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Old 02-28-2010, 06:49 PM   #1
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aluminum interior smell

I have a friend who owned a 22' CCD. He sold it because when it gets hot (like in the SW desert hot) he had an odor from the aluminum interior. He also experienced when renting one at the KOA in Las Vegas. Had to check out and get a refund.

As anyone else experienced that?
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Old 02-28-2010, 06:56 PM   #2
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Old 02-28-2010, 07:01 PM   #3
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i have a VERY sensitive sense of smell - my family thinks im delerious when i smell something they dont.

i havent smelled 'aluminum' but its freakin' freezing in philly and we only got the trailer in dec. plus, we've been using hardcore stripper to remove the yucky zolatone.

so why am i even posting?
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Old 02-28-2010, 07:03 PM   #4
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We have had a 2006 22'CCD for four seasons and spent almost 200 nights in it.

We have never smelled anything like that before

Maybe we found a reason to stay in this frozen, ummm well ummm, place!
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Old 02-28-2010, 07:21 PM   #5
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Nope -- perhaps your friend should try some new deoderant.

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Old 02-28-2010, 07:33 PM   #6
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Maybe that is what he is smelling as deoderant's main ingredient is Aluminum product.
I've never smelled aluminum, but my AS is FG. :-)
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The odds are good that the smell is out-gassing plastic or other coatings, not aluminum. Aluminum has a faint metallic oder when wet-sanding it, but dry it is pretty inert. Aluminum cookware is used at temperatures above that experienced even in the desert, and it doesn't smell.

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Hi are you talking about the metallic smell that you can taste in your tongue?
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I have a friend who owned a 22' CCD. He sold it because when it gets hot (like in the SW desert hot) he had an odor from the aluminum interior. He also experienced when renting one at the KOA in Las Vegas. Had to check out and get a refund.

As anyone else experienced that?
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Old 02-28-2010, 09:37 PM   #9
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Yes, our trailer has a smell inside when it's hot outside, or when it's been closed up for awhile. We do live in a very hot climate also.
First noticed the same smell when we were shopping for a trailer at a dealer here in California. A very distinct yucky smell. But after the trailer gets aired out I never notice it. I've never had a visitor notice it either.
Certainly not a reason to get rid of the trailer.
I'm sure it's from adhesives, or insulation. Maybe it's just more noticeable with the CCD aluminium interior?
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I think its chemical vapors from the treated aluminum.
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I smell nothing.

Hi, maybe they should cover all of the walls and ceiling with vinyl and mouse fur; Then you won't smell aluminum. My trailer still has that new smell from the wood, glue, and vinyl Etc, I think. Now it smells like dryer sheets because I put some inside of the kitchen and bathroom cabinets.

Smell or no smell I'm going camping tomorrow morning.
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Old 02-28-2010, 10:13 PM   #12
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I'm totally jealous Bob. Keep posting those pictures. I'm taking notes and planning our future travels!
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Old 02-28-2010, 11:07 PM   #13
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Maybe we will try the dryer sheets. We have a odd odor, not real offensive, but still notice it. Can't really figure it out. I'm hoping that our upcoming nw rally will provide some help with that.
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Most likely it is the formaldehyde off-gassing from the chipboard, plywood and other resin-saturated materials used in the construction. Also, if you have vinyl tiles or flooring, your rugs and other plastics experience accelerated gassing of plastics when exposed to the temperatures found in the closed-up trailer in direct sunlight. The cure is ventilation for 6 months to a year until the chemical levels are no longer as noticeable.
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