Owning a motorhome means keeping on top of damp, particularly at this time of year when the weather’s wet and cold.
In last month’s community poll we asked owners if they’d ever had damp in their leisure vehicle and if they had any damp-busting tips to share.
The damp results
The votes were almost equally split and sadly, 54 per cent of voters said they’d suffered with damp in their pride and joy. Some blamed poor build qualities and others now made sure they took steps to prevent it during the wetter months.
Forty-five per cent of motorhomers said they’d never had damp in the van, with some stating because they use it during the winter.
Your damp-busting comments
Laurence Watts makes sure he leaves his motorhome cupboards open to stop pockets of damp forming.
“Also, I found having all the blinds shut created pockets of condensation forming, so I leave them open now!” he added. “Removal of ALL soft furnishings and bedding, including the mattress and curtains, greatly reduces damp build up. Finally, place four to six (depending on size of van) of those cheap damp soaking cartons around the van. Alternatively, keep using your van throughout the entire year so it remains a constant cosy mobile home.”
M. Ranton also leaves several damp traps inside the motorhome during winter and it seems to keep damp at bay.
Owen Ashmead has winterised his motorhome and has it hooked up at home with a dehumidifier running and the Alde heating system set at five degrees C.
“The tank needed emptying every two to three days at first, but now it only pulls about a litre, or less, a week now, if that,” said Owen. “The interior is very much damp/condensation proof…the dehumidifier works perfectly.”
Thanks to everyone who voted and don’t forget to take part in this month’s poll.