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Old 11-16-2007, 08:55 PM   #15
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When we did the major clean out for the 77S13 nothing would get rid of the rodent smell but we finally scrubbed with vinegar water and then but large amounts of baking soda inside and shut it up like a frig. It took a couple tries, but it finally worked.


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Old 11-16-2007, 09:44 PM   #16
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oh another thought. Contact a company that deals with disaster recovery... like after a house fire. And find out what they use to get rid of the smokey odor. I know Kilz has been recommended as a primer for paint, but surely there's something for foam and fabrics, since they deal with odors in carpets/drapery, etc. which might help with the foam.
Most companies use ozone machines. They must be used with care and not around people or pets, but they are effective and can probably be rented for a reasonable cost.

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Old 11-17-2007, 04:54 PM   #17
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Ozone machines, hmmmm, I have one of those but never have plugged it in to the camper. Maybe one of your friends would have one that they could borrow you for a few hours. Mine has a setting that is to be used when no one is home and I bet that would really get the smell out. Worth a try if you know anyone having one of these in home units. My unit is called "Fresh Air" by Ecoquest. You could check those out online also.
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Old 11-17-2007, 08:16 PM   #18
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I don't think anozone generator is the answer. This EPA paper cites health concerns and also suggests little or no value in removing most odors from porous material. It does mention, however, that there might be something to the removal of smoke odor.

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Besides the well known effect on many rubbers and plastics.
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Old 11-17-2007, 09:33 PM   #19
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I don't think Nature's Miracle or similar products will work. They are enzymes that eat biologic material, that's why they work on urine and other nasties like that.

I like the baking in the sun approach. A vapor is what started it all.

Maybe calling a mothball manufacturer to get an answer.

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Old 11-19-2007, 01:08 PM   #20
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Thanks for all the great advice everyone.

I have removed the cushions/covers. I washed the covers twice (in Penguin wash) and left them out for three days to air-out. This helped quite a bit and the mothball odor is gone. The cushions are still nasty, both smell wise and visibly, so we'll probably be replacing those. The curtains were washed twice and that helped.

I've removed all the carpet (which was much easier than I expected). The floor is in amazingly good shape. There's some rot at the front edge of the trailer under the couch/bunk. Since these are relativly small pieces of OSB I figure I'll just remove the whole thing and install new pieces and fiberglass in.

We've bleached/scrubbed 90% of the hard surfaces. I've let the trailer air out weather permitting. There'll be no baking in the sun anytime soon as I think winter has come to New England and the trailer is parked on the north side of the house. The mothball smell has subsided somewhat and now there is a general funk to it. I'll be trying febreeze on the rat fut and I bought Wally World out of baking soda today so that will go in.

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Old 11-19-2007, 01:46 PM   #21
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Hi: Todd... Don't get rid of the "Funk" as that is what you will remember in years to come... That Old Trailer Smell!!! Maybe you could find a way to bottle it and send it Express Post to those... frozen out of their trailers
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