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Old 11-22-2010, 11:42 AM   #1
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Cold bus? Solution!

Hey everyone! We just bought a dehumidifier for the bus aand man, it's is so much warmer now. We have two heaters in front and back and now ther air gets circulated soon much better. I didn't realize a little bit of dampness made ther bus soon cold. Bought at home depot for $ 130.

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Old 11-22-2010, 09:34 PM   #2
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Re: Cold bus? Solution!

It is so dry here that I am constantly statically charged! We "zap" each other all the time. We need the humidity! Even running the stove does very little to put moisture in the air (LP dumps moisture when used).
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Re: Cold bus? Solution!

i just got one to.. 279 dollars.. i dunno why they are so expensive now!
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Old 11-22-2010, 09:48 PM   #4
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I bought a whirlpool 70pint at crappy tire a few weeks back for $169.99 .
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Old 11-23-2010, 12:00 AM   #5
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...I've even seen wood furniture split from too low % humidity...
Boy ain't that the truth... David had built a barrel topped cedar lined chest for my wedding present. We drug it from FL to NC to SC to TN and back to NC. All high humidity areas. We brought it out here and the boards that make up the rounded top are shrinking and opening up the joints. Even my little rock maple table is opening up where it was joined. We will probably end up getting a humidifier for the bus.
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Old 11-23-2010, 04:09 AM   #6
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I'm sorry Smitty, but I highly beg to differ. Dry = Warm, period. Wet never equals warm, on any planet. The tropics are cooler than the deserts because the rain evaporates cooling the air. So, if your bus is sweating from the condensation, then it is also evaporating the water and therefore cooling your air temp. A demudifier is totally and completely necessary or you will end up with mold issues as well as a massive cold issue anywhere near your windows, tire wells or draft of any sort. Splitting wood is fantastic if you have that kind of heat. A 22% humidity rate is all a human needs and that is some pretty dry air, with no evaporation occuring. The heat we felt in the bus after the dehumidifier is quite fantastic as the air is now circulating the heat around the bus as well as stopping all evaporation from occuring. No way would I give up the fun of dumping 2-3 gallons of water a day from that fantastic little machine and not worrying anymore about water, mold or cold!
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Old 11-23-2010, 01:00 PM   #7
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Re: Cold bus? Solution!

In the defense of Kirkndopp and Smitty. We live in the great Northwet, I understand their issue we have and use a de-humidifier to keep the dampness down and keep the mold monster at bay. When we run the de-humidifier the space "fells" warmer weather it is the compressor heat plus the drier air I am uncertain but it does make a difference. I understand what Smitty means there is a difference and they are not the same issue but it sure seems to help us.

All I know is mold and moisture has caused many problems in my skoolie, and the use of a de-humidifier has warmed the space and kept the windows from turning green.
Too much dry BAD
Too much wet BAD

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Old 11-23-2010, 01:47 PM   #8
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Too much dry BAD
Too much wet BAD
Picky, Picky, Picky. What... you want perfect weather? Only rains when it's convenient? Not too hot, not too cold, not too wet, not too dry? Don't we all?

Don't want green windows... Do what we did. We left NC with emerald green moss & greenish windows. By the time we hit TX ... everything was brown!
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Old 11-23-2010, 01:52 PM   #9
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I bet man! I grew up in Arizona I know the dry thing, but this constant rain thing up here is really a trip. We are not full timing yet were still house sitting but soon it might be our home we might need to find a better climate for our sanity sake.
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Old 11-23-2010, 05:18 PM   #10
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Re: Cold bus? Solution!

It's amazes me how many old crochety dudes are experts on my life. A person comes on here to share info and glean it. We did minimal conversion on our bus for financial reasons. I only came on here to possibly help other people with cold wet buses! Last night it was 15 degrees and we were warm and dry with our heaters and dh! Sad people cannot simply give advice on this site based on a year's experience living in a skoolie. Maybe I'll come back in thirty years smitty and have a right to give advice. Meantime, I'm gonna keep traveling on then cheap and living life free!
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