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Old 06-14-2018, 04:17 PM   #1
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How to fix off gassing?

Okay so I'm going on my second week of owning a Flagstaff 21 FBRS and the off gassing is searing my eyes. I've had the exhaust fan in the bathroom running since I got it home along with an open window in the front.

After a week it still burns my eyes, is there something I can do?
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Old 06-14-2018, 04:32 PM   #2
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Perhaps opening it up as best you can and put in an oscillating fan or two and leave them running. Let your vent fan rest as the life expectancy for it will be shortened.
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Old 06-14-2018, 04:41 PM   #3
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Stay away from starches.
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Warmer air temp will speed the process.
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If it is in a secure location, open all the windows. Use a Box fax in the door.
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Old 06-14-2018, 10:07 PM   #7
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Formaldehyde

What you are smelling and burning your eyes us formaldehyde, it is toxic and some people are more sensitive to it, here is a link that explains how to get rid of it. It can and will impact your health, be careful you do not spend a lot of time in there until you can get the smell and odder out.

Formaldehyde Odor - Bob Scott RV

Here is a link about how toxic it can be,

https://abcnews.go.com/US/Health/story?id=3240532
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Old 06-15-2018, 12:29 PM   #8
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What you are smelling and burning your eyes us formaldehyde, it is toxic and some people are more sensitive to it, here is a link that explains how to get rid of it. It can and will impact your health, be careful you do not spend a lot of time in there until you can get the smell and odder out.

Formaldehyde Odor - Bob Scott RV

Here is a link about how toxic it can be,

https://abcnews.go.com/US/Health/story?id=3240532
Interesting information, thanks. Since it's in the middle 90's right now I think what I might do is close it up during the heat of the day and air it out at night.
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The formaldehyde off-gassing could be endemic to the build or it could be isolated to one or several products in the RV. More likely, it's isolated. Endemic would suggest a bad batch of adhesives.

A prime suspect might be foams in cushions, mattresses, or carpet padding. Some of the worst problems come from the kinds of carpet pads made of chopped and re-bonded foam particles. While the foams themselves are typically recycled and have out-gassed long ago, the bonding agents can be horrible.

Another may be foam insulation. While most insulations are solid sheets cut and fitted around the frame, and while those are likely to have been manufactured long before installation and had plenty of time to off-gas, any spray-in-place foam MIGHT be suspect. Modern spray-foams don't use formaldehyde, but it's hard to know what might have been used in some applications.

All of the above advice about venting is great advice. But if you don't notice big improvements quickly - in weeks - that may be a sign that something in your RV was not "cured" properly. If so, it may off-gas formaldehyde for a very long time.

I don't envy the effort this might take, but you might remove all the cushions and mattresses and see what happens inside the RV. Sadly, this may include upholstered furniture padded with foam, as any individual foam application might be the culprit.
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Old 06-15-2018, 02:54 PM   #10
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we bought a new 2014 Flagstaff 21 FBRS and I too had trouble with eyes and throat issues.
I think the majority of the off gassing was coming from the Cheap bed spread and the window treatments they use.
We removed the bed spread and washed everything we could.


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