If you think of your motorhome a bit like a studio flat, with one room in which to live and one bathroom, it’s no surprise that lots of motorhomes attract mould throughout their lifespan. Of course, just like a studio flat, damp is really something to be wary of: it’s structurally damaging to your motorhome, it’s potentially damaging to your health and very often mould problems make for complicated motorhome insurance claims. Here are a few tips for avoiding damp and making sure your motorhome stays clean:
Ventilation is key for keeping damp out of your motorhome so make sure you open doors and windows and vents wherever possible. Dry, windy days are perfect for clearing out any lingering moisture, but make sure you keep an eye on the weather: a rain shower can soak upholstery for months in just a few seconds!
Watch Key Areas
Upholstery is the classic affected area, but conditions in your motorhome’s bathroom are also just the right temperature for damp to start spreading. If you know where damp starts, it’s much easier to keep the problem contained. You may also find that your fresh water tank is causing you problems: get any leakages checked out by a mechanic as soon as you can.
Damp problems often lead to mould problems as wet, warm conditions are perfect for bacteria and fungi to grow. If you do end up with mould infestations, don’t be tempted to physically destroy them: it will only spread the spores around. Use a mould spray to get rid of growth from the root, but beware: anti-fungal treatments can be very toxic so keep your windows open if you’re using a spray.
Damp tends to affect older motorhomes, and if you’re finding yourself treating a new or nearly new motorhome it’s probably worth talking to your manufacture or dealer. Damp needs to be addressed as soon as you spot it, it will only spread so make sure you keep your eyes peeled.