Pennsylvania does your RV stink?

Have you ever walked into a stale RV and wondered where the smell is coming from? Or are you trying to remove a smell in your RV after a long winter storage? The various smells and odors that form in RVs can be removed and taken care of. Here are 8 tips to removing bad odors from your RV.

1. Sewer Smell in the Bathroom
There are tons of chemicals that eliminate RV toilet odor on the market, each catering to the different ways your tank is dumped. Sometimes they work, and sometimes they don’t help at all! Good ventilation for the black water tank is a must. The tank is vented out the roof of an RV. When traveling down the road, the wind can push wind down through that ventalation pipe, pushing the smell back into the RV instead of drawing out the odor. So…what do you do? You can install a special sewer vent that is designed to suck the odor out of the black tank with only a small breeze. See your local dealership to find out if they carry these special sewer vents.

2. Kitchen and Bathroom Drain Odors
When your trailer is not in use, water trapped in the P-traps under every sink and the shower can grow bacteria, spreading the smell throughout your RV. To keep the smell from forming, mix a cup of baking soda with a gallon of water. Pour the mixture down every drain and then dump what’s left into the kitchen sink so the mixture will go into the gray water tank too.

3. Rodent Odors in your RV
Dead rodents can be one of the worst smells in your RV. To remove the odor, find the dead rodent and remove it. Then scrub the area well, making sure to remove the odor and the bacteria/diseases that might have been left.

4. Bad Smelling Potable RV Water
When your water from your fresh water tank starts to smell or taste bad, it’s time to clean out the water system. The only way to get the fresh water tank system clean is to sanitize your RV water system with a diluted mixture of household bleach and water (make sure to rinse out the bleach mixture completely from your fresh water tank before use). If you keep having bad water issues in your fresh water tank system, consider installing a water filtration system.

5. Smelly RV Carpet and Pet Odors
The best way to remove smelly or pet stained carpets in your RV is to tear it out and replace it with laminate flooring. If you can’t afford to replace your carpet, another option is to get your carpet professionally cleaned. Invest in throw rugs to help keep your carpets clean and fresh as long as possible. You can also get your upholstery professionally cleaned, helping to eliminate any odors on your furniture too.

6. RV Refrigerator & Freezer Odors
To avoid a mildew or stale smell in your refrigerator and freezer, wipe down the inside with soap and water after every trip. Then leave the refrigerator and freezer doors left ajar to allow all moisture to evaporate. Leave either a shallow bowl or a box of baking soda in both the fridge and freezer will also help absorb any odors that may develop.

7. Stale RV Smells from Non-Use
If your RV has sat around for a while without regular use, a stale smell will start to appear. It’s usually smells, on top of smells, on top of smells! All in all…your RV needs to breath! Installing vent covers over the existing roof vents allows you to leave the roof vents open slightly, letting the hot stale air escape. Solar powered vents can also help you draw out the air more efficiently too. Removing the entire stale odor from your RV also involves doing steps 1 thru 6 and cleaning every surface in your RV. There are products on the market that claim they deodorized storage and mildew odors, but cleaning with regular household products work just as well.

8. Propane and Ammonia Odors
These two odors can mean big problems! If you start to smell a strong ammonia odor, the source will be the cooling unit of your refrigerator. The ammonia odor will be strong enough to bring tears to your eyes. There is really nothing you can do to fix it on your own. You’ll need to see the Service Department at your local Dealership, and be prepared for it to be expensive.

Propane odor can come from many areas and sources in and around your RV. Like the propane tanks, stove, oven, refrigerator, water heater, furnace, etc and the all lines that connect these appliances to the tanks as well. In order to detect a leak around the fittings, use a small brush and soapy water. Make sure to have adequate ventilation before you go looking for a propane problem. If you’re ever in doubt, call the Service Department at your local Central PA RV Dealership.

YOUTUBE VIDEO: Watch “How to Control Moisture and Musty Smells in an RV” from Gary Bunzer, the RV Doctor.

