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Old 06-07-2009, 01:18 PM   #15
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Lori,

The photos do appear to show that there was moisture in the TT (travel trailer, a common abbreviation) at some point, The wall to the right of the open door may have been either just very dirty or was drenched and is showing residue of dirty water. One can see that the lamp over the gaucho (couch/bed) is, I believe, rusted on the lower half. The wall looks to need only a good cleaning, and the lamp cover can easliy be repainted with something like Rustoleum.

However, what I see in the closet looks as if it could well be mold on the wall, and if such is the case, I would have a mold expert inspect your TT, since if it's on the wall in that closet, changes are very strong that it could be elsewhere, such as within the walls. That would pose a serious health risk, not a good thing.

Perhaps the photos aren't showing that at all, and I am misinterpreting, so, yes, clean it up thoroughly, but I strongly recommend getting it inspected; better safe than sorry (and sick!).

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Old 06-07-2009, 05:46 PM   #16
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However, what I see in the closet looks as if it could well be mold on the wall, and if such is the case, I would have a mold expert inspect your TT, since if it's on the wall in that closet, changes are very strong that it could be elsewhere, such as within the walls. That would pose a serious health risk, not a good thing.
Then again, it looks more to me like the ordinary sculch that accumulates on old Zolatone, which has a rather rough surface. The good thing is, Zolatone is darn near indestructable so you can give it a good scrubbing with detergent and it cleans up very nicely.

As for mold inside the walls, note that unlike home construction materials such as wood and plaster board, aluminum is not fungus-nutrient.
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Old 06-07-2009, 11:34 PM   #17
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As for mold inside the walls, note that unlike home construction materials such as wood and plaster board, aluminum is not fungus-nutrient.
And yet I suspect that wet insulation is able to feed mold, given the usual detritus of dead insects and the odd rodent's old nesting trash.

Like I say, I could be completely wrong, but if it was my rig, I'd want to be sure before going any further...
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Old 06-08-2009, 05:59 AM   #18
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It looks like you have a nice little trailer to work on and enjoy for years to come. I would quickly replace the tires, grease bearings when you pick it up, and make sure the lights work. I'll bet I have one of the original toilets in the barn.

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Old 06-08-2009, 11:22 PM   #19
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Thanks all for your help and suggestions! New tires for sure! It is nice to know just where to turn for help with this thing. (what did we do before the internet??!!)
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Old 07-31-2009, 11:23 PM   #20
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It is an exciting day, today I started the long trip home with the airstream. The tires were replaced, bearings greased and the lights re-wired. I hooked her up and she is so easy to pull!

I was thinking, while I was driving, about how nice it is to know that I will be able to turn here with questions that I know we will have.

You can keep and eye on it here: Airstream Globetrotter Journey
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Old 08-06-2009, 02:31 PM   #21
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She is home, and I am almost rested and ready to get to work. The outside of this trailer is in wonderful condition with no dents. The inside is going to need a lot of love and attention- starting with making her water tight. Anyway, here are a few pictures.
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Old 08-06-2009, 04:22 PM   #22
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She's beautiful! Congrats on getting her home in one piece!

Considering all the past history of the trailer with your family, it will be love, not work, getting her back to smiling condition, like the one on your face in the photo....

We will all help you along the way,
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Old 08-07-2009, 08:00 AM   #23
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Thank you, Carol! :-)
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Old 08-07-2009, 09:19 AM   #24
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This looks like a well maintained and loved trailer. Hope the work goes as well as the trip home.

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Old 07-19-2010, 11:30 PM   #25
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What would I do without the airstream knowledge contained here at the airforums? I keep finding everything that we need to know about everything from the fridge to the sewer.

We have a long way to go but finally did camp in her for a few nights last week.

I thought that I would share some pictures of the upholstery and the air conditioner solution (the triangle continues through to inside, which holds it in place)- as well as one of our first camp.

Thanks all for your help.
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What would I do without the airstream knowledge contained here at the airforums? I keep finding everything that we need to know about everything from the fridge to the sewer.

We have a long way to go but finally did camp in her for a few nights last week.

I thought that I would share some pictures of the upholstery and the air conditioner solution (the triangle continues through to inside, which holds it in place)- as well as one of our first camp.

Thanks all for your help.
Looks real good. How about some more details on that AC solution. Very interesting. Which window?

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Hi Carol,

The window is the street side window between the gaucho and the counter. There is an outlet right under the window which makes it perfect. It is only tree pieces of wood- the bottom, and the two sides. The triangles are cut long enough that they extend beyond the window opening- the weight of the ac unit holds it all in place without connecting it at all. The whole thing is flush with the inside wall, except for the tips of the triangles. We plan to paint the wood to match the aluminum.
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