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Old 03-24-2007, 09:03 PM   #1
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Mother of all Rat Nests

I just picked up a 64 Ambassador today. Thought any gross out fans might enjoy this photo. Acually the whole coach is like this and the seller told me he took out 6 wheelbarrows of rat poop. I did get a good deal
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Old 03-24-2007, 09:16 PM   #2
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I CERTAINLY hope you got a good deal.....next to free! Is there any damage other than what must be the mother of all odors? You must really love Airstreams to want this one.

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Old 03-24-2007, 09:20 PM   #3
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Surprisingly it doesn't stink. The shell is in really good shape. It has the original split rims and I'm guessing tires. Considerable water damage to the furniture but the floor feels solid. Everything else inside is basicly intact. Must have been years and years of rats, but they have been gone for some time.
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Old 03-24-2007, 09:48 PM   #4
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hi marshall

please be very careful cleaning out and cleaning up that trailer...

given you are in new mexico, i'm sure you have heard or hanta fever...

there are a variety of nasty infections associated with rodent droppings and nesting areas....

masks, gloves, eye protection, a hat and disposeable jump suit taped at the wrists and ankles and water misting to keep down dust...

in fact i'm not sure how to safely and completely clean out that unit....

i hope you are aware of this issue....

for others google it

Hantavirus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

or visit the cdc website or contact your local health dept or ag extension office...

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Old 03-24-2007, 10:03 PM   #5
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Here's a shot of the exterior.

I have a industrial respirator I will use for clean up. Hanta virus is carried by deer mice, mainly in the 4 corners area but there have been a couple of local cases.
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hi marshall

well just so you are aware of the issue...

many more cases have likely happened that were minor or self limiting and go un reported.

as i understand it,

ALL new world rodents have been found to carry viral infections that can be transmitted via their droppings...

there is a lot not yet understood about this general group of infections...

so anyone cleaning out a seasonal trailer or building should take precautions...

have fun with the redo!

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Old 03-24-2007, 10:20 PM   #7
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That's just nasty!
Are you going to pull the belly pan and the interior walls? I bet you will find tons of stuff between the walls and under the floor as well.
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Old 03-24-2007, 10:42 PM   #8
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Marshall,

As 2air' noted, the hanta virus is a killer. It's more widespread than you may believe. In the interior of British Columbia a young teen died two or three years ago from this.

We had a '58 Silver Streak Chico that had been redone, then parked in a field for two years and it got moused out. They got right up into the insulation in the walls and it was heck of a mess. I couldn't imagine what it would smell like inside on a hot sunny day after being closed up. We took it right down to the outside walls excepting the end caps and my neighbor who bought it from me and is completing the restoration took them out and sure enough, they little buggers had been up in there too.

It looks like you got a decent trailer out of the deal.

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Marshall, even though you are using an industrial resperator be sure that if you use your shop vac that your running the hose inside and the vac unit outside. Otherwise you'll be recycling the finest of particles for inhalation or absorbsion later.
I've worked with bats and hanta and histo plasmosis (sp) are risks associated with their droppings.
I have a felling that he smell will come back when the temp. and humidity return... Especially in the water damaged furniture.
The exterior looks like a nice polish project. Are you planning a restoration or a restomod?
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Old 03-25-2007, 07:54 AM   #10
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Thanks, for all your advice.

I'm not sure what the Ambassador holds in store for us quite yet. I'm still working on restoring my Tradewind so taking on the Ambassador would be down the road and be a few years before I could complete it. This coach literally fell into my lap at what I think was a real good price and my thinking is I can't loose no matter what I end up doing.

After I clean it up a bit I may sell it, or polish and then sell it.
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Old 03-25-2007, 08:59 AM   #11
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Hey Marshall,

Every flat surface in my Bambi II had about 14" of shreddings, poop and broken acorn shells.

After shoveling the big stuff out the door into an awaiting dump truck, I then filled the Shop-Vac 29 times with the remaining mess ( yes, I counted ).

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It was so bad that I didn't even want any photos.

After about 3 hours into the cleaning, I found the 12" rat that was still living in my trailer. I then spent another hour evicting him.

That rat was sure living large until I came along.
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