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Old 05-10-2017, 10:06 PM   #1
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Where to look for mildew/mold

Our 2005 17' has that horrid mildew/mold smell. We discovered it as we started to put cushions, bedding,etc back in for a trip next week. We've never had this problem before, we've had the trailer 10 years. We didn't really smell it during the winter, we were in and out using the frig a few times when the house frig. broke. It is stored under a roof, all cushions, bedding, etc. removed, the heater was on a few times.

We've dried it well by running heat on high, aired it, looked high and low for source, cleaned may surfaces and cupboards with a mildew retardant cleaner, but it is still there. Heart breaking, as I have too many health challenges to sleep in it has it is, though it probably wouldn't bother my husband or other folks.

Any ideas of where else to look? I thought other owners might think of places to look we haven't.

Appreciate any help. It means a lot to me to be able to keep the trailer.
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Is there water in all the traps? I'd put fresh water in all the traps, just to get any funky water down into the gray water tank.
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Is there water in all the traps? I'd put fresh water in all the traps, just to get any funky water down into the gray water tank.
Good call Donna, that would be my first check too.
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Thanks Donna (and Hi!). We have run water down the traps several times.
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Ditto. Good call. Run some water in the kitchen and bath to fill those traps.
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Thanks Donna (and Hi!). We have run water down the traps several times.
Is the rubber seal on the toilet closure in good condition? And maybe try some bleach solution down both sinks and shower drains
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Is the rubber seal on the toilet closure in good condition? And maybe try some bleach solution down both sinks and shower drains
Hi: thoer... Good call!!! I found some black mold spots around the toilet seal. A good glug of bleach in the bowl after turning on the water and adding some and it's gone!!! Alf
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Old 05-10-2017, 10:49 PM   #8
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All good suggestions. We'll look again, but we've checked, and cleaned, the shower/toilet enclosure pretty good, it wasn't an area where the smell was particularly strong, and all drains have been flushed well. We use vodka (learned this on re forum yrs. ago) as our 'antifreeze' and we flushed everything out, filled the water tank, and drained it, several weeks ago. I am concerned there could be moisture behind the molded wall however, and there is no way to access that.
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Flush the water heater, just to eliminate it. Are you located in PNW?
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Old 05-10-2017, 11:15 PM   #10
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The water heater was empty over winter, only been refilled about a month, but we will drain again. And yes, we are in PNW. Olympic Peninsula.
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