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Rid Your Luxury RV or Motorhome of Odors
By Curtis Ross - From the Archives
September 6, 2015
Summertime is almost over and the days are growing shorter. You have just spent the summer on the road in your luxury RV or motorhome. All the travels and adventures have also brought along with the memories various odors that once sparked fondness of the places you’ve just visited. So, prior to storing your RV for the winter or before setting out on winter travels, you may want to get rid of some of the odors that will no longer spark a fond memory the next time you prepare for a trip.
The following are tips to help eliminate odors so you can enjoy your ventures as you create new travel memories.
Clean the Air
The first step is fairly obvious: Air out your RV or motorcoach. Open up the windows and turn on the exhaust fans.
For refrigerator odors that linger long after your last trip, use leftover coffee grounds. Place a cup of coffee grounds inside the refrigerator and let it sit for about 24 hours. The coffee grounds will absorb the stagnant smell.
Tackle Tank Odors
Cleaning out the gray-water and black-water tanks before storing your RV can help avoid an unpleasant sewage odor. However, even a pre-storage cleaning may not eliminate all sources of stench.
Unless the tanks are perfectly clean, you can still have some kind of residual odor. The best thing is to turn on all the water taps in the the shower and sinks, then run the toilet for a minute to let fresh water get back down inside the tanks.
If the odors are persistent, flushing a bag of ice down the toilet and driving for six to 10 miles can help scrape black tanks clean. Otherwise, pour some outdoor bleach down the commode to eat up the hard stuff sitting on the bottom.
To proactively address odors throughout the camping season and before putting your RV or motorhome into storage, use a product, like a probiotic, that is specially designed to keep tanks fresh and sewer odors under control. To find the right product to use inside your tanks, visit the Lazydays pars department online or at the Lazydays Tampa and Tucson departments. For more information, one of our parts experts will be happy to help you select the appropriate product to help clean your tanks.
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