And the demo begins
Good morning fellows Airstreamers, far and wide. Dbj216 suggested I start a journal of repairs and progress. Good idea.
I live in British Columbia, about 5 hours northeast of Vancouver, BC. Last Tuesday I drove 10 hours to the southeast corner of the province to pick up the trailer. Unlike what I've seen south of the 49th, selection up north is slim at best. Over the past four months, I've seen a handful for sale, and they're usually overpriced. So, with fingers crossed, I went to check the trailer out.
I didn't (really) know what to expect since pictures only show what the seller wants you to see. Well, this old gal was in rough shape. Good body and no broken windows, which was a plus. The interior stank—a combination of old plywood, filthy rug and 45 years of dust.
Thankfully, the brakes were good (no running lights so no night driving) and the brake lights worked. The trailer drove straight and true, no wandering. Got it home the next day and thought, "What the @!?#$ have I done and what exactly did I buy(?)!" Any of you have the save response when bringing home your rig? That was less than a week ago.
The interior is nearly gutted. Nothing works—maybe the fridge. Correction: some lights work and the old convection heater works (although at a mere 30 years of age, I'm sure that'll be going too). Stove might, but it's too dirty to tell. The black tank was never emptied ("Oh yes," said the seller, "tanks are ready to go."), so that was a lovely surprise.
Actually, I'm glad to be gutting it. After these many decades and various owners, I've discovered suspect wiring additions that would never pass any inspection. For that reason alone, I'm glad I've removed the furniture.
The floors are OK, but there is rot in the rear bedroom (under the big window) and to the side of the front door. Quick straw poll folks, but I think I might as well take all the flooring out and discover what lies beneath. No poisonous snakes this far north, but we do have vermin. There is a funky smell in the trailer and not sure if it's the black tank's gift, old plywood, or what.
That's it for today.