RV Odors?

What’s that smell? If you have ever asked that question within your RV, you will want to have a plan in place for how you are going to root out and solve the problem of a mystery smell wafting around the cabin of your rig. You aren’t going to have very much fun on your vacation if you have to put up with an unpleasant smell the whole time, so the advice below should help you to eliminate the stink and get your trip back on track.

rv-odorsAir It Out

This might be an obvious point, but it needs to be mentioned because it is so important toward the goal of keeping your RV smelling fresh. Whenever you get the chance, open up all of the windows around your RV and let it air out for a few hours. Of course, you need to make sure it isn’t going to be raining anytime soon when you take this step. Unlike you house, which has plenty of space for odors to dissipate naturally, the confined space of an RV cabin can collect bad smells and allow them to linger for long periods of time. By getting the windows opened up as often as possible, you will be going a long way toward solving any odor problem you may have.

Treat the Upholstery

Even when the odors are gone from the air inside the RV, they may be hanging around in the fabrics that cover most of the interior. To help with that problem, treat your upholstery with a product specifically designed for the task. There are plenty of odor-killing products on the market today, and your local RV store (or even auto parts store) should have several to choose from. By using this kind of product in accordance with the manufacturers directions, you will be able to take another big step toward wiping out bad smells.

Holding Tank Problems

Most likely, if you have an unpleasant odor in your RV, it is due to the smells coming from your holding tanks. Not only can the waste that is being held in the tanks lead to bad odors, but also the chemicals used to treat tanks (by some RV owners) can make the smell even worse. To avoid this problem, be sure to keep your tanks as clean as possible in between trips and treat your tanks with environmentally friendly products.

Also, you may want to look into purchasing a specially-designed vent cap for the top of your tank ventilation system that will allow odors to be taken up and away from the inside of your RV. You want the air to be flowing out of your rig instead of back down into it, but that isn’t always the case with a traditional vent cap. By purchasing a small and affordable aftermarket vent cap to draw air out of your system, you should notice that the odors coming from your tanks are quickly eliminated.

Living in a small space such as an RV will always leave you susceptible to developing unpleasant odors, but there are steps you can take to keep your RV smelling wonderful day after day. As long as you don’t let the problem get out of hand before you take action, there is no reason that a nasty odor has to get in the way of having fun on your next vacation.

Let’s hear your tips in the comments below.

  • I found o to keep holding tank odors down put 5 – 8 gallons of fresh water in your black tank right before you leave with the chemical for the black tank never get an odor from the black tank that way also while you are going down the road the water will slosh around and do a little extra cleaning

  • Some odors that occur while driving are from the GREY water and the P traps on each water source so sinks and shower. I pour some Pure Power Blue down each Ptrap before leaving on a trip. Seems to work.