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Old 10-06-2016, 09:44 AM   #1
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Chemical smell in RV

We're getting a very strong chemical smell in our 2015 Voltage 3970. It's very hard to describe but the closest thing I can think of that it reminds me of is fingernail polish remover. Could it be coming from one of our A/C units? Anyone have any clues as to what it could be and if it's dangerous for us? Thanks so much!

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Old 10-06-2016, 09:50 AM   #2
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Ammonia? That would be the fridge leaking down, dangerous. No open flame and get it checked out ASAP! To the best of my knowledge the A/C units use a form of coolant that is odorless.


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Old 10-06-2016, 12:06 PM   #3
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You should treat any new of unusual smells as potentialy deadly in a small space like a camper.

The active ingrediant in nail polish remover is Acetone, very strong chemical oder to it. It's used as a thinner and cleaner for some resins.

Acetone will make you "high" before it makes you passout. High concentrations can lead to brain damage and death.

If it's a barn yard smell, that's the ammonia that Aaron is pointing to.

Have you had anyone working on the camper lately, an acetone soaked rag could be the culprit.

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I have been around a newer ac unit that had a major refrigerant leak (Dometic 15k) and can confirm that there is no odor. Only the smell of money leaving my wallet.
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Propane leak? Check the stove burner dials to make sure they're completely off.
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