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Old 01-26-2013, 10:21 AM   #1
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Musty Smell - how to remove??

We've stripped everything out of our UHaul VT 16ft - and washed inside completely closed it up for a couple of days with the windows partially opened and when we returned we still had a musty smell. Anyone have any thoughts on how to eliminate the smell? NO rugs, no cushions, no header material and AC filter has been cleaned as well as the sinks and stove top removed. We've even eliminated the stove vent. We'll go back and wash inside, again. No insulation in this trailer. Thx
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Dehumidifier and wash down the inside with Lysol to get rid of or to prevent mold.
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We live in AZ so it's pretty dry out here. Yep - washed it down with bleach/water which is pretty strong. I'm alergic to mold and the smell is - different - if you know what I mean. We're thinking it may be the rubber electical cord housed under the seat or maybe it is under the bathroom floor. The drain was covered by the previous owners. We'll try the lysol. Thx
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I have had to go as far as painting over all of the wood and non-gel coated fiberglass surfaces with KILZ primer/sealer to get rid of some smells. In this worse case an animal had died inside an rv that was then closed up for several months.
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Were they smokers? Unbelievable how dirty the cleaning rag gets from (409)ing the smoke residue off.
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I bought a 4-Runner 5 years ago it was smoked in. We had it cleaned and cleaned but the stink is in all the heater tubes it is an oil from the smokes. We buy orange sented things from Home Depot they are placed under the seats.
Good luck getting rid of the smell.
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Old 01-26-2013, 12:50 PM   #7
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I'm in the process of taking all the "removable" wood out of my Scamp. Particle board cabinets and doors really retain the smell. My cushions had been replaced at one time and are in very nice shape but they reek of "must" so I'm buying new ones.
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Yep, what Bob Miller said. I've found that using a stain blocking primer followed by topcoat is the only way to get rid of that smell from permeable surfaces. I'ms surprised you have that issue being in AZ. I'm with you, can't tollerate that smell--it gives me headaches. Good luck.
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We bought some stuff called Kanberra Gel to put in ours. It comes in a container with holes in the lid and has a very pleasant smell that got rid of that musty odor we couldn't seem to eliminate despite the same type of deep cleaning you did.

I luv the stuff and keep one in the head and in the main room of Li'l Scamp as well. No more stinky. The one in the head has been in there since October and it's still doing it's job. We've also given some to our son for the cat's room and to my sis-in-law for Gramma's bedroom.

Stuff's not cheap, but it works. Amazon has the cheapest prices I've found so far. One of these days I'm going to spring for the big refill container to refill the jars when the smell gives out. I'm thinking those plastic Chinese containers would work if you poke holes in the lids could work, too.

As usual...YMMV.

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Try pouring vinegar in a pie pan and leaving it in you closed up Scamp for a day or two.
It worked for me.
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or maybe it is under the bathroom floor. The drain was covered by the previous owners. We'll try the lysol. Thx
Are you saying the toilet was removed and the black tank was "covered" up? Was the blank tank removed? I think your musty smell might be coming from there if you have done every thing you say you have.

As well as when drain pipes dry up, they can smell pretty nasty. If you could poor water down the drains and the smell goes away then that's the culprit. Of course you will have to drain the grey tank. I understand it's been cold there in AZ. But anyway, that is what I would investigate first!










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My cushions had been replaced at one time and are in very nice shape but they reek of "must" so I'm buying new ones.

I washed my foam and covers in my front loading washing machine, they came out great. Saves $$$ over buying new ones. And if you have a large capacity front loader it really isn't hard to do. There is a great video on how to get the foam back into the cushion covers if you need it, let me know. I will have to search for it. But it cuts the frustration of shoving the foam back into the covers. frankly the video is brilliant! You would know what I mean if you ever did this project without knowing the tips this video provides.
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Are you saying the toilet was removed and the black tank was "covered" up? Was the blank tank removed? I think your musty smell might be coming from there if you have done every thing you say you have.

As well as when drain pipes dry up, they can smell pretty nasty. If you could poor water down the drains and the smell goes away then that's the culprit. Of course you will have to drain the grey tank. I understand it's been cold there in AZ. But anyway, that is what I would investigate first!

I washed my foam and covers in my front loading washing machine, they came out great. Saves $$$ over buying new ones. And if you have a large capacity front loader it really isn't hard to do. There is a great video on how to get the foam back into the cushion covers if you need it, let me know. I will have to search for it. But it cuts the frustration of shoving the foam back into the covers. frankly the video is brilliant! You would know what I mean if you ever did this project without knowing the tips this video provides.
Couple things. We cleaned all around the bathroom. We believe that area had never been thoroughly cleaned. Bleach is amazing stuff. We are guessing the previous owners porta potty had some issues.
2nd: if you need to put your cushions back into the covers put them in a small trash bag, use a vacuum to suck the air out which shrinks the cushion, slide in and release. The foam will inflate, and you can cut the bag out once in place. I saw this on YouTube and it works great.
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Try pouring vinegar in a pie pan and leaving it in you closed up Scamp for a day or two.
It worked for me.
John
Thanks, but we now know it was/is the bathroom and under it. Bleach first, power wash next, and if we need to paint with kilts, that should take care of it.
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I washed my foam and covers in my front loading washing machine, they came out great. Saves $$$ over buying new ones. And if you have a large capacity front loader it really isn't hard to do. There is a great video on how to get the foam back into the cushion covers if you need it, let me know. I will have to search for it. But it cuts the frustration of shoving the foam back into the covers. frankly the video is brilliant! You would know what I mean if you ever did this project without knowing the tips this video provides.
Did you take the covers off the foam and wash it separately? I thought about going to a laundry-mat with huge machines and put them in together without taking the covers off.
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