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Old 05-30-2014, 01:38 AM   #43
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When I bought our old rig it was 12 years old (and that was 6 yrs ago). One of the things that impressed me about it was that it smelled really good. I asked the owner what they did to keep it smelling so good, and he said they didn't do anything, just vacuumed it periodically.

After 6 years, it still smells pretty good. It does smell a bit musty when closed up for extended periods, but it's the kind of smell that goes away after airing out for a while. I try to keep the u-traps in the sinks with water in them, but they don't last very long in our dry AZ weather. We don't smoke, but do have 2 20# dogs that are house broken.

So.... just saying, not all used DP's stink..!

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Old 05-30-2014, 06:31 AM   #44
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Originally Posted by TedTravels View Post
I don't understand is if it is possible to get the stink out then why don't the dealers de-stink it?
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Sometimes I wonder too ...... The only explanation I could think of is that to them it doesn't smell ! :-)
The reason dealers don't spend the time and $$ to de-stink RVs is because they don't have to....(people buy them even when they smell).

IMO, the only things that really stink about used diesel pushers is the purchase price and the cost of maintenance.

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Old 05-30-2014, 06:49 AM   #45
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There are many places in an RV that can hide the "feed material" for odors. One that has not been mentioned is dust collected in toe-kick heaters. Oh yeah, it's there! Next time you have access to an air hose, drag it inside and blow out those heaters. Wear a dusk mask, and have a vac cleaner running with the nozzle close to the heater grill. Now, of course, you have a coating of dust all over the place, and you need to vac all those surfaces.

Taking the grill face plate off gets you closer to the dust deposits and the vac will pick out a lot of it, but the blast from the compressed air nails the stuff that is tangled in the fan, and caught in nooks and crannies.

I guess the warning sign of dust clogged electric heaters is a burned odor when they are operating. Time to avoid a fire ... shut it down and clean the heck out of it.
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Old 05-30-2014, 06:13 PM   #46
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Originally Posted by pasdad1 View Post
High doses of ozone will remove odors sometimes permanently.

Here is a machine I use to make the basement smell good again whenever it needs it.

Attachment 64126

Not for use while anything living is in the coach! Treat with ozone overnight or a few hours at least, then air out for 30 minutes - done. Smells gone.

Treat again as needed.
I bought and use a small 12VDC version I bought at a truck stop. It runs continually, even when the RV is stored in the garage.
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Old 05-31-2014, 11:56 PM   #48
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Well, gosh, I have an awful sensitive nose but I must have missed all those stinky coaches. I have been in some that obviously smelled like cooking odors, or musty from leaking, or dogs, but those were the odd ones.

I have had 2 used coaches and neither have stank. The first was a gasser 2006, it smelled like new. The second and my current DPer is a 1992 model and I don't notice smell in it. I can't imagine after looking at a 1000 that they all stink. Is motorhoming really for you, maybe you should rethink it.

I keep mine vacuumed, mopped and clean. Of course the couches and front seats are leather so that might make a difference and we put a new mattress in it, so that might make a difference too. I also washed the front curtains when I was cleaning, they were dusty. Outside I smell fumes from the diesel generator but not inside, if I did something would be wrong I think.

I'm sure many smell but not all by any means.

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