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Old 01-08-2013, 01:15 PM   #57
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Our inner skin took a lot of cleaning - the PO had used it for his poker lair, so the smoke residue was thick and sticky. We ended up having success with engine de-greaser.
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Old 01-08-2013, 07:23 PM   #58
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Yea we don't want to mess with the wiring but we do want to check for rust or anything wrong. And we most likely will redo the insulation. So we should clean the walls before taking them down correct? What would be the best cleaner to use on the walls?
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Old 01-08-2013, 10:22 PM   #59
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I have been using marine clean (by por 15 folks) and TSP to remove soot and smoke damage on my walls. I use a hydrophilic sponge and a scrub brush on the walls. Working pretty good so far.

The inner walls and frame should not rust that much, but re insulating would be a good idea for our Florida heat. Colin Hyde from the VAP was talking about using a foil bubble insulation, it's a radiant barrier topped with fiberglass home insulation.
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Old 01-09-2013, 08:22 AM   #60
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If you don't need to get to the wiring then don't pull the inner panels. We had a 72 with the original insulation in it. The hottest or coldest days never bothered us. The trailer was tight and comfortable all the time. If you must pull a panel just to look then find a panel that is not painted or covered and pull it. Look for one around the kitchen area.
The other area to look at is the bath. I would start here. You're going to have to check the floor, tanks and water lines here anyway. This part of the trailer usualy suffers the worst damage over time. Do you have a wet or dry bath? (wet=drain in the floor with no shower or bath; dry=shower closet or bath)
Do you know what the original floor plan was?
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Old 01-10-2013, 06:52 AM   #61
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I agree with dlb435. I would not take the interior wall panels down unless it were necessary. Just to replace the insulation would not be enough reason for me.

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Old 01-10-2013, 08:30 AM   #62
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Hi guys.
Can't agree more with the Dan and Protohyp.
It all depends on how much are you willing to work on it. $1300 sounds right if the trailer has a title, if it doesn't then is a little too much, specially here in FL where there is a lot of them W/O title.
How far do you need to tow it from the seller's place to yours?
Also We totally understand that there is a lot of work involved on it, but honestly: Unless you buy an already restored AS for about 10K to 15K you will need to work on it regardless.
Now the good news is that with a gutted trailer you have the chance to make it just how you want it, and specially if you guys are planning to full time.
It will all come to 3 things according to our experience:
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3) Is your budget realistic according to your expectations.
You will find plenty of help here, from the right size of drill bits up to other members donating parts that you may need.
This forum is just a great place with amazing people willing to help 24/7, and you will see, post a good question ad 11pm and by 6am the next day you will have few replies.
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Old 01-10-2013, 08:36 AM   #63
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oops....
we didn't know that the thread was already 5 pages....
Congrats! you get any better for that price and delivered!
As you can see this is a great place and everyone is willing to share their knowledge.
keep up the good work!
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Old 01-10-2013, 05:05 PM   #64
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Well the guy sold it from under us...didnt even tell us...so no more Airstream. But we see it as Gods way of providing something better. Thanks everyone for your time...feel like I wasted it now.
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Old 01-10-2013, 05:54 PM   #65
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No advice is ever wasted. This was a great toe in the water opportunity - real enough to ask questions and ponder the answers, without committing you to something that might not have been the best for you anyway. Keep looking and keep asking and Welcome to the forum!
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Old 01-10-2013, 08:17 PM   #66
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That's a bummer. In all honesty you could've probably found a somewhat more intact trailer for that price but it would take just more searching. I think it worked out better. Sounds like the guy was exactly as I suspected and if that AC would've fallen out he wouldn't have dropped the price if it did any damage. You can still go with your plan to save up the 7000.00 and still get a later model that is really ready to be lived in. Hope you don't sway and still have hopes of streamin!
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Old 01-10-2013, 08:57 PM   #67
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Thumbs up Jump on it!

As long as you are willing to earn sweat equity I think you will be OK at that price.I just bought a '72 Excella 500 with a worn-out interior,almost no cushions,no mattresses or drapes,water heater,non-working fridge,two flats,ripped canopy,rotten bath floor and I paid considerably more!
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