Caravan Bedroom Has Musty Smell?

My mum's static caravan is now 8 years old. It's an ABI Arizona. This winter when we closed down we noticed a smell on the clothes in the wardrobe in the bedroom on one side of the room and under the bed and behind the mattress by the headboard on the other side of the room. These places are not wet or moldy; there are no leaks.


We have never smelt this before, can anyone suggest a way to get rid of the smell? We have ventilated the areas well, but still have an odor when you walk in the room. I've also washed and dried thoroughly. We are very clean so it is not from dirt, etc. Can we neutralise this smell? Help please.

By Wendy

Photo of static caravan from driveway.

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February 14, 20130 found this helpful

I have some friends who noticed the same problem with their caravan-I'm sorry to tell you that it did turn out to be a leak. A very small bit of the roof had warped at one of the metal roof seams and was permitting tiny amounts of water from rain AND condensation to seep into the space between roof and ceiling. Their caravan roof was insulated and went mouldy as did a couple of the ceiling tiles.


They were able to fix the seam with a rubber mallet on advice from the man who owns the holiday park. They sealed the seams, replaced the insulation and ceiling panels and haven't had any more troubles.

Meanwhile, to kill the smell, they washed all the walls and the ceiling in that room with a half-half water and distilled (white, malt ok as long as it's white) vinegar. The vinegar odour dissipated and took the musty smell with it. LOL, they said the odour made them hungry for chips:)

Be advised that with caravans finding the place where the leak is happening isn't as simple as going out, climbing up and having a look directly over where you suspect the leak is. You'll want to inspect the entire roof and fascia lines to be sure you don't have a leak over the lounge that owing to an unnoticeable tilt rolls downhill to the bedroom ceiling. You're looking for roof ripples or 'warped' areas.

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