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Old 02-21-2012, 06:09 AM   #15
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My wife said to try this: buy a couple of big boxes of dryer sheets, and leave them all over the entire trailer, in cabinets and lockers, under things, EVERYwhere.

Shut it up for a week or two, then let it air out. Those dryer sheets are potent!
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I'm not entirely sure they smell better than moth balls, though.


Much werst actually...

Korn beef and cabbage should do it...


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Old 02-21-2012, 07:37 AM   #16
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What about an ozone generator? I would not use one for extended periods because of their detrimental affect on plastics but it should be able to eat the smell as opposed to covering it up.

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Old 02-21-2012, 08:33 AM   #17
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I'm not entirely sure they smell better than moth balls, though.
Yes, I won't argue that, but their scent doesn't hang on, like mothballs.

Korn beef undt cabbage!? :yikes!:
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Old 02-21-2012, 09:17 AM   #18
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Clean the carpet with resolve carpet cleaner and spray the walls down with 409. Wipe down all surfaces with 409 or similar cleaner. If the closet has carpet probably best to take it out and replace it.

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Old 02-21-2012, 09:31 AM   #19
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"hi, i'm new to rv'ing. i have a 2008 31 classic. ever since i bought it it had a strong smell like mothballs"

Stuart,

Just noticed it's a Classic, rip out ALL the carpet in All the storage compartments. PO may have balled that area too.
Our's got a terrible mold/mildew smell after getting soaked from leaks.
I re-covered with modular plastic tiles.

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You could also try some more agressive ventilation along with your cleaning. Maybe a couple of box fans and see how much air you can move (if the weather permits). Be sure and open all the cupboards and drawers too! Sure couldnt hurt. mothballs, AKA paradichlorobenzene, can be pretty tenacious stuff. Wow, that high school chemistry class came in handy after all
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Old 02-25-2012, 08:50 AM   #21
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I am super sensitive to odors and my '04 still smells a bit in the desk area. I ran one of those upright radiator heaters for a week and that really helped it finish out gassing. Heat helps to speed the outgassing.

When I was a kid someone gave my mom a few bags of hanes t-shirts that had been stored in mothballs. She left them in the garage for ages to air them out. The smell never left them. Then one day I opened the package and the shirts inside did not smell at all the smell was just in the plastic that they were wrapped in.

Another mothball story... Picture a huge beautiful hope chest, permeated with the awful smell of mothballs. My friend Charlie spent ages sanding out the interior. Loaded it back up with linens and a few months when company was coming over took some out. They all smelled like mothballs. I asked her if she sanded the inside of the lid and she had not. Eventually she did and the last time I went up there everything in there had that nice cedar fragrance.

I would look at any plastic surfaces and attack that with some "soft scrub" cleanser. Do a test area first to make sure it does not damage it.

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Old 02-25-2012, 08:52 AM   #22
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My wife suggest spraying every area that can be humanly reached with Windex - she gets migraines triggered by smells and is very sensitive to them. That's what I'd be doing if I was in your situation... Sheesh!!!
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I wonder if a dehumidifier would help?
My AS lived in Jacksonville, fl before I bought it and smelled terrible (different than mothballs, i know) when I picked it up. cleaning and drying it out really helped.

PS: any orange and blue in there?
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@Aage, I got the snow, but it was melted!!!
LOL! Well, it STILL hasn't melted here! Of course, it isn't March for another week.
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I hung bags of balls under the chassis to keep the mice away, maybe po was using it as mouse deterent. With heat and air flow they should be gone within six months, but the odor lingers in fibers of interior including foam cushions.
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Drop the belly pan. Bet you a dolla' the PO either put mothballs IN the belly pan, or on the floor in the bathroom, etc, where a drain hole was big enough for some to fall through into the belly pan. One corner dropped and your nose will tell you the obvious truth.

Mothballs could actually be covering up the smell of something worse - like black mold from a flood - or mouse urine from years of infestation. Mothballs will chase away living mice... and the smell lingers long enough for the dead ones to completely dessicate so they don't stink any more.

Horrid thoughts I know, but better to know than wonder.

Prior poster's remarks about plastic retaining the stench of mothballs - OH so true! Clorox Soft Scrub would also get my vote to clean plastic bins or anything else color safe. Sunlight and fresh air too.

Good luck and let us know what your progress is.

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