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Well, for us the Katrina saga is over. We sent our 40 ft Pullman 5th Wheel to La. for my 76 year old Mom to live in after Katrina and just got it back. After taking such good care of it, ourselves, and Mom did also, here is the problem. Now it smells like Louisiana Katrina trailers on the inside. I can't get the musty smell out. It is spotless clean, but I can't get that musty smell out. Can someone help me. I don't know if mold got underneath it, though I don't see any, or what. The trailer didn't get wet--it went down after the storm, but it sure smells bad. This is a luxury 5th wheel and I can't show it to someone smelling like this. Help, please? DEB

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MOPPY wrote:

Well, for us the Katrina saga is over. We sent our 40 ft Pullman 5th Wheel to La. for my 76 year old Mom to live in after Katrina and just got it back. After taking such good care of it, ourselves, and Mom did also, here is the problem. Now it smells like Louisiana Katrina trailers on the inside. I can't get the musty smell out. It is spotless clean, but I can't get that musty smell out. Can someone help me. I don't know if mold got underneath it, though I don't see any, or what. The trailer didn't get wet--it went down after the storm, but it sure smells bad. This is a luxury 5th wheel and I can't show it to someone smelling like this. Help, please? DEB
Seems like it has a Water Leak some ware .Did you try filling the water tank ,turning all taps off including the toilet, then turning on the water pump waiting and listen for the pump to come on indicating a loss of pressure (leak) . It make take a inspection of the under side of the trailer to include all plumbing and tanks ,all insulation ,Could water entered from the wheels in transport.? careful inspection of the wheel wells is needed. Inspection of the over hang to include Roof ,any ladders ,rails awning attachments ,TV antenna ,vents ,A/c and any other roof projections .Mold under counters ,in walls ,overhang ,In closets ,storage compartments . Check the fridge door and seal Inside of the box and outside access compartment ,check the fill line to the water tank ,also the city water supply side .Air heat light will work wonders to remove smell ,but if its mold causing the smell it must be killed and removed and that a job. I hope you find the cause of the smell LOL Skipper entry level over fifty years.


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I think that the high humidity in La. has a lot to do with it. There is so much moisture in the air along with living full time in the trailer, cooking, showering, doing dishes, ect, adding more moisture, that the moisture just condenses all over the inside and never has a chance to dry out, and then MOLD grows. That is your MUSTY smell. How do you get rid of it? The only way is to get rid of the mold. But how do you find all of the mold? 64 thousand dollar question. I would google MOLD REMOVAL and see what comes up. There has to be experts out there that know the answer. As a side note, we stayed in New Orleans once in a motel and I stepped out of bed, barefooted, and the floor was real damp and the manager said, that is the way it is with the high humidity. I have never been back. Good luck in finding a solution


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If you cannot find a water leak, call a professional cleaning service. You will need to shampoo all soft surfaces in the rig, carpet, couches, etc. You would be surprised how they can hold odor. Companies like ServPro deal with these types of issues all the time. They have ozone machines they can leave inside for a few days and they will get rid of any smell. Years ago, we inadvertently left a gallon of milk in the car in the summer. Yep, it exploded. Was really nasty. With cleaning, then the ozone machine for a couple days, totally got rid of it. If your trailer doesn't have vent covers, you might add some and leave the vents open to air. We leave ours open all the time, even a little when we're in it in the winter. It cuts down on condensation and stale odors. Hope this was helpful and good luck!

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We were once told by a home inspector, while looking over a house for us, that if you used open containers of ground coffee it would rid the house of the musty odor.....not sure that I would make coffee with the stuff afterwards though


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I bought a trailer like that once. No sign of leakage, but smelled musty. Got a good deal on the trailer & I heard a solution of bleach water would take care of it. I did that, meticulously wiping every inch of the inside with that solution, and it took care of it. Smell gone. It had a brief smell of bleach but that also went away.

If there's mold in the walls, where you can't get to it, it's a bigger problem.


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There are some Fresh Wave products out there that are highly regarded by some. However, it sounds like the smell is so severe that only the drastic measures as previously suggested will work. Use the Fresh Wave to maintain the clean smell afterward.


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If you can't find any leaks get an ozone generator and run it for a few days. It kills mold, germs, and odors.


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Might be worthwhile to check the A/C unit coils for mold as well as inside & outside the duct lines. Look for any growth or discoloration. We ended up spraying Fosters 40-20 anti-fungidical protective coating on the inside & outside of our duct work at the house. A/C units run under high humidity conditions can cause moisture to collect on duct work just like a cold glass of water has water running down the side of it. A dehumidifier can greatly assist as well


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IF you have mold in or on the duct work: Fosters 40-20

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