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hoppers4 12-11-2018 12:52 PM

Ivation desiccant dehumidifier
 
I've been on a search for a good quiet dehumidifier for years. Found one several years ago that I thought was perfect until I went through two of them in three years (Soleus). Decidedly unreliable.

Came across a fairly new type recently (desiccant) that I think really fills the bill. I'll know more in a couple of years as to whether it's reliable or not but it has a lot less to go wrong with it than a compressor dehumidifier.

Here in the northwest humidity is a real problem in the winter with all the rain. I like to keep the humidity of my rig below 60% to keep it from getting moldy and musty. This dehumidifier easily keeps it in that range and the really nice part is that it will go down to 33 degrees before it quits. A compressor dehumidifier only works down to about 50 or 55 and then spends most of its time in defrost mode. This one is also very quiet as the only noise generated is the fan. On low (which is where I keep it) you can barely hear it. On high its audible but much quieter than a compressor dehumidifier.

Just be aware that it draws so much water and the tank is so small that you have to hook it up to an external tank or drain. I'm draining mine into a recycled one gallon vinegar jug and I check it every week. Depending on the weather it'll be about half full.

I like it so much I bought another one for my garage. I can park a wet car in there at night and it'll be dry by morning. I have that one hooked to an outside drain. I also wired up a switch so it'll shut off if the garage door is open.

They're not cheap ($200) and they use quite a bit of power (500 watts on high), but I really don't care if I can protect my equipment. I monitored the power use for the one in my MH (it's on low) and it used a lot in the first couple of days and then settled in at 53% (as measured by an external hygrometer) and hardly any power usage. I figure it might cost me about 3 to 4 bucks a month at $.10 a KWH. The garage one (it's on high) will be somewhere in the neighborhood of $20-$30 a month.

For those that are interested: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

2naEagle 12-24-2018 03:26 PM

After reading your review I also purchased one of these. I've only had it a week so we'll have to see about reliability. It really does a good job of getting the moisture out of the air. When I,m not using the trailer I have it on the counter top with a hose draining it into the sink.
I have always liked having a dehumidifier but like you have also had trouble finding one I like.
So for now I really like this one.

hoppers4 12-24-2018 06:00 PM

So far I've found the operational design quite good except for the inadequate tank size. I've also had a minor problem with the output hosing leaking into the tank and the unit shutting off for a full tank. That problem was easily solved by pushing a bit harder on the hose connection.

I've also had two wet cars in the garage at once and in 3 or 4 hours the humidity is down to 60% again.

I've also noticed that the indication on my garage dehumidifier reads about 10% lower than an external hygrometer while my MH dehumidifier agrees with an external hygrometer. I don't find this really a big deal as none of these indicators are calibrated anyway. It's just an FYI as one the Amazon reviews mentioned poor hygrometer indications.

Now here's hoping that they're reliable!

Pfflyer 12-24-2018 06:48 PM

Added to my wish list. My current one has been doing a good job for almost 2 years.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
When it goes this will replace it with the one in your link.

2naEagle 12-24-2018 07:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Pfflyer (Post 714796)
Added to my wish list. My current one has been doing a good job for almost 2 years.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
When it goes this will replace it with the one in your link.

I have been using two like this for a while now. I had one go out and replaced it this year. Now the other went out so I got this new Ivation and it works a LOT better (so far;)).

hoppers4 12-24-2018 07:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Pfflyer (Post 714796)
Added to my wish list. My current one has been doing a good job for almost 2 years.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
When it goes this will replace it with the one in your link.

I had also tried a peltier dehumidifier but didn't feel like it did much good. It removed a little bit of moisture, but my hygrometer didn't change any.

rodro123 12-25-2018 06:05 AM

This works fantastically try it out.
https://www.amazon.com/DampRid-FG50F.../dp/B06XJNM5PN

hoppers4 10-09-2019 09:39 AM

I'm a year in with two of these dehumidifiers and and they're doing a great job so far. The biggest problem is the small tank but that can easily be overcome with a hose going to the outside world or a bigger jug. Just make sure you push the hose on tightly or the connection will leak, fill up the tank, and shut the unit off. Spoken from experience and Amazon complaints.

RogerR 10-09-2019 10:48 AM

I don't have a problem with humidity in my RV but do in my basement. I installed a 50 ft. hose to my dehumidifier and put it up on blocks. Drains all the way around the edge of my basement to the sump pump.

I added a water sensor to my alarm system by the sump pump. That worked as it overflowed last winter while we were in Florida. My son was able to replace it since he lives nearby.

Twoshadycampers 11-04-2019 07:43 AM

Rodro- We also used this product with an older tiny camper. How many do you put in your rig for the winter?



Quote:

Originally Posted by rodro123 (Post 714856)
This works fantastically try it out.
https://www.amazon.com/DampRid-FG50F.../dp/B06XJNM5PN


2naEagle 12-12-2019 10:55 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 2naEagle (Post 714739)
After reading your review I also purchased one of these. I've only had it a week so we'll have to see about reliability. It really does a good job of getting the moisture out of the air. When I,m not using the trailer I have it on the counter top with a hose draining it into the sink.
I have always liked having a dehumidifier but like you have also had trouble finding one I like.
So for now I really like this one.

Update.

This has stopped working at just under one year. Email has been sent to Ivation. Awaiting reply.

2naEagle 12-23-2019 06:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 2naEagle (Post 816233)
Update.

This has stopped working at just under one year. Email has been sent to Ivation. Awaiting reply.


Update:
After a short email back and forth got a new one delivered today. Good customer service (by email) and reasonably fast.

Rustic Eagle 12-23-2019 07:10 PM

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Originally Posted by 2naEagle (Post 816233)
Update. This has stopped working at just under one year.....snip

Did the whole unit fail to operate, or was it a specific feature?

Bob :)

2naEagle 12-23-2019 07:39 PM

It shutdown completely after about 30 seconds. I could unplug and plug back up and it would shutdown again.

Rustic Eagle 12-24-2019 05:12 AM

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Originally Posted by 2naEagle (Post 818355)
It shutdown completely after about 30 seconds.......snip

Appreciate the updates......., and good to hear Ivation responded to you favorably.

I'm two months into using my Ivation and all good thus far. I'll report back if I incur any product issues.

Bob :)

hoppers4 12-24-2019 08:13 AM

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Originally Posted by 2naEagle (Post 818324)
Update:
After a short email back and forth got a new one delivered today. Good customer service (by email) and reasonably fast.

Thank you for the update. My biggest concern with this unit was reliability. This is my second year with two units running about 8 months out of the year. So far, so good.

It's also nice to know that Ivation has good customer service. Hopefully I won't need it.


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