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Old 02-17-2015, 12:53 AM   #1
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Musty smell but may be wrong!

So we are new to this and we just bought a little 17ft trailer that is used. The problem is that it smells really badly, I feel like it smells like mold, but I am not sure. When we first looked at it the smell was not that bad, but it has gotten worse in the last few days. It smells mostly by the door which steps right into the bathroom. For the last few days I have been airing it out, because its been around 50 and sunny but this does not seem to have helped. Can anyone offer advice that has had this same problem? The smell is similar to a sauna in an old gym. Not sure if that helps but I would greatly appreciate any help!

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Old 02-17-2015, 04:59 AM   #2
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Oh my, bad smells have got to be the worse thing ever. Just a couple of suggestions from far away from where ever you are, I know because I just check the thermometer and it indicates 2 degrees above zerro and everything is white with snow outside!

Follow your nose. Open all compartments and smell to see if it could be in one of them. Bad smells could be:

a. Rotting food (maybe something rolled under the couch or somewhere else)
b. Dead mouse or other varmint
c. Moisture (look for wet spots, or indications something is damp maybe in the walls, floors or even ceiling. Do you see any stains?

What ever it is get serious about finding it because if it is moisture it needs to be repaired pronto. A leak in the roof, walls or somewhere else can spell disaster. How about the water system? Any leaks there?

I wish you luck, and make sure you check back with us as you continue your hunt and find the source of the bad smell.

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I just reread your post and another thought popped into my head. The sewage tanks. Are they empty? Have you washed out the tanks to make sure they are truly empty? Either tank can make the trailer smell if they are dirty for a while. Could be a vent pipe from the tanks or from sinks cracked or broken somewhere making the smells come inside. When we bought our RV last year I knew the sewage tank was empty because nothing came out when I opened the drain valve, but I later found there was a "pile" of stuff in there that came out when I flushed the tank this spring.
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Old 02-17-2015, 05:46 AM   #4
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once you find the cause of the odor and fix it, rent a ozone generator

for maybe 3 days. close the trailer up turn on the unit. it will

eliminate all of the odors.

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