Time spent on the road in an RV can bring about many happy memories of sights, sounds and smells. The scent of morning dew and freshly brewed coffee puts a smile on the faces of RV travelers. Unfortunately, unpleasant odors can also build up and create aromas that keep an RV from smelling good. Cigarette smoke, pet odors, old grease from cooking and the scent from a holding tank can put a damper on the appeal of the inside of an RV. Here are some tips to eliminate unpleasant odors in an RV that have accumulated after storage or normal wear and tear. One of the key factors in keeping an RV smelling fresh is by maintaining a good amount of ventilation throughout the living area. Ventilation also helps by keeping a unit cool so that heat doesn't build up and cause a muggy, unpleasant environment. Iowa RV dealers suggest installing a secondary set of vent covers on the roof that will allow adequate airflow but stop unwanted elements such as rain. Aftermarket covers are readily available and are generally easy to install. Musty odors from daily living will be swept out of the RV and produce an environment that's enjoyable to live in. Cooking a good meal brings out delicious smells when food is on the stove. Unfortunately, if those odors aren't vented to the outside of an RV, they will become a permanent fixture. A motor home owner should check his or her manual and determine where the exhaust from their kitchen area goes. The exhaust fan on the range should always be turned on when cooking and exhaust fan doors left open. Certain models of used RV trailers require opening exhaust fan
doors from the outside. If these doors are left closed, the exhaust has nowhere to go and will build up inside the vent ducts. Also, it's probably a good idea to open a window when cooking. This ensures that a gentle breeze will let cooking aromas escape. Iowa RV dealers understand the problems that holding tank odors can cause and have a few suggestions on handling the situation. The problem occurs because wind blows across the vent's escape hole and pushes foul odors back inside via the toilet. Fortunately, there are methods that are effective in keeping unpleasant holding tank odors to a minimum. An RV owner should consider installing an aftermarket product that pulls unpleasant fumes out of the holding tank. A redesigned breather system functions by ensuring that airflow is continuously sucked out of the vent pipe. This solves one problem with holding tanks but still leaves another topic that should be addressed by motor home owners. Holding tanks on used RV trailers take in a considerable amount of waste and confine it to a small amount of space. Most wastewater systems have larger areas and can be flushed with larger amounts of water. Advocates in the industry suggest using enzyme-based treatments that are friendly to the environment. This is an alternative to harsh chemicals that can be harmful to humans and pets. Using strong chemicals inside of a holding tank can create a toxic environment that's loaded with nasty fumes. Pouring more strong chemicals into the mix won't help the situation, but many people think that this is the way to solve the problem. An environmentally safe septic tank treatment solution is safer for the environment and the people that use RVs. Bad odors donâ€™t have to be permanent. If you have any more questions about how to get rid of that stingy odor, ask A Fedderâ€™s Marine and RV professional. Weâ€™re happy to help.