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Old 02-02-2012, 07:16 PM   #1
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Smoked in coach

Can anyone tell me if you can remove tobacco smoke (smell) from a coach that has been smoked in? I am looking at one thats a good price except the smoke issue. Thanks for any help.

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Old 02-02-2012, 07:25 PM   #2
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Look for an outfit that does fire restorations, you might be able to rent an ozone generator from them.
Washing all the walls, ceiling and floor with something like TSP TriSodium Phosphate) might work also, but ti is pretty strong and will remove paint so be careful if you try it.

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Old 02-02-2012, 07:38 PM   #3
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Our dealership was in Atlanta, Ga. We had several coaches that were terrible. There was a company who would come out and put a machine in and in two days there was no smell. I am sorry but I can't remember their name, but there are companies that offer this service. Call your local dealer and ask who they use.
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Old 02-02-2012, 07:54 PM   #4
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That's why it's a good price. I've never had any luck getting smoke out of upholstery in autos, even with Febreze. And there is a lot more upholstery in a motorhome. I would walk away, the smoke smell will haunt you the entire time you own it. JMHO. Good luck in your search.
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Old 02-02-2012, 07:55 PM   #5
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Look for an outfit that does fire restorations, you might be able to rent an ozone generator from them.
Washing all the walls, ceiling and floor with something like TSP TriSodium Phosphate) might work also, but it is pretty strong and will remove paint so be careful if you try it.
I tried it all with a small house we bought during wifey's law school stint, nothing worked. She was only free of sneezing and wheezing when we built a new home, eg a house that'd never been smoked in.

Smoke residue brings with it bacteria, is associated with mold in homes. I'd imagine research will eventually reveal a stronger link in RVs.

Personally, I'd never purchase a smoked-in coach. There are too many pristine ones out there, on the market.

But. if the price is right and the smoking was limited, all traces could conceivably be eliminated.
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Old 02-02-2012, 08:01 PM   #6
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If you know any one that does car detailing, they would be able to help you. Dealers have a solution that they use to clean autos. It works fantastically! I only wish I could remember what it's called!
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Old 02-02-2012, 08:32 PM   #7
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Mr D takes the money OG not a small one, and take it out in two days,no smell, air the camper out Ozone is bad for you at those levels.
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Old 02-02-2012, 08:34 PM   #8
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You can do it.. with a lot of work. Our present MH had been smoked in especially the front area. Due to the leather on the J-Lounge being cracked, I had it recovered. They had replaced the sleeper sofa with a Lazy Boy which I removed and put back a sleeper sofa. The only furniture left in the front of the coach was the driver and co-pilot chair and the two dinette chairs. They had smoked lightly in the bedroom and the bedding was fine.

It took two gallons of 409 and a couple of weeks, but I cleaned the walls, ceiling, dash, woodwork and just about everything else with the 409. I removed all the blinds, and the valances and power washed them, yes, power washed them and they came out great! I had the carpets cleaned, and put it all back together. Then I placed two bags of normal charcoal in the coach for a couple of days.

The coach does not smell of smoke and I have a lot of money but it was a lot of work!

If you can find a ozone machine use it AFTER you have cleaned the coach from top to bottom first as the ozone machine will remove the smell but it will not remove the smoke on the walls, ceilings and other hard surfaces. Just spray some 409 on the walls and you will see the smoke run down.....
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Eliminate Odors I used this stuff on a car i bought to be our toad. It works---but it is work to get it to where it will do the job. It has to come into contact with the actual smoke residue and it will kill the odor---in order to do that I had to soak the seats clear through, the headliner had to be soaked, all the trunk matting etc---everything. so it would be a big job but it would work and require alot of this stuff---gallons..
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We used a cup of vinegar placed in a bowl in each room of a 3 bedroom apt to remove the the smoke smell. Took close to a weak and had to keep an the vinegar as it would evaporate. Week later no smell and best of all no labor.
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The smoke gets into the AC system. You may still have the smoke smell come out when you put the AC on.
When we were looking at MH's 97% said that they had never been smoked in or had pets in them. We saw lots of evidence of smoked in coach's and pet hair. Pointed it out and walked on. If they lie about it being smoked in or having animals in there then what else are they lying about?
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No moneys worth it. You'll always know it had been smoked in.
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A close friend bought a heavily smoked-in coach 18 months ago. Let me just say that when you walked down the road in front of the smoked-in coach, you could smell the smoke!

I went over and washed all the walls with 409. I sprayed the fabric surfaces with Fabreeze every time they dried over the couple of days I washed the walls (it didn't take 2 days, I just worked a couple of hours at a time.)

Then my friend had the carpet shampooed and the upholstery shampooed . We did leave bowls of vinegar out while this was all being done. No smoke smell left! We did not take down the day/nights shades and wash them. I also did not spray them with Fabreeze. So-I think it can be done. Certainly it would be easier if you could rent the ozone machine, but it might be a last resort. If neither of you are allergic to smoke it will probably work for you.

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I would guess that ground coffee would eliminate the smell (after you cleaned) - never encountered anything that coffee grounds could not defeat.

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