elusive odor

Discussion in 'Talkback' started by carole, Oct 28, 2008.

  1. carole

    carole New Member

    I have an elusive offensive odor in my 26' 1998 Alpenlite 5th Wheel.
    It's not sewer smell nor propane.
    I've removed everything from every cupboard and cleaned thoroughly--no hidden sacks of rotting potatoes--no decomposing mice.
    There are no signs of roof or window leaks and it doesn't really smell like mold.
    The smell is not in the bathroom or basement.
    The worst smell is in the main living area by the dinette and sofa.

    It has a kind of chemical smell to it. It bothers my super-sensitive lungs and makes my eyes itchy. The refrigerator is working fine. I have not used the air conditioner since August.
    Could a leak in the air condioner cause a smell?
    Any other ideas?
    I'm so baffled--the trailer has not been so clean since it was new!
    I welcome any ideas.

    Carole
     
  2. TexasClodhopper

    TexasClodhopper Senior Member

    Re: elusive odor

    Carole, welcome to the forum!

    How long has the smell been around? Has it gotten stronger or weaker over time?

    I know you said it is a chemical smell, but could the smell be organic like a dead rat or bird?

    You mention that you have found no mice, but the smell is stronger by the dinette and sofa. (I'm assuming you searched throughout the sofa.) Are you able to detect the smell from OUTSIDE of the RV in that area?

    Is your A/C and/or furnace ductwork in the floor or the ceiling?
     
  3. utmtman

    utmtman Senior Member

    Re: elusive odor

    I too would think a dead mouse some where around the couch possibly.
     
  4. ironart

    ironart New Member

    Re: elusive odor

    You know, Dry Rot has an odor.......It is actually a mold and gives off spores that can be irritating to your lungs and eyes.

    You might want to pull up the carpet in the "Worst" area to see if there is any black mold in that area.....especially if there are any "soft spots"....

    Just a thought.
     
  5. ARCHER

    ARCHER Senior Member

    Re: elusive odor

    Mice don't smell too bad when dead, unless they are Texas Mice and then they are sooooooo big they smell really bad. I have found dead mice from Decon and never smelled them at all. Might be a big ole rat or bird, or ???? ;)
     
  6. C Nash

    C Nash Senior Member

    Re: elusive odor

    Could it be your battery? Overcharged battery will give off an odor.
     
  7. ironart

    ironart New Member

    Re: elusive odor

    Good Point Chelse :) :) :)
     
  8. ARCHER

    ARCHER Senior Member

    Re: elusive odor

    Depends on where the battery compartment is located, I would guess. If it is leaking, yes, it might smell.
     
  9. H2H1

    H2H1 Senior Member

    Re: elusive odor

    My MH battery fried last DEC and it emitted a bad smell and it enter the MH and that when I would smell it. Now my MH is cover so I guessing that why it went into the MH. I discovered it by accident when I open the front cover to look at the oil level as I was going to change the oil the following month. So like NASH SAID CK YOUR BATTERY. GOOD LUCK
     
  10. debsu50

    debsu50 New Member

    Re: elusive odor

    Has anyone sprayed bug killer in the area your sofa is in? is it a used sofa that may have gotten some chemical spray on it? Good to know from Nash.to check batteries though. If someone previous owned your 5th wheel, they could of sprayed stuff in an area for bugs.and w/ weather change it could start to smell .We looked at used 5th wheels and some did have strong smells from mildew. good luck. Debsu
     
  11. jottoh12

    jottoh12 New Member

    Re: elusive odor

    Wow, these are all very good ideas. I am very curious as to what the final cause was determined to be for your smell. Was it battery acid on wood? Mildew? A rodent after all? Thanks
     
  12. C Nash

    C Nash Senior Member

    Re: elusive odor

    Yes Jerry it would be great if Carole would come back and let us know.
     

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