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Do rooftop spinner vents clear condensation?

It's that time of year when everything generally gets wet and takes an age to dry. Back of my van stays damp with condensation covering the roof inside. Do the spinner vents actually help clear this? Don't have storage due to temporary address so can't take things out to dry off. Would be grateful for any info. Cheers

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  • It certainly can be a problem in the winter and lead to plywood lining peeling off and possibly rust from the inside.

    I have a roof-top spinner which has reduced condensation but certainly not eliminated it. The main problem arises when clearing wet leaves in the autumn which then soak the plywood flooring which never fully dries out until the following summer. January onwards isn't so bad as most of the leaves are up by then but it doesn't take long for a van-full of shrub clippings to cause the same problem.  Possible solutions might be to have a waterproof floor covering or to put leaves into waterproof bins. I find that leaving the doors open on breezy days helps but if your van is full of tools you run the risk of your tools being stolen. 

    I'm interested to hear how others manage this problem. Has anyone used a dehumidifier?

  • PRO

    I have a crew cab tipper with one. Its always dry in there (but it is a very small space compared to a panel van). Quite loud though.

  • PRO Supplier

    There must be a van/ caravan dehumidifier on the market? what about those absorbent gels or granules in a pot in the corner ?

  • PRO

    I have fitted 2 vents and lined the interior with the thick rubber matting that is used in stables and this have considerably reduced the moisture but not 100%. I now use the gel cat litter and that takes the rest.

  • Thanks, will probably fit a vent and try some form of granules to mop up what's left. The floor has rubber matting, it's basically tools and equipment drying out after wet days. Eventually I'll have dry storage but untill then I'll try your suggestions. Thanks.

  • We fit those spinner vents to our vans and everything stays dry, but it also gets rid of any petrol fumes that leak from the machinery and fuel containers

  • PRO

    The other thing that helps is to clean off any wet mud off your spades, hand tools and buckets.  They dry out much quicker when clean.

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