OK. I new to the FR site. Howdy to all...!
Just read all I could find regarding the "formaldehyde smell" folks have experienced and all flippant and really non-informative responses aside, we have a significant problem!
I purchased a 2005 (built in 04) Cedar Creek, 34RLTS, 5th wheel used 6 years ago.
The owner then was desperate to sell it due to his wife having respiratory problems and be hospitalized with high medical bills, he said.
When we looked through the RV just prior to the purchase all the windows and vents were open and everything looked, and smell, great. The interior had just been sprayed with a deodorizer. The purchase was made ($19,500.00..pretty cheap I thought) and we drove it home. Next morning we opened her up and were practically over come by the smell, which was later identified by a bio chemist as formaldehyde! He warned us about the carcinogenic aspects of long term exposure to the smell. (I began to understand why the previous owner sold it so cheap.)
Since then we have made two trips to the Yukon and one to Key West and a variety of other excursions.
We have ALWAYS experienced the formaldehyde smell to one degree of another. It appears that a lot of folks are willing to accept the problem as "new trailer smell" and ignore the potential hazards of long term exposure.
I am quite aware that FR is aware of the formaldehyde odor problem, though they have claimed ignorance to me and can offer no help in eliminating the problem.
Our odor problem seems to come predominately from inside the overhead cabinets at the very rear of the unit. What has been suggested on other forums and web searches is to varnish the insides of the cabinets with Varathane and/or place charcoal odor absorbing bags within the cabinets. (I have some on odor as I write.)
So, here's my question: Has anyone found a method or product that will eliminate
the odor for good without just covering it up?
I need some good sound advise...