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I have experienced this problem and it has always been related to humidity. To solve it, I put the camera (I have done this with both VX and Z series Sony cameras) in a raincoat that came with the carrying case. That has been 100% effective both for shooting on humid summer days as well as in the tropics.
Another trick is to keep the camera and its tapes heated a few degrees above ambient temperature to prevent condensation. You can do this by putting the camera in a cardboard box with a 60 watt light. Of course, this only works where electricity is available. Don’t put the bulb against the camera, just use it to warm the air in the box which should be somewhat open. The goal is to keep the camera and tapes at around 90-100 degrees F or, warm, not hot, to the touch. An alternative is to put the camera in the sun. As long as the equipment is warmer than the ambient temperature you won’t get condensation. These methods will also dry out an affected camera mush faster than just letting it sit.
Finally, forget that LP mode. It does not make the head rotate slower, it makes the tape move slower which puts the diagonal recorded stripes closer together. The effect is lower signal to noise ratio due to unwanted signal from slightly overlapping adjacent stripes which means head/tape contact is more critical. Most of the time the LP mode works okay, but if you are working under degraded conditions due to humidity, it could be the difference between good footage and dropouts.
These things have worked for me and I hope they help you.