 

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**These tips for how to remove odors in your RV came from “RV Odor Problems: How to Remove 10 Different Odors from your RV” written by Curtis in the RV Section on the thefuntimesguide.com website.

Pennsylvania RV owners keep your RV properly sealed.

On your RV regardless if you own a tow-able unit or a motorized one, sealants perform a very important function by keeping water from getting into places it should not get into. When manufacturers build RVs,  they incorporate many different types of sealants, including butyl/putty, black butyl-encapsulated foam, silicone (clear and colored), roof sealant and foam to the places that need it. However, over time, these sealants may become damaged by ultraviolet exposure, air pollution, freezing temperatures and exposure to other elements. That is why it is important to inspect, maintain or reseal your RV. Failure to properly maintain or re-seal your RV may result in serious water damage to the roof and other parts of the RV. For most RV owners, failure to maintain proper seals disqualifies your unit from coverage under the most Limited Warranties.

To ensure that you are properly maintaining and re-sealing your unit, here are a few things you or your dealer’s service team should do:

Visually inspect all seals and sealants, a minimum of every six months. Make sure to check the roof and all four sides of the RV including all moldings, doors, vents and exterior attachments. A quick walk around the RV before leaving may help prevent potential problems during trips and vacations. A little preventative maintenance goes a long way, especially when compared to the high cost of repairs. Another great time to have your RV looked over is during your annual state vehicle inspection(if your state requires your RV to be annually inspected).

  1. Have the sealant replaced if you notice any cracks, peeling, voids, gaps, breaks, looseness or any sign of physical deterioration. Re-seal at least one time each year as preventative maintenance.
  2. Always use the same type of sealant that was removed. Your dealer service or parts manager can help you obtain the correct sealant(s).

If you do find water inside of your RV, be sure to immediately have your local central Pennsylvania dealer check for the source of the leak. If the leak is not fixed, it may result in serious damage to your RV, which may not be warrant-able.

A small amount of time now, can save you a large expensive headache later!

VW Transporter campervan gets electric

I just read this article and wanted to share it with my readers.  What a new take on the old VW camper van.  The Welsh have come up with a quaint, innovative, camper van that is truly inspirational.  What are your thoughts?

Welsh company Overlander Motor-homes brings forth a revolutionary design, the DoubleBack, a sliding pod that extends the interior space of the Volkswagen T5 Transporter van, and practically doubles its size. The add-on seems as a logical compliment to ‘pop tops’ offered by Volkswagen on its camper vans, some 30 years ago. Since then, installing interior height-extenders have been a common practice among camper van enthusiasts, including VW Westfalia camper van and Mercedes Viano Marco Polo.

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Inspired by a desire to deliver a truly spacious and comfortable camper, the T5 DoubleBack delivers the drivability of a camper van along with the extra exclusive space of a motor-home. This electrically extendable rear pod constructed from aircraft industry standards stays tucked up inside the back of the vehicle while you are on the move. Once you stop to settle, the pod electrically extends out to add 2 meters of useable interior space in the rear.

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Featured with two folded legs on the bottom of the pod that extends and gets self-leveled on uneven terrain is able to support over 600 kilograms of weight. T5 DoubleBack comes equipped with a fold-out double bed in the pod, an elevating roof and a kitchenette along with other home amenities required on the road. The whole sliding process is visually impressive, and it just takes 45 seconds.

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The company does customization to make your vehicle just the way you want it. However, it’s still unclear if the pod affects the interiors of the van, but the company claims that a driver and one passenger can be accommodated in captain’s seat, or a driver and two passengers can sit if the buyer selects the bench seat option.

Though, the DoubleBack T5 Transporter van is loaded with features and space, the interested buyer’s pocket also have to be loaded, as this van costs $86,988.

Buying a used or new RV in Pennsylvania

Whether you purchase a used RV or travel trailer in Pennsylvania from an individual or a central Pennsylvania RV dealer, there are certain things you should check before making the transaction. Usually, a dealership,like Lerch RV will repair the RV or travel trailer, if needed, before selling it, so a used travel trailer or a used central Pennsylvania RV dealer  is a better option.

