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Kentucky_Joe

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Posted: 03/15/22 02:55pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Bought a new 5th wheel.i believe I am getting bad headaches when in camper from new smells, probably formaldehyde. We have opened up for weeks, ran fans, closed up and ran heater high. We purchased "no-odor" and placed in camper. Does anyone have any other ideas, we are headed out on first trip and don't want to have a headache every day. Don't want to try to cover smell up with anything flowery or perfumes. Have any ideas?

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Ozone generator?


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wa8yxm

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Sounds to me you are doing everything right... Other than TIME there is not much I can advise... Ozone might help... or not... Sadly There is a lot of Spray Foam (like Great Stuff foam filler sealant) and other insulation in RV's that is based on the stuff and it takes a while to bake out,


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https://www.researchgate.net/post/Does_anyone_have_experience_with_neutralization_of_formaldehyde

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Two methods: 1 put 3 or 4 saucers or shallow bowls filled with vinegar in the space and let it sit for a week. Then remove the saucers and air out the space. 2nd sift baking soda on all surfaces. Let sit for a few days then vacuum the material surfaces and wipe the hard surfaces. Air out the space for a day.

This should help with your problem.

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bgum wrote:

Two methods: 1 put 3 or 4 saucers or shallow bowls filled with vinegar in the space and let it sit for a week. Then remove the saucers and air out the space. 2nd sift baking soda on all surfaces. Let sit for a few days then vacuum the material surfaces and wipe the hard surfaces. Air out the space for a day.

This should help with your problem.


Okay I will tip my friend neighbor with those tricks.

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A new trailer we bought a few years ago had the same problem, in our case we pinpointed the problem to the Chinese made mattress giving off the formaldehyde smell.
The trailer manufacturer (Jayco Australia) denied there was a problem so we just ditched the mattress and bought a locally made one and the problem was solved.

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make sure your batteries are not boiling ,they put of a nasty smell.

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Downunda wrote:

A new trailer we bought a few years ago had the same problem, in our case we pinpointed the problem to the Chinese made mattress giving off the formaldehyde smell.
The trailer manufacturer (Jayco Australia) denied there was a problem so we just ditched the mattress and bought a locally made one and the problem was solved.


We bought a MH new in 2012 that had the same smell and it was the cheap mattress also. Swapped it out for a memory foam and the smell immediately went away. The mattress was uncomfortable anyway.

Ozone generator might work to rid the rest of the off-gassing from all the other VOC's but just use caution and read the instructions when using Ozone. It can be harmful to your health if not done properly.


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midnightsadie wrote:

make sure your batteries are not boiling ,they put of a nasty smell.


Battery off gasses are sulphur like smells or rotten eggs and not anything like formaldehyde.


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