Suspicious Fumes From The Vents

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Serah D.'s Comment
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Hi all, l recently g of a new 2019 cascadia. Been wondering why l have been feeling drowsy 3 hrs after l started rolling, for at least 3 days. Then l discovered fumes w which starts immediately l turned on the AC. I took the truck to the shop and they changed the filter. Though smell is not as much as before, l can still smell it the whole th e e dias

Mechanics don't know what's wrong. Any ideas. ......banish the idea of sleep apnea please.

Sleep Apnea:

A physical disorder in which you have pauses in your breathing, or take shallow breaths, during sleep. These pauses can last anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes. Normal breathing will usually resume, sometimes with a loud choking sound or snort.

In obstructive sleep apnea, your airways become blocked or collapse during sleep, causing the pauses and shallow breathing.

It is a chronic condition that will require ongoing management. It affects about 18 million people in the U.S.

Chuck S.'s Comment
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Need to stay on this with the shop. I had an exhaust leak that my company shop never found. finally the dealership fixed it, but I payed a price. I didn't feel good for about a year. These types of problems can end a career.

Susan D. 's Comment
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We have new 2019 cascadias at my company.. I've got 23k on mine now, but anywho, we've had several already with exhaust leaks amongst other problems/glitches inherent in new trucks.

Be careful with this. If it persists get your company to send you to a freightliner dealer. A CO2 detector is also a great idea in a truck. They're cheap and great insurance.

Susan D. 's Comment
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Duh.. make that a CO detector lol. Brain dead this morning as I sit with mechanics on the side of the road getting a blown tire replaced on my trailer. Sucks, but just went through our shop inspection lane 110 miles ago. Crap happens.

Robert D. (Raptor)'s Comment
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Serah D.

Did you get the truck looked at again? That exhaust fume leak could very deadly for you and the other people on the road. Don't let the shop blow you off. Ask if they will send it to the Freightliner's shop for them to check it out. Carbon monoxide poisoning is NO joke. Also get a CO detector as Susan suggested. Then you can prove to the shop that your concerns are real. Best of luck.


Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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I'm obviously not sure about new trucks, but new cars have a burning paint smell for the first few miles, until the paint burns off the exhaust pipe. I would think in a truck one trip would be enough to burn it all off though, and shouldn't happen just when the AC is on

Susan D. 's Comment
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My new truck stank for almost a month, making my throat hurt, and my eyes burn and water like crazy. All those plastic fumes.. even 2 cans of febreeze didn't cure that smell. Luckily the new truck plastic fumes are gone now and it no longer stinks. But those fumes did NOT make me sleepy.. just really whiney lol.


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Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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just really whiney lol.


My boyfriend insists FL smell in general. As soon as he saw my new truck it was "does it smell.better than a FL?" lol

Im gonna get a CO detector now just from this discussion. I always thought i could smell things, but who knows. good advice.

Bird-One's Comment
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What kind of CO detector would be the one to use? I did a brief search and couldn't find many options for a portable one.

Susan D. 's Comment
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Many people don't seem to realize the bunk heaters in these trucks burn diesel from your fuel tank.. after you turn on the heat within a few minutes, you'll hear the heater ignite. The exhaust is right below the sleeper. Any cabin leaks could cause problems with CO and that doesn't even consider a potential exhaust leak.

I absolutely recommend CO detectors in everyone's sleeper. Could save your life.

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