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Old 07-31-2007, 09:20 AM   #1
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How much trash will fit in an Airstream?

Would you believe 2,000 pounds!

Attached is a photo of most of the trash and debris we pulled out of the '61 Ambassador trailer we recently acquired.

The 28' interior of the trailer was filled from top to bottom and front to back with trash and debris. I weighed some of the bags of trash to help with estimating the total poundage.
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Old 07-31-2007, 09:27 AM   #2
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Oh that poor Airstream (and poor you!) Now the recovery can begin...
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Old 07-31-2007, 09:28 AM   #3
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Did you find Jimmy Hoffa in there?
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Old 07-31-2007, 09:31 AM   #4
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Old 07-31-2007, 09:33 AM   #5
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Such a nice trailer, what a shame what it was being used for.....
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Old 07-31-2007, 09:37 AM   #6
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Ewwwwwwwwwwwww! What a waste of a good trailer. Glad you got her so you can nurse her back to health...
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I am guessing that the phrase "Hey honey let's make a run to the dump" was never heard in the household of the PO. Any live stock in that mess?

By the way I seem to have misplaced one Nikes size 11 white. Let me know if it turns up.
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Holy Smokes!!! What a shame. Good on you for rescuing it.
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Looks like one of Judge Crater's missing briefcases in the front of the picture.
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Mouse tale...

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...Any live stock in that mess?...
As a matter of fact there was!

About 125 miles into our homeward trip with the trailer, we stopped for gas and noticed everyone staring at us and pointing at our trailer as we pulled into the station. We did look like the "Clampetts" so I chalked it up to people just gawking at our dirty trailer and proceeded to close my eyes to catch a few minutes of sleep while hubby attended to gassing up. Then the words, "Did you lose your pet mouse?", penetrated my sleep haze. I jumped up and ran out of the truck to see the tail end of a mouse disappearing into the hitch assembly. I cannot even imagine where he was hiding for the last 100 miles of our road trip while we were traveling at an average speed of 60 mph!

We poked around a bit but didn't see the mouse after that so we assumed he abandoned the trailer. We finished gassing up and proceeded the remaining 15 miles to our home. As I was backing the trailer into our driveway with hubby directing me with a flashlight, he caught a flash of movement out of the side of his eye by the trailer hitch. He moved the flashlight over to see what it was and it was our wayward mouse jumping from the hitch assembly and onto the ground. He scampered around in circles for a minute, probably trying to escape the flashlight beam focused on him. A moment later, he disappeared into the tall grass along our property line. We never saw him again.

So, mouse and trailer made it home safely!
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oh yuck, yuck and double yuck. You are a braver soul than I!
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wholly crappe!!!


can't believe you dragged all that home with you.

have you got a way to get rid of it?
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As a matter of fact there was!

About 125 miles into our homeward trip with the trailer, we stopped for gas and noticed everyone staring at us and pointing at our trailer as we pulled into the station. We did look like the "Clampetts" so I chalked it up to people just gawking at our dirty trailer and proceeded to close my eyes to catch a few minutes of sleep while hubby attended to gassing up. Then the words, "Did you lose your pet mouse?", penetrated my sleep haze. I jumped up and ran out of the truck to see the tail end of a mouse disappearing into the hitch assembly. I cannot even imagine where he was hiding for the last 100 miles of our road trip while we were traveling at an average speed of 60 mph!

We poked around a bit but didn't see the mouse after that so we assumed he abandoned the trailer. We finished gassing up and proceeded the remaining 15 miles to our home. As I was backing the trailer into our driveway with hubby directing me with a flashlight, he caught a flash of movement out of the side of his eye by the trailer hitch. He moved the flashlight over to see what it was and it was our wayward mouse jumping from the hitch assembly and onto the ground. He scampered around in circles for a minute, probably trying to escape the flashlight beam focused on him. A moment later, he disappeared into the tall grass along our property line. We never saw him again.

So, mouse and trailer made it home safely!
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have you got a way to get rid of it?
Hope Yuki has trash pick up service in her town.......

If it was our camper we'd need to haul it all to the transfer station ourselves.
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Any treasures found in all that trash?
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Ohh man!!!! That is crazzzzzy!!! Now I'm feeling really bad!
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Wow!!!

That will teach you! Never tell the kids they can camp out in the backyard! They must've had a ball judging from the amount of the leftovers! I guess you won't ever make that mistake again! Or let them invite a few friends over! Afterall they did bring their own snacks! Hope you found the escapee from Mouseville... and his/her relatives that might still be there waiting to slip into your house unnoticed when you open the door to bring out the cleaning supplies! Happy Trails, Ed... Or should I ask.... Can you say Burrow?
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Don't feel bad, enduroryda, as we knew what we were getting into. The owner forewarned us about the debris before we even drove down to look at the trailer.

There wasn't any place for us to dump the contents so we hauled it all home with us. Our thought was it would be easier to deal with at home plus we wanted to take our time going through it so we didn't accidently throw out any "treasures." We did find a few treasures like a bag of original Bargman hardware including the missing door knob lock set, a chrome Bargman shut-off valve for the water, all the cast aluminum bunk bed holders, the cast aluminum dump elbow, and all the parts for the water filter.

The top half of the trash in the trailer consisted of moldy cardboard boxes of papers and books as the original PO was a college professor. The bottom half of the trash was also papers and books but these were deteriorated so much by rodents that I had to use a shovel to remove the debris. Also, there must have been critters larger than mice living in the trailer as we found finger sized scat everywhere.

And then there was the smell...arghh...it was awful. I can't even describe it. The smell permeated everything -- my hair, skin, and clothes. I used a high quality mask with special cartridges which filtered out smell, mold, and dust.
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Someone had been taking their share of cramitol.
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