RV.Net Open Roads Forum: Travel Trailers: Dealing with Mold

RV Blog

  |  

RV Sales

  |  

Campgrounds

  |  

RV Parks

  |  

RV Club

  |  

RV Buyers Guide

  |  

Roadside Assistance

  |  

Extended Service Plan

  |  

RV Travel Assistance

  |  

RV Credit Card

  |  

RV Loans

Open Roads Forum Already a member? Login here.   If not, Register Today!  |  Help

Newest  |  Active  |  Popular  |  RVing FAQ Forum Rules  |  Forum Posting Help and Support  |  Contact  

Search:   Advanced Search

Search only in Travel Trailers


Reply to Topic  |  Subscribe  |  Print Topic  |  Post New Topic  | 
Sponsored By:
Peacester

USA

New Member

Joined: 06/12/2018

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 06/12/18 07:55pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hey everyone I've got a bit of a mold problem. I bought a water damaged travel trailer super cheap and understood what I was getting into. Here's my situation I have exposed all the mod and rotted wood I am aware of. I have felt all the walls and floor and can't find any more "soggy" areas. I was thinking of renting a mold fogger from my local home Depot running it and after that shooting mold looking areas with killz primer. Is this enough to deal with the mold?

ScottG

Bothell Wa.

Senior Member

Joined: 02/25/2005

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 06/12/18 08:02pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have never used one of those mold foggers but they get good reviews.
If you proceed, please come back and let us (or me) know how it worked.


Scott, Grace and Wesly
2003 Dodge 3500 4x4, 6 speed Cummins (lightly bombed),
2018 Silver Fox 32A - many mods to come!
H0NDA eu2000i

kerrlakeRoo

Va

Senior Member

Joined: 03/20/2017

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 06/12/18 09:02pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Clean/remove all the mold that you can before fogging.
Fogging with a product like Concrobium encapsulates the mold, but if the mold is disturbed, it can start growing again.

midnightsadie

ohio

Senior Member

Joined: 01/07/2008

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 06/13/18 05:20am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

buy a moisture gun ,then you know for sure if its dry. and remove all rot wood . mold control sounds like a good idea..

garyemunson

Reno, Nevada

Senior Member

Joined: 09/27/2015

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 06/13/18 06:15am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Be SURE you have stopped all the water intrusion or you will be eternally chasing mold. Mold cannot grow in dry areas so it is imperative to find and remove all existing mold and diligently trace back where the moisture came from. You may want to invest in an ozone generator to help clear any residual moldy smell. There will no doubt be traces of existing mold you do not see but it will become dormant and inert if all sources of water have been stopped and ozone will kill the spores as well as knock down the odor. Having one of these devices is a good 'life hack' as once you have one, you will find plenty of times using it will help in RVs, home, and cars. Ozone is deadly to any living thing as it forces oxidation (in effect, cold "burning")
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Commercial-Ozone-Generator-5000mg-Industrial-Air-Purifier-Deodorizer-Sterilizer/152794718350?epid=11011339675&hash=item239346608e:g:nn4AAOSwTQtaEjGn[emoticon]c[emoticon]ther!89436!US!-1

gbopp

The Keystone State

Senior Member

Joined: 08/03/2008

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 06/13/18 06:23am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Borrow, rent or buy a MOISTURE METER. Make sure everything is dry.

x2 on the Ozone Generator.

bobndot

USA

Senior Member

Joined: 08/21/2007

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 06/13/18 07:06am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Wear a good mask plus a HEPA filter anytime you work with chemicals and mold. Spores go airborn when disturbed.
When treating patients for LYME disease, may times mycotoxins are overlooked from people trying to clean mold. Just keep this in mind in case you start feeling sick from a reaction.

you can do a search :
*Which molds have mycotoxins?

Boat owners have lots of experience dealing with mold. Marine supply stores have products available. Places like 'West Marine' .

During the Sandy storm many people spent thousands to companies that ripped them off using bleach which did the job, everybody was happy. Then the mold all returned months later and everyone was not happy. My daughters house was the only house to NOT have mold return. This is how it was done.

When you clean with bleach it kills the mold but spores still remain and do return in time. That's because bleach bonds with oxygen and has no lasting residual. You have to take an extra step to make your effort a lasting solution.

Everything affected gets cleaned first by using soap and water with a little bleach added to it .

Allow everything to dry for 48 hrs.

Amazon sells a Clorox product called 'Proquatinery Amonia' for $71.00 . Research it, read the directions , it's a sanitizer that already comes in a diluted strength. The product sets up a molecular grid to prevent mold from recurring.

It's best to keep the A/C unit on during this whole process because it filters out spores and at the end of this cleaning...change the filter.

Peacester

USA

New Member

Joined: 06/12/2018

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 06/13/18 10:49am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

garyemunson wrote:

Be SURE you have stopped all the water intrusion... You may want to invest in an ozone generator...


I haven't patched the roof up yet but later today the TT will be sitting in a Barn and there is no moister left in this TT we've had 90+ degree days for the last two weeks with no rain. I will be testing the moisture to be safe, and once that's done and I clean up my demo a little I will be starting with the mold Fogger and if I'm not super satisfied with those results I will follow up with a ozone generator.

I'll keep you all updated on my progress and hopefully get some photos going soon as well

westend

Shorewood, MN

Senior Member

Joined: 11/17/2011

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 06/13/18 11:38pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

There are a few fungicides that will work to remove any mold, mildew, or rot. I'd suggest to do some research and find out which are the most effective and cheapest. Concrobium is used by a lot of folks but the data sheets tell me it is TSP and sodium carbonate. Those are cheaper off the shelf as individual ingredients.

FWIW, when I restored my leaking Starcraft, I used bleach, soap, and water. I didn't have a huge mold problem but there was a lot of rotted and discolored wood. I haven't had any problems, since. Oxalic acid (wood bleach) that is found in many deck and fence cleaners does a good job of cleaning up wood, too.

When you have it all back together do a pressurized interior leak test. It will turn up even the smallest pinhole leak.


'03 F-250 4x4 CC
'71 Starcraft Wanderstar -- The Cowboy/Hilton

Reply to Topic  |  Subscribe  |  Print Topic  |  Post New Topic  | 

Search:   Advanced Search

Search only in Travel Trailers


New posts No new posts
Closed, new posts Closed, no new posts
Moved, new posts Moved, no new posts

Adjust text size:

© 2018 CWI, Inc. © 2018 Good Sam Enterprises, LLC. All Rights Reserved. | Terms of Use | PRIVACY POLICY | YOUR PRIVACY RIGHTS