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Old 08-16-2014, 03:30 PM   #1
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Pantry Smell

Has anyone else found that the food they keep in the pantry still smells like the pantry when you take it back into your house? I am a notorious over-packer - at least where camping food and snacks are concerned. I like to be prepared with options! We do not normally notice a smell in the pantry at all. The camper smells like camper...and we are not opposed to that smell. But when the trip is over and we take all the left-over dry goods back into the house, the camper smell stays with them. And it's pretty strong! You don't necessarily want a big wiff of camper every time you grab a cracker or have a bowl of Cheerios.

Again, this only seems to happen if the food is in there more than a few days. The pantry doesn't seem damp or anything, and we have had the a/c running for the past several trips, so the temperature in there stays pretty steady.

Next trip out I'm going to try a box of baking soda in there and see if that makes a difference. Any thoughts?

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Old 08-16-2014, 03:46 PM   #2
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Is it more of a formaldehyde type of smell, sawdust type smell, or musty? I would put some bounce dryer sheets in there when not in use and keep the door open when parked in storage. If you have vent covers (ie max air covers), then you can also keep your vents open when in storage. I close all of these going down the road.
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Old 08-16-2014, 08:18 PM   #3
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Somewhere between formaldehyde and sawdust, I guess. I'll try the dryer sheets, thanks! We always leave the two vents open when it's in storage (we do have the Maxx Air II on both). And I'm sure I could prop open the pantry door somehow. I'm always afraid I'll forget to climb in and shut it when we pick it up. I'll figure something out.

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We leave the fridge open so it doesn't get moldy. Part of the hook up process is closing the fridge and vents. After awhile it becomes second nature to hook up, turn on propane, reconnect battery (now our battery has a cut off switch, before it didn't), close vents and fridge and check fridge operation. Do a walk around and lights check, then pull it home for loading. Routines are what keep it from being a problem. In the beginning we had a checklist but as time passed and routines emerged, the checklist went by the wayside. The new trailer smells (formaldehyde and sawdust) fade with time and airing things out repeatedly.
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Old 08-16-2014, 10:58 PM   #5
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Supposedly by placing containers of water in the pantry mixed with baking soda, the odor is pulled out and into the water. Worth a shot.
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Old 08-17-2014, 07:32 AM   #6
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The product Damp Rid seems to work well plus the benefit of general moisture removal.
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Old 08-17-2014, 08:29 AM   #7
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We used Damp Rid in the pop-up because there was zero ventilation in there when it was closed up. I wasn't using it in the TT because we leave the vents open. However, I did put some in the last time we parked it...so I'll see in a couple weeks how much moisture it collected. (I'll keep in mind, of course, there is humidity getting in through those vents along with the fresh air.)

Between the Damp Rid, leaving the pantry door open when parked, and a breathable box of baking soda in the pantry...I'm guessing I'll have solved the problem. I'll keep you guys posted. Thanks a bunch for the suggestions!
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My pantry smells like a wood cabinet. Box of baking soda should work. If it is a
formaldehyde smell just ventilate it. I personally am not a big fan of leaving vents open all the time. Just a way to increase the humidity level IMO.
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I leave the vents open, windows open, and the door open. I have a big fan running in my building 24/7/365 days.
You are going to have humidity regardless of whether you have things opened or not. The idea is to have them open so the air can "circulate".
Reduces the chances of mold and or mildew forming.

I got this idea years ago from a dealer we purchased a 5th wheel from.
Back then jalousie were more the dominate window and rain didn't get in like it does now with the slider windows. The units sitting on his lot all had the windows cracked open, year around.
I know this isn't possible in all areas of the country do to dust blowing.

Ventilation will also help with any smells/odors you find offensive.
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We think we know exactly what you are talking about. The scent seems to attach itself to plastics. We tried all of the old remedies; ammonia, baking soda, detergents and de-odorizing sprays BUT finally we washed down the cabinets with high strength ODO-BAN with great results.

We now leave the dresser and cabinet doors ajar. We replaced those little felt door bumpers with the thickest felt bumper we could find and also installed round soffit vents in the sides of the dressers (top and bottom). We will be doing the same to the pantry this winter.

We also use ODO-BAN in the black tank and spray it under the RV to discourage rodents.
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