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Old 09-09-2011, 10:49 AM   #29
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Originally Posted by gottatrotter View Post
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!
Looks like termites are really biting you in the AS, huh?

I'm glad you are maintaining a go-getter attitude in the face of all this discovery work that hadn't been anticipated. Just remember, the hubby should be easy to convince to help on this. Just promise him all the new tools that comes with working on an Airstream!!

If you are pulling out the interior skins (which is really one of the easiest steps compared to all the other major parts of a restoration), then you can just replace all the insulation, and you probably should now that you have a rivet gun and all the cabinets removed.
That will alleviate your fears of them hiding there, with the only remaining place being under the subfloor in that insulation. However, if you are soaking that whole area in poison it should drive them away and/or kill them. You could tent the trailer too.

There are unfortunately many people who have started such an undertaking and then given up. The advice I always follow when doing jobs like this is to compartmentalize each of the individual tasks. You can keep a dream in your head of what it's going to look like eventually, but don't even begin to think about how you are going to put all the cabinetry or electrical back in yet. Focus on one or two issues at a time, and you'll never be overwhelmed. Just my 2cents.

Good luck!!

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