Go Back   iRV2 Forums > MOTORHOME FORUMS > Class A Motorhome Discussions
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 09-17-2016, 07:22 PM   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2016
Posts: 8
Exclamation Odor

After dry docking and running the generator and AC for several hours in the Texas heat, we begin to smell a chemical odor. Sort of like propane. My wife thinks we're going to die and won't let us sleep in the RV. I think it's just part of the exhaust sneaking in. Any thoughts? 2016 Newmar Baystar Sport.
__________________

__________________
Ysanchez4 is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 09-17-2016, 07:41 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
mhbell's Avatar
 
Thor Owners Club
Ford Super Duty Owner
Georgie Boy Owners Club
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Ogden Utah
Posts: 523
detector

Do you have a Carbon Monoxide detector?? If not get one and make sure it works. exhaust fumes can kill you, especially in your sleep. They make kits to reroute the generator exhaust. I would not want to sleep in it either until I knew it was safe and found out what was causing the chemical smell. Better to be safe than sorry or Dead.
Mel
__________________

__________________
2017 Forest River EVO 2360 TT Towed with a 2011 Ford F-250 Super Cab Heavy Duty 4WD Towing Package, Blue OX Sway Pro Hitch.
http://www.rvbloggers.wordpress.com
mhbell is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-17-2016, 07:55 PM   #3
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2016
Posts: 8
We do have a CO detector. So fumes that are not CO are equally as harmful?
__________________
Ysanchez4 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-17-2016, 09:15 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
mhbell's Avatar
 
Thor Owners Club
Ford Super Duty Owner
Georgie Boy Owners Club
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Ogden Utah
Posts: 523
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ysanchez4 View Post
We do have a CO detector. So fumes that are not CO are equally as harmful?
It depends on what the fumes are..
Quote:
After dry docking and running the generator and AC for several hours in the Texas heat, we begin to smell a chemical odor. Sort of like propane. My wife thinks we're going to die and won't let us sleep in the RV. I think it's just part of the exhaust sneaking in.
The part in red is what would scare me until I found out for sure. I read every week where some poor person or persons pass in their sleep because of exhuast fumes from a generator, theirs or someone next to them. make sure that CO detector is working.
Mel
__________________
2017 Forest River EVO 2360 TT Towed with a 2011 Ford F-250 Super Cab Heavy Duty 4WD Towing Package, Blue OX Sway Pro Hitch.
http://www.rvbloggers.wordpress.com
mhbell is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-17-2016, 09:29 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2016
Posts: 229
The smell could be several things. You might have a leak on your regulator on the propane tank, check it out with soapy water.

It could also be a bad battery going bad and they smell like rotten eggs.

You also could have a leak on your black tank and the air conditioner is picking up the smell and pulling it into the coach.

I really doubt the air conditioner is picking up the fumes from the generator. It would set your alarm off right away inside your coach.

That was one thing I hated on my gasoline coach, it had the generator right under the bedroom and it would set off the alarm. I never have had any problems with the Onan Quiet Diesel in the front of the coach setting the alarms off. And diesel has a distinctive smell anyway. You should be able to tell if it is diesel smell.
__________________
2002 Gulf Stream Scenic Cruiser 38'
Neway Freightliner chassis, 2017 Buick Envision
3126-E Caterpillar 330 hp
RayChez1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2016, 01:26 AM   #6
Member
 
iawia's Avatar
 
Workhorse Chassis Owner
Triple E Owners Club
Join Date: Jan 2016
Posts: 47
check that the odor, if it's sulphur-like, isn't coming from the hot water tank.
__________________
2007 Triple E Commander 3202 W22
2003 Jeep Wrangler TJ toad
iawia is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2016, 08:35 AM   #7
Moderator Emeritus
 
Gary RVRoamer's Avatar


 
Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: Silver Springs, FL. USA
Posts: 18,078
Exhaust odor is the most obvious guess. Why not shut the genset off for awhile and see if the smell goes away? We always get a diesel exhaust smell from the genset exhaust if there is no breeze and the fumes tend to hang by the coach. I even carry a home-made Genturii-type exhaust pipe for that situation.

Raychez gave several other possibilities that are worth checking, but since you didn't notice any odor until you used the genset, that seems like the prime candidate.

