​How to Tackle Moisture and Condensation in Your Camper

​How to Tackle Moisture and Condensation in Your Camper

Posted by JP Garcia on May 10th 2024

Embarking on an adventure on your expedition vehicle is exhilarating—packing up your essentials, ensuring your rig is ready for the journey, and mapping out your route are all part of the fun. However, there's a hidden adversary that every Camper enthusiast must contend with, and its name is moisture.

Why Reducing Moisture in Your Camper Matters

When planning your Camper trip, moisture issues might not top your list of concerns, yet they should. While condensation on your windows might seem harmless—perfect for drawing smiley faces—moisture can significantly degrade your Camper's living conditions and cause substantial damage.

Everyday activities like cooking, showering, and even breathing contribute to moisture buildup inside your Camper. Over time, this can lead to a persistently damp environment. Persistent dampness affects every aspect of your Camper's interior, from the wood and walls to mattresses, curtains, and cushions. If left unattended, moisture can result in expensive damages, including:

  • Mold and mildew growth
  • Damage to interior components
  • Wood rot
  • Corrosion of metal parts

Even when purchasing a brand-new Camper, it's wise to perform a habitation check to ensure moisture levels are within a normal range—typically between 30 and 50 percent. Investing in a portable, wireless weather station with a hygrometer can help you monitor and manage humidity levels in your setup.

Tips to Reduce Moisture and Condensation in Your Camper

Despite the challenges moisture and condensation pose, a few proactive steps can help you keep these issues at bay. Here are three effective strategies:

1. Utilize a Dehumidifier

A compact dehumidifier can effectively remove moisture from the air, reducing condensation and preventing associated problems. Ensure you empty the dehumidifier's tank regularly; most models feature an indicator light to alert you when the tank is full. Remember that dehumidifiers require a steady power supply, which should be considered if you rely on limited energy sources.

2. Invest in Moisture Control Products

Moisture-absorbing products like Damp Rid offer a low-cost, chemical solution to excess humidity without needing electrical power. These crystals are in containers you can place discreetly around your Camper. While effective, some may prefer to avoid chemical-based solutions.

3. Modify Moisture-Producing Activities

Everyday activities can significantly contribute to moisture buildup. By making minor adjustments, you can reduce the amount of moisture generated:

  • Use exhaust fans or crack a window while cooking or showering to vent steam.
  • Increase your Camper's internal temperature slightly to reduce condensation.
  • Cook with lids on pots and pans, or opt for outdoor cooking when possible.
  • Leave a window slightly open while sleeping to ventilate CO2.

4. Use Arctic Tern AirFlo 

One of the most versatile solutions for moisture control is our Arctic Tern AirFlo. This innovative liner allows air to flow freely between surfaces, which can be beneficial in various situations and settings. It can be used in campers or at home under your mattresses to prevent mold and enhance airflow. Additionally, AirFlo is great for use next to the kitchen sink to dry dishes, in toolboxes, cargo boxes, and anywhere humidity can create mold.

We are excited about the AirFlo textile we offer. It’s perfect for any situation requiring high airflow or a soft yet compression-resistant material.

Features of AirFlo:

  • 100% polyester
  • Warp knit
  • High breathability
  • Lightweight
  • Comfortable
  • Durable
  • Washable
  • Quick dry
  • Anti-fungal
  • 10mm thickness

AirFlo can even be used under your laptop to keep it cool, in your camper dish cabinets to quiet the rattle during travel, or under your dog’s bed. The possibilities are endless. To check out our Airflo Product Page click here.

Keep Your Camper Dry and Comfortable

Implementing these straightforward tips can dramatically reduce moisture levels in your Camper, prolonging its lifespan and enhancing your comfort. With moisture under control, you can focus on the adventure ahead, confident that the inside of your Camper remains a cozy and inviting home on wheels. Happy travels!

By following these practical guidelines, you'll ensure that moisture and condensation are no longer a concern, allowing you to enjoy your travels without interruption.