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post #1 of 15 Old 08-31-2009, 09:35 PM Thread Starter
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Pelican Boxes are Sweaty

For those using Pelican boxes as your side-cases, have you noticed that your boxes get sweaty inside near the metal screws?



I know Houston is more humid than most of the country, but I sprayed the thing down with a hose and it didn't get wet, but if I open it up in the morning theres dew and some droplets settled in the bottom corner from the metal screws.

I covered them completely w/ silicon to no avail. Any ideas, or should I just try to insulate them even better, and if so w/ what?

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Both sides or just the exhaust side?
How about some of those dehumidifier packets?
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Humidity

Humid air trapped inside the air-tight boxes will probably condense as the night temps drop, especially around the metal screws which should be colder than the plastic.

I'm no scientist. Heck, I don't even have pelicans, but that'd be my guess.

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Both sides or just the exhaust side?
How about some of those dehumidifier packets?
Both sides, more on the left non-exhaust side if the bike is on the side-stand.

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Humid air trapped inside the air-tight boxes will probably condense as the night temps drop, especially around the metal screws which should be colder than the plastic.

I'm no scientist. Heck, I don't even have pelicans, but that'd be my guess.
Yuppers, that would be the reason. It's condensation, forming from within, not moisture getting in from outside.... Well, *technically* it come in with the air you close in it, which, of course, came from outside, but..... What was the question again??

Oh! Right humidity... Yeah, it's just humidity condensing inside the box. Dessicants will help, but only until they become saturated too.
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I have to say that I have never noticed my Pelicans forming any condensation inside of them. And I live in a very humid climate (Maryland).

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I have pelicans and have never noticed any moisture from condensation or other.

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I'd have to say no on the condensation. I've got 1550's on mine and have never had it. I live in Looosyana. Hot, humid, wet.

We've used Pelicans on our equipment here for years to carry EMS supplies, drugs, bandages, etc. Never had condensation or moisture issues that I can remember.

I'd check the gaskets good, maybe use a light coat of PJ, (petroleum jelly, not Peanut Butter and Jelly) on the gaskets.

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I'd have to say no on the condensation. I've got 1550's on mine and have never had it. I live in Looosyana. Hot, humid, wet.

We've used Pelicans on our equipment here for years to carry EMS supplies, drugs, bandages, etc. Never had condensation or moisture issues that I can remember.

I'd check the gaskets good, maybe use a light coat of PJ, (petroleum jelly, not Peanut Butter and Jelly) on the gaskets.
Take an empty pelican box, seal it at 95 degrees with 100% humidity, then drop the outside temp to 50. I guarantee the moisture is going to condense on the inside of the case. It's the exact same thing that occurs when you take your 50 degree glass of water outside on a 95 degree/100% humidity day (just turned inside-out): Condensation.

Where else could that moisture be coming from but the air?? If there's nothing in the box when you close it up, there's nothing to absorb the moisture. In a medical kit, or if there's gear in it, the *stuff* can absorb some of that excess moisture when the temp drops below the dew-point. If the box is empty, or the *stuff* can't absorb the moisture, it condenses. It's just the way it works.
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I have some Kinetics cases (very similar to Pelican/Caribou), but they were military cases and have a pressure release cap, if you unscrew it on a hot day it keeps the interior from building condensation.

Dunno if other cases have these, but it's easy enough to fab up.

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