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Old 07-19-2021, 09:50 PM   #1
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Mold Prevention & preferred materials

I've read a lot about Camper/Trailer construction, and i've seen lots of issues with molding and mildew etc. The Trailer solution seems to be "dont let it get wet to begin with", and "use a dehumidifier". Those are good tips, but i was wondering if there are better types of materials i could use that would resist mold/mildew even if it did get wet.

What could i use other than pine furring strips?
What could i use for wall/celing surfaces, other than wood/drywall/wallpaper?

Important attributes:
- Does not absorb/retain moisture
- Easy to clean/wipe
- No Discoloration/aging

Bonus attributes:
- Lightweight
- Cleaning chemical resistant. (vs the usual supermarket cleaning chemicals)
- Abrasion resistant (vs cleaning scrubbies)

The obvious solutions would be Plastics, Glass, and Tile.
Downside to Plastics for surfaces, is they yellow over time.
Downside to Tile and Glass is they're really heavy, and the mortar/tiles can crack.

I was considering using halved PVC pipes as furring strips, and other behind-the-walls things. Is there any reason not to? insulation or condensation issues? Are there better plastic items to use for this?

My bathroom plan is tiles & mortar. But thats heavy and rather fragile. Are there any spray-on paint-like coatings that could be used?

Still wondering what i should do for my living area & bedroom.

I'm open to out-of-the-box ideas. Spray-on rubber? Are there any sorts of coatings i could consider?

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Old 07-20-2021, 12:06 AM   #2
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Look at rockwool insulation and cedar. Tongue and groove cedar ceilings are pretty cool, but I did fasten it to pine furring strips. I also used some magic RV roof repair tape and taped all the roof seams to prevent water intrusion and itís worked well. I avoid pvc when I can in case of toxicity in fire and (maybe) off gassing. Pvc in general is horrible **** for the world so I avoid it when I can, but itís hard to make drains without it.
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