Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-09-2013, 12:24 PM   #1
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 47
Worrisome odor

2013 Solera S - the first storage compartment to the left of the house door has a very strong odor of solvent. It's not diesel or propane. It clears out when driving, but seems to "fill up" when sitting. I've had the rig since late January, and this condition hasn't changed at all. Two repairs guys have smelled it, said it smelled like solvent, and said "Don't worry," which is easier said than done.

Any idea where this might be coming from, or what it is? May be a leak of some kind, and I worry it's flammable....although the coach hasn't blown up when I turn on the stove or furnace....

Any ideas?
__________________

__________________
Marionap is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2013, 01:11 PM   #2
MI Camperz
 
bodzcampers's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: michigan
Posts: 1,640
If you're worried (I would be), take it in for a real test of leaks. I question the validity of a smell test.
__________________

__________________
bodzcampers is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2013, 01:34 PM   #3
2018 FR3 30DS
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 178
Quote:
Originally Posted by Marionap View Post
2013 Solera S - the first storage compartment to the left of the house door has a very strong odor of solvent. It's not diesel or propane. It clears out when driving, but seems to "fill up" when sitting. I've had the rig since late January, and this condition hasn't changed at all. Two repairs guys have smelled it, said it smelled like solvent, and said "Don't worry," which is easier said than done.

Any idea where this might be coming from, or what it is? May be a leak of some kind, and I worry it's flammable....although the coach hasn't blown up when I turn on the stove or furnace....

Any ideas?
On my 2011 Solera, the door you refer to is where the def tank is. If yours is there, it could be a def leak...however, I think in your year model the def filler is under the hood...is this correct? If your def tank is located in the first door to the left then it may have a leak....otherwise..no help here.
__________________
Slow_movin is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2013, 02:44 PM   #4
GM
 
bclemens's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Elkhart, IN
Posts: 7,097
Marionap's DEF should be under the hood on a 2013.

Is it the black ABS or the gray ABS? Although I'm not sure why one compartment would smell when the others do not.
__________________
PLEASE do not send questions via Private Message. Post questions in the forum as a new thread so that other users can benefit from the answers. Use Private Messages for sensitive information only. Our owners manuals are available online and via iPhone/Android Apps. http://www.dynamaxcorp.com/OnlineManual.aspx
bclemens is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2013, 04:09 PM   #5
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 47
What do you mean "ABS?" If it's the plastic lining in the compartment, it's gray.

That one compartment is the only one with the smell. Not even a whiff of it anywhere else. It's very strong. It's right under the sink and stove on the outside. The DEF tank is under the hood, as you said, so it's not that.

I thought early on it was just some glue that hadn't dried completely, as that's what it smelled like, but it's been too long now.

I wonder if I should take it to the Mercedes guys, or to the RV guys.

Thanks for your help.
__________________
Marionap is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2013, 04:54 PM   #6
GM
 
bclemens's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Elkhart, IN
Posts: 7,097
Yes, plastic. (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene)
__________________
PLEASE do not send questions via Private Message. Post questions in the forum as a new thread so that other users can benefit from the answers. Use Private Messages for sensitive information only. Our owners manuals are available online and via iPhone/Android Apps. http://www.dynamaxcorp.com/OnlineManual.aspx
bclemens is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2013, 05:39 PM   #7
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Antioch
Posts: 55
Got the exact same smell on my 2013 Solera too. It hasn't gone away and have had my rig since September 2012
__________________
2013 Solera
Antiochrich is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-12-2013, 07:16 PM   #8
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 47
For what it's worth, I stopped by an RV show here in Bend, Oregon, and checked out a couple of new Soleras they had on display. BOTH of them had the strong fume smell in the same compartment Antiochrich has reported having and I have in our separate and new Soleras. So, perhaps it is a standard feature in the 2013 Soleras. I will worry less now whether it is a safety issue. Thanks all.
__________________
Marionap is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-12-2013, 07:24 PM   #9
GM
 
bclemens's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Elkhart, IN
Posts: 7,097
I'll be there tomorrow to sniff out the issue.
__________________
PLEASE do not send questions via Private Message. Post questions in the forum as a new thread so that other users can benefit from the answers. Use Private Messages for sensitive information only. Our owners manuals are available online and via iPhone/Android Apps. http://www.dynamaxcorp.com/OnlineManual.aspx
bclemens is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-12-2013, 07:27 PM   #10
Phat Phrog Stunt Team
 
AquaMan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Tipp City, OH
Posts: 6,477
If it is the ABS plastic, the smell will eventually go away. Open the doors and leave open whenever possible. Even a small fan to help circulate the air will help.
__________________

__________________
2016 Georgetown 364TS
Nights Camped 2017 - 49
AquaMan is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




ForestRiverForums.com is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:26 PM.