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The Best Campervan Dehumidifier 2024

If you’re considering getting a campervan dehumidifier or someone has suggested it but you’re not really sure how they work or which to get, you will find this information very helpful.

What Is A Dehumidifier?

A dehumidifier reduces the level of humidity of an indoor space by removing excess moisture from the air. Reasons to do this can simply be for comfort, health reasons, or to prevent condensation and damp occuring.

It is typically a small air conditioning device, but there are also other low cost and natural dehumidifier options.

Why Do I Need One In My Campervan?

Vanlife comes with plenty of challenges, not least of all condensation issues. And almost everything you do contributes to it. Whether that be cooking, showering or simply just breathing.

If left to accumulate it can cause serious damp issues and even go so far as permanently damaging soft furnishings, wood and even metal.

The good news is there’s plenty of things that you can do to reduce and mitigate it. Heat and ventilation is key, as is not having damp clothes or wet pets hanging around.

But one of the most effective ways to keep condensation under control is to get a campervan dehumidifier.

There are lots of different types of dehumidifiers for campervans, and we’ve tried all of them over the four years that we’ve been travelling in our self-built campervan.

So we’re going to run through the pros and cons of each one, before letting you in on what we think is the best dehumidifier for a camper.

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Types of Campervan Dehumidifiers

Electric Dehumidifier For Camper

This campervan dehumidifier is so small and compact that it will literally fit into the palm of your hand. It consumes only 23W so is extremely energy efficient. Plus has a sleek aesthetic design.

It is suitable for room sizes of 10-15 ㎡ so perfect for most campervan spaces.

It’s easy to use with just a one button start and simple unscrewing mechanism to empty. And as an added bonus it also has an optional multicoloured night light.

CONOPU Electric Dehumidifier, Energy Saving Room Dehumidifier Automatic Shutdown, Dehumidifier Basement Small Ultra-Quiet Cabinet, Bathroom, Bedroom, Office, Black, 21.3*12.8*12.8cm
  • Specs: 300ml capacity, 800g weight, 40dB sound intensity
  • Pros: Ultraportable, powerful and whisper quiet
  • Cons: Requires mains plug in while in operation

Rechargeable Campervan Dehumidifier

These rechargeable dehumidifiers for campervans are perfectly designed for use in small enclosed spaces such as drawers and cupboards.

They are compact, portable and the indicator is easy to read. They contain 100% renewable non-toxic water crystals. So once full simply plug in overnight to dry out and again, ready for use the next day.

They come with hanging hooks so they can be easily placed in wardrobes.

Aironic ® Rechargeable Mini Dehumidifier - Twin Pack - Absorbs Moisture Home, Caravan, cupboards, bathroom
  • Specs: 15cm x 12cm x 3cm
  • Pros: No batteries required, non-toxic
  • Cons: Inefficient in large spaces

Dehumidifier Crystals

These portable dehumidifiers are great for placing on windowsills and in bathrooms. They contain hydrophilic crystals which are super efficient at drawing moisture from the air.

They are really easy to use. You simply remove the plastic lid, peel off the foil wrapper and pop the lid back on. They absorb up to three times their own weight in water.

It is however recommended to keep them out of reach of kids and pets.

ANSIO Dehumidifier 500ml Pack of 10 Condensation Remover Moisture Absorber Dehumidifiers for Damp, Mould, Moisture in Home, Kitchen, Wardrobe, Bedroom, Caravan, Office, Garage, Bathroom, Basement
  • Specs: ‎22 x 25 x 45cm size, 282g weight, 500ml capacity
  • Pros: Affordable and effective
  • Cons: Single use and need to be upright

Refillable Moisture Absorbers

A simple yet effective design, these camper dehumidifiers are refillable so will last forever.

The refillable tabs are made from active moisture absorbing crystals that include patented anti-odour agents. But as a bonus you can also buy them in different odours such as wildflower, lavender and waterfall fresh.

They are ideal for rooms up to 20m² so will be plenty efficient in a campervan space.

They are also made from 60% recycled plastic and arrive in a 100% recycled box.

There’s an anti-spill system and a level indicator to show when a refill is required.

The refillable tabs last up to three months depending on the level of humidity and convert the moisture into a salty solution. It is collected in a tank below and can just be emptied along with your black waste.

UniBond AERO 360º Moisture Absorber, 1 Device incl. 1 Refill Tab 450g, Ultra-Absorbent Dehumidifier, Helps to Prevent Condensation, Mould & Musty Smells, Recyclable, Refillable Condensation Absorber
  • Specs: 7.44 x 4.69 x 9.53 cm; 450 g
  • Pros: Safe, silent and neutralise bad smells
  • Cons: Relatively expensive

Reusable Camper Dehumidifier

These small absorbent dehumidifiers for campers are ideal for use in confined spaces.

