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Old 11-12-2015, 05:44 AM   #1
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Mold/mildew

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I live in South Carolina and weve had a tremendous amount of rain lately. I went out to my rv to check everything out for our upcoming Thanksgiving trip only to discover a fuzzy green mold/mildew in several areas such as walls, wood items and pillows. Any advice on what to do? I've been leaving the a/c on low to help with air flow, should I get a small dehu for when its sitting? Thanks for any advice.
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Old 11-12-2015, 06:09 AM   #2
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When my rig is in the yard with power, we always have a dehumidifier running. Bought from Lowes for around $150. It keeps all mildew out.
Note: we dump it every few days when it's real humid. I have thought about routing the drain outside but have never got around to it.
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Old 11-12-2015, 06:33 AM   #3
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When my rig is in the yard with power, we always have a dehumidifier running. Bought from Lowes for around $150. It keeps all mildew out.
Note: we dump it every few days when it's real humid. I have thought about routing the drain outside but have never got around to it.
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Old 11-12-2015, 11:13 AM   #4
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Hello All,
I live in South Carolina and weve had a tremendous amount of rain lately. I went out to my rv to check everything out for our upcoming Thanksgiving trip only to discover a fuzzy green mold/mildew in several areas such as walls, wood items and pillows. Any advice on what to do? I've been leaving the a/c on low to help with air flow, should I get a small dehu for when its sitting? Thanks for any advice.
Damp Rid or a small dehimidifier is key. A tightly buttoned up unit is also bad. If you have Maxx air covers crack all the vents to allow for air flow into the unit.

I had a friend who rented a mold abatement mister from HD to treat his unit several years ago. Also you can wipe hard surfaces down with a high concentration of peroxide, but do not get any on fabric or rugs as it will act like bleach. Bleach is also effective, but much more harsh.
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What Norty1 said. Since it gets rather chilly and damp (Seattle area) around here at times I also put a 200 watt heater directly in front of the dehumidifier to keep it from shutting down. I put the dehumidifier and the heater on a timer and run it three hours a day.
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Damp Rid or a small dehimidifier is key. A tightly buttoned up unit is also bad. If you have Maxx air covers crack all the vents to allow for air flow into the unit.
Good advice. I had my dealer throw in Max-Air vent covers when I bought my Jayco. I keep my roof vents open about 1 inch, all year long. The vent covers won't let in any snow or rain, but they will definitely allow air to circulate.

Also - keep your skylights open to let in as much overhead light as possible. Darkness and dampness are the friend of mold and mildew!

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Down here in Florida, I leave both roof vents open all the way (have max air covers). The bathroom fan is on a thermostat and runs during the day. So far this plan has worked for us. No mold or mildew.

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Vent covers! and a bucket of Damp Rid during long storage... no mold or mildew...
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Some Home Depot stores have industrial strength dehumidifiers for rent. My son rented one for a week when their second floor laundry room flooded. It thoroughly dried out the carpet and pad and they've not seen any signs of mold.

Good luck. That storm that hit your state was truly one for the record books.
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My experience is that vinegar is good for killing mold. Bleach and peroxides can be very effective, but even when diluted can be harsh. Vinegar can even be added to your clothes washer without worry of affecting colors like bleach can.

If you use bleach be certain to not mix it with other cleaners and keep well ventilated.

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