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« on: October 03, 2008, 05:49:48 AM »
It seems every time I get in the bed[in the PUP] the sheets always feel damp. It doesn't matter if it is spring, summer, fall. It doesn't matter if the ac is on or the windows are open. They always feel a little damp to me.
Is there anything I can do to fix this problem? I love to sleep in our PUP, but I don't like this.
Does anyone have any suggestions?

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« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2008, 06:55:05 AM »
You know I get the same feeling so I don't lay out my bedding until I'm ready to climb in that works for me. I don't have a Ac unit and some guy told me to close up my windows just before dusk as the dew falls. that helps too.

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« Reply #2 on: October 03, 2008, 08:05:16 AM »
I also had that problem. What I did was got a fleece blanket and put it under the sheet so it wicks away the moisture. It works great.

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« Reply #3 on: October 03, 2008, 09:50:46 AM »
Yes, that is a common problem with pop up camping.  You can crack a window or run a fan, if weather permits.  That helps.  About the only real solution, though, is to lay there until your body heat evaporates the moisture.

Two things I've found that really contribute to that 'damp feel' are -

1.  Camping near a body of water.  Air always cools faster than water, creating humidity and fog which sticks to your camper's canvas, and your bedding.  We frequently camp near a river in a deep valley.  There's a real humidity problem there.  To make matters worse - there is a spring fed stream with 50 degree water in it meeting a river with 60-70 degree water about 100 yards away.  Oh - but I love the place !!!  

2.  Using flannel sheets or a flannel lined sleeping bag.  The thicker, more porous fabric just seems to soak up that humidity.  Regular cotton sheets don't seem to grab the moisture out of the air quite as bad.  Of course, they're not as warm either - sometimes that's a good thing.

I never thought of Julie's suggestion of using fleece.  But, it makes sense that it would wick moisture away.  By gum - I'll have to try that !!!

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« Reply #4 on: October 03, 2008, 01:08:31 PM »
That is one of the primary reasons we use sleeping bags.  They designed for outdoor using and don't seem that have the problem that sheets do.

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« Reply #5 on: October 03, 2008, 01:37:03 PM »
One other trick to keep moisture out is to put some kind of barrier between the matress and bed flooring. Bubble wrap? We got some of that silver stuff that is sometimes used for gizmos. That worked well enough unless it was one of those all day rains.

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« Reply #6 on: October 03, 2008, 06:51:24 PM »
Thanks for all the suggestions. We do always get our sites right by the water. So I am sure that is one reason for the extra moisture. I will try to use a fleece blanket under the sheet when we make our week long trip on October 13!

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« Reply #7 on: October 03, 2008, 07:06:54 PM »
Well, I'd put the blanket and everything down, and then although the top of the blanket may be the slightest bit damp, the sheets wont be. FWIW, we always keep the pillows in the middle of the pup and then put them on the bed as we go to sleep. A fan also helps keep that down. Of course, if its a rainy weekend, there isn't much to be done about it. Its all part of the camping for us, lol!

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« Reply #8 on: October 04, 2008, 10:08:17 PM »
You might think this is strange, but I use cheep dollar store dryer sheets.  They draw moisture.  I put them between towls, sheets, blankets.  When we close it up for the winter, we lay then on the beds and dinette cushions.  Your pup smells great and your cushions are dry.

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« Reply #9 on: October 04, 2008, 11:37:47 PM »
We use the fleece sleeping bags from Walmart.  We open our sleeping bags and use them as blankets.  We use the fleece sleeping bags as sheets.  Nice and cozy.

When it gets damp we turn on the heater and that takes away the chill and humidity.

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« Reply #10 on: October 05, 2008, 03:23:25 PM »
We open our sleeping bags right up during the day to air them out (if it isn't quite dry enough to hang them outside or if we will be away from the CG during the day) and then, at dusk, we zip them back up and fold the bottom (foot end) up over the top half.  This seems to be the only way to keep them from feeling damp inside.  Perhaps laying a heavy blanket over your sheets would have the same effect?

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« Reply #11 on: October 06, 2008, 05:37:56 PM »

  An electric blanket turned on high an hour before bed cooks the damp out of the bed in the popup. The sheets are always crisp after we do this. We don't boondock so we're always by power so we can do this. When you go to bed make sure the blanket is turned off in summer and the bed will stay dry for the night. In winter, crank the blanket down to a low setting and you're good to go for the rest of the night.

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« Reply #12 on: October 06, 2008, 06:17:35 PM »
I second the electric blanket method.  Nothing nicer than slipping into that prewarmed bed.  Snug as a bug in a rug!

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« Reply #13 on: October 09, 2008, 12:50:53 PM »
Hmm... living in FL, I just thought the humidity was part of camping. Laugh Out Loud  My husband and I drove a 5th wheeler back from Arizona several years ago, and when we hit Houston, in the morning, the sheets felt damp.  Oh, how I loved that feeling, having spent 4 days in 7% humidity, when I was used to 80% all the time.  I swore after that trip I'd never complain about humidity again!  

I like the idea of the fleece blanket, I might try that as well.  We found last time we camped, using the heaters on the mattresses eliminated some of the damp feeling in the morning.

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« Reply #14 on: November 11, 2008, 09:43:38 AM »
Also, keep in mind that you can pick up a tub of silicon mositure absorbent for winter storage. It can be purchased at some of the home improvement big boxes; and works great for keeping those sheets and blankets form absorbing that winter moisture. Follow all instructions for use and remeber that you'll need to keep it away from small children and pets.


 


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