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Old 10-29-2012, 08:04 PM   #11
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Re: Outgassing

We just received our new Escape 19' and it had almost no smell when we opened it the first time while it was still on the delivery truck last Thursday. What we did notice though is when we bring things into the "confined" space we can smell the new stuff. On Saturday we purchased a bunch of plastic shoe boxes which fit well in the overhead spaces and we had a very heavy plastic smell afterward. I hope the trailer also enhances the smell of good wine and barbequed steak!...of course we are pretty excited now!

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Old 10-29-2012, 08:19 PM   #12
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Re: Outgassing

It does seem that smells are more pungent inside the Escape, that is why I lined my closet and under sink area with cedar strips that lock together like a wood floor to form a solid surface. Now when I enter after the unit has been closed I'm greeted with the cedar fragrance.
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Old 10-29-2012, 09:32 PM   #13
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It does seem that smells are more pungent inside the Escape, that is why I lined my closet and under sink area with cedar strips that lock together like a wood floor to form a solid surface. Now when I enter after the unit has been closed I'm greeted with the cedar fragrance.
Jim, you have a detailed mind! I'm thinking of a wine theme for my new Escape 19'. The exterior is burgundy as is my TV and my mind! I ordered a burgundy 12' X 9' carpet for the awning area, have a good low pressure gas fired barbeque to plug into the trailer and numerous places to visit. How can iot get better than that?
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Old 10-31-2012, 10:01 PM   #14
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Re: Outgassing

Thanks everyone -- It sounds like we'll be able to deal. It is interesting that a couple of people noticed that the trailer holds the smells of things that are brought in. A good reason for keeping windows open.
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Old 04-26-2018, 12:09 AM   #15
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Angry Terrible Outgassing!

My wife, Rachel, cannot be in our Escape 21! It was completed January 30, 2018. I picked it up March 21, 2018, parked it and ran MaxxFan and a 20" fan all day with windows open and closed at night. I ran the furnace three times for a couple of hours with the windows closed. Then repeated the airing.

Today was to be our shake down run. The temperature here in Bend, OR reached 82F today, April 25, and she could not even be in the trailer! She started to react right away. She does have chemical allergies, or multiple chemical sensitivities (MCS, for those in the know).

Does anyone know what chemicals are in the components of the trailer? Does anyone know how to speed the outgassing? Any suggestions appreciated!

I've contacted Escape and am awaiting a callback. Rachel has contacted her allergist and she said another 6 weeks - which means we would miss all of the great spring RVing!
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Old 04-26-2018, 05:47 AM   #16
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Wow, she must really suffer in spring and fall, buying a new car must really be hard, or even a house. You could always set up a tent outside... Other than the glue on the vinyl and the curing of the fiberglass, I'm not aware of any other odors. Leaving the unit open will help.
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Old 04-26-2018, 06:03 AM   #17
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Pretty sure it is the curing fiberglass, when ours was new it smelled just like the fiberglass workshop of our local boat builder. If it's parked at home where you can monitor it leave all the windows, cabinet doors, hatches, door, front storage box etc open when the weather is nice. At a year old ours doesn't have any odor but it did smell a bit when new for several months. Perhaps a small air purifier that filters VOCs and other chemical pollutants would help? You may have to look for sites with electric but that would be better than staying home! Good luck.

Just remembered, we did wipe the walls down with warm water after getting home (3 weeks later) and that helped a lot. Maybe something they use to wipe excess glue off the vinyl?
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You can always put a wet dog inside, this seems to override anything else.....
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Old 04-26-2018, 08:25 AM   #19
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The smell from the outgassing is very noticeable when the trailer is picked up. It gradually reduces and will eventually disappear over time. How long it takes till it no longer bothers you is dependent on your level of sensitivity.

Keeping the interior well ventilated is key to minimizing the outgassing odours. The odour in my 19' was quite strong for the first year, and after that most noticeable after the trailer was opened up after sitting for some time with windows and vents closed. Even after several (3-4) years, the outgassing smell was noticeable (to me) after the trailer was closed for some time period. I was fortunate that even when the trailer was new, the odours did not physically bother me or my family, even though they were quite noticeably strong.
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Old 04-26-2018, 09:22 AM   #20
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Charlie: Did you happen to add a memory foam mattress topper? These can off gas something serious because of the flame retardants that are used to comply with federal mattress flammability standards.
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