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BruceWayneandTrishaJ

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Posted: 10/20/11 09:32am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We lived in our Big Foot truck camper last winter - it was our first time to winterize - wrap pipes - etc. I read someone's suggestion to put bags of insulation at the sides and in the bed of the truck. Is it that simple? Is there a simple way to do this between the roof of the truck and the camper's sleeping area? I need explicit directions - this is all new to me.

Also, the problem that was most frustrating last year was the condensation under the mattress. Any ideas how to add breathing room there to prevent the build up of moisture and mildew? We have a memory foam mattress on top of regular 3 inch foam.

Thanks for whatever tips and tricks you have to share.


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Under my mattress I added some beard board type of insulation then I took Reflectic's (sic) and made a tub around the walls. I attached the Reflectix to the wall with 3M removable strips so I could remove them if I wanted. They have been on there for four years. I also attached foil backed duct insulation to the escape hatch. The kind that is sticky on one side. I also put that on the inside of all of my cabinets.

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I've not had a problem with condensation under the mattress. But we did have a problem with it being cold, so I've cut a piece of spare carpet and put that under the mattress.

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I've laid two sleeping pads under our mattress..the thicker fold up kind...not the backpack roll up kind. We have an electric blanket we keep on during the day so the blankets and mattress are kept warm..helps to warm the entire camper.

Switched to micro fleece sheets and blankets...better than flannel.

And when we bought a new mattress for the class A...I cut the pillow top off of the old mattress and put it on top of the truck camper mattress.


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Reflectix. Slept down to 5 degrees F with NO condensation or frost anymore.



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How has everyone been dealing with the condensation that builds up on the walls and ceiling from just breathing? Some mornings we wake up and have water beaded up on the ceiling joists and in the corners of the walls.


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There is a marine material that is sold for boats that you can put under your mattress. I don't remember what it is called but look at West Marine they may have it.

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You will need to leave an upper vent cracked to allow a little fresh air to flow through the camper. This will help pull the moisture out of the unit.

When you cook, you may want to crack a window and open the roof vent a bit more to create a little more draft to remove the extra moisture from the food.

If you are stationary, you may want to consider a small dehumidifier, though in a TC, room to set it could be a problem.


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Last winter we had some nights that were in the low 20,s and I left the window on my side cracked open and one vent open a little,very little condensation if any at all. The window stays the same until we packup and leave.


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Condensation is a common problem, Showering and Cooking add a lot of moisture. You can crack a vent to let some of it out along with your heat. Insulate or add air space under your mattress or even find a small dehumidifier if you have the space.


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