Howdy once again. Thanks to those who have already answered questions (whether you knew it or not because I've been reading everything I possibly can)
Status: Deposit placed on 1972 31ft Sovereign
Rear Bath. Will be driving to pick it up in 2x weeks.
Concern: When I inspected the trailer I did notice what appeared to be mold/mildew inside it. I wasn't surprised because hey it's been around a while but it never struck me that it could be a big deal, I didn't hardly think about it at all when doing the inspection because I was intensely focused on leaks/floor/frame. I don't even know if it's possible/probable to find an older model without mildew/mold unless it's been stored in a climate controlled unit for the past 20 years? The 2nd night after making deposit I came back home and was reading horror stories until 3am about mold inside people's trailers and it struck me that it's probably a much bigger issue. In retrospect, when I did the inspection there were no standout areas that were absolutely scary looking, no huge black patches but there were bits of it everywhere, on every single wall surface, in the closets, on the seam that runs down the middle of the ceiling, tops of cabinets, etc. My inspection (took place during a monsoon and of which about 2 hours was devoted to checking for soft floors, leaks, frame rot and possible rear end separation) revealed 5x leaks, all of which I believe I can alleviate.
Question 1.) Is it practical to think I can wipe it down with a cleaner, seal all the leaks and call it done or am I going to have to gut the entire interior? I know it's tough for you guys to make a guess but if any of you have had prior experience with mold/mildew I'd like to know what you'd have done in retrospect. Like I said I have read other posts but I'm wondering what you fellas would do in my situation.
Question 2.) Is this metal in the hole on this picture frame? It looks suspiciously like rusted through steel frame to me... It is the inside of the area where the hot water heater was. The hole in the wood is right beside the vent cover. I jammed my phone in there, took the picture but never actually looked at it until now.
I'll be honest I'm considering cutting my losses and looking for a different trailer at this point. I wrote into the bill of sale contract a clause that would allow me to cancel purchase anytime prior to pickup, the seller keeping the $500 deposit. My only objective was to find a trailer for my fiancee and I that WOULDN'T be a major project and if there is recurrent mold that requires gutting the entire trailer to replace insulation and the trailer also needs frame work it would appear that I have failed my objective...