Why do people use air "fresheners" in their tiny travel trailers??!! - Fiberglass RV

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Old 07-17-2019, 06:49 PM   #1
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Why do people use air "fresheners" in their tiny travel trailers??!!

As you may know from my other post I'm in the market for a fiberglass trailer and as you've all pointed out, it's rarely a quick and easy search. To make matters even worse, there's the whole air freshener issue. Half the reason I want a fiberglass trailer is the reduced off gassing and hopefully healthier air inside of it. So I'm looking through a local listing, good price, looks promising:

Link removed as it's sold, was a 2011 Scamp for $11k but in the photos there was a yellow air freshener tree hanging.

And I get to the 7th picture in, why, just why?

For the life of me I can't fathom why people put these toxic petrochemicals in a tiny space they're sleeping in. Totally ruins the trailer as those petrochemicals leach into every single plastic based fiber in the trailer and will never come out.

My assumption is always that they're trying to cover up a worse smell but I have passed on at least a dozen untis over the years because of this issue. Does anybody have any insight as to why they do it, do the people not know how toxic the fresheners are, do they not care, is this a local issue to Arizona as it seemed like a non issue in the Pacific NW for example.

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Old 07-17-2019, 08:19 PM   #2
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I have never seen that done. I prefer a nice glass of Scotch or other nice whiskey for a good aroma.

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Old 07-17-2019, 08:50 PM   #3
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Adam, some people hang fresheners just because they like the smell, nothing more than that.
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Old 07-17-2019, 09:17 PM   #4
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Adam, That posting has already been deleted. Did it sell?
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Old 07-19-2019, 09:19 AM   #5
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Those of us sensitive to smells live in a different world.

People are either desensitized, or just have a less sensitive nose.

I don't prefer smelling people at all, but I do prefer body odor to chemical perfume and cologne.

One thing to watch out for, especially in something for sale, is an air freshener to cover up some other smell, like mold, mildew, or some other funk.

When I house sit, the first thing I do is walk around the house and disconnect all glade plug-ins, ticking clocks, then all the little led display lights in the bedroom as well as night lights. Then I find the wifi, and it gets turned off at night...
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Old 07-19-2019, 10:05 AM   #6
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Then I find the wifi, and it gets turned off at night...

Is that so you don't get a wiff ?
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Old 07-19-2019, 10:09 AM   #7
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Same reason people use air fresheners in their homes, cars, etc. Or wear perfumes. They like them. Think of how small a space you have with a car. And have you rented a car lately? Many rental car companies dose the cars down between rentals, trading one odor for another.

I don't care for them myself. But companies have sold probably billions of $$ in various air fresheners, and then add perfumes on top of that. So someone is buying them. And it's not just to trick buyers either.

The best way to avoid it is to buy new. Of course, then you get various off gassing of products used in the original construction whether its from upholstery, carpet, paint, glues, or a myriad of other things.

I'd visit some factories in person and test it out. You will pay a premium for brand new, but molded FG trailers hold their value so well, the premium is typically not huge.

I just looked it up, US sales of air fresheners was $1.62 billion in 2016 alone!! And its not just a US phenomenon either. Global sales were over $10 billion in 2017. Global perfume sales were $39 billion in 2018! So that's basically $50 billion between the two.

Those of us that don't like them are outnumbered! And those where its more than just a nuisance are way outnumbered.
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Old 07-19-2019, 10:22 AM   #8
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Is that so you don't get a wiff ?
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Old 07-19-2019, 11:18 AM   #9
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Originally Posted by TucsonAZ View Post
...Half the reason I want a fiberglass trailer is the reduced off gassing and hopefully healthier air inside of it....
I don't get that part. Are you saying that fiberglass resin/carpet/mdf off-gasses less than wood/aluminum?
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Old 07-19-2019, 12:06 PM   #10
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Your question is valid, but there is no valid reason that I can think of for using these things. I do know that not every one has the same level of sensitivity to smell. I have had migraines most of my life and am more sensitive to smell, especially tobacco smoke. I recently rented an AirBnB in BC and it was totally filled with some kind of toxic smell to cover up some kind of odour. I hardly slept all that night and would have left and preferred to sleep in my rental car if it had not been arranged by my family.
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Old 07-19-2019, 12:44 PM   #11
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The same reason people drink alcohol, soda, or juice, smoke, eat meat, eat sugary foods, sit around a campfire, etc. Because their enjoyment outweighs the risk of adverse health effects.

Or they are ignorant or in denial of the health effects.

They aren't trying to piss you off on purpose. Don't like it? Don't buy it. Get outta my trailer and off my lawn!!!
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Old 07-19-2019, 01:41 PM   #12
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Pretty much at the bottom of my list of things to worry about, but, whatever floats your boat.
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Old 07-19-2019, 01:44 PM   #13
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Adam if you are so offended by air fresheners then you may want to stop urinating. Each time you do, you emit uric acid. This is obviously harmful to the atmosphere an will break down to ammonia when exposed to air. Oh and oranges, grapefruit, lemons, and limes, citric acid, bad stuff man. Don't even get me started on apples, cyanide and acidic acid holly smolly.
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Old 07-19-2019, 02:17 PM   #14
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Oh come on people. Way to go off the deep end. If he's really sensitive to smells, and you don't know what that's like, you can stay out of his business same as you want him to stay out of yours.

These things really do have an effect, which is why many offices and medical buildings are "scent free". Now in your own place obviously you do what you want, but when you're shopping for a new trailer or car and they're all heavily perfumed, I can understand getting frustrated.

Adam will just have to learn that making any statement on the internet can and will be completely overblown. And yes, criticizing what people choose to do in their own living space is asking for it...

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