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Old 01-21-2016, 10:15 AM   #21
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As I mentioned, I believe that the odor is from the coach having a Ziebart undercoating. In stead of concentrating on just the coaches interior, I would open the bay doors as well and let the bays air out also.
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Old 01-21-2016, 10:20 AM   #22
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Can you take a picture of it?
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Really nothing to take a picture of. Not sure what you are looking for.
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Old 01-21-2016, 09:31 PM   #24
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Come on Tom, don't you know if you take a picture of a smell and post it online that we would all be able to smell it?
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Old 01-21-2016, 11:02 PM   #25
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Hi Ford Idaho,
I will try the coffee grounds. Up for any suggestions. It smells like maybe a stain on the wood. Like maybe the stain in the wood was not sealed. Crazy huh?


thanks will reply if it works or not.

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If this stuff irritates tissue it's time for identification. An industrial hygentist can ID by chemical and tell you if it's dangerous, probably is. Send the bill to FR with strong attorney letter to follow.
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If this stuff irritates tissue it's time for identification. An industrial hygentist can ID by chemical and tell you if it's dangerous, probably is. Send the bill to FR with strong attorney letter to follow.

Why would you go with an attorney at this point? Odd response! Good advice on getting a Industrial Hygentist. What exactly is that and where can you find one. Have you ever used one and are they expensive?



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Why would you go with an attorney at this point? Odd response! Good advice on getting a Industrial Hygentist. What exactly is that and where can you find one. Have you ever used one and are they expensive?

More than likely not a Berk owner and has some sort of grudge against FR? Best guess!
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Come on Tom, don't you know if you take a picture of a smell and post it online that we would all be able to smell it?
Works on pics of food in New Orleans every time!!!

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Old 01-22-2016, 03:16 PM   #29
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Why would you go with an attorney at this point? Odd response! Good advice on getting a Industrial Hygentist. What exactly is that and where can you find one. Have you ever used one and are they expensive?
Industrial Hygentist?? Do industrial plants even have dentists offices???? Or is that for industrial size teeth??
I am thinking I am going to stick with Pine Sol..................

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No, not an angry ex owner that crack was to give the letter teeth. I "graduated" from a Georgetown near 3 years ago to an Itasca Ellipse w/tag axle displacing 59,000#s gcwr. FL chassis as Berk, just bigger. The Industrial Hygentist are required in attendance whenever hazardous conditions exist or may exist. They detect and nullify dangerous situation including chemicals, gas, dust and industrial operations. NFPA and OSHA regulate and require their their attendance. They come under safety company services. Of course we utilize them multiple times often through Contractors, or direct. Google the term, there is a bunch of info about them......
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No, not an angry ex owner that crack was to give the letter teeth. I "graduated" from a Georgetown near 3 years ago to an Itasca Ellipse w/tag axle displacing 59,000#s gcwr. FL chassis as Berk, just bigger. The Industrial Hygentist are required in attendance whenever hazardous conditions exist or may exist. They detect and nullify dangerous situation including chemicals, gas, dust and industrial operations. NFPA and OSHA regulate and require their their attendance. They come under safety company services. Of course we utilize them multiple times often through Contractors, or direct. Google the term, there is a bunch of info about them......
Congrats on your Itasca Ellipse! Our worse dangerous situation is when we go too long between trips in our RV!
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Old 01-23-2016, 08:54 PM   #32
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I wonder if the smell issue is worse in the rigs that are ordered? When we bought ours it had a new smell but nothing nasty our that would burn our eyes. That said I bought a left over 2011 in April of 2012. The rig had time to get the smell out?



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One localized in a closet? I'd try painting where no one would see with MasterChem 20002 Qt Kilz Ii Primer/Sealer.
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We ended up getting rid of our smell by using cotton balls soaked with peppermint essential oil we got at Walmart. Place cotton balls on paper plate or similar and place in closets and around coach.
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We ended up getting rid of our smell by using cotton balls soaked with peppermint essential oil we got at Walmart. Place cotton balls on paper plate or similar and place in closets and around coach.
Good to hear that the peppermint oil worked. Another side benefit to the peppermint oil is that it will help ward off rodents so some of those cotton balls in the lower bays will probably be a good idea too.
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We purchased ours new (although I don't know how long it sat between factory and dealership before we bought it) and other than minor "new" material smells, we never had anything as what has been described in this thread...should not be something that strong that permeates food and clothes. As far as formaldhyde, I believe that has been illegal for decades. We still struggle with our holding tank odors, especially from the vent under the kitchen sink. We have been using the bio method also.
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We purchased ours new (although I don't know how long it sat between factory and dealership before we bought it) and other than minor "new" material smells, we never had anything as what has been described in this thread...should not be something that strong that permeates food and clothes. As far as formaldhyde, I believe that has been illegal for decades. We still struggle with our holding tank odors, especially from the vent under the kitchen sink. We have been using the bio method also.

As to the vent under the sink, if it leaks vapors, it will easily unscrew and can be replaced by a tight one from Home Depot. It's merely a thin rubber diaphragm one way valve cost about 5 dollars.
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As to the vent under the sink, if it leaks vapors, it will easily unscrew and can be replaced by a tight one from Home Depot. It's merely a thin rubber diaphragm one way valve cost about 5 dollars.
You beat me to it Vince! These can be found at any of the big box improvement stores.
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Have any of you seen the HEPVO valve replacement? FMCA put out a post a couple of months ago about increasing storage under the sinks by installing this valve and thus eliminating a bunch of plumbing and the vent that fails regularly.


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Have any of you seen the HEPVO valve replacement? FMCA put out a post a couple of months ago about increasing storage under the sinks by installing this valve and thus eliminating a bunch of plumbing and the vent that fails regularly.


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Paul my unit has them in the rear sink and shower drains


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