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Old 10-02-2008, 02:17 PM   #1
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The past few times we've started up the coach to move it, there's been a powerful, sulfurous odor that seems to be coming from the vents on the dash. It's present when both the heat and AC are on, and it goes away after about half an hour. It's awful! Any ideas as to what might be causing it?
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Old 10-02-2008, 02:17 PM   #2
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The past few times we've started up the coach to move it, there's been a powerful, sulfurous odor that seems to be coming from the vents on the dash. It's present when both the heat and AC are on, and it goes away after about half an hour. It's awful! Any ideas as to what might be causing it?
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Old 10-02-2008, 03:15 PM   #3
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We had the same problem, however; it was with our truck. The problem was the battery in the engine compartment. You may want to have it checked. Good Luck and keep us informed of your problem
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Old 10-02-2008, 06:56 PM   #4
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Battery or the Emissions Vapor Canister, even possibly one of the hoses to the canister.
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Old 10-03-2008, 06:37 AM   #5
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Possible that a dead mouse has got into a hose?
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My vote is with Bill. A dead something in the air duct. Don't ask me how I know this.
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We couldn't identify a strange smell near our water heater. I just read the post and checked by batteries in the next compartment. One was dry and smelly. I should have know.

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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by GaryKD:
My vote is with Bill. A dead something in the air duct. Don't ask me how I know this. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

How do you know that, Gary?
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Oh, y'all aren't going to BELIEVE this...

Checked the batteries. All in tip-top shape, no odors.

Checked the vents and all undersides. Nothing dead, no puddled water, everything ship-shape.

The smell went away for a while. We drove the moho, no problems. "Wow!" we thought hopefully. "Maybe it fixed itself!"

Then it came back again, just like before--a nasty, rotten-egg smell when we started up, that would persist for about half an hour in the front half of the coach then subside.

It's stink bugs.

Apparently the little guys like the RV because it's getting cold outside and it's warm in here, and they've found a gap in the body to climb in through. We did some research, and they don't nest or reproduce indoors, they're just coming in for the warmth. They don't bite or get into our food, and apart from being funny-looking, they're harmless. And so everything is copacetic...until we fire up the engine. When the coach starts moving, our two or three stink bugs get annoyed, and do what they do, and we get a nasty smell. You'd be surprised at how much stink a single little bug can make inside an RV!

Squashing them does no good--just like a skunk hit by a car, that releases all of the smell at once. Luckily they're easy to catch and release. Hopefully as we head south (we leave for Nashville after Election Day!) the warmer weather will prevent them from coming inside to warm up!
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">They don't bite or get into our food, and apart from being funny-looking, they're harmless. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Well.......they sure can stink, though.
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Thanks for the update. One more scenerio to try to remember
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