Monday, April 19, 2010

Hypervent

A strange phenomenon has plagued Taj off and on over the last year or so. Under the cushions there has been accumulated condensation which I now know to be common for many RV's and boats as well. As with most problems, there are quite a few solutions, the one we chose is made by a local Washington company, Hypervent Marine. In the above picture, it is the layer of white mesh between the cushion and the wood platform. It works by providing a path for air to get to the bottom side of the cushion.

They Hypervent is sold by the linear foot and is 39" wide. To do Taj's bed, I ordered 9' which was perfect. It cuts with regular scissors and is fairly simple to work with. The flap you see in the picture above is used to join 2 pieces together. I used 3M 77 spray adhesive to bond the seam.

In this last picture, you can see that I cut it longer than the cushions to also provide an air gap between the back wall and the edge of of the bed. The more air that can circulate under the bed, the better. I can't offer any experience yet as to how well this mod works, but I believe it will completely resolve the problem. I will post an update in a month or so and let everyone know how successful it was. Please check out http://www.hyperventmarine.com for more information.

11 comments:

  1. Very good fix it looks like to me....good luck with it and thanks for the good article on it...

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  2. Looks good. I can't wait to hear how it works out.

    You know I've had the same problem with Bella's cushions for a long time, that is until I got to the southwest.

    In fact, it's been raining on and off for days here in Texas, and I've checked the cushions several times, and no problem at all, nothing.

    So if the Hypervent doesn't work, just come on down!!

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  3. Will the hypervent material flatten out due to the weight of sitting on, and sleeping on, thus preventing the air flow?

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  4. Thanks Bri, Mar and TinTent for the comments! Mar, I am pretty sure this is going to solve the issue. We are going to head South anyway soon, but it will be nice knowing we don't have to worry about it here too.

    TinTent, It doesn't flatten out at all surprisingly. It supports my weight sitting on it with no cushion so with the cushion there to spread the weight out, it should be that much better.

    -Mike

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  5. Awesome article, Mike. I would have never thought of that. Looking forward to hearing how it works. Was it very expensive?

    Kris

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  6. Hi Kris, It was more than I would have expected $154 for 9' shipped. If it saves those cushions that got new foam last year, it will be a bargain!

    Thanks for commenting :)

    -Mike

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  7. Mike and Heidi, This looks like a good solution for wet climates. It would probably work in houses too. I look forward to seeing how it works out after a few months use.

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  8. What is this material made of?

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  9. Terria, so far it is working out perfectly! I will do a blog at the end of the summer with a review of how our various mods have worked out including this one so hopefully it is still good! Thanks for your comment :)

    Anonymous, I am sure what the exact material is, just a strong, flexible plastic. I bet the website has the specific info though. There is no smell or offgassing that I can detect from it.

    -Mike

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  10. Freekin' fabulous! SO glad to hear it's working for you. An Escapees member just recommended Hypervent to us and now someone in NuRVers did too. Hallelujah! I think I've discovered the solution for our RV mattress muck. Here's a blog post I just wrote about it: http://www.fulltimerver.com/2012/12/solution-for-rv-memory-foam-mattress.html

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  11. LiveWorkDDream, you guys will be happy with the choice I am sure! Hope it goes as well for you as it did for us!

    -Mike

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