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Old 01-18-2016, 03:42 PM   #1
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We purchased a 2016 Berkshire 38-A in August. There was a strong chemical smell. The salesman said it was a "new Smell" and it would go away. We complained to the service dept. about it in January. Again we were told it was a "new smell". This odor absorbs into food, plastic, paper goods, clothing, boxes of crackers, cereal, etc. The food has to be thrown out. It burns our nose and throat. We checked out other 38-A and they do not have this smell. It is a strong chemical smell. Anyone else have this problem?
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Old 01-18-2016, 06:01 PM   #2
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Odor in 2016 Berkshire

Hard to tell if you are speaking of the formaldehyde smell that every camper has or some other smell.

I do know that some people are affected more by it than others. Do you have a friend or neighbor that is familiar with RVs check it out for you to see if it affects them the same way.

My RV is almost 3 years old and still has that faint smell. We call it a new RV smell. It doesn't bother us or get into our food taste.


ETA.....welcome to the forum and the Berk family.
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Old 01-18-2016, 06:09 PM   #3
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The DW has complained about a smell in our 2015 Berk RB but so far no one at FR has smelled it or will admit it. We did notice a strong smell this weekend while attending an RV show but I can't tell you if it was a FR unit or competitor. I think the materials used are causing the smell hopefully it is not dangerous.


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Old 01-18-2016, 06:13 PM   #4
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Hi Campin Cajun, thanks for your reply,
We have done everything suggested for getting a formaldehyde smell out. But this strong odor still exists. We have even used a Ozone Machine in it for a day and a half and it did not change. I was told that after the FEMA trailers problem after hurricane Katrina, the RV companies can no longer use the products that have the formaldehyde in them except for some of the glue. Not knowing whether that is a true fact or not. We have been in 4 new coaches just like ours and they do not have that odor. Was hoping someone else had this problem and had a solution. Thanks
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We are hoping his odor is not toxic. It does burn our throats and nose an since it absorbs into clothing and foods, it is probably not too safe
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Have you tried fresh coffee grounds yet?

Use a disposable shallow aluminum pan, cover the bottom at least 1/4 inch deep with the coffee.

Place some in the bathroom, bedroom and the living/kitchen area.

Allow it to sit for 24 hours.
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Hi Ford Idaho,
I will try the coffee grounds. Up for any suggestions. It smells like maybe a stain on the wood. Like maybe the stain in the wood was not sealed. Crazy huh?


thanks will reply if it works or not.
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I am not sure it will work for you but it is easy and cheap.
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Call Randy at FR Diesel division warranty. Be persistent he responds better to phone calls. Email follow up for record keeping is s good idea.
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It sounds like the smell all rvs have when new. It can be very strong. I'm a big believer in zeolite crystals. They have worked great on sell kinds of odors from mildew in our old tt to new camper chemical smell in our fiver. They are rechargeable so you only need to buy them once. To recharge you just set them in the sun for 6-8 hrs.
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