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Old 04-23-2018, 05:44 PM   #1
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Hello, I am new to Rving and came across this forum while in search of an owners manual for my 1988 allegro Tiffin. The engine and drive train work great and the interior is good but was smoked in. So I am working to remove the smell and stench form the toilet. I am totally new to this but I am mechanically inclined so I dont think it will be too difficult.

For it's age, It's a great home. Just dirty and stinky. Hopefully I can get the help I need to clean up the tanks and such. I havent been able to find an online manual but did find the number to the Tiffin Dealership. Hopefully they will point me in the right direction.

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Old 04-23-2018, 05:54 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum! Hope your Tiffin serves you well.

Lots of cleaning on hard and soft surfaces and plenty of fresh air should help...
I like the lavender Pine Sol or Fabuloso.

Good luck!

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Old 04-23-2018, 06:42 PM   #3
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Good luck with the new Rig. Welcome to the site.
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Old 04-23-2018, 07:28 PM   #4
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Welcome. Lots of good folks and good info here. Some heavy duty cleaning should help as well as a good airing out. Others here may have some "hard" tips for you as they had similar problems.
Congrats on the coach and enjoy the adventure.
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Old 04-23-2018, 08:10 PM   #5
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Glad to have you here in the forum with us. You're gonna like it here.

Congrats on the new Tiffin. Best of luck with it.

Happy Trails!!!
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Old 04-23-2018, 08:20 PM   #6
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Do not use Fabreeze on any of your fabric. When we bought our motor home someone had left two empty bottles in the sink so I am assuming they sprayed everything down. It didn't help, it just smelled like stink and flowers. We had to get rid of the couch, bed and the cushions on the dinette to get rid of the smell.
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Old 04-23-2018, 09:00 PM   #7
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Try the Geo Method for gray/black tanks. Maybe you could do it very often for a while.

Clean With The GEO Method

The GEO method ingredients
The GEO method is a home-made cleaning technique that’s been around in the RV community since (at least) the early 80’s. Where the name came from no-body seems to know, but the original method is HERE:

Calgon Water Softener -> This stuff helps to break down water surface tension, clean scum and prevent hard mineral deposits. I’ve used Borax on occasion when I can’t find Calgon and find it works just as well.
Dawn Dishwasher Detergent -> The “original formula” blue detergent is excellent at cutting grime. Laundry detergent works too.
After you dump pour 1 cup of Calgon and 1 cup detergent into the tanks. Leave them in until your next dump.

And that’s really it! We don’t use the GEO method each time we dump, but just whenever our sensors need an extra cleaning. Either way it’s a simple, easy and environmentally-friendly method to keep sensors mostly clean. And in a moving house on wheels that’s really as good as it gets.
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Old 04-23-2018, 09:05 PM   #8
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Congrats on the new rig
Good luck

this place is great

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Old 04-23-2018, 10:13 PM   #9
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One thing to look at for the smell would be renting a UV generator. If you can get one, drop the shades, open the cabinets and drawers, close the door and go have lunch. Depending on how bad, you may need to air it out with a fan after the first one, then do it again with a small fan running nearby the generator to make sure that air is moving around.
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Old 04-24-2018, 07:01 AM   #10
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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

Congrats on the new rig! I have heard of people using an ionization generator (or something like that) to remove smoke odors. You can check with companies that do cleanup after house fires such as ServPro or ServiceMaster. Keep her between the ditches!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Old 04-24-2018, 03:33 PM   #11
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Spent half the day with a cheap.angry orange grease cutter and lots of elbow greas3. I am.pleased with the progress. I am not pleased with Tiffans customer service for older.models. on the phone three times.. no PDFs,, and only the black line hose I can get at Wal-Mart. As soon as they figured out I was not worth their money, they faked line connections.....they are. Not interested In Preserving their heritage. Only profit.. SAD!
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Old 04-24-2018, 05:33 PM   #12
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30 yearold rv that runs like a top. Just finished pressure washing, orange cleaned the wood and dash, washed THe original curtains. Rug doctor tomorrow. Why would Tiffin TURN dOWN this opportunity to show off thier longevity... SAD!
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Old 04-24-2018, 05:59 PM   #13
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Just to let you guys know.. I used one bottle of the cheap orange champ from dollar General and rinsed it with a solution of water and LAs Totally awesome cleaner. Then wiped the excess off with a towel. Smell is down about 70%. I will use diluted Totally awesome in the rug doctor along with orange pretreatment on the rug and will let you know the results. But the smell is way down for less than $10 . The pressure wash clenead it up nice but found a small leak. Fortuantely I have some roof coolant and need to replace one trim board but that's it. Hopefully the systems check out fine. Because I don't have a manual I have to trial and error everything. Electric seems ok, Intake plumbing is good. Still need to examine exit plumbing, hot water heater, L.P. gas system and pumps. No help from m Tiffin
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Have you asked for help with the manuals on the Tiffin board or other Tiffin based chat boards?

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