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Old 26-08-2011, 10:06 AM
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Another snippet, maybe this may be easier reading,


Ventilation
The simplest and cheapest way of ventilating a van is to open a window slightly at both ends of the van. It is better to have a window slightly open for a long period of time than to have a window fully open for a short period of time. The most effective way to remove moisture from the air is to install exhaust fans in the areas where water vapour is created, ie in the kitchen and bathroom areas.. All exhaust fans should be balanced with a adequate supply of outside air.

DO NOT COVER THE AIR VENTS IN YOUR VAN,
they are there to help prevent condensation and remove waste gases from your cooking and heating system.

Heating
Heating can also help to reduce condensation. It is usually better to have a continuous low level heat rather than a high level of heat for a short period. Continuous even heating will eventually allow warmth to penetrate the walls and ceilings. On cool days try to keep the temperature inside 5įC higher than outside. Turning up the heating for a couple of hours twice a day can make condensation worse, so try to keep a balance through out the van.

Insulation
Good insulation will keep warmth inside the van and will reduce condensation and the risk of mould growth. If the walls ceiling and floors are well insulated they will remain warmer for longer, reducing the likelihood of condensation and conditions which promote mould growth.

Double Glazing
Fitting double glazing will help reduce cold spots around your van which help promote condensation. They also keep the ambient temperature inside the van higher for longer. Double glazing will also reduce draughts around the window and door openings. Draughts are a major factor in heat loss

Preventing moisture penetrating the floor of your van is also another major factor in condensation levels, many older vans may have no vapour membrane beneath the floor space

Other measures which will help.

Vent tumble dryers outside
Dry your windows and sills every morning as well as surfaces in the kitchen and bathroom that have become wet. Wring out the cloth donít dry on a radiator.
Donít use your gas cooker for heating as it produces moisture
Ventilate the kitchen while cooking, washing up or washing by hand for 20 minutes afterwards. Use your cooker extractor hood or keep windows slightly open. Cook with pan lids on and turn heat down once the water has boiled. Only use a minimum of water for cooking vegetables
When filling your bath, fill the cold water first then add hot, this reduces condensation by 90%
Keep the bathroom door closed when bathing or showering. When you have finished leave the window open for 20 minutes and keep the door closed to prevent the spread of moisture to other parts of the van. Turn on the extractor fan for 20 minutes if you have one
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Old 26-08-2011, 10:41 AM
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Now that was more interesting to read.
However, its nice to sing the virtues of DG, CH and underfloor insulation (as a sales person) can you give any other advice to people owning older caravans and who dont have those luxuries or have the budget to buy them? It will be really useful to those owners as well.
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Old 26-08-2011, 06:26 PM
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Now that was more interesting to read.
However, its nice to sing the virtues of DG, CH and underfloor insulation (as a sales person) can you give any other advice to people owning older caravans and who dont have those luxuries or have the budget to buy them? It will be really useful to those owners as well.
Thanks MrC
Yes Angie the information will be there, there are many things an owner can do to increase the thermal efficiency of a van, without having to spend large amounts of money. It will explain about problem areas that can prevent heat loss in a van for example and the simple method of upgrading it.

The site will be full of useful information whereby an owner can carry out simple upgrades themselves to improve energy efficiency and fuel savings if they want to, certain jobs they cant, the skills and tools required are specialised for certain static caravan upgrade tasks.
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Old 27-08-2011, 04:02 PM
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I agree, with Angela, this is far more useful in terms of hints and tips.

I like to be cosy in the caravan, but, I don't even sit in my conservatory after mid -November-If I need to heat it. I'm going to be in the house with the Worcester-Bosch keeping me warm. You can't practice Yoga when you are cold...theres a lot of sitting still involved LOL
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Ok folks, I thought it might be a good idea to put as many tips as possible *all in one thread* to make it easier for everyone when searching on this topic....

Below are some of my personal suggestions, but the majority of the links are for you to browse through (grab a cuppa) as they are discussions (sometimes waffle) on this subject by other members of the forum.

I hope you all find this post helpful...

The key to keeping condensation at bay is good ventilation. Those of us without the luxury of DG will be no doubt have noticed how quickly it appears on windows, and if you don't keep an eye on it, it will soon be running down your windows, and your soft furnishings, bedding and clothing will begin to feel damp. You may also start to get little 'black dots' of mildew appearing on your walls, and along the plastic 'seams' especially in the bedrooms.
It's best to wipe away all window moisture every morning (I use a wiper blade on a small handle easily available from supermarkets etc) with the window OPEN these do a speedy job, then wipe away any excess with kitchen roll. If you can, leave your window open for a couple of hours with your bedding folded back, this should 'air' the room nicely.
Try to have a window slightly open at each end of the caravan, which helps with air circulation. Be aware every time you take a shower, or cook that you are creating moisture, so have roof vents open whilst doing this.
NEVER EVER block floor/wall vents no matter how draughty it feels THIS IS HIGHLY DANGEROUS (read through the links please)
Gas fires can worsen condensation so where possible, I use my oil filled radiators, but that is my personal choice.
I have two small low wattage dehumidifiers that i have positioned at either end of the caravan, I find these excellent for taking excess moisture out of the air, (it is far easier to warm dry air and fabrics than damp)... but this again is my personal choice...
Below are lots of links for you to read through, please make the time to read them, you'll stay warmer, and healthier

http://www.gostatic.co.uk/showthread...t=condensation

http://www.gostatic.co.uk/showthread...t=condensation

http://www.gostatic.co.uk/showthread...t=condensation

http://www.gostatic.co.uk/showthread...t=condensation

http://www.gostatic.co.uk/showthread...t=condensation (please note the date on this one lol)

I am NOT promoting any companies you may find within these posts, good as they may be, I am highlighting the information within the threads

Hope you find this a time saving thread guys ~ if I find any more I'll add them to this thread for you.

If YOU have any tips that you have found that work please add them on here....
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Thanks for the tips, has a new static caravan owner this was very useful
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Thanks for the info Angela B
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Thanks for the info Angela B
You're very welcome, just thought it would make 'researching' a little less time consuming now the Autumn is here....
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lets hope that peeps use the 'search facility' when looking for info about CONDENSATION instead of starting a new thread somewhere.....
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A quick cure for steamy windows.....wipe over the inside with a smear of washing up liquid on a cloth...it works!
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