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#1 Texas T

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Posted 11 July 2016 - 03:54 PM

Hey, since I am in the dreaming planning phase of a Casita I am on different forums and one item that has caught my attention and that is inside condensation.

 

Other forums say that due to the inside cover on the Casita there is condensation.  So my concern is how much are we talking about?

 

If it is considerable why not install a boat plug in the rv and just tip the trailer to run all water to the plug and drain any water inside the unit and then air dry with a fan and open all windows.  Again, just thinking outloud.



#2 flcoxjr

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Posted 11 July 2016 - 04:21 PM

I'm confused by your post. Where are you thinking there would be condensation? And where would you put a drain plug? I've never had a condensation problem on my Casita, and have never heard of anyone else having a condensation problem.

#3 Euphoria

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Posted 11 July 2016 - 04:58 PM

Ditto, what flcoxjr said. Never had any condensation, ever, and have never heard of anyone with a Casita having such issues. Don't know where you heard that, but somebody is full of it. If you need a drain plug, you have a water leak. It wouldn't be condensation. Hope this dispels your worrying about a non-issue.


Edited by Euphoria, 11 July 2016 - 04:59 PM.

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#4 Wally Z

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Posted 11 July 2016 - 05:05 PM

I would think the inside cover as you call it prevents condensation. No condensation issues on mine or any I've heard of.

 

Perhaps you are thinking of the air conditioning condensation.  The air conditioners don't have a drain line and depending on how you level your trailer condensation runs down the outside of the trailer.  Not a big issue.

 

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#5 Euphoria

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Posted 11 July 2016 - 05:11 PM

I level out my trailer pretty good when I set up and use the A/C quite a bit. In Nevada I run it almost continuously for several days without problems. It does produce condensation, (which they all do,) but I've never had so much as one drop of it leak into my trailer. It just runs down the outside, via the "weep holes," in the A/C mounting base above the roof and down to the belly band where it tends to find its own point of departure to the ground.


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Posted 11 July 2016 - 06:08 PM

Condensation can be a problem in small spaces in the winter when there is a good source of water vapor.  Anyone that has tented in cold weather can attest to the water running off the tent walls just from respiration.   Cooking,  showering and respiration  can lead to a fair amount of condensation if the casita is sealed tight.   The furnace in winter can allow for ventilation from a window  and the AC in summer will dehumidify.   So it is easy to avoid excess moisture.


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#7 Carol Christensen

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Posted 12 July 2016 - 07:35 AM

Depending on the outside temperature and inside humidity, we have had condensation build up on the windows.  Most of the time we have a window(s) and the fan vent open.  But my husband gets up earlier than I and on cold mornings he will close the windows, then he boils water for coffee.  After he has his coffee, he walks the dogs and by the time I get up there is condensation on the windows.  It's kind of a trade-off, if he used the stove fan, it wouldn't happen but he is trying to be quiet so I can sleep in.

 

It only happens when there is no ventilation. 

 

I don't understand why people think the carpeting on the walls causes condensation.  The carpeting insulates so the outside temperature does not effect those areas and keeps condensation down..


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#8 stratos175

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Posted 12 July 2016 - 10:37 AM

I would agree with everyone else in two years and a dozen trips with and without AC no condensation issues. Best little trailer you can buy in my opinion.

 

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#9 Euphoria

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Posted 12 July 2016 - 11:14 AM

Well, boiling water will certainly produce steam, and when steam hits a cold surface you'll surely get condensation forming. That said, you don't even need to boil water, (or coffee,) because even just having your propane stove lit and running will create condensation. It is a by-product of decomposition when fossil fuels are burned, and since propane is one of them, you can expect to create condensation just by lighting the stove. Of course, the simple work around for this is to open a window or turn on a fan. Not really hard to do either one, and it will cure your condensation problem. Incidentally, it is not good, nor recommended, to use any open flame or catalytic appliance in an enclosed space without adequate ventilation anyway. 


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Posted 12 July 2016 - 03:29 PM

In thirteen years of ownership condensation has never been a problem.  Keep a vent and a bit of window open when you cook or shower.  

 

If that fails, move to Arizona or New Mexico.  10% humidity means a wet day  :glare:

 

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Posted 09 August 2016 - 12:30 PM

Like Euphoria, I live in The Car Wash State (WA) where it rains. A LOT. In the winter, it rains virtually every day. My camper is under a cover and protected from the wind, but it's still exposed to outside temperatures.

 

In the winter, in 'dry dock', I run an 'oil heater' in the camper. It's an enclosed heater, no exposed flames, no fumes, and it's silent. I do this primarily to ward off and prevent mildew (the state flower).

 

When we camp, it's usually in cold areas and if we don't open a window or a vent as we go to bed, there will be condensation on the windows in the morning, just from our respiration. . I wipe it off as part of morning maintenance. Same goes with the bathroom/shower. After a shower/bath, we squeegee the walls down and make sure everything is nice and dry. This, again, is to prevent mildew and mold.

If you cook inside the camper, open the range vent. That dispels most if not all moisture laden air from things like coffee pots, etc.

 

But for run of the mill condensation, no. I've never had any issues with condensation in the Casita.


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Posted 10 August 2016 - 05:13 AM

what meadowlark said. i sometimes get window condensation overnight in cold weather when i don't crack open a window. i simply wipe it off and move on with my day. same with shower, i wipe down everything after showering so things stay dry in there. i also removed and stored the bathroom door and have a nice curtain outside and casita shower curtain inside. it adds more ambient light and seems larger inside with the door off, and again, keeps mold/mildew from getting started in there.

    condensation is a non issue unless you have a leak somewhere.........................


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#13 Blacksmith

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Posted 24 December 2016 - 09:33 PM

We live near the Pacific in NorCal. Two days after arriving home with our new LD 17' in Nov., 2016, the windows were coated in condensation, most hard surfaces felt damp to the touch. Night time temps were mid-30's, hi-40's day time. Sporadic rain. I cracked open a side window, opened the bath door and set the furnace to about 75 degrees. Left it on all night. Dried everything out. Then ordered a 12VDC small dehumidifier off Amazon, based on neighbir's recommendation...he uses it on his Lance. I have to modify the wiring on the unit to work directly off DC instead of using a wall wart switching power supply the unit provides. So, yes, depending on where you live humidity can be an issue, but easily solved for about $75.
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Posted 25 December 2016 - 07:50 AM

some people have good results with "damp rid", available in walmart as well as other places. comes in canister or even a hanging option for the closet. just open it up and let it dry out the condensation.


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Posted 25 December 2016 - 10:23 AM

some people have good results with "damp rid", available in walmart as well as other places. comes in canister or even a hanging option for the closet. just open it up and let it dry out the condensation.

...tis what I use...I get the little bucket and refill packs for about 5 bux from local super market in the cleaning supplies aisle...seems to work pretty well for us, down here in Louisiana............

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