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Old 04-12-2016, 04:48 PM   #1
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Angry Camper Odor

Has anyone experienced an odor that comes from the camper? If our clothes are in there too long they acquire a musty smell. We are trading in our pull behind Crossroads for a 5th wheel and hope we don't have the same problem. We have removed everything from the camper so that we can put it in the new one and our entire downstairs smells like a musty basement, even Febreze doesn't take the smell away.
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Old 04-12-2016, 06:12 PM   #2
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I heard someone onetime recommend setting a pail of water on the floor and letting it naturally evaporate to compensate for the normal off-gassing that occurs in an RV. That seemed weird to me, but who knows?
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Old 04-12-2016, 08:21 PM   #3
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Musty = water and mold, You need at least 50%RH and temperature close to the same to have condensation to appear, you can't remove mold or the musty smell by masking it with Fabreeze. you need find the leak and to dry it out with heat and dehumidifier.
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Old 04-12-2016, 08:40 PM   #4
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Camper odor

The odor that we have had comes from within. Especially from the storage under the bed and in the mirrored closets next to the bed. There is a strange odor that permeates everything. After a weekend of camping we have to wash all our clothes. It's a mix of musty and "attic". It's not mold. We won't be having the problem anymore as we are trading in our Sunset Trail in for a different RV next week.
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Old 04-12-2016, 09:00 PM   #5
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There have been a couple of recent threads on this topic. It may very well be the building materials used in the RV components.

Here's a link to one of those threads. You can also search "odor" in the search tab above.
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Old 04-12-2016, 09:04 PM   #6
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Yes, you have to get rid of the cause to stop it from coming back,
but this will help too !
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Old 04-13-2016, 02:44 AM   #7
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How about the camper is in Minnesota with the clothes and bedding left in it. Moisture from the air get in it drys out and does it once more. Thus the smell and or mold
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Old 04-13-2016, 08:55 AM   #8
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Sounds like lack of air flow and moisture in the areas. We use these small buckets of stuff that collects excess moisture in the winter. You can also use kitty litter which will absorb moisture and odors. Just a thought.
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Old 04-13-2016, 09:00 AM   #9
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We have been fortunate and don't have odor problems, but generally leave the vents cracked and two buckets of "Dry Z Air" in the trailer. It's great at collecting water from the air. The trailer is stored under a carport.

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Old 04-13-2016, 01:08 PM   #10
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We use damp rid in the closets and under the bed. I have a weather station that monitors indoor humidity, and try to keep it low. Before the damp rid, wife's leather shoes molded in closet. Corrected the problem for us.

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