Spring is in the air! Now is the time that most customers are returning to or removing their RV's from storage for the camping season. Along with many questions on how to get your RV ready, maintenance, etc., you may also encounter questions regarding irritants that can cause allergy symptoms from the unit being closed up for a period of time. One of those irritants in question may include formaldehyde.
Formaldehyde is a chemical not new to the RV or other industries.
It is used in many products including carpeting, paneling, shelving, plywood, draperies, and fabrics used in clothing, such has denim. Other airborne pollutants such has campfires, cigarettes and cigarette byproducts, cooking and carbon monoxide can have higher concentrations of formaldehyde than a recreation vehicle.
Due to the many other factors that affect the RV environment, it is difficult to distinguish what is causing the possible irritating symptoms. Therefore, it is very important to properly ventilate a recreation vehicle under any circumstance. Also, pay close attention to the climate the unit is located in. In areas of high heat and humidity, ventilation is imperative not only for the indoor air, but also for appliances.
As always, please refer to the unit owner’s manual regarding specific guidelines as well as suggested maintenance.
Until Next Time - Happy & Safe Camping!
RV City Service Manager