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Old 07-31-2007, 06:56 PM   #1
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Airstream Smell or is it an Odor?

Our AS is new this year and at first there was a smell of new materials. That has given way to what I can best describe as an unpleasant unfresh odor. Our holding tank has been cleaned and recycled and we use a small packet of chemicals (supposedly safe) that is flushed down the toilet. Even with the windows open there is a hint of the odor. I would be interested in what other AS owners use to freshen the air quality, especialy when the trailer is closed.
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Old 07-31-2007, 07:11 PM   #2
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Check for leaks. There should not be an odor. How about the fridge? Other food?
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Old 07-31-2007, 07:22 PM   #3
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There shouldn't be an odor, unless you use the facilities and have the Fantastic vents running or vent in the bathroom when you flush. It can draw air through the vent pipe, into the tank and into the trailer via the head, chemicals added or not and that smell can linger a bit after it happens....ask me how I know....
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Old 07-31-2007, 07:55 PM   #4
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If it has been really hot and the trailer has been closed up, it could be formaldahyde (spelling?) fumes...or fumes from the upholstery, etc. Just air it out...should be OK.
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Old 07-31-2007, 07:57 PM   #5
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Ours had "that smell", it turns out that the toilet gasket was not seated properly (wadded up on one side), and the cap for the plumbing inside the coach was not tight. Both allowed fumes from the black tank to seep into the bathroom.
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Old 07-31-2007, 08:01 PM   #6
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The smell maybe of the coils heating up on the frig. Mine gave off an odor for about a week.
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Old 07-31-2007, 09:51 PM   #7
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Old 07-31-2007, 09:59 PM   #8
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You've been given good advice so far. Also make sure you have a little water in the toilet, enough to cover the seal. Odors can seep through there, too.
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Old 07-31-2007, 10:31 PM   #9
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Unusual Odor Source

If the odor persists after you have tried the above suggestions, we had an odor problem with our 78 Sovreign. We replaced the toilet, carpet, mattress, gaucho mattress, and scrubbed the entire interior. Still, the odor persisted.

After the unit was in storage for about 3 months, the odor finally disappeared. I plugged the unit in to charge the battery, and the smell came back. The Univolt was the source all along and a new one cured the problem.

Your unit is new, so this is a long shot. But, stranger things have happened.

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Old 07-31-2007, 11:33 PM   #10
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could be the tube from the toilet to the black tank needs a scrubbing....hold the flapper open and brush it good with some soapy cleanser such as Lysol.
then turn on the water and rinse it while brushing all the way up and down the tube.
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Old 08-02-2007, 06:37 AM   #11
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Putting new bar(s) of Zest in our Airstreams retards that stale smell of a closed up AS. If all those other solutions have been checked, try this.
p.s. Remember to put those Bounce sheets in many places to retard unwanted "visitors" during storage.
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Old 08-02-2007, 07:16 AM   #12
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Putting new bar(s) of Zest in our Airstreams retards that stale smell of a closed up AS. If all those other solutions have been checked, try this.
p.s. Remember to put those Bounce sheets in many places to retard unwanted "visitors" during storage.
Zest soap is a great idea! I've tried the bounce sheets myself and found they didn't work -- the mice actually used them as bedding material!
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You can also get a couple of boxes of baking soda, open the tops, and leave them until you are ready to move the trailer. They will absorb odor as well, and are pretty cheap.
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Old 08-02-2007, 08:23 AM   #14
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Go for the source - something is causing it - check with your dealer! A new Airstream should not stink. A vent pipe could be plugged or have come apart.
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