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Old 12-28-2015, 06:49 AM   #21
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Thanks, all. I'm going to take a closer look at the breaker box today which apparently has styrofoam insulation. Thanks, Dave, I guess I could remove the under sink carpet but its dry now. I did use damp rid in the bathroom. Altho actually the bathroom is fine without it.


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Old 12-28-2015, 07:05 AM   #22
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Anyone know how I can edit my OP? Since I mistook the breaker box for the hot water heater, and so my OP is inaccurate.


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Old 12-28-2015, 07:15 AM   #23
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Not sure about Casita trailers, but in my Scamp 13 the power distribution panel (breaker box) sits right in front of the water heater under the driver side dinette bench seat.

I am by no means an expert at any of this, but I'm thinking your moldy smell is wafting through your breaker box from other source. Such as leaking water lines/fittings, cracked water heater. Dead standing water/moisture can grow mold, so I suppose it is possible that if you do have a mold problem, it's "creeping." I would think you'd see it though.

Much good advice was given you already, I just don't think the breaker box is your mold source. Just my .02.

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Old 12-28-2015, 07:35 AM   #24
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Thanks, Wendy. That's an interesting thought which is why I want to test the lines today but I've seen no condensation or dampness over there. I think it's the insulation around the breaker box. I put my nose there and smell it. But who knows!


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Old 12-29-2015, 08:20 AM   #25
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With regard to the carpet, I would pull it all out, and put down lino. check all your sub flooring for any signs of wet, mold, or rot before you put the lino down. You can then buy a carpet runner and lay it down over the lino in the area where you walk. Carpet runners are quite inexpensive. A runner is easily removed for cleaning, and if it gets moldy it can be chucked out and a new one installed. I would also recommend placing lino under the sink area, and sealing it well to prevent water from getting to your sub flooring.
Try placing a plastic pan under your drain traps, and any suspicious plumbing joints. If there is any small leakage it will collect in the pan, and you would be able to isolate. the problem area. If you are hooked up to city water be sure to use a pressure reducer, which will be readily available at most RV supply places. City water pressure in many areas can be quite high, and can cause leakage, as RV water systems are often designed to work on much lower pressure. One more thing I would suggest is to go to your trailer on a nasty rainy day, and checking all about inside, for any leaks. Vents, doors, and windows are chronic leak areas in any RV, and generally need to be checked, and possibly resealed on a regular basis.
One more item. I would suggest buying a dry pot, and chemicals for it. A dry pot will lower the humidity in the air, and greatly help in reducing the tendency to mold.
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Old 12-29-2015, 08:30 AM   #26
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Thanks, Gerry. A lot of that makes good sense to me. One issue is the casita has some kind of "carpet" over the wheel wells...not the floor carpet. I don't like the floor carpet much either but have to do a little research on what type of linoleum and glue and so on. Must be nontoxic.
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Old 12-29-2015, 02:12 PM   #27
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Jen, You mentioned you had cleaned the carpets but how about the upholstery and curtains? All trailers have condensation issues and any fabric in the trailer is subject to damp and mould.
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Old 12-29-2015, 04:23 PM   #28
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Hi Carol, yes I cleaned all the cushions as well. I have miniblinds not curtains. I am 99% certain the moldy smell is in the area of the hot water heater/breaker box, under cabinets, and I must remediate it because I'm very allergic to mold. It isn't toxic mold (I would know from my response) but it stuffs me up and makes me wheeze. I suspect it is residue of a leak that wasn't a major disaster, perhaps a pipe fitting, who knows, could have been a couple of years ago, but mold spores will stay dormant in carpet if you just dry out the carpet and don't really kill off the mold--and then they could activate again in humid conditions. I also have an issue under my sink now, which isn't moldy, but it doesn't smell fresh.

I also just purchased kanberra gel--because of all the raves about it in basements, boats, and so on. It's essentially teatree oil dispersed into a gel, that combats mold in the air--but I would use it as a gentle shock treatment after remediating, which I think will probably include replacing carpet--I am getting more interested in that idea, just get rid of the carpet.
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Old 01-03-2016, 10:13 AM   #29
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Hi all. I got down under my bed and explored behind the cabinets where the hot water heater is. Everything was totally dry and there was no condensation either. I put a small container of baking soda under there. It may have been our record rains just making everything so humid. Now its cold and dry outside and inside is warm and dry. My heat strip is warming up my camper very well but I keep the vent open a little up top so sometimes add a space heater in the wee hours.


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Old 01-03-2016, 01:22 PM   #30
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Should you decide to replace the carpet - there is a floor covering available that is vinyl all the way through {one brand name is Fiberfloor} . The advantage is that it is not glued down and it is not ruined if you have a major water leak .
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Old 01-03-2016, 03:43 PM   #31
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How does the vinyl stay put without glue? Also it may be a bit toxic for me.

I am not too worried about carpet in the main part of the camper. We take off our shoes on a little throw rug and walk around in our socks. I'm more annoyed by carpet where plumbing is. That seems a design flaw (around hot water heater and under sink. But I bet they just lay the carpet in before putting everything else in.


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Old 01-03-2016, 04:27 PM   #32
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The vinyl just lays down and clings to the floor as it gets warm - there is nowhere for it to go as it is against the walls etc. We have had it in our house [bathroom , laundry room, kitchen] for the last 7 years , and in our last camper and it is great. Looks as good today as the day it was put in , and does not need wax or any special care. Never seemed to have any odor what so ever.
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Sure hope what I posted helped. Happy Holidays
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Old 01-04-2016, 07:16 AM   #34
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Fabrics/foam can attract and maintain moisture. Are you sure it's not the foam inside the upholstery that's causing the smell?
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Old 01-04-2016, 08:30 AM   #35
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Hi, Donna. I'm absolutely sure. The cushions are fine. They are almost like new anyway. The odor was behind the cabinet around the hot water heater but all was dry there when I checked.


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Thanks Bob. Should I ever decide to rip out my Scamp carpet, the fiber floor product sounds great. I bookmarked the website (Tarkettna). Cheers!


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Did you try the concorbium mold control you mentioned in an earlier post? It has worked very well for us. I buy the gallon jug and spray it everywhere when we have a mold issue (after getting rid to the water source and cleaning). My husband is also allergic to mold and dust mites, but his only chemical sensitivity is to tobacco smoke.

When we store the trailer for the winter we also use damprid, and bring the cushions , curtains and any other fabrics into the house.

These steps have worked for us so far.
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I would avoid the ozone generators and use a dehumidifier unit in the trailer and let it run. Too much ozone is a health hazard and can degrade plastic, I know from experience.
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Old 01-19-2016, 05:28 PM   #39
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Thanks, Lisa, I did buy it but didn't turn out to need it.
Marty, I agree mostly--ozone should be used for short blasts, to get rid of air freshener or cigarette smoke smells.
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