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Old 08-12-2019, 12:36 PM   #1
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Unhappy Rotten Meat Smell in Fridge

ok now I camped in the NTM Bambi twice but could not find the culprit for the rotten meat smell in the fridge. It has been cleaned out several times. I do not smell anything as long as the fridge door is completely closed but when it is open, it smells awful even when its cold.

What do I do?
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Old 08-12-2019, 01:22 PM   #2
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Rotten Meat Smell in Fridge

Put either a box of baking soda in it with the door closed, or a 1/2 cup of fresh coffee grounds in it the same way. Let it sit for a week or so.

Also flush out the drain hose. Sometimes stuff gets into the line and gives off a stink.

Do you prop the door open when it’s in storage? Sometimes smells build up when the door is closed.
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Old 08-12-2019, 01:30 PM   #3
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I left the door open while in storage. I have a small bag of potpourri and baking soda bag as well. I guess I will work on the drainage tube.
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Check Outside as Well

After you clean out the drain tube,
open the outside access door and check to see if the same stench is present.
If so, or even if you are not quite sure check under the fridge with a flashlight. Use a mirror to really take a good look under it.
If you find a dead critter. Check for holes in the screen that covers the ventilation hole in the floor (if your model still has one.)
P.S. If you don't find and remove the source of the stench, no amount of baking soda and/or coffee will solve the problem.
Hope this helps.
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Are you sure you are not smelling propane?
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Propane smells like rotten eggs, Halford1.
There is a critical difference.
ITSNO60 may be on to something.
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Fortunately, even a dead critter will eventually stop stinking.....
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Are you sure you are not smelling propane?
Thank you... I am profound deaf myself.... my sense of smell, feeling and vision senses had increased to compensate for the loss of my hearing at age of two.

I KNOW what propane smells like. I grill (not BBQ) a lot BTW . Once i smelled a gas leak at home and had gas man come to find the leak, but the gas leak detector did not pick up the leaked gas so I had him to stay while I smelled around and eventually found the loose copper pipe fittings by hot water heater.

I will use my nose this week to find that damn source.

I remember seeing that white tube with screen at end of the tube. I will have to (sic) smell that or look around the fridge. I believe the source is concentrated inside because it only smells so bad the second I open the fridge. gonna need to get me a looooooong tube cleaner!
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Propane smells like rotten eggs, Halford1.
There is a critical difference.
ITSNO60 may be on to something.
Many years ago when I had a Lance truck camper we had returned from a fishing trip. The following week every time I went into the camper I smelled what I thought was dead, rotting worms. I was sure my buddy had left his worms in there somewhere but as I gradually emptied out the rig I couldn't find them. I finally realized that the oven was on pilot without being lit and it was propane I was smelling. Not sure why the propane was still on, that was a long, long time ago and I probably didn't know any better, or else there was still stuff in the fridge.
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Many years ago when I had a Lance truck camper we had returned from a fishing trip. The following week every time I went into the camper I smelled what I thought was dead, rotting worms. I was sure my buddy had left his worms in there somewhere but as I gradually emptied out the rig I couldn't find them. I finally realized that the oven was on pilot without being lit and it was propane I was smelling. Not sure why the propane was still on, that was a long, long time ago and I probably didn't know any better, or else there was still stuff in the fridge.
2nd reason why I am positively, pretty sure that it is not the propane is because I shut it off.
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I once did a major boo boo and turned off the RV fridge, forgetting that the wife had used the freezer for some overflow storage. I was pretty sure I'd ruined the fridge as none of the usual solutions solved the rancid meat smell in the freezer. I've been unable to find my exact procedure so I'm going on memory. I tried this solution posted by a commercial refrigeration guy. I removed everything removable and soaked in a large tub of bleach/water. I poured bleach into the freezer compartment, about 1/2" deep, closed the freezer and let it sit for 24 hours. Obviously after 24 hours or so you clean the mess up. Seems like I had to do it twice to completely eliminate the smell. My recollection of his explanation was tiny food particles in nooks and crannies are the culprit and the concentrated chlorine permeates every nook and crannie eliminating the source of the odor. Try this or not at your own risk as I am going by memory and even if my memory is correct it may not be a brilliant idea. But after much scrubbing, much baking soda, coffee, ammonia, you name it, the bleach soak finally solved the issue. I still use that fridge on a daily basis and no longer get that rude reminder of my mistake. Only your story brought back the not so pleasant memories.
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I’ve found that weed eater string makes a great snake for this type of cleaning tasks. I’ve used it in clogged fuel lines and rain gutter drains on my car. Cheap and chances are you or your neighbor has a spool laying around to use.

Your fridge drain line is a perfect candidate for this approach.
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To the op, maybe the original owner left the fridge closed with food in it and the power off. If so it might not be fixable.
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We used a mix of hot water and baking soda to defunk our fridge when we experienced an unattended shutdown. It required a few treatments followed by rinsing each time. We applied the mixture with a pump up sprayer, then left the fridge closed to steam things loose. Then we rinsed with high pressure cold water and wet vacuumed the effluent.
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