musty smell in caravan

Submitted: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 15:06
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Hi All,
anyone know how to get rid of that musty smell in a caravan ? I'm told if you spray some stuff on the outside of the aircon it does the job, but dont know what it is,
any input is appreciated,
best regards,
Dave
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Reply By: Member - Coyote (SA) - Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 15:26

Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 15:26
Kick the dog out....
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Follow Up By: Member - Ian W (NSW) - Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 15:48

Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 15:48
Try Vanilla Spray,
Obtainable from Woolies etc:, come in a pump bottle like Windex.

Turn on the air con and spray it into the intake.
Works fro me

Ian
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Reply By: Member - uncle - Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 17:20

Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 17:20
How old is the van Dave?
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Follow Up By: Dave Thomson - Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 14:38

Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 14:38
It's an 02 Jayco Freedom in as new condition, but has been lying for the last 18 months, owner is 73 y/o and is now giving it the flick,
regards,
Dave
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Reply By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 18:24

Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 18:24
Glen 20 spray and leave the doors and windows open for it to air out. Wash curtains etc.
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Reply By: MP - Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 20:08

Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 20:08
If the smell is coming from fabrics, try Febreze. It worked getting kiddy yoghurt chunder smell from car seats & carpets. I was sold.

Mark
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Reply By: Member - Jiarna (NT) - Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 20:29

Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 20:29
Let the kids (or grandkids as the case may be) in there with a box of matches. Soon no more musty smell!!

Now for a useful suggestion - try the vanilla spray as suggested b4, then leave it open for a day or so to get fresh air into all the nooks and crannies. Maybe even take it for a drive with the windows open - not too fast mind you!!

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John
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Reply By: Derek from Affordable Batteries & Radiators - Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 21:22

Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 21:22
Use it more ofen. LoL

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Reply By: Member - Omaroo (NSW) - Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 21:28

Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 21:28
We leave a "Closet Camel" thingy in ours when it's not in use. It attracts the moisure in the air and deposits it in a retainer so that you can pour it out every so often. Works a treat :)


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Follow Up By: Member - RockyOne - Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 09:17

Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 09:17
Hey ! Thats a clever product..Omaroo..Got to find it if avail out here in the stix..Was going to suggest they buy a Martha Gardener book (No! Not the Burkes Backyard type Gardener) so full of tips..Should have one anyway..Had a few years as a gunner in tanks..Can't beat the smell of burnt cordite to freahen up the air in such a confined space:-)
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Follow Up By: Dave Thomson - Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 14:49

Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 14:49
Hi oomaroo,
I think its Chris your called can you tell me where you got that closet camel and how much ? I watched your thread on the reverse T.V. camera , how'd it all pan out ? I've just paid for one from Hong Kong {$230.00} and hope to have it up and running soon, did you D.I.Y. or have it installed if so how much ?
your info would be great,
best wishes,
Dave
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Follow Up By: Member - Omaroo (NSW) - Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 22:04

Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 22:04
Hiya Dave :)

The Closet Camel lives in the cleaning products aisle at the supermarket in most cases. We just buy ours from our local Woolies.

The camera system hasn't gone in yet. I found that the camera's lens wasn't wide angle enough to be truly useful at the rear, and although it was colour - it was only good during the day. So... I logged on to eBay again and bought (from the same guy for AU$60 including postage from China) another one which has a 120 degree angle of view and has the infra-red leds surrounding the lens for night vision. Bargain! I'll use the other one up front or something... maybe looking at the track ahead right at bullbar height. I'll have to wash it every so often but who cares.

Good luck with yours!

Cheers
Chris

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Reply By: Greiglin - Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 09:32

Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 09:32
Putting a spray in the van will only get rid of the smell temporarily. Unfortunately the only way to get rid of it is to leave the van well ventillated for long periods.... days if possible, wash all surfaces - walls, roof, floors, benches, cupboards inside and out basically everything with a mixture of vanilla and warm soapy water. If you can, wash the covers of the seating etc as well and/or use a good carpet cleaner for that and the carpet if you have it. Wash the curtains if you have them. Elbow grease is the only way and fresh air.
Just a thought but is there a build up of mould behind the fridge area? Any long term build up of a damp situation may cause mould and a bad musty smell.
No pain No Gain........ :-)
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Follow Up By: Dave Thomson - Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 14:44

Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 14:44
No mate the only thing its suffering from is neglect, its as new but has a musty smell, theres no mould or damp anywhere, its never been used and that may be the problem.............
thanks for the input guys,
Dave
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Reply By: Member - DAVID F (QLD) - Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 21:19

Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 21:19
HI eyery one ,
just asked the better half she thinks if you use lavander and tea , we heard it on the radio while we were touring last year thinks it might be green tea.
best of luck let us know if it works , yes and by the way you spray it into the air con,

dave
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Reply By: eerfree - Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 21:52

Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 21:52
Dave
Check there is no dead water laying in the bottom tray of the A/C,wasps have a habit of glueing up the drain hole.

eerfree
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Reply By: noddy - Monday, May 22, 2006 at 10:50

Monday, May 22, 2006 at 10:50
I had a problem with my AUssie Swag camper a while ago .
got a bit smelly, I had made sure the canvas was drry when i packed it away but the canvas rope and peg bag was wet.
as it dried out it got a bit mouldy and this then made the whole trailer smell a bit off.

Nilodour worked for me, half a dozen drops in half a bucket of warm water with a bit of dishwashing liquid in it and wiped down every surface and then left it to dry out before packing up.

Was all good next time we went out.

Cheers,

Dale

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