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Old 10-06-2016, 03:41 AM   #1
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Chemical smell in RV

We're getting a very noticeable and unpleasant chemical-type smell in our 2015 Dutchmen Voltage 3970 toy hauler. It's very hard to describe; the closest I can come is to fingernail polish remover. Can anyone lend any insight or help? I"m concerned about whether it's safe for us and our two loved dogs to stay and continue to absorb the smell.

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Old 10-06-2016, 07:59 AM   #2
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Couple questions...

Is the rv plugged into power?
Any poop smell to it?
Is your battery being charged while the smell is present?
Have you popped the tops of the batteries and checked the water level?
Can you pinpoint the smell stronger in any area? Higher or lower?
Have you opened all of the windows and turned on the fans for a few hours?
How many times have you used the unit compared to how fast the smell came on? Is this new, or did you just get the unit and this smell has been present?

I'd really like you to check your batteries. If they have been charging and any water has evaporated, they start to smell as the lead plates are exposed to air. The process excelarates quickly and the smell turns stronger and takes on more poop/propaneish smell.

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Old 10-06-2016, 06:47 PM   #3
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Could it be formaldehyde?
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Old 10-13-2016, 06:29 PM   #4
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Is it always present or just when you first open it up from being in storage? All units release chemicals from materials when new. It is normal if the smell goes away after airing it out.
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