If you have ever had a mysterious stink inside your RV, you need to have a plan for how you are going to find the source and get rid of a nasty smell inside your rig. An unpleasant odor can really spoil your vacation. Take the below advice to help you eliminate that nasty smell, and get your vacation back on track.
Air Out the Rig
This might be obvious, but it needs mentioning, as it is very important for keeping your RV smelling fresh. Whenever you can, open up all the windows in your RV, and let in fresh air for the day. Of course, don’t do this if it’s raining, or there is extreme wind or a dust storm. The confined space of an RV cabin can collect bad odors, linger for a long time. Opening the windows as often as you can, will keep you ahead of the game when it comes to any odor problem you have.
Treat Your Upholstery and Go to the Laundromat
Treat your upholstery with a cleaning product, preferably organic, designed to clean and deodorize fabrics. Also, take anything that can be put into a washer to the laundromat; that includes your dog’s blankets, throw rugs, towels, bedding, and your dirty laundry.
Holding Tank Issues
If you have a nasty odor in your RV, most likely it’s due to smells coming from your holding tanks. Not only can the waste in the tanks lead to bad odors, but the chemicals used to treat the tanks can sometimes make the smell even worse. To avoid this problem, be sure to keep your tanks as clean as possible; rinse the black tank out after every dump, and treat your tanks with environmentally friendly products.
Also, you may want to get a specially designed vent cap, for the top of your tank ventilation. That will draw odors up and away from the inside of your RV. You need to have the air flowing out of your RV, instead of flowing back down into it; that doesn’t always happen with a stock vent cap. An affordable, aftermarket vent cap, such as one with a fan, will quickly eliminate bad odors.
Look for Dead Rodents
This may not be something you want to acknowledge. However, if you do a lot of boondocking, or camping in natural settings, there is a possibility that mice, or even rats, can get inside your rig. If you have a rodent problem, DO NOT set out poison! The critters will only crawl off to die inside your walls, where you won’t be able to get to them. Set traps, and check the traps every day!
A small space, such as an RV, will always be susceptible to unpleasant odors. Luckily, there are positive steps you can take to keep your RV smelling fresh every day. As long as you don’t let the problem get out of hand, there’s no reason that a nasty odor has to get in the way of fun on your next vacation.