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Old 09-25-2013, 09:43 AM   #1
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Eliminating campfire odor?

Not sure if this is unique to hybrids or not, but DW and I are having a hard time figuring out how to remove campfire odors from our Roo.

Seems anytime we are downwind of a campfire, the odor will linger for days. DW has tried every cleaning product she has including Febreeze but no luck. We are guessing it's the bunk ends that are holding on to the odor, as our non-hybrid friends don't seem to have this problem.

Obviously not getting the smoke into the camper in the first place would be the best solution, but that's not always possible (we were at Nascar last weekend and were surrounded by campfires)

Any tips on products or methods to bring back that new camper smell?


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Old 09-25-2013, 09:45 AM   #2
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While it might not bring the new smell back, we find Fabreeze does a good job of eliminating bad smells and odors. Are you spraying the Fabreeze directly on the fabric.


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Old 09-25-2013, 09:55 AM   #3
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The smoke residue probably is the bunk ends so a good wash on the outside with approved cleaner may help. If it is OK by the manufacturer, Pine-Sol would probably work.

Air the unit out best possible too - smoke smells fade eventually. At home we often use a wood stove and after a good windy day the house will be pretty smokey smelling just from opening the box to feed the fire when the draft is low. It fades pretty quickly.
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Old 09-25-2013, 10:10 AM   #4
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A small room size electronic air cleaner works wonders. We use them in the hotel industry for room odor removal.
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Old 09-25-2013, 10:23 AM   #5
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That's a tough one. Try Lysol spray? The Roo might smell like a hospital room for a day or so but might solve the problem.
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Old 09-25-2013, 11:13 AM   #6
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small cups of white vinegar left in there a couple days will absorb some of the odor.

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Old 09-25-2013, 11:16 AM   #7
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One mans odor is another mans fragrance. We have camped 30 nights in our inaugural season in our Roo with many of those engulfed in smoke and windows wide open. I have been rather surprised how when loading up for the next adventure that new smell lingers and is as strong as day one. Hope you get that smell you are looking for back.
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Old 09-25-2013, 11:46 AM   #8
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It is the pull out bunk areas. I can see washing the canvass areas with a good cleaner when you get home, but will this cause the waterproofing on the canvass to break down and then you will have a leaking problem?

Be careful of what you use to clean the sides with.
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Thanks for all the ideas, will give a few of these a try and report back. I do have all the windows open, but haven't opened the bunk ends up. Looks like a few dry days ahead so I'll do that too.
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Old 09-25-2013, 04:46 PM   #10
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One way to eliminate the odours is to ban the campers with their smudge pot fires.
Nothing more anoying than someone who does not know how to burn a proper campfire. No need to have a smoky stinky fire.
See people burning all their garbage all the time and not adding enough wood to make it burn cleanly.
Would be nice to sleep with my windows open but that does not happen very often

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