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Old 01-28-2021, 12:23 PM   #1
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1974 31' Sovereign
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1974 Sovereign rodent colony

Hey all-- new here! Just purchased a parcel of land with a 1974 31' Sovereign center bath on it.

Looks like it's been under a carport/awning structure for several years--I'd wager 10 at least.

The interior is mostly ripped out with a lot missing. At some point people used it as a rustic camper as there's a couch, bed, mini fridge inside.

There's also a bajillion acorns and mouse droppings. (were getting in via tear in the lower wrap (banana skin?) and then through flooring around shower drain (which is removed).

The floor seems solid around the edges--can get at about 80% of them and no rot that I could find with a probe.

We're planning on renovating it and leaving it permanently on the land as a short term rental. We have experience renovating a hunting cabin down to the studs and this past summer did a shuttle bus rebuild down to the frame.

I've done some searching for the last couple weeks for info on parking this thing permanently and finding some info but I'm curious if there's better resources. Here are my thoughts. Would love any input:

1) Remove belly wrap and all water tanks (will be hooking up to a well and septic.)

2) As will be used year-round not sure best way to insulate floor--thinking spray foam from the underside once everything is removed.

3) Build out the interior based on our plans (in process).

4) Windows have a lot of flaking inside. Not sure the best way to fix/remove old UV coating. Any thoughts?

5) Plan to remove the roof top A/C and use a minisplit to heat/cool. Any ideas on repairing the hole? Is there a typical roof vent/fan (maxxair?) that fits the hole?

6) Doesn't seem like there's any ceiling leaks but obviously that's hard to tell without removing the interior skin on the ceiling. Would REALLY like to avoid this. Any thoughts on the best way to seal the exterior roof so we don't have to pull the interior skins?

Any other thoughts/advice/resources are greatly appreciated. Here's some pics of the interior as-is.
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