There is no finer way to travel than in a glorious new Class A motorhome. From the finest construction materials to all the latest comforts of home, you are sure to enjoy your travels when they are in the comfort of a fine motorhome. However, off-gassing from all the new materials can make you miserable. Fortunately, there are ways to address this problem.
Bake it Out
If the new-motorhome smell is bringing you headaches, you can try to bake it out. Open all cabinet doors and drawers to maximize exposure, then get ready to start the heat. You will open all the doors, windows and vents to maximize the ventilation before turning on the heat. Then put the thermostat to the highest level you can. Once the rig is toasty warm, close all the windows and let the heat soak in overnight. The next day, open the windows and fans to promote ventilation and draw the gasses out. Repeat the process as necessary to remove the odors.
The Lovely Scent of Ammonia
Containing a chemical makeup similar to formaldehyde, ammonia can neutralize the gas. If you are worried about the smell, you can try using lemon-scented ammonia. Place bowls or pans with ammonia into a closed RV and leave it alone for three days. The gasses will be absorbed by the ammonia, so you can enjoy a fresh-smelling motorhome.
Wait for Nice Weather
The best way to eliminate the gasses is to simply air the motorhome out. While this is not realistic in weather that is very hot or very cold, it can work quite well when the temperature is mild. Open the doors and windows, put fans pointing out to help move the process along. If you are using your RV for the first time in very hot weather, try opening the windows and airing it out starting a week before you leave.
Houseplants aren’t just for the house; they’re also handy for the RV. A few small plants in your RV will help absorb the gasses and make your RV more comfortable. Look for bamboo palms, rubber plants or a Boston fern to help make the air in your RV safer.
There is no doubt that a new RV is a wonderful luxury you are sure to enjoy. While the off-gassing that causes that new car smell can be refreshing at first, it can also start to give you a headache after a while. Try airing it out, baking it out or absorbing it out ammonia before you take your next adventure. When you are packing for your trip, be sure to take a few plants with you.