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Old 04-17-2011, 08:13 AM   #1
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Wet camper - what to do...

Hi Everyone,

We are out camping this weekend, unfortunately the weather is not cooperating. Cold and Rainy, oh well we have cards, we have tequila, we'll be fine :-)

My question - (remember I am new at this)

Inevitably everything will be wet when we leave tomorrow. What is the proper way to deal with this? My concern is that closing up the camper wet I will introduce a lot of moisture into the camper and that certainly can't be good. Do I need to try to set up the camper on the next nice day to let everything dry out? Am I worrying about nothing?

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Old 04-17-2011, 08:18 AM   #2
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Unfortunately there will be times you have to break camp with wet tentage. You just open everything up and dry it out as soon as possible. If you don`t you will have a mess on your hands (mold, mildew, etc). I have a buddy with a hybrid and he has left with went tent ends many times but always dries it out at home and has had no problems.
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Old 04-17-2011, 08:21 AM   #3
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yeah, my concern is it may be a few days as it is looking like a good chance of rain here most days this week.

I guess we will just have to do it as soon as we get the chance.

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Old 04-17-2011, 08:24 AM   #4
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That`s about all you can do. A few days won`t hurt. You could wipe things down from the inside as much as possible if they are really wet.
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When leaving the CG wet, I always open up at home ,wet or dry, & just wait the rain out before closing up. If there arn't any leaks after a few days life is good.
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A small container of DampRid may ease your mind too.
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Yup, that's a bummer. Our first camper was a hybrid, and it always seemed to rain on pack up day. We used many towels to try to get everything as dry as possible during pack up time, and then open up everything when we got home, if it was dry. If it's only going to rain for a day or so, you'll probably be okay, but for multiple rainy days, I agree with 19H, and I would open it up sooner to keep the canvas from discoloring and mildewing. good luck!
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If I break camp and the canvas is wet I always open as soon as I get home, even if it is still raining. Then I'll let it dry for a day or two.
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Wet tent ends

I have a 17Z and when the tent ends get packed wet I unpack as soon as I get home rain or shine. I up-graded from a pop-up and I did the same for the pop-up. I never had any issue with leaks or mildew with the pop up or my new hybrid. Enjoy your camper!
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The camping gods are smiling on me today. Rain stopped early last night and we have sun this morning so I hope to be dry before we break camp! Thanks for all the info though, we won't always get lucky.
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