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Old 07-03-2006, 08:59 AM   #1
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Trailer smells bad

Has onyone have the problem with an older airstream that i have. I hav a 1965 22 foot Safari that has a odor problem. I have tried almost everthing and still cannot get rid of the odor. New flooring ,scrub walls and woodwork,poured a pound of coffee around the floor, and have put in deodorant, sll hav the same problem. I was wondering if it could be in the glue they used in the paneling>>> The trailer is in real good shape and poeple cannot belive it is 41 years old.
Any help please.
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Old 07-03-2006, 09:35 AM   #2
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Have you tried one of the ozone generators? The larger ones seem to get rid of owners according to some individuals who have posted here. Paneling? If paneling, either wood or aluminum, was replaced and glue was used then maybe it is outgassing which is causing the odor. Was the wood flooring coated with something when it was replaced?


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Old 07-03-2006, 09:45 AM   #3
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Welcome to the forums John. I've got a couple of ideas for you. I've got mine completely apart and am in the process of putting it all back together again.

It could be the insulation in the floor and walls. Did you replace the insulation in the floor when you put the new floor in? I assume you mean that when you say "new floor", you mean the wooden floor, not the carpet/vinyl.

Do you have an airconditioner? The insulation up in the a/c takes on a lot of those oders as well. On mine, this insulation is replaceable.

How old is the fridge? Same thing applies with the insulation in the frindge.

For many years, Airstream used a sealant known as Vulkem to seal around windows/doors and between and along seams in the aluminum sheets. This material doesn't really "cure" and remains flexible for many, many years. It also takes on strong odors. I don't know when Airstream started using Vulkem, but it's a possibilty.

Give us a few more details based on the above and maybe we can narrow it down.


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Old 07-03-2006, 10:36 AM   #4
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When I dis-assembled my '59, I found most of the odor was in the belly pan. I didn't find any animal carcasses or mouse droppings, just lots of 'dirt' with a very distinctive odor. It was also in the under floor insulation.

Some of the odor was wood rot.
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