As with any brick and mortar place (aka house), it may take some time after you have moved in before you can call it “home”. There is always cleaning (again!), some painting and maybe some remodeling. The same applies to living in an RV.
This RV has the layout and scheme we wanted. It has good “bones”. But it stunk! There was cigarette smoke, stale air, gaseous odor and a “funky” smell we couldn’t put a finger on. It was a challenge!
So we took action to root out the smell. After some time and effort, we finally got the cigarette smoke, stale air and the gaseous odor out. But the “funky” smell was still there!
We have done the following:
- steamed cleaned carpet and upholstery
- cleaned toilet seal
- ran washing machine cycle twice (probably no water in “P” trap, it sat for a long time)
- checked for leak inside under faucets/plumbing (found none)
- used Geo Method to clean black water tank
- opened windows and door at every opportunity
- used slow cooker & baking soda as odor neutralizer
Jonathan realized I was going to ‘drive him crazy’ or ‘break his home’ by rooting behind things I shouldn’t if we didn’t find the “funky” smell.
So, he set to work. He removed the tool rack behind the holding tank bay and inspected the area for leakage and cracking. Nothing was amiss, no leakage or cracking. Excellent! There was a seal or caulking around one of the tube that could use some resealing so Jonathan took care of that.
While Jonathan was working outside, I set to working inside. I found in the washer/dryer manual under "maintenance” about the checking the ‘pump in the pre-chamber area’. It stated that this area can occasionally get clogged. I opened the pump and it smelled to high heaven! I cleaned the area and wiped it dry.
So, that “funky” smell was the smell of sour water. I am leaping for joy that we no longer have that “funky” smell. The “funky” odor is GONE! It’s finally “home sweet home”.
Here is the pump in the pre-chamber area.
For good measure, we have ordered Xtreme Vents from Coiln’ Wrap to replace the old roof vents. We are also going to replace both vent caps under the sinks (one under the galley, one under the bathroom) with the Studor Mini-Vent cap.
We have already replaced the cap under the bathroom. The one under the galley/kitchen sink will have one soon.
Here is to an odor free home! Odor be gone!