How Do I Stop My Clothes From Getting Damp In An RV Closet?

Why Do Clothes Get Damp In An RV?

RV or travel trailer closets are notorious for making your clothes damp and smell funny. It’s very easy for moisture and condensation to build up in RVs and that moisture gets trapped in the closets. Even if you have a dehumidifier running in your RV the closet may be a place with high humidity and trapped moisture.

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The good news is there are a few ways you can prevent the build up of moisture in your RV or trailers closets.

Ways To Prevent Humid Closets

Open The Door

The most simple way to stop the build up of moisture in your closet is to open the closet doors for a few hours every day. You can place your RV dehumidifier in the bedroom while the closet doors are open for some extra help. The only downside to this method is it is something you have to do every day and it can make your clothes dusty from the air coming into your camper.

Moisture Absorbers

A lot of full-time RVers who have their clothes in their RV or travel trailer closets all the time use moisture absorbers to keep their clothes dry and funky smell free. You can use the refillable tub kind that sit on the bottom of the closet. (I use this method because it’s effective, affordable, and easy to deal with in small clothes packed RV closets).

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Or there are the kind you hang with your clothes that draw the moisture out and collect the water in bags. This method works great if you have a large closet and your clothes have lots of room to breathe. If you live in your RV there is limited closet space and you sometimes have to really cram your clothes to get everything to fit. In that case, the hanging bags don’t work so well.

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If you have a huge closet like on some RVs you can even buy a small dehumidifier that will fit in it. This is a great option if you are connected to power and have a lot of closet space. You can check out some great RV dehumidifiers in this article here.

As far as keeping moisture out of your RV closet these really are some of the only options. The good news is the moisture absorbers work really well and are easy to refill. Just make sure you check them every now and again and make sure your clothes are totally dry before you put them away in the closet.

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Have any questions about keeping your clothes dry in an RV closet? Leave a comment below.

by Jenni
Jenni grew up in a small town in Idaho. With a family that loves camping, she has been towing trailers since a very young age.

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