Woodalls Open Roads Forum: Travel Trailers: Musty smell
Open Roads Forum Already a member? Login here.   If not, Register Today!  |  Help

Newest  |  Active  |  Popular  |  RVing FAQ Forum Rules  |  Forum Help and Support  |  Contact

Search:   Advanced Search

Search only in Travel Trailers

Open Roads Forum  >  Travel Trailers

 > Musty smell

This Topic Is Closed  |  Print Topic  |  Post New Topic  | 
Page of 2  
Next
bacabunch

Idaho

Senior Member

Joined: 06/08/2006

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 04/20/09 11:24am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Does anyone have a good idea to avoid musty smells after your TT has been stored for the winter? Does it make a difference to leave all the cabinets open?


"White Knuckles" Ben
2003 Fleetwood Southwind 37ft a.k.a. "The Big Green Rolling Turd"
1997 TJ Jeep Wrangler a.k.a. "The accessory to the Turd"

BenMariselaNatalieMariaEmilyMatthewAbbyScottie(Westie) Gracie(Shih Tzu)

rocketmomkd

Chester County, Pennsylvania

Senior Member

Joined: 10/17/2005

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 04/20/09 12:47pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We've never had a musty smell after winter storage. I would think that means there is moisture getting into your unit somehow. To get rid of musty smells I'd wipe all hard surfaces down with Lysol wipes and spray all fabric/carpet with Fabreze.

NCHornet1

Mt. Airy, NC.

Senior Member

Joined: 05/17/2003

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 04/20/09 12:48pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Are you storing it with all the vents open? This makes a huge difference, never store it all closed up!!

NCH


2000 Ford F350 4X4 PSD,CC, DRW
4:10's, BTM Muffler, Isspro Gauges,
Coolant Filter,CCV Mod
FTVB , Ford AIS
6.0 Cooler,SCT2 W/DP's 40 tow & 80 econo,Zoodad mod
2005 Keystone Hornet 30BHSS
Reese Dual Cam
Family of 4 saved by Grace!!!
MY TRUCK
OUR TRAILER


bogie514

Delaware, Ohio

Senior Member

Joined: 01/19/2006

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 04/20/09 12:56pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I can't remember the name of the stuff, it comes in a large plastic tub and is supposed to absorb moisture. I got mine at Walmart. You open it and place it out and the crystals inside do the absorption. I have not had any problem with musty odors.


2007 Max Lite 23RS
2008 Silverado Crew Cab 4wd
Equil-I-zer hitch, Prodigy BC, McKesh Mirrors


campin4kids

Indiana

Senior Member

Joined: 05/07/2007

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 04/20/09 01:00pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We leave dehumidifyers in the camper just in case. You can buy them at walmart. They start out as a chemical and change into a liquid as maoisture is absorbed. We haven't had a problem.
And you know those little white bags that come in shoe boxes to keep moisture out? They say DO NOT EAT on them? I always save those and put them in the drawers and cabinets.

I ditto the washing down of the cabinets and spraying of apolstery. I might use lysol spray though. Then air it out. Maybe wash any washable filters. Wash the windows and bedding, towels, if left in there.

Also, I think some one posted on here about putting softner salt into a 5 gallon bucket, or something like that. Keep the lid off and set in the camper over winter or when not in use. Just put the lid on when storing. I think thats how it went. A cheaper yet less expensive alternative. You can proabably find the exact post on this site some where in case I've messed up the directions.


2003 Avalanche
1992 29S Wilderness
Him 49, Me 49,
DS 20, DD 17, DD 15, DD 13

Monkey #39

Victoria BC / Canada

Senior Member

Joined: 02/12/2007

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 04/20/09 01:07pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

dry-zee something like that


2009 F150 XLT 5.4L SUPERCREW

1996 Sportsmen 23ft


Campin'Deb

Milford, CT

Full Member

Joined: 03/21/2007

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 04/20/09 04:29pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

4 Damp rid containers (available at Wal*Mart, grocery store, Home Depot, etc), remove anything that will absorb moisture such as cardboard/papers, leave roof vent open (only if you have a Maxx Air cover installed), leave cabinets open and throw cedar balls in drawers and cabinets. Never had musty smell in TT. The cedar balls also ward against mice.


Deb & Cathy
Shilo Ann - 10 yr old Xolo
Milford, CT
2006 Puma 29FKSS


Gdetrailer

PA

Senior Member

Joined: 01/05/2007

View Profile



Posted: 04/20/09 06:07pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I am going to suggest forget trying to use something to cover or hide the musty smell. More than likely you have some water leaks from roof, windows, door(s), corner trim and so on.

Both TTs I have bought and rebuilt had bunches of those airfresheners and lots of rotted wood. Since I fixed the leaks and removed all the rotted wood I no longer have any musty odors.

I do not keep any windows or vents open, do not use dehumidifiers.

If you have not done so, you must inspect any and all sealants/caulking on a yearly basis and better yet every 6 months. Even a small pin hole will allow enough water in to create large amounts of damage in a short time.

Consider a musty or damp smell as a warning sign to look for water leaks.

husk

Home

Senior Member

Joined: 04/19/2009

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 04/20/09 08:06pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I think GDEtrailer has it right. The musty smell is mold, caused by water penetration.

I thought the OP might be from a humid climate..but Idaho (??).

I live near there in Utah, and the air is so dry, that I don't believe that simply the atmosphere inside the trailer would cause a musty smell..but I do plan to put some Damp-Rid containers for winter storage..and a good weather cover.

My wife is very allergic to mold..so I must be as cautious as possible.

bogie514

Delaware, Ohio

Senior Member

Joined: 01/19/2006

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 04/20/09 05:21pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Damp Rid - that is the stuff. Here is a link.

This Topic Is Closed  |  Print Topic  |  Post New Topic  | 
Page of 2  
Next

Open Roads Forum  >  Travel Trailers

 > Musty smell
Search:   Advanced Search

Search only in Travel Trailers


New posts No new posts
Closed, new posts Closed, no new posts
Moved, new posts Moved, no new posts

Adjust text size:

© 2014 Woodalls | Terms & Conditions | PRIVACY POLICY | YOUR PRIVACY RIGHTS