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Old 08-31-2011, 10:27 PM   #15
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There is a company that does restorations in Ohio, though I can't remember their name right now.
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Perhaps P&S Travel Trailer Service, P & S Travel Trailer Service, Helena, Ohio, is the name of the company. They are excellent folks and do PRIMO work.........God bless........Dennis
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Old 09-01-2011, 08:37 AM   #16
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your words of encouragement and the revelation of repair costs through the factory have given me new determination to tackle this project myself. I will have to swallow my pride and bring in some muscle from the hubby and sons (all of whom doubted my ability to begin with). but in the end she'll be great. Planning to gut it first, then strip off the lino tiles to get a better look. Not tearing out any floor until I get an experienced opinion. Hosed it with poison, but I'm worried they may still be in the insulation. Hoping i can maybe get away with a partial replacement. thanks for all the support!
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Old 09-01-2011, 08:45 AM   #17
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Every job like restoring a trailer, remodeling a house or anything else like these, starts with excitement followed by "what have I done?" Then it is time to figure out what to do first, learn and ask for help. If the family is all working at it, it will be the family's trailer.

Once it is gutted, taking off some of the inner skin should reveal the extent of termite infestation and the condition of the insulation.

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Old 09-01-2011, 10:56 AM   #18
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You can do it! You got a great price in that trailer. also check out threads regarding Shell ON Restorations. Several people have done them with lots of success. I would replace that floor though. Good luck!
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Old 09-01-2011, 11:48 AM   #19
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update....removed cabinet to expose the root of the swarm. they seem to have come up through a mesh covered vent in the belly. the previous owner(s) added many weird stacks and faucets, and I wondering if this was added by them or should it be there. I'm worried about reinfestation...thinking I should at least add a layer of screening over it (is that enough?). Also, really wishing I hadn't parked it so close to my house now that I have termites. Unfortunately, the rims were sent off for sandblasting so I can't even move it......very unhappy husband. nothing moving in the floors, they're either dead or in my garage.
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Old 09-01-2011, 03:25 PM   #20
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If that screen vent is on the floor behind the reefer it may be stock, our 63 had one to allow air flow around the coils.

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forgive me, but what's a reefer? Its just under the cabinet between the sink and the front door, and is mounted on the underside of the belly. should it be that open...the mesh is about 1/4". not going to stop a bug.
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Sorry....60's term.

Lets try "fridge"

It allowed cool air into the area behind the fridge to cool the coils.
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Not to panic.

Termites are easily eradicated. There are two basic kinds. Drywood and subterranean termites. If the trailer sat for a long time, the subs come up from the ground making dirt tunnels up your tires, jack stands, etc to the wood. Without a moisture source, they won't live without going back in to the ground unless there are leaks in the trailer keeping them alive. Drywoods fly in through a crack and bore in to wood. They can survive in the existing wood and will leave piles of what looks like sand. It is actually called Frass, which is really excrement and they toss it out of kick holes. I like to say it is ... "From their A$$". Either way, a treatment of Termidor (available online) sprayed on your floors and soaked in will do the trick. Termites make caverns in wood. Easily filled with epoxy, or even just pouring carpenters glue in the holes.

If they have done extensive damage, the wood will just fall apart. Many times it is still solid and can be filled. If you are walking around in there, it is probably OK. Usually water does as much damage.

How do I know all this? I renovated a bungalow that had been infested with both types of termites and had them in my storage mobile home... and while between real jobs, worked for a termite company.

As far as you getting them in your home... if they are drywoods and swarm (fly off in the hundreds to thousands) and get in your home, you could have problems. They are harder to stop or detect.

You'll be OK. First dig in see if you can find live ones. They look like maggots. Then, KILL THEM!
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forgive me, but what's a reefer?
A reefer is a place where you put lots of ice cream so you can eat it all after you smoke a reefer. Same word has different meanings. I haven't seen a thread on how to fix a broken reefer that you smoke, but many on the kind that keeps ice cream and beer cold.

Is that all clear now?

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thanks gene...got it. I think you're all right. I does appear to be a reefer vent. now that a new reefer is going in i'm hoping it's no longer necessary and I'm planning to close it up. Any objections?
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thanks gene...got it. I think you're all right. I does appear to be a reefer vent. now that a new reefer is going in i'm hoping it's no longer necessary and I'm planning to close it up. Any objections?
I would try it first. When we replaced the fridge in our 63 I was able to make the opening smaller but when closed off completely performance suffered. Try duct taping it over little by little keeping track of reefer temp.

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thanks gene...got it. I think you're all right. I does appear to be a reefer vent. now that a new reefer is going in i'm hoping it's no longer necessary and I'm planning to close it up. Any objections?
I would not close it up. The vent hole is there to allow air to travel up the back of the fridge and out the chimney above. They work on evaporation by passing air over fins on the back of the unit (kinda like you car radiator). If there is no air flow the fridge will not work properly. You can buy a solar powered vent fan that attaches to the back of the fridge to aid in creating airflow.
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thanks gene...got it. I think you're all right. I does appear to be a reefer vent. now that a new reefer is going in i'm hoping it's no longer necessary and I'm planning to close it up. Any objections?
You definitely do not want to cover up the fresh-air intake for your refrigerator vent. Restricting the air flow will definitely impair the efficiency of your absorbtion refrigerator. That floor vent helps to create the chiminey effect that allows your absorbtion refirgerator to function properly. The option is to cut a vent panel in the side of your coach (much like what is used in some of the new Airstreams) which is something that most Vintage Airstreamers don't want to consider. Proper sized screening will prevent bugs from entering through the air intake.

Good luck with your coach!

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P.S.: When my new Dometic refrigerator was installed, the original opening was maintained with new stainless steel mesh screening being installed over the opening. Ten years later, and the refrigerator still performs flawlessly and no problems with bugs entering the air intake.
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