… at 54 years old I’m now living with my parents!

One of the new things Mariel and I have been doing here that we weren’t doing in the driveway of our original home was showering in the RV.  Back then we’d just walk into the house to clean ourselves up.  Now we’re using the shower in the back of Wanda.

For the last few days I’ve noticed and wiped down condensation building up on the inside of the windshield and didn’t think much of it.  Yesterday, however, I noticed water dripping down the walls near our bed.

It turns out that the condensation is building up near the tops of the wall and freezing overnight.  Then, as the sun hits the RV, the ice starts to melt and run down the walls.

Not good.

A researching I go…

Turns out that this is a relatively common occurrence in colder climates.  I just thought we’d not have to worry about it since we live in the desert (supposedly in a low humidity climate).  I was wrong.

Mariel and I now know that we need to open the vents in the RV while cooking and showering.

We’ve also just ordered DampRid and a Pro Breeze dehumidifier to help fight the moisture vapor problems.

I’m starting to learn to roll with the punches and always keep learning.

If you noticed the time those two pictures were taken (at 4:31am), I guess these little things do still bother me enough to wake me up way too damn early!

UPDATE: Wow… what a difference!  Last night we opened up the three roof vents in the RV just a crack and we tweaked our heating so that more of it came from the electric heater/fireplace.

This morning – not a drop of moisture on any of the walls and minimal ice on the windshield!  And to think we already spent money to get a dehumidifier that doesn’t seem like it’s going to be needed!  I guess we might need those items when we go where it really is humid.





6 thoughts on “Colder – with a New Problem (Updated)

  1. I know a lot about this subject, as we wintered in our RV in Michigan…including one week of nightly temps at 25 below! Our blog has a bunch of information on it regarding this, beginning in November of 2014. You are doing all the right things so far. Keep the bathroom vent cracked open at all times…don’t ask why it works; it just does. I learned that one from an ice road trucker! Also, keep the cabinet doors open, if you see ice or moisture in them. If you have to wipe up the moisture with paper towels, do it…you don’t want mold. Also, dry heat (electric) puts out less condensation than propane heat.

    Springtime is coming, Shannon!

      1. We just did an adjustment in our heat balance to more propane. Gonna switch back for a couple of days to see how much difference it makes in the amount of moisture in the RV.

  2. When Manda lived in Hawaii she learned all about moisture in the house!!! We saved (still do) all the little humectant packs you get in vitamin, shoe boxes, everything, she tossed them in dresser drawers, closed spaces, she had little jars full of the same crystals in cupboards etc. We have them in our drawers of the RV—especially with our cooking utensils, as they tend to rust!!!You can buy the crystals in bulk, fill small bags and hang in closets…our closet in our RV is cedar lined, so I worried between the cedar lining and the wall I would not see it, so we hang them in there as well. We always open the vent for showers, and leave it open for awhile, but had no idea we needed vented 24/7!

  3. Great post! We also had this issue and Jay had been wiping down the window frames, but yes, we also had to open the windows just a crack to prevent this from getting to terrible. Here in Oregon, we have found that the wetness quickly forms mold, too, so that’s something we really needed to eliminate fast. Thanks for the links and information. I’m going to look them up. Blessings!

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