If you are buying a trailer from a private individual, make sure everything works.If the travel trailer or RV comes with a generator, start the generator to ensure it works. Let it run for at least 10 minutes. While the generator is running, check the interior. Turn on the lights. Start the refrigerator if it has the option to run on electric. Check the microwave. Check the faucets to make sure the handles, the shower handle and the drain plugs all work. There may not be water in the tank, but you want to ensure that the handles are not stripped. Some drain plugs have a handle on the spigot or the faucet — these are the things you need to check.

Make sure the toilet operates properly. The flush and rinse sliders — if you have that type of toilet — should operate without sticking, and they should not be loose.

If the travel trailer or fifth wheel RV has an air conditioning unit, turn the air conditioning on to make sure it works. If the heat uses gas, you may not be able to check the heat unless there is gas in the tanks. The same goes for the stove.

Once you are happy that everything works on generator, plug the RV into an outlet if possible. Check to see if everything works with the RV or travel trailer plugged in.

Check in all cabinets for roof leaks. Roof check around the vents for signs of leakage. In most cases, a dealership will repair the leak and fix the water spots on the ceiling, but they may not fix the water spot in the overhead cabinets. Check under the RV or travel trailer to ensure that the floor is not rotting out if it is wood. A lot of older campers were made completely of wood, which tends to rot, especially at the wheel wells. Check the tires. Make sure they have decent tread on them and that the tires do not look dry-rotted.

If you are purchasing a motorized RV, check all the fluids. The radiator should have antifreeze and water and it should be clean. Antifreeze could be green or orange, depending on the type used in that motor. Check the oil. The oil should look clean. Check the transmission fluid. Transmission fluid should be pink. If it is brown or smells bad — transmission fluid has a distinct smell when it is new, and smells pretty nasty when there is something wrong — there could be a problem with the transmission. Check the brake fluid.

Start the RV and take it for a test drive. Make sure the RV shifts correctly. If it has an automatic transmission and shift fine on its own, check it further by manually shifting it through the gears. At a stop, put it in first gear. Move forward. As the rpm raises, shift it into second, than third. You should hear or feel the shifts. If the RV has a tachometer, the tach should drop when you shift the transmission.

When you get back to the dealer or individual that you are buying the RV from, check the oil and transmission fluid again. The oil should still look clean and should not have a frothy look to it. If the oil looks frothy — almost like someone poured milk into the oil — the RV could have a head gasket problem. The transmission fluid should still be pink. Check around all of the hoses and make sure nothing is leaking.

If the RV engine runs smoothly and the fluids look good — and the price is right — you may have just found yourself your next great adventure.

2011 Keystone Sprinter 297 RET-Save money PA

Are you looking for a new RV in Pennsylvania?  Are you looking for a great balance of storage, living space and sleeping capacity?  And are you looking for a great price on your new RV?
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Stop looking, the 2011 Keystone Sprinter 297 RET is what you have been searching for.  The Sprinter 297 RET was designed with the intention of providing the average camper with plenty of storage space, sleeping capacity and living space.  The Sprinter 297 RET can sleep up to eight people comfortably.  As well as store plenty of food and supplies for a good week-long camping trip.  And if you happen to be plagued by bad weather, you will have no worried about spending a rainy day inside this wide open RV.  Introduced as Keystone RV’s first product line in 1996, Sprinter’s goals were simple – Take the suggestions of our customers and make them the origin and foundation of the Sprinter design. As a result of these efforts, Sprinter offers you its proudest distinction between other brands – a product designed specifically to “MAKE CAMPING EASY.”

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The Sprinter 297 RET reflects Keystone RV’s efforts to make your camping weekend as easy and enjoyable as ever.  The Sprinter 297 features a fully enclosed and heated under-belly, an adjustable power A&E awning, motion detector porch light, day/night privacy shades, a home theater system with LCD TV, and dual air mattress sleeper sofas, among other great features.  A full one year manufacturer warranty.  However the best feature of this exciting travel trailer just might be the price; $22,200.  That is a savings of over $3,000.  Come see how Pennsylvania’s largest Keystone Sprinter dealership “Makes Buying Easy”!

