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Old 08-10-2005, 03:45 PM   #1
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I am trying to figure out what to do with this 60's to 70's Airstream trailor. It is a mess of mold from the heat being left on and carbonmonoxide being made threw the RV and mositure being trapped..... My father passed away in this trailer and was found six months later. Some people have got together and are trying to clean and fix it up and are dedicated to do what it takes. I would like some GOOD advise on what to do with it or how to fix it back for selling if it is sellable. If not sellable it would be nice to know where it could be sent to for parts or destruction. Thanks
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Old 08-10-2005, 08:02 PM   #2
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I am trying to figure out what to do with this 60's to 70's Airstream trailor. It is a mess of mold from the heat being left on and carbonmonoxide being made threw the RV and mositure being trapped..... My father passed away in this trailer and was found six months later. Some people have got together and are trying to clean and fix it up and are dedicated to do what it takes. I would like some GOOD advise on what to do with it or how to fix it back for selling if it is sellable. If not sellable it would be nice to know where it could be sent to for parts or destruction. Thanks
Well, umm, welcome to the forums.
I think that the trailer should probably be dismantled and scrapped, if for no other reason than the trailer would have a really bad odor problem. It would be worst when it is damp, for obvious reasons. The bacteria that cause the odor will have gotten into the upholstery of the beds, furniture, curtains, anything plastic, even the insulation between the inside and outside shell. I am sorry to say that there is almost no way, short of a complete frame off restoration with the replacement of everything that could absorb odor, a huge, expensive job. Maybe another forum member has an idea, but...
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Old 08-10-2005, 08:56 PM   #3
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Episode 7 of a discovery channel show called Myth Busters addressed a similar issue, dead critters in a closed car. After trying to clean it - they concluded that it was impossible because they couldn't get to every surface where bacteria rested/grew. But - you may be more motivated than they were....

I guess you would have to strip out all the fabric, foam, insulation and other soft goods and then scrub every inch with something to disinfect. A product called Winzyme, kills bacterially caused odors. http://www.winsol.com/odor.htm and is used for these kinds of applications. Good luck
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Old 08-10-2005, 08:56 PM   #4
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No to mention that it would be wrong to sell this to an unsuspecting family with out telling them and once told I am unsure anyone would buy it.


Mabye just tell the truth and sell it on Ebay "AS IS"
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Not to add to an uncomfortable situation, but there may be a legal requirement for full disclosure here. If you know an attorney………

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Death Scene Cleanup

Look in your yellow pages under fire and flood restoration services. There are actually companies out there that specialize in death scene cleanup. Your local police department may also be able to recommend someone who does this.

Other posters have mentioned that you'd need to get rid of everything soft; mattresses, curtains, carpets, etc. This is also correct. Restoration specialists do have special germicidal cleaners and odor controllers. If fluids have gotten into your plywood floor parts of it may have to be replaced or disinfected and sealed.

If you do want to try to do this yourself, search the web to locate the right chemicals, and whatever you do - wear a very good respirator!

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