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Old 03-01-2010, 09:14 AM   #15
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Had ours going on 3 years now. Haven't noticed any strange smell. We do open doors and windows for an occasional airing out.
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Old 03-01-2010, 09:22 AM   #16
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Mine smells strong also. I like it. Smells like a new car smell. Which I believe it's the adhesive. I hope it never goes away. There is just something about new.

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Old 03-01-2010, 09:42 AM   #17
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Hi baseballmark -- Welcome to the Forum! No, aluminum doesn't smell in my experience. And the interior aluminum isn't bare -- it has plasticoat just like the outer shells of current day Airstreams.

New materials will have a lot of odor that diminishes over time but I'm sure a hot day will bump up odors from materials as well as the human habitation, tanks, etc. Being shut tight during storage will increase the "Oh my!" reaction when you open the door.

Formaldehyde is only one aspect of smells in a newer Airstream, SOB (square old box trailer), or home. But some of the discussions on that topic help flesh out how to process through these issues.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f48/...yde-24769.html
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f396...mes-30096.html
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f160...yde-32999.html
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f48/...rvs-43409.html
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Old 03-01-2010, 10:48 AM   #18
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I can believe some people sense raw aluminum in the same way a lot of people get a reaction to chewing a stick of gum with the foil wrapper still on it... not a pleasing sensation. In a Airstream the amount of raw metal in free air contact is fairly low as there are protective coatings built in along the way, but yes, some people can smell a pop rivet laying on the table in front of them.
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