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Old 06-30-2005, 01:16 AM   #15
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Bad smell

My smell was in the floor itself. It didn't go away until I replaced the floor. I had everything else out so the floor was the only thing left that could smell. I have the old floor out behind my garage and it still smells, even after being outside for 2 months. My Caravel had a big mouse problem at one point. I am 99% sure that was the root cause of my bad smells.

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Old 06-30-2005, 08:10 AM   #16
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Thumbs up Hay barn like smell

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a hay/barn type smell............it's not the carpet as the plastic is still on it.the furniture and wood product have all been removed and half the insulation has been removed........i have sprayed the side wall with pinsol and it still smells.....
This past weekend when I took a koozie out of the overhead cabinet to put on my soda it had that smell I've been describing. Now that it's summer and we've had the trailer opened up The smell is stronger in the closed cabinets. When people came in the trailer to see the changes we've made they said they liked the smell of the leather. Since the smell has been there longer than the leather sofa it confirms my previous thoughts of a hay barn like smell (I grew up on a farm....) also since it is concentrated in the closed cabinets I've ruled out the sofa. Could the vinyl in the overhead cabinets be affected by previous cleanser? heat? maybe electrical (since it's stronger in the overhead with the radio?

The previous owners were very nice to us. They sold because she was in the final stages of breast cancer and just this past Easter lost her ten year battle. They were unable to travel anymore since she needed to be near the medical center for her treatments. They were the most upstanding people we've ever met and we believe that if there were a water problem he would have fixed it and told us about it. They were those kind of people. That being said, it is not a musty smell, or mouser smell.

Thanks again for all of your ideas. Now that I know someone else is experiencing the same odor maybe we can get down to the bottom of it.
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Old 06-30-2005, 09:13 AM   #17
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thing is all the cabinets are out and 50 feet away in the garage. the carpet still has the plastic on it and the toilet has never been used............
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Old 06-30-2005, 10:19 AM   #18
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thing is all the cabinets are out and 50 feet away in the garage. the carpet still has the plastic on it and the toilet has never been used............
I'm no expert but I do remember someone saying that if you keep the plastic on the carpeting it will trap moisture and can create an odor. Now when we bought our trailer the previous owners had plastic carpet runners down on all of the carpeting which we removed immediately. I have since shampooed the carpet twice. We didn't want to replace it yet since it was barely used but if we can't get to the bottom of the odor we will. We have washed down every surface we can, have removed and replaced all the valance fabrics and reupholstered the couch. The only thing we haven't replaced is the carpeting on the floor and walls (which I don't know how to clean).
I must say, I just went out to the trailer and even though it has been wet and rainy for the past few days I could not find the odor. I think that would rule out any type of wet problem since I would assume the odor would get worse in damp weather.
I know this isn't helping you either and we both appear to be in the same conundrum. I wish I could be of more help but I can only tell you what we've tried and let you know when we finally have success. We have owned the trailer for about ten months now and I do know the smell seems to be getting better or less offensive.
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Old 06-30-2005, 11:20 AM   #19
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i need to keep the plastic down until i get the inside done.......
smells just like hay,,,,,,,,
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Old 06-30-2005, 11:48 AM   #20
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Bad Smell

Formaldehyde! It is used in the materials to build alot of TT/RV.As well as some of your treatments for the holding tanks.Also you might want to visit your local Cancer clinic with your (nose).Some of the treatments there also have strange oders,not knock you down stronge just strange & unpleasant.
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i have spent my last 10 years at the cancer clinic,and have never smelled anything like this.....it really smells like a stable
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Old 06-30-2005, 01:05 PM   #22
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Hyde glue?

Okay, since we have ruled out the "usual suspects", how about the adhesive that holds the particle board together? I know back in the, umm, good old days, Hide glue from animal skins was used to glue pieces of particle board together. I don't remember any strong smell with it, but it has been a while since I was around it. It could be in the particle board itself. Not that I think this is it, but some of the older trailers came with horsehair-stuffed cushions in the couch. I have not seen one in a newer trailer, but if you have one, it could explain a great many scents.
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Another possibility

We had an odor in our trailer we couldn't track down for quite awhile after we purchased it. It always smelled strongest in the galley area.

We finally discovered the drain pipe from the kitchen sink had become disconnected from the grey tank and was spilling all the dirty sink water onto the tank. It had soaked and blackened the styrofoam insulation between the grey tank and the belly pan. We reattached the pipe, changed out the styrofoam and tacked the belly pan back on. Once in awhile, in the closed up cupboards, I still get a faint whiff of the old odor, but for the most part it's cured.
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mine is a 2000 so there should be no formaldahyde in the boards.all the furniture is in the garage and the tanks have never been used?????????????
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mine is a 2000 so there should be no formaldahyde in the boards.
Wanna bet? I found this after a quick Google search on formeldehyde in travel trailers:
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Where Can Formaldehyde Be Found?
Mobile homes, motor homes, and travel trailers are known for high amounts of formaldehyde since so many of their components may be made from particle board or pressed-wood products.

Even in small amounts formaldehyde can cause serious health problems and unfortunately takes years to finally dissipate after being used in manufactured products. In some cases, exposure to formaldehyde can increase a persons sensitivity to other irritants or chemicals that were never a problem in the past, making them allergic to almost anything. For some people, past exposure to formaldehyde has permanently impaired their health and well being for the rest of their lives.

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So, you may think you have gotten rid of it, but it may be in the glue in the plywood floor, any cabinets that are made from particle board, even the wooden frames of your furniture.
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could be,but it is a different smell................
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could be,but it is a different smell................
I agree. I could not in my wildest imagination think Formaldehyde smells like hay, the above post was just an FYI about what may well be in your trailer.
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i am going to replace all the insulation on the road side with reflextex, i have talked with the factory and they seem to think it will work. any thoughts?
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