A new chapter in humidity control
I’m trying an experiment. I wonder if one of these personal fans could be a solution for damp RV window tracks — and perhaps prevent the development of mildew / mold in the bottom of the tracks?It’s worth the investment of a few bucks to find out. And so we are trying it.
Journey has these padded valances that are about the right size for the clip-on base of the fan. I can point the fan in the direction of the window channel, and hopefully we’ll dry up those channels tout suit!
I thought we might let the fan run over night but the blinds interfere with the air flow so we may just run it during the day.
Before we came home with the first one (meaning we might possibly buy a second for the opposite side of Journey — in front of the dinette) I was thinking we could run the fan overnight while we were sleeping. The other problem I discovered is that while the fan doesn’t make much noise, in the confined space of an RV that little breeze right across the window pane also means that sitting on the sofa is a cooler than it was without the fan blowing. But… I don’t like mold and mildew and I’m still looking for ways to keep different things dry.
I don’t know that there will ever be a way to prevent condensation from forming along the window troughs. Cold air on the outside of the aluminum window frame and warm air inside means there will always be some condensation. The windows themselves might be Thermopane, and pretty much condensation free during normal conditions, but there’s no such thing as Thermopane aluminum!
And we turn on the ceiling vent every morning when we get out of bed and it stays on until we go to bed again — so we keep a constant stream of air flowing through Journey. That has reduced to a minimum any build-up of humidity from exhalation, cooking, etc.
I think that at some point I’m going to update the Fan-Tastic fans we have in the ceiling. There are newer versions of the units we already have that more more air and are reversible so that we could bring air IN as well as exhaust it. Some day when we either burn out the one we have, or have a little extra cash we’ll try one out. There’s no huge hurry — what we have now seems to be doing a decent job and unless the Oregon Winters make us too crazy there’s no need to change right now.