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Old 06-20-2012, 04:54 PM   #1
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Bedroom Odor

We have a 1999 28' Excella, bought 2 years ago. We have noticed a fairly presistent odor in the bedroom. It is not too offensive...but noticeable. We think it may be from the wood cabinetry construction - like a formaldehyde, or laminate glue odor. We have just replaced the twin mattresses, as they were holding the smell and transferring to the the pillows, sheets etc. We are curious whether anyone else has experienced anything similar. Of course it could be BO from previous owners...

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Old 06-20-2012, 05:06 PM   #2
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I would think after 13 years, any manufacturing odor like you mentioned would be long gone by now... perhaps you have a leak from the bathroom? Have you pulled up the carpet to look for leaks? Mold can have a bad smell! Maybe just general funk from the previous owner like you said! Good luck, stink can be bad!

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Old 06-20-2012, 06:29 PM   #3
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My 94 had an odour when you opened the trailer after storage. Not bad but there.
Vinyl ceiling failed in the bedroom and when I fixed that I found that the fantastic fan had a leak that let a little water get in the ceiling. Replaced the vent and glued up the ceiling. No more smell.
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Old 06-20-2012, 06:46 PM   #4
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There are also storage compartments under the beds accessible from the outside.. A former owner may have stored chemicals, decaying hoses, old dirty rags or other smelly stuff in the compartments, and not noticed.. Not fun, but might be worth emptying the storage compartments and any bins under the edge of the bed and see if anything else might be source of the smells...

<Mold from leftover moisture does sound like a leading candidate, however... Water can get into many interesting places through combination of wicking and gravity...>

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Old 06-20-2012, 07:05 PM   #5
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Mine has a nasty smell in it that accumulates when we have everything closed up. Someone here described it as "horse barn smell". It's definitely not mold. Bad air sponges helped but it's still present. Lately I've been leaving the vents open (I can do that since they have those covers on them, so rain can't get in) trying to air it out more.
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Old 06-20-2012, 07:13 PM   #6
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Our bedroom smells pretty foul at times. However it is only after we have consumed too much gassy foods. I don't sopposed that's the problem is it?

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Old 06-21-2012, 01:05 PM   #7
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The carpet was replaced by a previous owner, toilet does not leak and no overhead leakage. Odor definitely emanates from the bed area. The under bed storage area sounds like it is worth exploring further...maybe dead cat or really old socks.
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Old 06-21-2012, 01:36 PM   #8
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. . . or dead mice. Or the previous owners pet having an "accident" on the carpet or plywood.

If you try to mask it with deodorant it will never go away, but some washings with soap/water and a wet vac can get it out.

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Old 06-21-2012, 06:20 PM   #9
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A lot of trailers have carpet installed out to the walls under the beds, the PO might have only replaced the carpet between the beds.
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Old 09-23-2012, 10:44 PM   #10
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The cheap plastic pipe with crimp fittings around the water heater will leak. In the 34 that is under the hump on the street side in the bedroom just aft of the bathroom area. We found this out one weekend when the pump died and I was jacking around with the valves and got one leaking. The whole bedroom smelled like mold. It was awful.

There are at least 2 screws that hold on the carpeted cover. Maybe take that off and feel/look around for damp or other signs of water.
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Old 09-24-2012, 07:35 AM   #11
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Are the beds in the rear or center? If it has rear beds then I suspect floor rot problems from a bumper plate leak. Pull up the carpet under the beds.

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Old 09-24-2012, 09:51 AM   #12
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The mattress doesn't get air flow under it due to the way that it's supported and the cold from the storage compartment below can cause moisture to condense on the mattress and mold to grow on it.

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