Sheets always feel damp to me!

Discussion in 'Cushion, Curtains, Carpets, Bedding, Clothing Stor' started by dkinary, Oct 3, 2008.

  1. dkinary

    dkinary Al & Debby

    May 28, 2008
    Ashland City Tennessee
    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?

    Al and Debby

    Days camping in 2008-30
    1986 Coleman Williamsburg
  2. freepopup

    freepopup New Member

    May 16, 2007
    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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  3. jthomas124169

    jthomas124169 New Member

    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.

    Julie(58) DD(81) 2 DGS(98)&(02) DF(42)
    I'd keep playing. I don't think the heavy stuff will come down for a while.
  4. themanfromvan

    themanfromvan Van, PA - Near The PA Wilds

    Jul 31, 2004
    Van, Pennsylvania
    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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  5. Luv2ridebikes

    Luv2ridebikes New Member

    Apr 17, 2005
    Granger, IN
    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.

    Steve & Deb (boys are grown & gone)
    Aspen & Riley (the 4 legged children)
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  6. mostlyok

    mostlyok We're Mostly OK!

    Jun 5, 2005
    Sarasota, Florida
    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.

    Heidi & Paul '04 Fleetwood Niagara
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  7. dkinary

    dkinary Al & Debby

    May 28, 2008
    Ashland City Tennessee
    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!

    Al and Debby

    Days camping in 2008-30
    1986 Coleman Williamsburg
  8. kmh1596

    kmh1596 Wilbraham, MA

    Aug 20, 2007
    Western MA
    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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  9. PandGs PUP

    PandGs PUP New Member

    Aug 7, 2008
    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.

    1980 Jayco Jayflight 6
    2002 Ford Ranger
    Pat & Glenda
  10. CampingFamily1

    CampingFamily1 New Member

    May 12, 2007
    Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN
    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.
  11. pandahelen

    pandahelen New Member

    Jul 30, 2007
    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?

    Brian - 68, Helen - 69
    DS1 - 97, DS2 - 99
    TV - Sienna 06, PUP - Viking 1706 95
  12. Tekboy46

    Tekboy46 New Member

    Aug 15, 2007
    Central Oklahoma
    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.

    1979 Starcraft Venture
    1996 Ford F150 TV
  13. Wannafishmore

    Wannafishmore New Member

    Sep 23, 2007
    I second the electric blanket method. Nothing nicer than slipping into that prewarmed bed. Snug as a bug in a rug!

    1991 Starcraft Starflyer
    Days camped in '07 = 4 in '08 = 13

    "Nobody notices what I do until I don't do it"
  14. Bigred01

    Bigred01 New Member

    Sep 14, 2008
    Hmm... living in FL, I just thought the humidity was part of camping. <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_lol.gif border=0 align=middle alt="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.

    Suzanne --DH- John, DD- Hanna '05, DS- Daniel '03
    07 Jayco 1007
    07 Ford F-150
  15. aileronjack

    aileronjack New Member

    Feb 28, 2008
    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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