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Old 01-17-2011, 09:46 PM   #29
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Thats interesting. I wonder if your smell smells like my smell.
Maybe all airstreams smell like this? How would i know. I have only been in 1, and it smelled .
Too bad we can't send smells over the internet or by email. We can not figure out what it is, but someone said "ferminahydl" (sp)
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Old 01-17-2011, 09:48 PM   #30
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Hi. I bought a 2004 ccd a few months ago and after towing it it wreaked BAD. Dont know what either sewage somewhere backing up.
Anyways.We stripped it, Flushed everything,cleaned everything thrice.
Aired it out.
But still there is an odor. Its not a sewage odor. Its not foul, kind of sweet and sickening. I cant describe it.
So. Have any of you used a commercial ozone generator to get rid of odors?
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A rats nest has a sicking sweet smell. I had to clean one out of an engine compartment years ago. I hope for your sake I'm wrong. Even after repeated washing of the engine, the smell lingered. Finally, after a year or so the smell burned off.
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Old 01-17-2011, 10:28 PM   #31
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Here's some thoughts:

Could something have crawled into the fridge vent? If so, look all around behind the refrigerator and up the vent scoop for evidence.

My trailer frame was open just behind the coupler. It was a square mouse tunnel into the bellypan until I closed it up with stainless steel pot scrubbers.

I second the baking soda idea. But dump the little boxes out on to paper plates to maximize surface area. You can also use fresh cat litter to absorb smells.

Wash all the hard surfaces down with 50 / 50 vinegar and water mix. Some have had luck leaving a pan of vinegar out to absorb smells. Just keep vinegar away from baking soda or you will have a mess to clean up.

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Old 01-17-2011, 10:29 PM   #32
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I am going to smell it again tomorrow. If i can detect the smell i am going to call a restoration business and see if they can detect what it is. But like i said. I smelled it today and it was fine.
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Old 01-17-2011, 10:42 PM   #33
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Did you check the bottoms of the shoes you were wearing? No kidding!
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Old 01-17-2011, 11:20 PM   #34
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I'm pretty sure I know the smell you're talking about from a very vivid memory. Can't say it's exactly the same thing, but generally speaking I would agree that it's a dead something or another.

Our experience had some MASSIVE carpenter looking ants that appeared after a lunch stop in New Mexico. Maybe they were there when we bought it (we were on the way back and only 2 days on the road) or maybe they got in there.

I opened the front door, there had to be 20-30 of these huge suckers that were about as long as 3/4 inch. Oddly they were running in some weird circular pattern, all of them. We killed them with strong animosity.

Next day we started smelling this smell. Sweet, kind of bitter. Offensive in a curious way. Kind of like how a dead mouse has smelled in the house furnace after a few days but not as bad.

That night we stopped again, and when we opened the fridge there were a bunch of 40 or so that had been sitting between the top and bottom doors that dropped into the fridge. Yuk!

We killed them too, washed everything, bug bombed the trailer 2 times in a row and then washed everything again. Smell was gone and hasn't come back.

Recently I worked on a house putting a foundation under one that didn't have it. The old post and pier was munched on by carpenter ants, but much smaller ones. While working on it we got the pleasure to be under the house in their nasty mess, and I swear I could smell something very very similar although more musty. Sweet musty nasty ant smell.

I still have no idea how those huge ants got in but somehow they did. Might be another thing to look for in addition to dead animals. Dead or living bugs! eww!
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Old 01-18-2011, 06:07 AM   #35
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Old 01-18-2011, 07:03 PM   #36
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Ok. I checked the bottoms of my feet. They tested negative for dog poop, cat poop ,ant poop.

I walked in the airstream.................It smelled fine.
I am going to get the wife AKA bloodhound to check it out.
I guarantee she will smell something.
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Old 01-18-2011, 08:09 PM   #37
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Ok. I checked the bottoms of my feet. They tested negative for dog poop, cat poop ,ant poop.

I walked in the airstream.................It smelled fine.
I am going to get the wife AKA bloodhound to check it out.
I guarantee she will smell something.
After all you have done, I doubt that it is the problem, but bedbug infestations, if bad enough, give off a sickening sweet smell. It is a substance they secrete from glands, so I suppose it could stay around for quite a while after they depart.


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A battery that has gone dry gives off an odor like sewer gas. Check the water level.
I was going crazy chasing that smell. It was indeed a clean and spiffy sh**ter, the problem was a dry battery. Thanks Shacksman.
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My DH wondered if there can be a leak in the blackwater tank which is allowing, yuck, sewage to "stew" in the belly pan?
Also, I like Decon a lot. Husby objects to my liberal usage of it, but I never see any mouse but a dried up one. However, in one house we had, I used it, and the rodent, the Ornery Thang, died in the wall of my husband's walk-in closet. The smell lasted seemingly forever!
I'm just sayin'.....
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Our experience had some MASSIVE carpenter looking ants that appeared Next day we started smelling this smell. Sweet, kind of bitter. Offensive in a curious way. Kind of like how a dead mouse has smelled in the house furnace after a few days but not as bad.
Ants can produce a lot of formic acid. Think about apple cider vinegar and how it smells. Formic acid could be similar.
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the fridge would be my guess dose it smell like ammonia?
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We didn't get rid of the smell that came with our trailer until we took all the carpet out and replaced it with cork flooring. Also found and cleaned out an amazing amount of dog hair in the weirdest places.......good luck....Phil.
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