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Old 08-16-2011, 09:23 AM   #15
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Since the smell has permeated everything I agree with using an ozone generator. You could probably rent one from a restoration company.

While spraying stuff around will help it won't get into all the nooks and crannies where the smell is lingering. Ozone goes everywhere.

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Old 08-16-2011, 10:28 AM   #16
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I just bought a cheap small 12v ozone generator just to maintain, I don't have any odors but thought it would be a good idea to have it plugged in when it is parked and not in use. I saw several "commercial" type generators in the $100-$200 range when I was looking.

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Old 08-16-2011, 11:01 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by james kent View Post
Thanks John.
Do you think that a dealer might do a small trailer for a price?
I'm not sure, but it sure wouldn't hurt to call and ask. We used to do it to some of our customers cars, so it could be possible...
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Old 08-16-2011, 12:10 PM   #18
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I agree with the ozonator. Thats what we used in the hotel when we changed smoking to non smoking rooms. they can be rented, I just forget where. Restoration companies might do it
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Old 10-17-2011, 06:11 PM   #19
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Hi All! I was wondering if any of you trailer refurbishers out there have come across a way to rid a trailer of Old Cigarette Smoke Odor. After airing our T@b out for weeks, "washing" the wallpaper, using Febreeze on the ceiling fabric (it looks like rat fur to me just like Scamp's), having the upholstery professionally cleaned, sitting out open boxes of baking soda, nothing is helping the smell and it even seems to be getting worse! Having only been in homes where the owner's were current smokers I've never smelled old smoke or knew how hard it is to get rid of. I thought it was just stale/musty from being closed up and just needed a good cleaning. I've now had several folks confirm it's old ciggy smoke. It is permeating everything! I had to air out our suitcases, toiletries, food, baggies, linens, you name it, it smells. I cant store anything in it like this. Even the wood cabinets stink which I didnt know was possible!

Any ideas are much appreciated!
We also have a couple more 'votes' in favor of Odo-Ban - we have not tried it with smoke yet, but anything else has disappeared! This stuff doesn't just cover up - it is used in nursing homes, etc for - kills ANY virus, bacteria and/or molds in a few seconds. We keep a spray bottle in the Egg's bath and spray for odors and cleaning...

BTW - have you found a good solution for your problem yet?

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Old 10-18-2011, 07:58 AM   #20
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Found this site, sounds interesting...

Compare Odor Eliminators: Lysol, Oust, Citrus, Ozium, Ozone, candles, air cleaners and PureAyre.
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Old 10-18-2011, 08:20 AM   #21
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A buddy of mine bought a truck that smelled from smoke.I lent him some stuff called nilodor. You just put a couple of drops on a piece of paper towel and put inside the trailer. If it is really bad use a few of them. The truck is now free of the smoke smell.
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Old 10-18-2011, 09:17 AM   #22
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I used to have a detail shop with a friend and we have an ozone generator, it will definitely take the smell out and your welcome to borrow it but it'd be a heck of a drive maybe check with local detail shops, if they have the machine they will often guarantee to get the smell out
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Old 10-18-2011, 12:19 PM   #23
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I would wash everything you can inside that trailer, cupboards, under seats, inside cupboards etc. When I use to refurbish old jukeboxes I would use scrubbing bubbles , and you should see the nicotine run down. Then use one of the de-oderizers others have suggested. Last plenty of fresh air.
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Old 10-21-2011, 07:34 PM   #24
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+1 for Odo-ban from Sam's Club. My SideKick had a weird smell in it that I couldn't get rid of. I took all cushions out, sprayed them with Odo-ban and left them outside overnight. I used Odo-ban and scrubbed all of the interior from floor, under the beds, all of the walls, inside the cabinets and the ceiling. Smell gone!!!! Great stuff.

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Old 11-15-2011, 07:29 PM   #25
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Still stinks

Years ago I helped redo a burn car which stunk of all things burnt. The guy I was helping got several bales of green alfalfa and put in lose in the car, let it set in the sun for week after that it had nothing but a fresh smell. Messy to clean up but smelled great.
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Old 11-16-2011, 09:06 AM   #26
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I would check with a fire restoration company on what they would charge. My guess is you need to wash everything with something that can remove old smoke odors and also replace the cushions...clean the fabric and replace the foam, but there may be a way to clean it. I guess it depends on your level of smoke detection, though.
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Old 11-16-2011, 12:20 PM   #27
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I work for a fire and flood restoration company. We have to clean/eliminate heavy smoke odors from interiors all the time. Anything that can be removed from the smoked area goes into the ozone chamber at our shop. The more porous the material ie. seating, seat covers, fabrics, the better the ozone will work.

All surfaces on the interior should be wiped down and cleaned thoroughly. Then a portable ozone machine should be placed in the trailer for several days. This will eliminate your problem permanently.

A few words of caution. 1.) Do not breath the ozone for any length of time. 2.) It is possible to "over-ozone", the ozone smell will remain for a while if used too long. 3.) Ozone destroys rubber. Any rubber material like door gaskets, refrigerator seals or even foam rubber pads should be taped off or otherwise protected.

Check your Yellow Pages for local restoration companies, they should be able to help you out.
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Old 11-26-2011, 10:35 AM   #28
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I noticed that the propane adds a smell. I turned mine off.

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