Winter is a great time to buy a new or used RV. Buying during the off-season can get you a great deal. If you purchase an RV during the winter and don't plan on using it until spring and then storing it each winter in the future, you must take action to control the moisture levels inside the RV. If you fail to do anything to prevent winter moisture, you may open your RV for the first trip of the spring and find that it smells musty.
Use Charcoal Canisters
Charcoal canisters are an easy solution to minor moisture problems. Charcoal naturally absorbs moisture from the air, as well as the odors that may reside in the RV. These canisters aren't to be placed and forgotten about – you must change them out every few weeks, and more often if you live in a very moist climate.
Tip: Charcoal can be reused instead of thrown out. Simply dump the charcoal onto an old cookie tray and put it in your oven at a low temperature for a few hours. This will dry the moisture locked inside of the charcoal and make it effective again.
Run a Dehumidifier
If your RV is parked somewhere that provides access to electricity, a dehumidifier can be run during the times in which the temperatures aren't freezing. If you try to use a dehumidifier in freezing temperatures, the water that it is pulled out of the air will freeze inside the unit.
Running the dehumidifier during the mild temperature days will suck the moisture out of the air, as well as the upholstery, carpeting and drapes inside the RV.
Install a Solar Air Heater
Solar air heaters utilize the sun's power to maintain a steady temperature inside your RV. Instead of your RV cabin heating and cooling over and over again, the solar air heater will work to keep it at a set temperature. This will decrease the chances of condensation forming inside the cabin, which will lead to mold, mildew and that awful musty odor.
Solar air heaters are a sound investment. They will help you protect the interior of your RV when it's not in use and provide you natural, affordable heat when you do decide to use it during the chilly seasons.
Don't let winter destroy the interior of your RV. If you find a good deal on an RV this winter, don't hesitate to make the investment, then use these tips to protect it through the winter. Contact a company like Orangewood RV Center for more information on RVs.