How to Keep Your RV Fresh and Fragrantly Friendly - Blog

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There’s nothing like the smell of freshly brewed coffee wafting through your motorhome or the scent of a spicy pot of chili simmering on the stove. But sometimes RV’s can emit less than pleasant odours that you’d rather not experience. Here are some tips to keep you RV smelling sweet.

Sewer Smells

This is probably one of the most unpleasant odours you’ll come across in your RV lifestyle, pretty much up there with your four-legged friend being squirted by a skunk and rolling about on your bed. Sewer smells often come from poor ventilation. Since your RV black tank is vented through the roof, sometimes wind can force the odours back down into the tank and right into your bathroom. Special sewer vents are available that use the wind to help suck out these odours. Your Alberta RV dealer is sure to have this on-hand.

Drain Smells – Kitchen and Bathroom

If your RV has been sitting a while and hasn’t been properly winterized, water can get trapped in the P-traps in your sinks. Add one-cup baking soda to a gallon of water and pour a bit down all of your drains. Any leftover should go down the kitchen sink so it benefits the gray water tank.

Fresh Water Tank Smells

Your fresh water tank may also emit less than fragrant smells, especially if your RV hasn’t been used for a while. Mixing household bleach with plenty of water and putting it into your RV water system is the best way to get rid of odours. Be sure you drain the mixture out of your fresh-water tank before using. Water filtration systems are available if you have a recurring odour problem.

Clean, Clean, Clean

The best way to have a fresh smelling RV is to keep it clean. Give it a thorough cleaning after each use, including vacuuming, wiping down surfaces, cleaning out the fridge and changing the linens. If your carpets are really dirty you might want to get them professionally cleaned. Travelling with pets? You may want to forgo the carpet in favour of laminate flooring, which is easier to keep clean. On the road consider using air fresheners just like you would in your brick-and-mortar house. For something more natural, a bowl of oranges in the RV kitchen is a fragrant touch, even better because they make a delightfully healthy snack.