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Old 10-23-2013, 01:20 PM   #1
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Winter Moisture Control

We're all done with the trailer for the season and it's already winterized with antifreeze and parked in our driveway for the cold, snowy winter. I'm planning on leaving the battery in and having it connected to shore power all winter. Since my unit is a 2014 does that mean there is a built in battery tender in the converter?

Anyways, here are my moisture related questions:

1.) I have 2 tubs of Damp Rid opened up, and my one and only roof vent will be left open all winter (MaxAir cover). Should I crack any of the other windows for a cross-flow of air? Or should I keep them all shut since I have Damp Rid in there?

2.) My trailer is 19 feet long. Is 2 tubs of Damp Rid enough?

3.) I have my containers on the counter and table. Should they maybe go on the floor to be most effective or does it not matter?

Thanks, and any other winter related tips are much appreciated!
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Old 10-23-2013, 03:46 PM   #2
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My comment as to Damp Rid and venting is that you probably need to choose one mode or the other. The Damp Rid can only absorb so much moisture. If you leave a vent open then essentially you are trying to dry out the world with that dessicant. I think that you can imagine how effective that will be.

My mode for decades with my boat storage over winter, and now with my travel trailer is to open all inside cabinets and hatches and leave a vent open to the air as you describe with your protected vent. That works in my area of the northeast because it gets pretty dry in winter. I have never bothered with a dessicant. Other more humid areas of the country may need a different response for winter storage.

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Old 10-23-2013, 03:48 PM   #3
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If you are using Damp-Rid, I would close the vents and windows. Otherwise the damp rid will be drawing in moisture from outside. Being it is parked at your place two tubs should be enough as you can check the containers during the winter.

I just leave a vent cracked open a Ĺ” (maxair cover), so the TT can breath. Our family been doing this for years with no issue.

Your 2014 should have a good built in battery tender. You do not mention where you live. If you live where it gets really cold, I would bring the battery in so it cannot freeze.
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I have never used Damp-Rid but I do use Dri-Z-Air sounds like the same thing but I put the tubs in a dishpan just in case they get full or somebody was to bump them the water that is in there is kind of oiley and will make a mess if spilled. but like said I have all windows and vents closed and check the tubs 2 to 3 times thru the winter.
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Old 10-23-2013, 07:36 PM   #5
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I keep mine closed up with a dehumidifier running. I dump the water every week or so when it is not in use.

They are an inexpensive addition if you have an ac power source. Got it at Lowes several years ago.
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We leave our vent (Maxx Air) cracked open as well with no desiccant. Watch the humidity in your area. Usually there is lower moisure content in the air in the winter than during the summer months. I'm with VicS1950 pick one way or the other, you'll be fine either way.
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Before we retired we had to winterize and store our trailers in the yard. We would do the plumbing, empty the frige and prop the doors open, empty the food cupboards and lock the door. It rains and snows in North Idaho and we never had a moisture problem.
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... It rains and snows in North Idaho and we never had a moisture problem.
I should clarify my comment.
"That works in my area of the northeast because it gets pretty dry in winter."

We get lots of rain and snow over the winter too, but during the colder time of the winter ( 0F and lower range) it is amazing how much things dry out. The frigid air seems to suck the moisture out over time. As long as there is no water intrusion, boats and trailers in storage here dry out over the winter. That may not be true if the area temperatures don't get as low as ours do.

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I have never used Damp-Rid but I do use Dri-Z-Air sounds like the same thing but I put the tubs in a dishpan just in case they get full or somebody was to bump them the water that is in there is kind of oiley and will make a mess if spilled. but like said I have all windows and vents closed and check the tubs 2 to 3 times thru the winter.
I use dri-z-air as well. one tub in the sink and the other in the tub. I usually empty them outside once a month and replace the granular when needed. I keep the trailer sealed up. Worked well last year. I've already drained them once this year.
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Thanks everyone. Since I already purchased the Damp Rid and have the containers in the trailer, I'm going to close it all up. I like the idea of having good ventilation and a crossbreeze through the interior, but I don't want to risk snow/rain coming through an open window. I bought a hygrometer for the trailer and will watch the % humidity closely.

I live in Northern Ontario and it does get quite cold here. Sometimes -30*C. Am I still OK to leave the battery on the trailer and keep shore power connected?
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