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Moldy Window Sills

December 11, 2013  |  Airstream Blog

Recently, when I pulled the curtains in our Airstream all the way open, I found more than just dust, there was mold. A lot of moisture accumulates around the edges of the windows from condensation, so it’s not a big surprise, it’s just something we don’t want to sleep next to.


The plastic material has never taken to a simple wipe down with a paper towel. For some reason the dust that accumulates there pills up when you use a cloth or a paper towel. The sills cleaned up nicely with the scrubby side of an old sponge.

Gross, right? I wonder if there are any other places we should be looking for mold.

Dinner Last Night:
I had some leftover Erewhon Corn Flakes, so I went back to the Attune Foods Blog and found Creamy and Comforting Chickpea Pasta Casserole. It was really tasty, though I only used about half of the topping.

2013 Cost of Camping:
117 nights paid camping
227 nights free camping
344 days this year
Total spent on camping this year: $3,201.29
Daily average cost of camping: $9.31


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  1. Recently I went hunting for something I thought was under the pull out sofa in our AirstreamSafariSS and when I got my snout way in there, caught the unmistakeable odour of mould myself! Couldn’t see anything but slammed a couple DampRids in there….will have to get in for a thorough cleaning when the temps are warmer…..OR…maybe tow to the desert and open her up!!!

  2. We had mold under our bed in the back. We put a fan under the bed to help keep air flowing after we scrubbed out the mold!

    • I know of a few people who’ve had the mold under their beds and have gone to great lengths to prevent it. So far so good for us in that department. The tempurpedic sales guy said their mattresses don’t need the air circulation under them like traditional mattresses, so maybe that’s why it’s been ok for us so far.

      Kyle Flinchum commented on our FB page “IAQ 2000, made by Abetex, is a mold & mildew inhibitor, will kill mold & mildew like bleach, but IAQ 2000 won’t let it grow back, ever! People & pet friendly & no harsh smell like bleach….can be found online.”

  3. We recently discovered the same issue in our motorhome! All the curtains came down and were washed in hot water and Christian scrubbed the heck out if our windows and sleeping area. Now we know to clean it routinely. Can’t believe we we’re sleeping next to that! Enjoying your travels and blog! :)

  4. Ugh, we get a LOT of humidity in the cold weather, and a lot of mold. That window trim is so weird — hard but porous — I feel like it never really gets clean, even with bleach. I recently discovered that rubbing alcohol does a pretty good job at killing the mold without be as noxious or as likely to ruin other stuff as bleach, so I’ve put it in a little spray bottle to spray on moldy areas. I’m going to have to try to find some of that IAQ 2000!

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