Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 05-05-2019, 05:45 PM   #1
Winnebago Owner
 
SLOweather's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2018
Posts: 169
Eliminating the "exhausty" odor in our rear bedroom.

Our 2014 31' Sunstar with the rear queen bed has had a slight problem with the sheets, pillows and blankets smelling slightly of exhaust after a day of driving. The engine exhaust pipe exits the passenger side right in front of the rear tires. The coach never smelled like it, and the bedroom didn't, overtly, but it was there.


In doing some work in the "trunk" under the bed pedestal, I found 3 gaps in the corners that weren't completely covered by the plywood base covering for the bed. The one on the passenger side front was big enough that I could see the underside of the top carpeting, and push my fingers up into the cabin.


I filled all of the gaps with acrylic latex caulk. I had a 4x8 sheet of 1.5" rigid foam insulation on hand. So while I was at it, I emptied the trunk out, cut the foam to fit in 2 pieces, and screwed it up to the underside of the plywood with 2"construction screws and fender washers to insulate the bed and try to mitigate the mattress condensation issue.


After our latest trip last week, I can't really detect the exhaust aroma anymore, so I say it was a success.
__________________
2014 Sunstar 31KE
1988 Suncruiser 31 RQ
1968 Travco 210
SLOweather is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-05-2019, 09:40 PM   #2
Winnebago Owner
 
Join Date: Feb 2017
Location: Denver, CO
Posts: 210
That’s great news. We’ve never had that issue but have noticed some exhaust smell from the generator which has an exhaust on the left side of the rear.
BirchyBoy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-05-2019, 10:02 PM   #3
Winnebago Owner
 
SLOweather's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2018
Posts: 169
Our generator is in the same spot. If you have a similar vintage model with the same windows, here's another trick, which I have posted here before.


The weep slots on the bottom the window frames are cut into grooves in the frames, and are impossible to find covers for. I carefully covered mine with short strips of black electrical tape, taking care not to seal the grooves shut. It's enough to let them drain, but blocks a lot of air intrusion. It also helps a lot with wind noise when driving, especially on the windows up front.
__________________
2014 Sunstar 31KE
1988 Suncruiser 31 RQ
1968 Travco 210
SLOweather is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2019, 06:42 AM   #4
Winnebago Owner
 
Join Date: Feb 2017
Location: Denver, CO
Posts: 210
Quote:
Originally Posted by SLOweather View Post
Our generator is in the same spot. If you have a similar vintage model with the same windows, here's another trick, which I have posted here before.


The weep slots on the bottom the window frames are cut into grooves in the frames, and are impossible to find covers for. I carefully covered mine with short strips of black electrical tape, taking care not to seal the grooves shut. It's enough to let them drain, but blocks a lot of air intrusion. It also helps a lot with wind noise when driving, especially on the windows up front.
Thanks for the tip!
BirchyBoy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2019, 08:09 AM   #5
Winnebago Master
 
Jim_HiTek's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Full time RV'er
Posts: 604
Those gaps would bother me...I think a bit of 0000 steel wool jambed into the gaps first before adding the building materials would have helped keep critters out. Something to think about if they need reworking or you find other gaps.

Rats, mice, any rodent really, will chew through practically any building material and carpeting trying to find food and a warm place to have pups. But not steel wool.
__________________
'02 Winnebago Journey DL, DSDP, 36' of fun.

Visit my RV Travel & Repair Blog at : http://chaos.goblinbox.com
Jim_HiTek is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-14-2019, 11:17 AM   #6
Winnebago Master
 
jerichorick's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Full-timer/volunteer w/SOWERS
Posts: 2,245
Quote:
Originally Posted by SLOweather View Post
Our generator is in the same spot. If you have a similar vintage model with the same windows, here's another trick, which I have posted here before.


