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Old 04-07-2019, 04:58 PM   #1
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humidity in travel trailer?

In the spirit of full discolusre, we live in a VERY dry state (Utah). I am also not a meteorologist, so perhaps I don't understand humidity. Despite our dry arid climate, today it is showing at 59% on my weather app. I know that is a far cry from the humidity experienced in the south-eastern area of the country, but it is not zero.

I had a Damp-Rid brand dehumidifier cup in the trailer ALL winter long (November through April). I BELIEVE those special crystals are supposed to somehow convert to water, which is caught in the cup below to keep the trailer living space drier.

NOT A SINGLE DROP OF WATER formed in the 5 months I had it in the trailer. All the crystals are sitting there happy as clams.

Is that normal for dry climates?
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Old 04-07-2019, 05:09 PM   #2
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Remove the weather app or stop looking at the humidity. Your wife will know when the humidity is up. That is when she can't DO ANYTHING with her hair.
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Old 04-07-2019, 08:00 PM   #3
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Remove the weather app or stop looking at the humidity. Your wife will know when the humidity is up. That is when she can't DO ANYTHING with her hair.
Haha. Good advice. I just won't be buying a 48-pack of those Damp-Rid canisters anytime soon. To me or for my situation, they are just rocks.
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The relative humidity is based on temperature. It goes up and down as the temperature changes. The humidity outside will be different inside so you would need a humidistat inside your RV to accurately monitor this.
Having said that, if your crystals are dry then you do not have any issues around humidity. Up here on Vancouver Island I replace my crystals a couple times over the winter as they are completely dissolved into a mucky wet mess in the bottom tray.
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Old 04-08-2019, 06:32 PM   #5
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We found the damp rid bags work best just hang from cabinet we change them out every 4 to five weeks they get half to 3/4 full here in central fla even in our 50 to 70 degree winters
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I put the damp rid canisters in the fridge to keep the moisture out of there. The RV seems to be OK by itself.
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Thanks everyone for the input. I guess we just don't have humidity. Our TT came with little plastic pieces that keep the fridge and freezer doors cracked but secure, so I didn't need to add them in there.

I will report back to the group at how many months it takes for my crystals to turn to mush/water.
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They may never turn to mush but instead into a solid chunk of damp. I kept checking mine, they are the refillable ones, and never saw water, but when I was in it a few weeks ago I noticed it felt damp in there so I checked the buckets and found they were quite heavy, and after taking the lid off found the crystals had absorbed enough moisture to turn into a kitty litter like clump. I also have the large bucket and found it had turned to mush, but again, no water. I refilled the buckets and within 2 days the dampness feeling was gone.
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They may never turn to mush but instead into a solid chunk of damp. I kept checking mine, they are the refillable ones, and never saw water, but when I was in it a few weeks ago I noticed it felt damp in there so I checked the buckets and found they were quite heavy, and after taking the lid off found the crystals had absorbed enough moisture to turn into a kitty litter like clump. I also have the large bucket and found it had turned to mush, but again, no water. I refilled the buckets and within 2 days the dampness feeling was gone.
Thanks acdii. Yeah - my flakes are just as dry and light as the day they were born. Again, I knew I did not live in a "humid" area, but I thought that being closed up and covered over 5-months of a rainy/snowy winter would produce SOME humidity inside the unit. Guess not.
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Thanks acdii. Yeah - my flakes are just as dry and light as the day they were born. Again, I knew I did not live in a "humid" area, but I thought that being closed up and covered over 5-months of a rainy/snowy winter would produce SOME humidity inside the unit. Guess not.
I will be glad to box some up and ship it to you.

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