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Old 07-23-2016, 07:56 AM   #1
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Oh That Smell

We have just acquired a 1998 Safari. It has set for many years and the only thing living in it was "mice". We have stripped the carpet out, scrubbed from head to toe....several times. It has the white "mouse hair" on the wall (ironic huh)....lol. My problem is: I can't seem to get that smell out of it. When it is hot and dry....I think we've done it....then as soon as a rain comes and the humidy sets in.....eeewwww. Anyone out there have a solution? We have tried carpet cleaner.....then really good carpet cleaner....then Clorox solution.... fans...... I'm getting desperate. Thanks
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Old 07-23-2016, 08:08 AM   #2
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If you have mid twins pull them up and clean the area underneath of them. We were shocked at the nests that had been built under ours. The wheel well area seemed to be their favorite spot.
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Old 07-23-2016, 08:21 AM   #3
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My nonexpert guess is that your trailer leaks. Big clue: when it rains and humidity increases the odor returns. To completely rid yourself of that odor, you are probably going to have to open up walls and the floor to get to nests and excrement, and replace insulation that is / was infested.
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Old 07-23-2016, 08:37 AM   #4
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My nonexpert guess is that your trailer leaks. Big clue: when it rains and humidity increases the odor returns. To completely rid yourself of that odor, you are probably going to have to open up walls and the floor to get to nests and excrement, and replace insulation that is / was infested.
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Be careful cleaning the mess from mice and rats. Their urine can carry deadly diseases. Wear rubber gloves, wear an antiseptic face mask, and above all don't touch around your eyes. This is serious stuff. We had a friend cleaning out a basement after her father died. See came down with an almost undiagnosable disease. Only when the CDC in Atlanta got involved was it diagnosed. She nearly died. She lost part of her vision.
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Old 07-23-2016, 11:33 AM   #5
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My nonexpert guess is that your trailer leaks. Big clue: when it rains and humidity increases the odor returns. To completely rid yourself of that odor, you are probably going to have to open up walls and the floor to get to nests and excrement, and replace insulation that is / was infested.
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Thanks for the response....I'm hoping....but I fear you could be right!
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Old 07-23-2016, 11:48 AM   #6
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A friend had the same problem. He solved it with a commercial ozone generator over night AND got the leaks fixed. A pressure test located all of the leak points. It only takes a small amount of water to reactivate the stink. He has been dry and smell free ever since.
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The ozone generators mentioned above are highly effective in this situation. I have a $79 model purchased from amazon that has done amazing things in closets, airstreams, refrigerators, conex boxes and vehicles. I used it in a conex box that had been infested with rats. It was nothing short of miraculous. It removed the stink from a fridge full of meat and cheese that was unplugged for a month. truly amazing...
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I'm going with the leak theory too. My 74 has a bitter smell because of wet plywood. The only solution is repair the leak and seal or replace the floor. At least that's what I'm going to try. Good luck to both of us!
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Old 04-05-2017, 09:19 AM   #9
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I have seen many posts about mice nesting in the belly pan.

My 71 was a mouse condo. A good cleaning helped, but a residual smell was still there. After 5 years or so there is no smell, or maybe I just got used to it.
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Old 04-05-2017, 09:27 AM   #10
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When we took our inside walls out as well as the belly pan, the smell from the insulation was overwhelming. But I know that is whole another layer of complexity.
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Mice get in between the walls and the belly pan area and make nests in the insulation. The only way to get rid of the smell is to gut the trailer and remove the inside walls and belly pan, clean everything very well, let it dry, re insulate and reinstall the interior walls. Anything short of this will lead to disappointments down the road.
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The mission band came loose from black water dump valve letting sewage flow into belly pan. [mission band is rubber coupling with hose clamps each end AS has other name]. Will ozone generator remove smell from inside AS? Right now I cannot smell any odors but not hot outside. This happened last Oct. sure don't want crappy smell this summer. Bill
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One person said that after removing the headliner the barn yard smell went away.
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