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Old 10-01-2014, 03:12 PM   #11
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I greatly appreciate the information! Which leads to a second question:

Would "mold/mildew" generate a long lasting, noxious odor that would permeate sealed cereal , potato chip, and zip-lock bags, etc., making them smell and taste awful??
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Old 10-01-2014, 03:24 PM   #12
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Short answer - YES

Longer answer - YES!

Mold spores are tiny, can get in to anywhere air can.
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Old 10-01-2014, 03:41 PM   #13
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I greatly appreciate the information! Which leads to a second question:

Would "mold/mildew" generate a long lasting, noxious odor that would permeate sealed cereal , potato chip, and zip-lock bags, etc., making them smell and taste awful??
Not if they were never opened, impossible. Maybe if stored in zip/lock bags that had air in them only. Good luck, there is a big difference in the smell of mold and mildew to formaldehyde.
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Old 10-01-2014, 04:40 PM   #14
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There is a chance that the previous owner had some repairs done to get the unit ready to sale, maybe a new floor or even a patch, unless specified "no added urea formaldehyde" the particle board or plywood would have urea formaldehyde in the bonding agents. Question the prior owner if this is true it will off gas. You can also force the off gassing process by shutting the windows and doors turn on the heat, get the interior temp to 120 for a few hours.
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Old 10-01-2014, 04:51 PM   #15
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This is interesting from the CDC

What You Should Know about Formaldehyde
What is formaldehyde?
Formaldehyde is a colorless, strong-smelling gas. It is used to make building materials
and household products. Formaldehyde is used to make walls, cabinets, and furniture.

Sources of formaldehyde
Formaldehyde is a common chemical that can be emitted from a number of products in
the home. Smoking, pressed wood, and particle board have all been shown to be sources
of formaldehyde. Higher formaldehyde levels are usually found in newer homes or
homes with new construction. The levels decrease over time.
Formaldehyde levels also
increase with increases in temperature and humidity.

To protect yourself from formaldehyde exposure:
Do not smoke, and especially do not smoke indoors.
Open windows as much as possible to let in fresh air.
Try to keep the temperature inside homes at the lowest comfortable setting.
Run the air conditioner or dehumidifier to control mold.
Also, spend as much time outdoors in fresh air as possible. This is especially
important for families with children, elderly people or those with chronic diseases
such as asthma.
To control mold:
Fix water leaks to help keep mold away.
Clean away any mold you see or smell with detergent and water.

This is just part of the article interesting that it mentions mold as well........

http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/drywall/docs...rmaldehyde.pdf
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Old 10-01-2014, 05:02 PM   #16
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Is it possible that the prior user was over zealous with application of holding tank treatment? I wonder how well that stuff adsorbs to the walls and dissipates off over time?
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Old 10-01-2014, 06:31 PM   #17
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OK. Next question:
Does anyone know of a test to determine if "mold/mildew" is present even though not visible?
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Old 10-01-2014, 07:10 PM   #18
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You may want to call a cleaning company whom specializes in mold remediation and ask if they have a test for it. As mold spores are air borne (hence you smell them when they enter your nose) I would image there is some type of test to give you a reading. Much like a pollen count.

I would also call your insurance agent and see if mold is covered under your RV or auto policy. They have excluded it or set limits on mold for houses, but I think they kept them for auto's. If this is mold, it will get expensive to properly fix.

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Old 10-06-2014, 01:50 PM   #19
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No modifications, repairs, etc. by previous owner.
No holding tank issues, etc.
No molds issues that I can find and I've looked everywhere.
It emanates from the rear of the unit in the upper overhead cabinets.
I have put 30+ thousand miles on this RV since we purchased it all the while experiencing this odor when we open it up after it being closed for a day or so.
The cabinet has been cleaned with a commercial ammonia solution to no avail.

I appreciate all the input. I checked a number of areas and have found nothing...other than the odor. Very strange.
Guess I may just have to live with it...!
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Old 10-08-2014, 10:39 AM   #20
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I have lived in mobil homes in the past that had real bad problem as you described. What we did was open all windows and doors and air out for about 2 weeks with fans blowing out windows and the problem went away. I guess it did not hurt us because that was over 40 years ago and we still going strong.


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