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Hi everyone - must say how much I enjoy this forum & how much it has evolved over the years👍

My latest acquisition is a 2008 caravan, usual features with shower/toilet. It has a quite strong sort of musty (but not quite smell). If it were 'the new caravan smell' that would be fine but it's not: yet is about as strong. I have rubbed my nose in the carpet & upholstery but there is no particular strong point as such though the smell is everywhere. I would at least like to change it a bit or eradicate it which will I think be impossible. After awhile we get used to it but it is very noticeable when first entering the 'van.

So far I have tried sprinkling baking soda over all the fabrics and carpet which I left overnight & have vacuumed off the following day. Interestingly the smell is still in the van with all the furnishings removed. It's is not the toilet as I have completely cleaned & refreshed that plus the smell, is not localised to the bathroom area. I don't think it is an animal/urine smell either.

I'm thinking I need to introduce a new smell to counteract the existing smell but what do you recommend?

I'd like a bottle/bucket of new caravan smell 👍😄Does anyone have some?

I don't want to sell this beauty, the smell is not bad enough to justify that option. I am ventilating the 'van at every opportunity as it is stored at home. It's a Kiwi brand that is well loved, alloy construction, foam sandwhich fill & wallboard panel interior much like the English vans I have owned in the past.

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John. It's not the dreaded D word is it. Seems very close to what you are describing. ...

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Have a look on chemicalguys website, they do loads of sprays etc for deodorising / making smell like new.

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We've always used a small saucer of real sandalwood sawdust which gives our van a nice 'woody' smell. It is naturally a very fragrant wood and if you can't get the sawdust, then try a couple of drops of sandalwood essential oil.

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John. It's not the dreaded D word is it. Seems very close to what you are describing. . . .

Gosh I hope not - it has an alloy frame but still plenty of wood in the construction. I have worked on the furnishings today & found a squab that appears to have had an oil/petroleum spill on it. Quite strong smelling but not I feel the cause of what we have. I have given it a real scrub but the petroleum smell remains. My brother suggests borax & I'm open to any ideas.

We've always used a small saucer of real sandalwood sawdust which gives our van a nice 'woody' smell. It is naturally a very fragrant wood and if you can't get the sawdust, then try a couple of drops of sandalwood essential oil.

 

This is a good idea too thanks; I'll task Mrs Lee to source that - most likely the essential oil where we are

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Can you obtain or hire a ozonenater? We use them erecte smoke and other smells in homes.

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Did you do a damp test on the caravan prior to purchase? If not, do a damp test as soon as possible. If no damp then try and give the wood a polish. Remove all furnishings and leave in the sun. While the furnishing is out, check to see if the smell is still there after a few hours.

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Very sorry but it does sound like the dreaded "D" word, and fairly advanced at that. A damp test and /or blunt screwdriver test should confirm either way.

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Very sorry but it does sound like the dreaded "D" word, and fairly advanced at that. A damp test and /or blunt screwdriver test should confirm either way.

Well due to the overwhelming comments here re damp I pulled up the carpet in the front corner & whammmo

Quite wet & some mould so repairs are under way. Damage confined to the floor as the sidewall framing is alloy thank goodness; I'll have to cut out about a 90cm x40cm section of the floor to effect a good repair & find the leak ☔️ Got a fair idea & will re-seal around a side window frame.

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Did you do a damp test on the caravan prior to purchase? If not, do a damp test as soon as possible. If no damp then try and give the wood a polish. Remove all furnishings and leave in the sun. While the furnishing is out, check to see if the smell is still there after a few hours.

I just had the same thought-clean and polish all the interior cabinets.

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never try to cover a smell until you find the source. Even when you have put this bit of damp to rights, wait a bit and see if there are any other nasty smells

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