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Old 08-10-2019, 05:01 PM   #1
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Dehumidifiers in Minnie 2106DS??

Just looking for some opinions. We have a Micro Minnie 2106DS and a friend recommended that we get a small dehumidifier and run it for at least a couple of hours each day to keep the inside dry. I'd like to hear other opinions and perhaps suggestions of good makes and models to look at.
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Old 08-11-2019, 06:48 PM   #2
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Lots of small points to consider before deciding if one is needed. We have never found the need but different folks have different uses, so what prompts the idea? Do you have condensation that bothers?
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Old 08-11-2019, 07:57 PM   #3
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No, we have not had condensation in the Minnie, but we run 2 dehumidifiers all summer in the basement of our house in upstate NY, so are habituated to their use. It just seemed like it might be a good idea in the camper and I thought I should get some other opinions.
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Old 08-11-2019, 08:57 PM   #4
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Not saying it was a bad idea, just that there are often suggestions made that really are not that important. And that is where I come down to not trying to fix things until I see something that says it needs fixed. The RV gets full of "maybe we need that" pretty quick, so I'm slower to add stuff than at home where I have a bunch more space.
The difference in basements and RV is going to be pretty big as we tend to have the RV open when we use it and it a much smaller space. During storage, if we are not in the RV, there is far less moisture created as we are not cooking breathing, etc. that puts all that moisture in the air.
I might not do anything until I saw condensation on windows, etc. as a first sign. Might be something that you folks do need, but just not one we have found.
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Old 08-12-2019, 04:27 AM   #5
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Good point Monrich, Thanks. I'll hold off on the Dehumidifier and just keep an eye on things until I see if there are any signs that I actually need one.Cheers,
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Old 08-13-2019, 01:41 PM   #6
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We have an Aspect 30J that we keep under our shed with a dehumidifier running continuously. We live in the South. Our dehumidifier holds 30 pints and I have to empty it every other day... it's full. We discovered in our old fifth wheel that if we went in the rig at night with a flashlight, there was surface mildew on all the cabinets. After we cleaned it, we started using a dehumidifier and had no other problems. Our son has a 42' fifth wheel, newly purchased. I suggested he use one too. He did. 50 pint capacity and he's now emptying it daily since his rig much bigger than ours. I wouldn't do without one in our coach. Keeps everything fresh and dry. I also place Bounce dryer sheets inside. Just my two cents! Again, our coastal southern climate is very humid!
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Old 08-18-2019, 04:31 PM   #7
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We use one in our Sightseer 33C. The air conditioners work much less and we too take out 1/2 gallon of water everyday depending where we are. Wisconsin, not so bad, down in FLORIDA, wow.....
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Old 08-18-2019, 06:00 PM   #8
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It seems like we're often camped in conditions where the windows are closed and we're near lakes, misty forests, etc. There's nothing I like more than looking out the window of our dinette drinking my first cup of coffee in the morning...provided I can see out of the window.

We had such trouble with condensation on the windows of our 2250DS Minnie, that I went searching for a dehumidifier that would, 1) remove a lot of moisture quickly, 2) work well in cooler temps (60's), 3) not use a lot of power and, 4) not make a lot of noise. After two false starts, we found one we're really happy with:
Ivation 13 Pint Desiccant Dehumifier

I first tried the "granules in a bucket" type, and those may work alright for when the unit is going to be sealed up tight and unoccupied. Next, I tried a non-desicant unit that just wasn't efficient in cooler temps.

I've been very pleased with the performance of the one we got. It does use 400 watts on high power, though, so it isn't really practical for us to run it long enough to be worthwhile when we're using batteries only. But if I'm going to run the generator for an hour, I almost always run the dehumidifier at the same time. Unless we're on shore power, that isn't enough to keep the windows clear and dry, but it does make a significant and noticeable improvement.

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Old 08-18-2019, 06:14 PM   #9
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I use a small fan just to circulate air when our micro Minnie is parked on the pad at home. That fan travels with us as well just to move sir around when camping. Knock on wood, no problems with humidity etc in trailer.
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Just looking for some opinions. We have a Micro Minnie 2106DS and a friend recommended that we get a small dehumidifier and run it for at least a couple of hours each day to keep the inside dry. I'd like to hear other opinions and perhaps suggestions of good makes and models to look at.
Cheers,
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As a full-timer, I strongly recommend a small dehumidifier. We have been using the Eva-Dry EDV1100 for a few years now. Before we bought this, we often had humidity buildup in the cupboards and closets in cool or winter weather. Not any longer.
Just a note of advise on this topic. Keeping the ceiling vent cracked a bit in the winter helps to control the humidity buildup in the RV and helps to prevent the vent circuit board from building up moisture. The dehumidifier is simply the final touch to keep humidity under control. We rarely shut it off. Only in hot dry weather do we forgo the use of it.


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Old 08-18-2019, 07:15 PM   #11
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I have a 2108ds and when I am not using the trailer I usually have one or two DriRite containers in the trailer. That seems to keep things nice and dry. When I store the trailer over the winter I put a large bucket of DriRite in the bathroom, one in the kitchen sink and one in the storage area.
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Old 08-19-2019, 04:39 AM   #12
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We lived for 20 year in Williamsburg VA. very humid there. We left our vent open and never had a problem. Never felt the need for dehumidifier though we did run one in the basement of the house.
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Old 08-25-2019, 09:15 AM   #13
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Much of the difference in experience is due to where each is used but it also involved how we each live. When we travel, we normally have two things going. We are moving or we are jumping in and out. When we park it, we are either using heat or air or have the doors and windows open so that have any form of dehumidifier would be redundant if already doing heat or air or useless if we have all the doors and windows open!
Part of the difference will also be how we each do laundry and cooking, each of which put a lot of moisture in the air.
We don't like cold weather and we DO want fresh air so cooking, eating, and living outside is the norm for us.
Morning coffee? That's done outside while watching the sun come up, even if we have to wear a coat!
About the only way I see to figure what is needed is to try a few trips and see if changes are needed.
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