Keystone Montana 3665 RE fifth wheel for sale in Pennsylvania.

Are you looking for North America’s #1 selling fifth wheel RV? Look no further, the Keystone Montana is the one.  North America’s #1 Selling Fifth Wheel for ten consecutive years. The right inspiration leads you to achieve greatness whether you are vacationing, adventuring or just relaxing. The Keystone Montana fifth wheel RV enables you to achieve all three at the same time. To do this, the Keystone RV company has designed the Montana fifth wheel to provide you with enduring pleasure over the long haul and in every aspect of the RV ownership experience. Montana builds RVs that inspire the RVing Lifestyle.

You can have a new 2011 Montana 3665 RE, four season fifth wheel camper for only $49,950. This rear entertainment fifth wheel provides you with four season comfort and style.  Complete with Montana’s Hickory Package, Value Package, Moving to Montana Package, and Arctic Insulation Package.  The Montana 3665 RE is a quad slide-out fifth wheel that can sleep up to four people.

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You are sure to enjoy camping in your new 2011 Montana 3665 RE.  Be sure to give Pennsylvania’s largest Keystone RV dealership a call at 800-722-1236 to take advantage of low RV prices.

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Interior Living Area of the 2011 Keystone Montana 3665 RE

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Available at your central Pennsylvania RV dealer.  We have many floor-plans of Montana’s available, but this 2011 Montana 3665 RE is at an exciting low price of $49,950.  Be sure to take advantage of this low price and make this new 2011 Montana 3665 RE your new RV today!

Open Range 386 FLR, a new breed of front living room

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Just like home, spacious front living room.

The Open Range 386 FLR is the newest entry in the front living room fifth wheel RV line up.  This floor plan is every customers “dream come true”! Loaded with every feature and benefit you have come to expect from Open Range.  From the spacious dual slide-out front living room with opposing air bed sleeper sofas and wall hugging recliner, to the step up rear king master bedroom.  What helps to set the Open Range 386 FLR apart from all the other front living room fifth wheels on the market is the storage area under the rear bedroom.  This storage space provides you with an additional 170 cubic feet of exterior storage, on top of the standard front basement storage that is normally found on every Open Range RV.

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The spacious living room features plenty of storage options, an electric fireplace, as well as a 42″ LED TV on an electric lift.  Once the TV is lowered into the storage position, the window in the front cap is exposed to provide you with the natural light that other front living room 5th wheels limit.  The living room includes an area for a comfortable wall hugging recliner.  The iron work railing helps to add a decorative touch to the openness of the living room.

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The front window allows natural light to filter in.

The kitchen is centrally located in the trailer and is as wide open as the living room.  Solid Alderwood storage cabinets and Corian counter-tops await and  beckon your use..  A large side by side, 12 cubic foot gas/electric Norcold refrigerator is waiting to be filled.  The free-standing dinette table expands to accommodate seat six people.

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The step up rear king bedroom provides you with even more interior storage.  Once you enter the bedroom you will first notice the dual sliding glass door wardrobe, six storage dresser drawers, and even more additional wardrobe storage. You have full storage under the king bed as well. With full TV/cable/satellite hook ups located above the wardrobe slide.

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The bathroom will not disappoint you either.  From the large shower with sliding glass doors, a large linen closet and vanity with vessel style sink.  The vanity provides you with ample counter top space and even more storage.

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This exciting new fifth wheel is a new breed apart.  This front living room fifth wheel is a true four season unit, complete with R38 floor and R38 roof insulation.  An automatic leveling and stabilizing system allows for easy setup.  Four 20lb LP tanks provide you with 80lbs of propane over the industry standard 60lbs.  All of this is standard on an Open Range RV.  Take a step into an all new Open Range 386 FLR to experience the new standard in front living room fifth wheels.

Be sure to visit Pennsylvania’s largest Open Range RV Dealership, Lerch RV.