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Old 04-10-2010, 01:17 AM   #43
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If there is anybody on here who has smelled the decay of a human body, they know its an odor that penetrates everything. When cleaners go into a house to clean it after a body have been discovered long after expiration, they have to go through the same measures you would need to do to remove the smell of tobacco smoke from the interior of an Airstream.

So you must ask yourself, do I really want to do all this work because I bought a stinky trailer?

People are entitled to their habits. What I don't get is why people who smoke do it in their houses, cars, and other pieces of expensive property. Not only is their habit degrading their health, its also degrading the value of the stuff they own.

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Old 04-10-2010, 07:32 AM   #44
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A good cleaning will probably do the job. You will have to replace all the soft goods in the trailer but new curtains and cushions are nice
We had a 72 that the PO's had smoked heavily in. It took three days to clean the trailer and over a month to get the soft goods replaced. After that, you couldn't tell the trailer had ever been smoked in.
TIP: yellowed light lenses can be soaked in a chlorine bleach solution for 24 hours to return them to a nice white look. This can sometimes cause the plastic to get brittle and break. I thinks it's worth the risk.
FYI - the last trailer we got had not been smoked in but the PO had let some fish spoil in the fridge. Even that nasty smell cleaned up!

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Old 04-10-2010, 07:55 AM   #45
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You ask can you live with it. YES probably. Its gonna take alot of work. You will have to wash all the curtains,possibly lose the carpet,wash anything from the beds that is removable, depending on the saturation you may have to lose the matresses. Completely wash the interior. Then after that I wouldn't want to have to guarantee that you will not smell it.You will still smell smoke when the unit has been closed up tight on a very hot day.
I was a smoker of over 40 yrs,I cant stand the smell either.I quit ten yrs ago.Our TV has never been smoked in and never will be.Not sure of the trailer,but it doesnt smell after being shut up.
GOOD LUCK with your cleaning. If you havent purchased it yet,think about how much work this is gonna be and it may never be resolved.
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Old 04-12-2010, 05:20 AM   #46
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The RV Shocker WORKED! I had cleaned all the surfaces, dismantled cleaned fans etc yet the odor lingered especially when closed, right? This stuff sat in there for 6-7 hours(they say keep closed up to 24 if Really tough) and then it smelled bleachy when I opened. I aired it very slowly and by nightfall there was no bleachiness, just neutral air. I got mine through Amazon, the shipping was less than going direct to Biocide. It comes in a plastic cup w/lid, you set the paper packet in the cup, add 1/2 inch water and that's it. Let the fumes begin. Apparently has antimicrobial properties too. No need it looks like for follow up candles.

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