In a past life, I think Tiangong was a rental camper. Based on its tattoos; it has at least been to Oklahoma. I currently have a power washer I can borrow. I thought spraying off the mold would be nice, but I couldn’t stop there. Although definitely not the priority I have started stripping off the old damaged clear coat. The tang scented CitriStrip seems to do the job quite well. I’m glad we didn’t get that Argosy with the thick paint.
We picked this trailer because the exterior was in great shape. It had all the windows and no major damage to the exterior skins. The tail of Tiangong sags; So does the shell around the edges in places. The first step in our renovation is to get the frame beefed up. In order to do that we first have to remove the subfloor so we can see how bad the frame is damaged.
To speed up the survey of the frame I cut holes in between the steel frame. This allowed me to get a look at the frame and still have a little wood to walk on. The old self tapping screws were very securely rusted in place. I tried muscle to remove them and quickly moved on to pretending I was an oil company drilling for black gold and drilled through the subfloor right next to the screw and flooded the mine shaft with WD-40 then let it soak overnight. Perhaps WD-50 would have worked on all of them; I ended up grinding many of them on both sides of the frame and punching out the little pancake of the bolt still rusted in the frame. What seemed like mostly rotten wood was a real pain in the ass to get out.
Like a lot of vintage trailers, ours was mostly gutted when we brought it home. It seems a lot of people start these projects and then give up. The bathroom was gone as was all the furniture except the kitchen sink and stove counter. So that had to go. We also removed the furnace, water heater and the A/C unit from the roof. I think we might replace the rooftop A/C unit with a skylight.
After a few weeks of looking, we have purchased a 1974 Airstream International! $3500, and its a wreck. 🙁 This is either a really bad idea or a really good one. I’m not sure which right now. A different kind of adventure for us, but it’s still an adventure, nonetheless.