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Old 10-31-2017, 08:32 AM   #1
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Tips appreciated - First cold weather outing

Hi all! We own a 2018 Greyhawk 29MV and are not full-timers. We've not yet taken a road trip in the Winter months but hope to in December on the coast in South Texas. So we're hopefully not talking snow and ice - just wind and temps possibly cold enough to need a heater/furnace (Texas weather is unpredictable).

We have no clue how our MH will react to this scenario. Have read many posts elsewhere where some campers (not sure of their RV model) have removed up to a gallon of water a day of condensation and we're wondering if we should be prepared to expect the same in our particular MH.

For those of you who own a 29MV, what has been your experience when using a heater/furnace in cold temps? Is condensation a given? Are there precautions we need to take that can prevent or lessen it? Anything else you can share with us to make our first cold weather outing more pleasant? Thanks for any experiences you can share - especially those for our same model MH.
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Old 10-31-2017, 09:33 AM   #2
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Condensation can be a problem. Of course condensation is water vapor in the air condensing on a cold surface. First realize that the water vapor in your RV does NOT come from a properly operating furnace. Combustion water vapor from the furnace exits the vehicle through the furnace exhaust.

Water vapor sources in your RV are breathing, cooking, showering, washing dishes, wet clothes, wet shoes, etc. Ventilation is usually the key to reducing condensation by reducing the interior humidity levels: Use the stove fan when cooking, the bathroom fan when showering, and leave a ceiling vent and a window open slightly.

We've camped in cold weather in our TT and by doing the above, we'd sometimes have some minor window condensation in the morning but nothing more than that.
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We leave a roof vent cracked. The condensation is more evident when the outside temp and inside temp are farther apart.
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Condensation can be a problem. Of course condensation is water vapor in the air condensing on a cold surface. First realize that the water vapor in your RV does NOT come from a properly operating furnace. Combustion water vapor from the furnace exits the vehicle through the furnace exhaust.

Water vapor sources in your RV are breathing, cooking, showering, washing dishes, wet clothes, wet shoes, etc. Ventilation is usually the key to reducing condensation by reducing the interior humidity levels: Use the stove fan when cooking, the bathroom fan when showering, and leave a ceiling vent and a window open slightly.

We've camped in cold weather in our TT and by doing the above, we'd sometimes have some minor window condensation in the morning but nothing more than that.
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We leave a roof vent cracked. The condensation is more evident when the outside temp and inside temp are farther apart.
Thank you both!

We don't plan to use our furnace and will instead use a couple of safe space heaters so hopefully that would cut down on some of the condensation.

I think we've pretty much talked ourselves out of going to the coast (South Padre Island) in December and will make that trip in warmer weather. The more we thought about it, the idea of cold wet sea spray hitting us each time we opened our door to take pup out would not make for a relaxing get away. Along with the extra detailed cleaning our rig would need after the trip to remove all the sea salt. LOL! We'll head inland but still be prepared with the space heaters and a small dehumidifier. And, we'll be sure to leave a window/roof vent slightly open and open our stove vent when in use.

Thank you very much for the info and for sharing your experiences. It's one thing to read about what could and should happen, but it's more reassuring to hear from those who experience it. Thanks again!
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Old 10-31-2017, 01:33 PM   #5
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Don't be afraid of using your furnace. Propane is cheap and they really do heat the rv well. We use ours all the time.

Take some steps to reduce condensation as mentioned above and enjoy the trip.
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Note that propane space heaters that aren't vented to the outside WILL increase interior humidity; you didn't mention which type of space heater you'd be using. We have an electric, 1500watt space heater that does a fine job keeping our TT cozy when the temps are above freezing outside.

We love AZ, but it does lack coastline and seafood so we've made plans to travel along the TX coast this Dec to get our fill of both. This is a first for us. I'm hoping that we won't encounter salt spray unless there is a storm... and I hope storms along the coast aren't common that time of year. We'll let you know.
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If you take all the ventilation precautions during the day, you usually don't have that much trouble with condensate. When it gets you is at night, when it's colder, and every time you exhale you push moisture into the coach. At the parks you see the rigs with condensate all over the windows in the morning. That moisture is no good on the materials, wiring or anything. With my new rig, I'm going to run a portable electric dehumidifier, some are more quiet than others. If anyone has any brand advice I would like to hear it.
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Cold Weather... In Texas???

I would love the opportunity to be camping in December

We camp in our Greyhawk every spring and fall in weather that would be similar in temperature to what you might find at night in Texas. We use a small counter top dehumidifier to help with the humidity and that generally seems to do the job. Saying that though, we do not use our shower, which is probably the greatest source of moisture inside a MH.

If you are going to use electrical heat be aware of a few things. Assuming you have the A/C with a built in heat pump... The heat pump stops working a few degrees above freezing. It actually makes a rather horrific noise that may lead you to think the system is broken. Also the heat pump and a space heater working at the same time will come very close to maxing out your 30 amp service and if the parks equipment is a little worn you may pop the breaker. We avoid that problem by using a 50 to 30 amp dogbone to make sure we are drawing a full 30amps.
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Although we do not own a Greyhawk, we are on a winter trip. It got down to 16 last night in northern Utah and we are looking to a few more days below freezing. We have used our heater without an issue. Also, we made sure to use our tank heaters on nights with temps below freezing. One thing we did not have was a winterized water hose. The pipes at the place we have been to on this trip have winterized pipes. We had to wait until the temp rose above freezing. Sure much of this will be same for your Greyhawk.
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For those of you who own a 29MV, what has been your experience when using a heater/furnace in cold temps? Is condensation a given? Are there precautions we need to take that can prevent or lessen it? Anything else you can share with us to make our first cold weather outing more pleasant? Thanks for any experiences you can share - especially those for our same model MH.
South Padre - cold???

You mean like temps in the 50's???



Just kidding.
We do Port A in November all of the time. I have inlaws down there.

We just camped a weekend in the low 20s.
Use your furnace. That's what it's for.

Condensation isn't an issue.
Just crack a window.

If you can plug into shore power, run the electric heat in the Coleman Mach unit above you. Kept us warm down to low 30's. We didn't use the furnace that much.

Electric blankets are also great.
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