The main danger from exhaust is CO - carbon monoxide. It actually displaces oxygen in the blood stream, so even a tiny bit of CO can cause suffocation, even though there is plenty of oxygen in the room. People who die from exhaust gases are nearly always CO victims, not CO2. CO2 (carbon dioxide) has to get really concentrated to have any really harmful effect, so is rarely a problem. Nausea and other discomfort can occur, though.
__________________
Gary Brinck
Former owner of 2004 American Tradition
Home is in the Ocala Nat'l Forest near Ocala, FL
Summers in Black Mountain, NC
Gary RVRoamer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2016, 09:40 AM   #8
Senior Member
 
vettenuts's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Posts: 2,583
Check your propane tank for leaks. I have had two, the first one was due to age, but the second one was from the factory, it was a cross threaded fill valve. Soapy water will put a propane leak to bed quickly.
__________________
2005 Newmar Kountry Star 3742 - Gas
ACME Eze Tow Dolly
2008 Chevy Malibu Toad
vettenuts is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-24-2016, 01:49 PM   #9
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2016
Posts: 8
Following up

Just to let everyone know, it was a bad battery. I was told that I was supposed to put water in the batteries- which I had no idea was still a thing. So my question for you guys is how often are you supposed to do this and exactly where are the batteries? Sincerely, Newmar Newbie.
--------------
2016 Newmar Baystar Sport
__________________
Ysanchez4 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-24-2016, 01:56 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
vsheetz's Avatar


 
Fleetwood Owners Club
Ford Super Duty Owner
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: SoCal
Posts: 11,791
House batteries can be wet type, requiring water to be added. Or sealed type, and maintaince free. Common to have wet batteries for house batteries. Check and add water as needed monthly. Also best to not let you batteries discharge to below 12vdc, else their cycle life is reduced.

As to where located in your coach, I'll let someone knowing of your vantana to answer.
__________________
Vince and Susan
2011 Tiffin Phaeton 40QTH (Cummins ISC/Freightliner)
Flat towing a modified 2005 Jeep (Rubicon Wrangler)
Previously a 2002 Fleetwood Pace Arrow 37A and a 1995 Safari Trek 2830.
vsheetz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-24-2016, 02:08 PM   #11
Senior Member
 
mhbell's Avatar
 
Thor Owners Club
Ford Super Duty Owner
Georgie Boy Owners Club
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Ogden Utah
Posts: 523
I would also check to be sure you are not over charging the batteries causing them to boil. That is when you most likely have the chemical smell. Hope the level did not go below the plates in the batteries.
Mel
__________________
2017 Forest River EVO 2360 TT Towed with a 2011 Ford F-250 Super Cab Heavy Duty 4WD Towing Package, Blue OX Sway Pro Hitch.
http://www.rvbloggers.wordpress.com
mhbell is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-25-2016, 06:30 AM   #12
Senior Member
 
vettenuts's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Posts: 2,583
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ysanchez4 View Post
Just to let everyone know, it was a bad battery. I was told that I was supposed to put water in the batteries- which I had no idea was still a thing. So my question for you guys is how often are you supposed to do this and exactly where are the batteries? Sincerely, Newmar Newbie.
--------------
2016 Newmar Baystar Sport
Not sure where your batteries are located, they are typically in one of the bays under the coach. You can buy battery fill systems to make it easier and there are caps that reduce the amount of water loss. OEMY's web site shows the caps. As far as checking, I check mine every couple of months. They don't always need water and when they do it is a minimal amount but this keeps them topped up correctly. You use distilled water to keep them maintained.
__________________

__________________
2005 Newmar Kountry Star 3742 - Gas
ACME Eze Tow Dolly
2008 Chevy Malibu Toad
vettenuts is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
odor



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Another odor situation Bald Eagle MH-General Discussions & Problems 9 02-28-2009 06:27 PM
Odor Probems Darrel MH-General Discussions & Problems 4 02-06-2009 11:23 AM
LP Gas odor in stove gator67 RV Systems & Appliances 5 01-05-2009 06:04 PM
Odor undersink problem solved Sweet40FD Winnebago Industries Owner's Forum 4 05-25-2006 09:06 AM
RV odor eaters? 1st Response Team Vintage RV's 11 02-26-2005 07:10 PM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:42 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.