Post by LittleVintageTrailer on May 16, 2011 21:45:23 GMT -5
You see so many vintage trailers have issues around the roof vent so I'm wondering is having the roof vent absolutely necessary? Say someone reskinned a trailer, could they just forego the roof vent altogether and rely on the windows for ventilation? What would the ramifications of no roof vent be? I was thinking it would eliminate problems with leaking.
We have camped in our trailers a number of times and never even opened the roof vent. I just simply forgot too. But it got me thinking if they are really necessary.
Post by blueskidoo on May 16, 2011 22:07:51 GMT -5
I am no expert, but the research I have done in my quest so far suggests that yes, you need a roof vent.
You need to be able to vent cooking smells and moisture from cooking, and opening up the roof vent and just cracking the windows can set up a surprisingly effective convection type current on a hot night to cool the inside of the trailer. If you add a powered fan it gets even better.
Condensation is a big enemy to the trailer, just like leaks are.
Post by LittleVintageTrailer on May 16, 2011 22:13:12 GMT -5
Makes sense. I noticed one night in the Astroflyte we had the heater running (brr it was too cold out to really be camping). Anyway, the next morning I noticed a lot of condensation. Which I immediately decided to attack with towels. I had a couple windows cracked open but not the roof vent. I guess I need to remember that next time and open the vent.
Post by blueskidoo on May 17, 2011 10:37:32 GMT -5
Insulated curtains can really help on the condensation front, keeping the warm, moist air from your breathing from coming into contact with the cold glass. You can buy a fabric called "warm windows" that is an insulated curtain backing. It would reduce heat build up inside the trailer from the sun shining in, and reduce condensation. Another place to use it is as a blanket over the door/door frame to block drafts and prevent condensation there.
I am thinking about using it in my trailer, I just need to decide which style works for me...
Another way to solve the condensation problem would be to learn how to sleep without breathing ;-)