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Old 10-02-2012, 10:38 AM   #1
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Dri Z Air or Damp Rid

I will be storing my 18 foot travel trailer outdoors from October to April in Wisconsin. Does anyone use and can recommend a product to manage any condensation that might occur? I like the Dri Z Air and Damp Rid idea I just don't know what size, how many, where to place them etc. etc. Thanks in advance for all of your help. This will probably be the start of many winterizing questions I have
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Old 10-02-2012, 12:07 PM   #2
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I use several Damp Rid units in my unit year round. I open all the closet doors where I can and have one in each room minimum. I would however if using the canisters place them in something as a failsafe to catch any water should they freeze, crack then thaw. The closet hangers I only use during the season since they are harder to failsafe with a pouch hanging in the air.

They go in my basment storage areas, bathrooms in the sink/or shower, kitchen area sink then bedrooms. I like the smaller units since you can dump and re-fill them as needed. The larger tubs have sawdust in them to absorb the water and are toss outs once full.

My vents are always open so I do get some added moist air but not a stagnant air that can do more harm than some moving moist air will.

p.s. on edit, I have Maxx air covers over all my vents which is why I can leave them open without worry. Do not do this unless you have covers.
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Will you be able to check on the containers over the winter? I have 2 Damp Rid containers in my 17Z. I check them every few months.
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Will you be able to check on the containers over the winter? I have 2 Damp Rid containers in my 17Z. I check them every few months.
I won't be able to check on them.
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If you can't check on them I would put 3 or 4 containers of damp rid in the RV.
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Old 10-02-2012, 05:39 PM   #6
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I found a similar product at the Dollar Tree and I always buy 4 or 5 of them and place them throughout the TT and one in the front storage. I am amazed at how much water they soak up. For only a buck a piece you can't beat them!
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Old 10-02-2012, 05:59 PM   #7
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This spring was the first time we used the 17z when heat was needed. The first night we got quite a few drops falling on our head while sleeping.

We went and purchased the dri z and also the pop up gizmos and we haven't had problems since. We haven't used the dri z by itself to know how it would handle our condensation issues, but I can say that the thing does soak up water. I was quite surprised by how much water was in the unit after a week or two of the 17z being unused.
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If you can't check on them I would put 3 or 4 containers of damp rid in the RV.
I got 1 of the 4 pound buckets. Says good for up to 6 months in 250 square feet. http://www.damprid.com/product/hi-ca...ber-4lbs-fg50t

I have a small trailer but maybe I should get another 1 ??
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The more you have the longer they last, I pick up the containers at Menards and also buy the refill bags there. I have 2 4lb in the trailer and 2 2lb in the storage area of the 28bhs and they seem to last the whole storage time. The winter is pretty dry for humidity, but the Wisconsin spring is when they tend to work best. I have never had one freeze
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