'Rat fur' shedding - Fiberglass RV


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Old 03-21-2018, 01:36 AM   #1
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'Rat fur' shedding

Hi guys

I'm completely new to fiberglass RV world (and to the whole RV world in general)

My wife and I recently bought our first 2005 Scamp 13ft. I've been hunting for one for months and finally got it, so we're still excited.

During the initial cleanup I discovered a really frustrating issue: the headliner aka "rat fur" is shedding like crazy! It is not that bad on the ceiling, but very noticeable on the walls above the side windows. Literally, just a light tap on the wall makes a bit of dust and fibers. I vacuumed it several times, but it doesn't get much better, dust/fiber particles just keep coming, like the carpet material is crumbling from the inside.

Does anyone else has/had this problem and what do you think would be the best solution?
Is there any way to reinforce the fibers and stop shedding? Replacing the upholstery wasn't in my plans, so I really looking for some less radical solution.

Thanks!
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Old 03-21-2018, 02:41 AM   #2
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Wow Pavlo, I've never heard of that problem before. Some members should be along soon with info for you but it may help if we knew the environment where the TT came from. BTW, welcome to the forum .
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Old 03-21-2018, 06:47 AM   #3
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maybe take her to the car wash and use their more powerful vac!


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Old 03-21-2018, 07:08 AM   #4
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Agree. This is a new one. A week at Burning Man or someplace like that could account for the dust, but I'm at a loss to explain the fibers. Are you quite sure they're from the rat fur itself and not something else that's gotten caught in the headliner?

If it's the rat fur, it's possible it was treated with some cleaning chemical that damaged it. That's not normal.

I like Bob's suggestion of trying the stronger vacs at a car wash. I've done that after trips to the local lake, where there's a lot of fine clay dust. Proceed cautiously, though- you don't want to tear it loose from the shell.

Let us know how it goes.
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Old 03-21-2018, 07:11 AM   #5
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Did prior owner have pets? I kind of like the lining in the Escape as it’s a smooth vinyl on the inside.
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Old 03-21-2018, 07:13 AM   #6
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I am also thinking a good cleaning maybe even a commercial guy shouldn't be too expensive


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Old 03-21-2018, 07:14 AM   #7
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jon after driving around az this winter I would open the camper up and find dust everywhere I guess my 13f scamper not too tight!


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Old 03-21-2018, 08:42 AM   #8
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Its not carpet and has no "inside" to crumble.
Just keep vacuuming.
One thought...
Maybe someone tried to clean it with a carpet cleaner and what you have is the dried powder residue from too much cleaner which was left wet, then dried.
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Floyd new wrinkle may be it!!


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Old 03-21-2018, 10:31 AM   #10
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I use a Bissell spot cleaner at home which would be gentle enough for rat fur. I am guessing that a former owner may have used powdered carpet freshener to keep any musty smell at bay? Basically scented baking soda?
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Old 03-21-2018, 11:41 AM   #11
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Thank you all for your replies and warming welcome!

Here're some pics:






As you see - those looks like a tiny fibers.
My plan is to try dry vac with the upholstery attachment first (the spinning brush) to remove the loose fibers, then I'll try to damp the rat fur with water and clean with the shop vac.
I assume the adhesive under the rat fur is water resistant, so there shouldn't be much risk to do a wet cleaning. What do you think?
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steve for some reason our door really gets crummy I used a damp towel it cleaned right up. I think the ratfur is amazing stuff!


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Thank you all for your replies and warming welcome!

Here're some pics:






As you see - those looks like a tiny fibers.
My plan is to try dry vac with the upholstery attachment first (the spinning brush) to remove the loose fibers, then I'll try to damp the rat fur with water and clean with the shop vac.
I assume the adhesive under the rat fur is water resistant, so there shouldn't be much risk to do a wet cleaning. What do you think?
That looks like broken fibers to me. Is it only in a spot that there might be sun damage?.

in the automotive detailing world they use compressed air to blow into the carpet and use a shop vac to suck it up at the same time. That really removes embedded stuff.
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That looks like broken fibers to me. Is it only in a spot that there might be sun damage?.

in the automotive detailing world they use compressed air to blow into the carpet and use a shop vac to suck it up at the same time. That really removes embedded stuff.
Yep, looks like the broken fiber from the fur.
It is on a fairly large area above the left and right dinette windows. Ceiling have some shedding too, but its not as bad. My best guess is that one of the previous owners tried some aggressive cleaning stuff on the upholstery.

Compressed air + vacuum sounds like a great idea! I'll definitely check the nearby detailers and give it a try. My only hope that amount of this broken fibers is limited and headliner is not falling apart completely.

Unlike some other Scamp buyers, I actually like the rat fur look and feel, not to mention that replacing the headliner would be a huge project.
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