Originally Posted by yukionna
Thanks, but I think I know why.
The reason is you saw it in person so, as part of that experience, you smelled the interior of the trailer (which smells like mouse).
I know how I felt when I picked up my first shiny trailer, a 17' Silverstreak Chico model (1958). It was decent looking until we could fix it up but one day of sitting in the hot sun and the smell of meese was sickening so without ever spending a night in it we gutted it.
In our case this turned out to be a good thing. It turns out the PO had done some serious short cutting when it came to wiring and plumbing. In one instance the overhead fan in the roof vent did not work - we found out why pretty quickly - it had been wired to 110V - I can't imagine what that poor little 12v
motor in the fan thought as it got it's first taste of REAL electricity but I know it was fried
. It was still wired up though and here we are trying to make it work and the risk of fire came to mind when we found the problem.
Another one was the fact that they had retrofit the plumbing from a later model trailer which had all 1-1/2" fittings and the existing trailer had 1-1/4 fittings. Nothing wrapping enough duct and black tape around the small pipe before jamming them together wouldn't cure, and then more tape over top just to catch any leaks they may have missed. In our case the issues were many as we removed wall panels, mouse nest after mouse nest, and the trailer ended up being gutted right down to removal of the inside curved panels.
Yukionna, yours looks as though it's been well kept, just the little critters got in to it. I was told that the folks who do house restorations after fires and floods can deal quite handily with that problem - it may be an alternative for you. Other than that problem it sure looks like it would look very good hooked up to my '57 wagon.