The active carbon not only absorbs up to 60% of the bags weight in moisture but also absorbs odours and are 100% leak proof.

They are fully reusable. When the humidity indicator has changed from blue to pink, simply wrap in a paper kitchen towel and pop in the microwave for 5 minutes each.

Pingi Dehumidifier Car And Home LV2-A350 - Absorbs Moisture Condensation Damp Keeping Windscreens Clear - Reusable 2 x 350 g Bags, Black/Grey
  • Specs: ‎18.8 x 35.1 x 13.6 cm; 700 g
  • Pros: Bags are reset easily and quickly
  • Cons: Microwave is required

Make Your Own Dehumidifier

Arm and Hammer Baking Soda - Baking Powder, Baking Soda for Cleaning, Pure Baking Soda, 227 g (Pack of 1)

Another option is to make your own dehumidifier. The simplest way is to just half fill a small bowl with baking powder.

But you can also use rock salt. Although you’ll need a separate container to collect the salty water beneath. For example a pot with holes inside another another pot.

Then there’s charcoal which works best in a small tin with holes in it.

  • Pros: Homemade and natural
  • Cons: Less effective and can be messy

Humidity Absorbing Houseplants

Last but not least, and something many don’t consider is humidity absorbing van plants. And you may not be aware that while some plants increase humidity in the air others reduce it.

They simply absorb dampness through their leaves so it doesn’t get more natural than that!

The Peace Lily is a good option for a campervan as it requires little sunlight, but it is toxic to people and pets if ingested so beware of that.

Ferns and cacti are other sound alternatives as they prefer indirect sunlight. Cacti in particular barely ever need to be physically watered.

Any kind of palms will also absorb moisture, but they will still need watering regularly. Spider plants are super low-maintenance, very hardy and are content in shady spots.

Or if you fancy a trailer plant, English Ivy is a good shout as it doesn’t require much sunlight, just regular watering.

Air Purifying Plant Collection 3 Indoor House Plants Snake Plant, Peace Lily, Spider Plant, Perfect for Cleaning Air at Home in Office, 3X 12cm Pots One of Each by Thompson and Morgan (3)
  • Pros: Plants have lots of other health benefits & just look really lovely.
  • Cons: Requires daily-weekly upkeep

Best Dehumidifier For Campervan

If the main place that you struggle with dampness in your campervan is smaller enclosed spaces such as your wardrobe and your garage, refillable moisture absorbers are going to be your best friend because they just last ages and no spill.

The single use dehumidifier crystals are also just as effective. However we prefer the refillable tabs because not only does it mean less waste, the spare tabs take up less storage space.

For managing moisture levels in your overall living area, an electric dehumidifier is however your best bet. Because despite needing to be plugged into a main socket, it’s just the most effective in larger spaces.

It also doesn’t use that much power and you shouldn’t need to use it constantly either. It is the most expensive option, but it is also a one off purchase too.

We also have a spider plant and a small cactus in our van which are very easy to care for and we are sure makes a big difference.

campervan dehumidifier types

Campervan Dehumidifier FAQ’s

Should you put a dehumidifier in your camper?

Dehumidifiers are a really good way of keeping condensation in your campervan under control.It’s impossible to completely eradicate it, but there are lots of different types of dehumidifiers that can help prevent moisture in the air turning to damp problems.

How do I stop condensation in my campervan?

It’s really hard to stop condensation in a campervan completely. But you can make it better by decreasing moisture levels in the air. Increasing ventilation especially when cooking or showering will help. As will getting a dehumidifier and properly insulating your van.

Where should I place my dehumidifier in the campervan?

Because most plug in dehumidifiers are designed to work in spaces of up 15-20㎡ it shouldn’t really matter where you put it in your campervan. Although you may want to move it around if you have different sections such as a closed off bathroom.

Can you use a dehumidifier while driving?

As long as it’s secure and won’t fall over, yes you can use a plug in dehumidifier whilst driving. It’s just the same as any other appliance. There are also dehumidifiers that don’t require electricity while working such as rechargeable, reusable or refillable dehumidifiers.

Do dehumidifiers consume a lot of power?

It depends on the size and capacity of them. Most dehumidifiers are extremely energy efficient and small ones will typically use under 25W of power. For comparison, the wattage of a small fridge is typically around 300W.

How often should I run my campervan dehumidifier?

If you also have other methods of controlling condensation in your campervan (such as good ventilation and insulation), then you can just run your dehumidifier during and after an activity that significantly increases moisture levels in the air such as showering or cooking.

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