The weep slots on the bottom the window frames are cut into grooves in the frames, and are impossible to find covers for. I carefully covered mine with short strips of black electrical tape, taking care not to seal the grooves shut. It's enough to let them drain, but blocks a lot of air intrusion. It also helps a lot with wind noise when driving, especially on the windows up front.
Try one of these:https://www.amazon.com/s?k=rv+window...b_sb_ss_i_1_12
__________________
Rick & Melissa Young & Dawson (RIP), 2011 Meridian 40U, FL XCL, ISL 380HP/DEF, Al 3000 MH, 2014 Honda CR-V, SMI AF1, Blue Ox TruCenter & tow equip.,EEZTire TPMS.
Servants On Wheels Ever Ready. Best job we ever paid to do . (full time volunteers)
jerichorick is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2019, 07:49 AM   #7
Winnebago Owner
 
SLOweather's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2018
Posts: 169
Thanks. Unfortunately, all weep slots are not identical. Even the manufacturer of our windows did not still have the proper covers in stock. And, at 5.1 x 0.5 x 0.8 inches those Amazon covers are way too big.
__________________
2014 Sunstar 31KE
1988 Suncruiser 31 RQ
1968 Travco 210
SLOweather is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2019, 07:57 AM   #8
Winnebago Owner
 
SLOweather's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2018
Posts: 169
Here is another problem I noticed that may have contributed to the problem. The chassis tailpipe ends an inch or so inside the sidewall just in front of the right rear tires. So exhaust gases can swirl up under the wheel well, and rear of the moho.





We were headed out in a day for a trip. I couldn't find a 3" tip extension at Autozone, so, I purchased a coupling instead for $3.


It's better but still probably not quite long enough.



__________________
2014 Sunstar 31KE
1988 Suncruiser 31 RQ
1968 Travco 210
SLOweather is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2019, 08:07 AM   #9
Winnebago Master
 
jerichorick's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Full-timer/volunteer w/SOWERS
Posts: 2,245
Quote:
Originally Posted by SLOweather View Post
Here is another problem I noticed that may have contributed to the problem. The chassis tailpipe ends an inch or so inside the sidewall just in front of the right rear tires. So exhaust gases can swirl up under the wheel well, and rear of the moho.





We were headed out in a day for a trip. I couldn't find a 3" tip extension at Autozone, so, I purchased a coupling instead for $3.


It's better but still probably not quite long enough.



Both issues are sad. We, the owners of these rigs, have been sucker punched by Winnebago IMHO. Winnebago used to be one of the top quality RVs on the road. No longer. That exhaust situation should fall under a safety recall issue. I have never seen a generator exhaust pipe terminate UNDER the RV.
__________________
Rick & Melissa Young & Dawson (RIP), 2011 Meridian 40U, FL XCL, ISL 380HP/DEF, Al 3000 MH, 2014 Honda CR-V, SMI AF1, Blue Ox TruCenter & tow equip.,EEZTire TPMS.
Servants On Wheels Ever Ready. Best job we ever paid to do . (full time volunteers)
jerichorick is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2019, 10:57 AM   #10
Winnebago Owner
 
SLOweather's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2018
Posts: 169
Quote:
Originally Posted by jerichorick View Post
That exhaust situation should fall under a safety recall issue. I have never seen a generator exhaust pipe terminate UNDER the RV.

Heh, that's not the generator tailpipe, that's the chassis engine tailpipe. The generator exhaust sticks out 3-4" beyond the rear bumper.
__________________
2014 Sunstar 31KE
1988 Suncruiser 31 RQ
1968 Travco 210
SLOweather is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
odor


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
ERA 170M, 2017: "Mode Switch" vs. "Disconnector"? bigfatguy Electrical | Charging, Solar and Electronics 0 04-08-2018 11:00 PM
Leak "Drip" "Drip" Kitchen Faucet LeeB Plumbing | Systems and Fixtures 6 04-17-2016 04:40 PM
New CA "clean air" gas pump nozzles don't fit our vehicle ! Scooter General Maintenance and Repair 80 01-12-2016 09:18 AM
"Finally got our throne lowered" Mr Miyagi General Maintenance and Repair 6 03-16-2013 12:24 PM
New XZE Tires - "drifting" "sloppy" feel J&SW Running Gear, Axles, Brakes, Wheels and Tires 16 03-11-2011 10:37 AM

» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Winnebago Industries or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 01:11 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.