What we need is a trailer that is pretty much empty with a good floor and axles. Need electrical and plumbing working (plumbing for two sinks back and front). The only electrical things that will be used for now are a anesthetic machine, shop vac and clipper charger. And lights. Plan on using LEDs and the vet thinks with all the windows on most days natural light will be better anyway. We also have a supporter/volunteer who is our county's renewable energy guy. He is looking into grants to turn it solar eventually.
ALL the inside original will go - couches, cabinets, window treatments, dividers. As far as the door, at this point it works. We can worry about it being easy to use later.
We already have sub floor and flooring donated.
Can live with exterior cosmetic blemishes for now, as we have time and $$$ we can fix those. THAT can be multi year as far as we are concerned.
To give you all an idea of where we are now - we do feral cat (wild kitties) SN surgeries in a tack room (a place where we keep our saddles and other horsey stuff) that is about 200' feet of working space - with a space heater, old wiring and plastic over the windows. The electrical needs are fewer than you would guess.
So for us the trailer just like it is, cleaned up and with a good floor, plumbing and electric working is like a palace. BIG so the vet and I could actually have someone else help without crawling all over each other. We could plug it in on my property (we have an RV hook up) and it could work for feral cats.
NOW - the questions are
1. Is there anyone who could come out and do an inspection?
If it truly will cost $10,000 to gut it and get the floor/axles, electric and plumbing working we need to know before we start to rip into it.
2. If it is WAY more to just get it into the order we currently need, what are the odds we could sell it and find a decent maybe smaller shell that will not require as much $$$ or work?
Thanks and sorry but I am not TOTALLY deflated about the project quite yet. I believe what we need and what someone who wants to really get one of these restored may be two different things, but I could be totally wrong.