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Old 06-30-2004, 11:07 PM   #1
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Water has been leaking from antenna for some time - I've only owned 71 Overlander for 3 weeks. I removed the carpet, curtains, roller shades, and mattresses. What else can I do to combat musty ordor. I plan on sealing the floor with an odor blocking primer to help fight odor. What else should I do? The water leaked between the panels. Will I need to do something about that? I read somewhere that I should remove the old screens from window. I've washed the whole interior with various cleaners. Will the smell go away or should I expect some odor. Those of you with older AS's must have dealt with this issues at some time. HELP!
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Old 06-30-2004, 11:21 PM   #2
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We had the same problem with our 1970 Overlander when we got it. First thing is to make sure you have all the leaks stopped. It may not be where you think it is. I'm a firm beleiver of Clorox... Everything!!!! (Keep the windows open, fans going, and wear rubber gloves). After that I opened the windows up every chance I got and it finally lost the smell after about a month. But in that month we kept finding new leaks. So keep checking for new water and don't get in a hurry to redo the floor until it dries and gets cloroxed.
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Old 06-30-2004, 11:25 PM   #3
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Is it dry now? Are you in a wet climate?
Odors can come from many places, most of which you have already addressed. I recently disassembled a 1963 Overlander, with tons of floor rot and decay in it.
The furniture and floor are out, but the smell lingers in the insulation. Every time I remove a piece of the glass fiber, the odor returns, although much weaker.
If you seal the floor, and again clean the walls and ceiling, you should be ok, though. Make sure and clean behind things, and inside cabinets really well. Especially behind the sink and stove, as far as you can gain access to it.
I cleaned my 71 like this, and I consider the odor very minimal now. I only notice a faint trace of it after the trailer has been closed up in storage for a week or so.
Keep cleaning, it will eventually get better.
Don't forget the bathroom, make sure the toilet flange is in good condition, and nothing leaks. Look for rotten floor under the bathroom cabinets etc.
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Old 06-30-2004, 11:31 PM   #4
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Have you removed all the foam on couches etc?
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Old 06-30-2004, 11:38 PM   #5
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The PO removed the couch - broken. I'll have to rebuild a new one. I just thought about this one, how about purposly pouring bleach water through the antenna leak before I seal it up just in case there is mildew/mold between the layers? Let me know what you think about this unusual fix.
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Old 07-01-2004, 01:29 AM   #6
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If I did pour bleach down a leak, I would pour a dilute mix down that spot, but certainly not full strength.
Leaks are a bear to locate sometimes.
I have Parbonded on mine until I am about ready to scream.
But, little by little I am getting there. Everytime it rains I seem to find another leak....drag out the water hose to isolate it, and here we go again.
I have Parbonded the mid rails (not sure), the rub rails down low ( a couple of places were for sure), the front window rock guard attachments (definite leak), the vista view windows (not sure), the fan/vents on top (definite leak), the tv antenna on top (definite leak)...the AC hole on top (not sure)....all of the awning hardware attachments (definitel leak), the running lights on the front and back (definite), the fresh water inlet housing (definite), the tail light housings(definite), and every panel seam, especially the curved ones(not sure)....I don't know if all that was leaking but, I decided it was going to be eliminated as a source because it was faster than trying to chase every little thing. At first I had so much leaking, that I had to be aggressive to cut it down quickly, so I probably did more than I really had to do.
The latest places that were definitely leaking are the vents for the black and grey water tanks, the flood light lens gasket, and the large Excella badges were leaking at the 3 rivets that hold them to each side of the body, so I re-riveted them using plenty of Parbond on the rivet stems.
In West Texas so far this year, in 6 months we have had 19 inches of rain where I live....that is only 3X what I have had each year the past 2 years since buying the Airstream. I didn't know it leaked until it started raining.
The odor my trailer had that I had about eliminated by cleaning came back with the leaks. Now, it has less and less odor as the sources of moisture entering the trailer are eliminated. If it is DRY, and it doesn't LEAK, it won't STINK.
...just my 2 cents...
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Old 07-01-2004, 09:12 PM   #7
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Thanks for the reply. I too will be parbonding my entire trailer whether it needs it or not. That is after it stops RAINING!!!!! It has rained here (Georgia) every day for 2 weeks. I have to work on mine outside - no garage. I also have to remove miles of silicone caulk.
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Old 07-01-2004, 09:39 PM   #8
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One cup beach to one gallon water. Spray with one of those garden bottles to saturated the areas. Wiping down the whole interior with this helps. Windows open and don't hang around inside as the fumes are toxic.
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People that put SILLY CONE on an Airstream should be beaten with sticks.
Parbond and Vulkem only.
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It has rained here (Georgia) every day for 2 weeks. I have to work on mine outside - no garage.
Happier,
another thought since you are in such a damp climate would be to either put an actual de-humidifer in the trailer & let it run or get some of those dehumidifying crystals that will help such up any extra moisture. It takes very little moisture for any kind of mildew & its following smell to take hold but if you can dry it out you'll have half the battle won! Good luck & remember bleach is our friend.
Don't forget to check your window tracks as well, I nearly always find mildew in there after a bit of dampness.
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Old 07-03-2004, 12:49 PM   #11
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I am new to this forum so my experience is limited. However, I once had a small 18 ft Charlette that had an odor problem. A friend told me to sprinkle NEW coffee grounds all over and wait about 3 to 5 days before cleaning them. I bought a lage can of Maxwell House (No Endorsement) and did as he instructed.

The result was a camper that had the smell of coffe when I first opened the door a week later. The coffee smell aired out in only a few hours and I vaccuumed the carpet and cleaned up my coffe grounds. Maybe I overkilled it with coffe as I used the whole can, but the odor was gone.

A second and perhaps cleaner task maybe better, but I have no experience with this one.
A friend told me that they had that problem once and used Pine-sol in a vaporizor.

I know there are many products on the market today that advertise eliminating odors, Fre-breeze, Odo-Ban, etc and I am sure they might work under the right circumstance, but I have no experience with any of them and can only say that I would try one or the other until I solved the problem.

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Old 07-03-2004, 02:18 PM   #12
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Just a 2nd note:

If you should decide to try using the coffe grounds make sure you work your way from the back and out as you realy don't want to crush them into anything. Spread them working back to the door.

When you go in a few days later let the vaccuum lead you. I used a high qualty shop vac with a 7.5 hp motor and cleaned everything out. espically ther carpet.

I know this sounds a little crazy, but as I said it worked.

As before, Good Luck!
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Old 07-06-2004, 12:51 AM   #13
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Exclamation aluminum and bleach

keep in mind that bleach corrodes aluminum- severely depending on concentration and exposure
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Old 07-06-2004, 08:16 PM   #14
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It is still raining here (Georgia)!!!!!!!!!!!! I think I'll attach a pontoon and call it a boat.

OK, how about a different cleaner between the outer and inner panel. I have a lemon scented cleaner that is suppose to stop mold and mildew, would this work? Wouldn't it have to have bleach and maybe ammonia in order to kill the mold/mildew? Don't know, do you?
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