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Old 03-03-2014, 07:15 PM   #1
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Getting Rid of that New Trailer Smell

Took delivery of my new Sunset Trail Super Lite ST270BH two weeks ago. Promptly loaded up the trailer and we took it camping to Williamsburg, Virginia for 4 days. It was a lot of fun and my first RVing experience.

The only negative thing about the trip was that new trailer smell, which is driving us crazy, it's sticks to our clothes, gives us headaches, etc. I don't know if it's formaldehyde (sp?) or what but it's strong and we want to get rid of it.

Does anyone have a good way to get rid of this horrible new trailer smell?

I'm all ears.

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Only thing I did was open the windows and vents for over a week at home .and open all cupboards. Also you can take out cushions to air outside.
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First congrats on your new rig and welcome to the forum.

You could just air out the Rv for a few days or try lighting some candles, incense, or something similar. Spraying with Fabreze may help also.

I'm glad your all ears and not all nose.
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Only thing I did was open the windows and vents for over a week at home .and open all cupboards. Also you can take out cushions to air outside.
This should work nicely ^^
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Old 03-03-2014, 07:33 PM   #5
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What has worked for many----(if we ever get a warm/hot few days that is.)

Set the trailer in the direct sunlight, pour ammonia in a few pie pans and distribute thru out the trailer. I set about three on the floor in different areas. Close the trailer up, meaning all windows, doors and over head vents closed. Leave it sit like that for about three days. Then open her up and air it out and remove the pans of ammonia. It should take care of the new trailer smell.
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Old 03-03-2014, 08:58 PM   #6
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Thanks this sounds like a great idea - as you say the only missing ingredient now is a few nice warm days :-)
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Old 03-04-2014, 07:53 PM   #7
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Only thing I did was open the windows and vents for over a week at home .and open all cupboards. Also you can take out cushions to air outside.
This is about all you can do. Formaldehyde is used in a lot of the materials. Carpet, vinyl, cushions, etc.
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Thanks for the ammonia trick, going to have to try it. Warm day for us right now is 10 above zero, so maybe in a few months!

Also, I picked up a trick from traveling at my old job. Airlines will often take one of those coffee filter packets (like in the hotel rooms but bigger) and place it in the restrooms to cover up "offensive" odors. I tried leaving a can of old coffee open in the camper when we open it up for the new season and it works. First, I like the smell of coffee, so it may not be good for everyone and second, it only covers the smell...sounds like the ammonia actually helps eliminate it.
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Thanks for the ammonia trick, going to have to try it. Warm day for us right now is 10 above zero, so maybe in a few months!

Also, I picked up a trick from traveling at my old job. Airlines will often take one of those coffee filter packets (like in the hotel rooms but bigger) and place it in the restrooms to cover up "offensive" odors. I tried leaving a can of old coffee open in the camper when we open it up for the new season and it works. First, I like the smell of coffee, so it may not be good for everyone and second, it only covers the smell...sounds like the ammonia actually helps eliminate it.

The ammonia has worked the best of anything I have tried. Not that it's 100%, but it sure raises heck with the formaldehyde smell.
Our trailer to this day still has the "new trailer" smell, but not the formaldehyde.
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Will that ammonia trick work on other odors too? My tt has a musty smell I need to get rid of.
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There's only one way I know of to get rid of that "New Trailer Smell"..

Get out and use it!!! Travel, camp, and enjoy yourself!!

Really, I don't know that you can ever really eliminate it, but you will get used to it.
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Will that ammonia trick work on other odors too? My tt has a musty smell I need to get rid of.


First off I want to warn anyone that is considering trying this.
Ammonia has a pretty strong odor and I have no idea if there is any chemical reaction between that and the formaldehyde.
So I highly recommend wearing some kind of a mask when in the camper before it gets aired out.

I don't know if it will work on musty odors or not. I have never had to try it for that. To me, musty means there is the presence of mold. Apparently something got wet and wasn't allowed to totally dry out before the camper got closed up.

Bleach will kill mold, but I wouldn't want to try and go that route in my camper.
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Lloyd the musty smell is because of a mold issue we had from the humidity. We've figured out how to handle the humidity issue, now we just have to get rid of the odor. We have bleached what is able to be bleached but it is just kinda set in there..... Maybe we will just gave to go for the new trailer smelll instead.
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Aileen,
You could try this for the musty smell.

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Zeolite:

Zeolite is a natural mineral that absorbs odor without a perfume or masking agent. I love using it because it's non-toxic and lasts for about six months.
Put the zeolite in the problem area and it will start absorbing the musty smells right away.
In addition to lasting for six months, zeolite is also reusable! It is very simple to recharge this mineral. All you need to do is expose it to direct sunlight sunlight or put it into a two hundred and fifty degree oven for thirty minutes, then...voila! Your zeolite's odor absorbing abilities have been restored.
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Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and sprinkle it with cinnamon and sugar. Add 2 to 3 tablespoons of butter to the baking sheet and place it in the oven at 200 degrees. This will help to give your house a pleasant baked-goods smell.
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link http://www.biocidesystems.com/rv-shocker.html

above would also be good for the New Rv smell.

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Have read other reviews on Marks suggestion http://www.biocidesystems.com/rv-shocker.html all very positive. I have not used it myself.
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Thanks for the ammonia trick, going to have to try it. Warm day for us right now is 10 above zero, so maybe in a few months!

Also, I picked up a trick from traveling at my old job. Airlines will often take one of those coffee filter packets (like in the hotel rooms but bigger) and place it in the restrooms to cover up "offensive" odors. I tried leaving a can of old coffee open in the camper when we open it up for the new season and it works. First, I like the smell of coffee, so it may not be good for everyone and second, it only covers the smell...sounds like the ammonia actually helps eliminate it.
2 or 3 cigar smoking buddies will take care of it in a weekend.
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2 or 3 cigar smoking buddies will take care of it in a weekend.
That will do it! When weather appropriate, open all the window and vents.
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I have used ozone machines to remove wet musty smells and also works well on mice scat.
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Mark will the odor stay gone once out of the tt or will it always need to stay in there? Sounds like something to try.
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