Mold is a fungus that can grow in high humidity environments and cause health problems. This article will discuss ways to keep moisture out of your RV in the winter to prevent mold from growing.
Mold in your RV? Moisture is the culprit.
So you pulled your camper out of storage to take it on a glamping excursion and noticed you have mold growing in various places within the trailer.
What is this from? You cleaned the camper before putting it in storage for the winter; how can this be?
Chances are, your RV provided the perfect environment for mold to grow. You might’ve had a leak, the humidity could’ve been high for the past few months, and it was left unattended. This is the perfect environment to grow mold.
This is a problem, but how do you avoid it?
Before we get into the details of how you keep moisture out of your RV in the winter, we need to know more about how mold grows.
What is mold, and why should you care about it.
Mold is a fungus that grows with minimal intervention and takes over our spaces. In your case, your RV.
Mold spores need three things to grow: moisture, a food source, and the right temperature. That’s why it’s essential to keep the moisture levels down in your RV during the winter months – so you can avoid having a mold problem.
When the humidity levels are high in your RV, the mold will feed on whatever it can find. Anything from wood, carpet, fabric, and even leather!
The way you take care of a mold issue is different for each material or surface, but the best thing you can do is prevent it altogether by keeping moisture out of your RV.
Ways to get rid of moisture in your RV.
You can do a few things to keep the moisture at bay, depending on whether you’re using your RV or not will dictate which methods you need to use.
When your RV is in storage for the winter.
Here are a few ways to keep moisture out of your RV while it’s in storage or not in use.
- Fix any leaks and seal off any cracks. If your camper allows water in, you’re creating a breeding ground for mold. Use caulking and weatherstripping to seal off any potential leaking areas in your trailer.
- Install a moisture barrier. If your RV is in storage for a few months, then you might want to invest in a temporary moisture barrier. You can install this on your walls or windows to keep the condensation down.
- Place moisture-absorbent packs throughout your RV. These are handy, easy to place, and do a great job keeping moisture levels at a minimum. DampRid is probably the most common brand, but many are on the market.
When using your RV.
If you’re actively staying in the RV, whether on the weekends or even if you’re full-time, you’ll still want to keep the moisture out.
- Turn up the heat. By keeping the inside of your camper warm, the surfaces will heat up as well. This will prevent them from forming condensation on them. Avoid using your propane furnace and use the electric heater if you want to avoid moisture.
- Invest in a dehumidifier. These come in various sizes, so you’d be sure to find one that works well in your RV. How they work is they draw in warm air and run it over refrigerated coils, which pulls the humidity from the air. They’re very effective and don’t cost much.
- Push the moisture out. Use a vent with a fan to push the moisture out of your RV. The fan will remove water from your camper the same way your bathroom vent works. You can also open up windows throughout your trailer and turn on some fans to keep the humidity down.
These are just a few ways to keep the moisture out of your RV in the winter. It’s essential to use them because mold can be a severe health hazard and could damage your property if not taken care of quickly.