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Old 01-09-2019, 04:01 PM   #1
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Looking for a cheap tt to make into a lease trailer seen several on Craigslist but most need to be gutted, not a problem but have any of you done it and then had mold or health issues ? Or how should it be done correctly? Strip down to the studs and then re-insulate and go, not looking for taj mahal just a place thatís clean and dry with some bunks for my boys and me. Go


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Old 01-09-2019, 04:03 PM   #2
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I would guess down to studs then back to however you want it set up
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Old 01-09-2019, 04:04 PM   #3
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So many out there have had water damage was wondering bout mold remediation?


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Old 01-09-2019, 04:33 PM   #4
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A buddy and I did this a few years ago. We had an old travel trailer that was structurally sound but pretty trashed inside. We converted it to a simple bunkhouse to be used as overflow sleeping quarters for guests/kids. We tore out all the cabinets, the bathroom, the kitchen, the old gas heater and the built-in beds. We pulled down and discarded all the old paneling and rewired a bit to add some electrical outlets and replaced the ancient light fixtures. We put new bat insulation between the studs then went back up with OSB instead of paneling. What we were left with was an empty box. We already had two twin bed frames and we built two more that attach to the wall and fold up when not in use. Fortunately the rooftop AC still worked. With the extra insulation a couple of ceramic heaters kept it toasty on cold nights.
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Old 01-09-2019, 04:40 PM   #5
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You donít have any pictures of the fold down beds do you ?I was thinking of that same exact plan .if overhead a/c works then we would just use small electric heater and maybe a dit futon bed/couch it space allows


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Old 01-09-2019, 05:02 PM   #6
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You donít have any pictures of the fold down beds do you ?I was thinking of that same exact plan .if overhead a/c works then we would just use small electric heater and maybe a dit futon bed/couch it space allows


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No pics but it was a 2x4 frame hinged to the wall on one side. When folded up the four legs fold into the frame. On those we didn't even use real mattresses - we used foam rubber that was about 4" thick. Probably wouldn't be comfortable for an adult multiple nights in a row but it was mostly used by kids
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Old 01-09-2019, 05:46 PM   #7
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Ok thanks


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Old 01-09-2019, 07:21 PM   #8
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I did this slide in a few years ago. rebuilding an old camper can be really easy and cheap or as expensive as one wants it to be
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Old 01-09-2019, 07:25 PM   #9
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I did this exact thing. I gutted a trailer down to 2x2 studs and the i-beam frame. Re-insulated, ran pex, all new electrical, new floors, rebuilt the slide including roofing, etc.

I wouldn’t do it again.......
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I don't think a little mole will be a problem, we just seal the roof and any where it is leaking. Sleep in deer lease cheep trailers for many years with no problem
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Old 01-09-2019, 09:13 PM   #11
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Iíve slept in some ďreal condosĒ myself but my kids are young 8 and 11 and was worried for them


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Btw, treated the aluminum with mold products and then bleached. Removed and replaced all rotted wood.
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Old 01-10-2019, 07:34 AM   #13
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I did this slide in a few years ago. rebuilding an old camper can be really easy and cheap or as expensive as one wants it to be


Wow thatís a lot of work but came out great


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Old 01-10-2019, 11:44 AM   #14
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Man, looking at some of these projects seems like you might be better off starting from scratch building something on skids or even on a lowboy trailer.
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Old 01-10-2019, 12:15 PM   #15
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Thought of that also ,being retired gives me lots of time during the day while my kids are at school


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if your worried about mold just spray the place down with some Shockwave mold killer. That is what we spray our house with after harvey.
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Just use bleach for the mold.


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I have a pretty small one you can have 16-18' its on a deer lease around Mertzon Tx. Roof Leaks, uses a window unit. Decent shape but small and not fancy. Im sure it will need tires to move it. Never had water to it so no clue about that.
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if your worried about mold just spray the place down with some Shockwave mold killer. That is what we spray our house with after harvey.


Where do you buy it locally


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Old 01-10-2019, 01:10 PM   #20
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I have a pretty small one you can have 16-18' its on a deer lease around Mertzon Tx. Roof Leaks, uses a window unit. Decent shape but small and not fancy. Im sure it will need tires to move it. Never had water to it so no clue about that.


Thanks for the offer have a couple close by the house Iím looking at, if they fall thru Iíll keep you in mind


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Old 01-10-2019, 01:13 PM   #21
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Old 01-10-2019, 01:40 PM   #22
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Thanks Rick looking at a couple around the 25-26 ft mark , as far as cabinets and water , cooktop, oven, just need sleeping area and a place to get in outta the weather if itís cold or raining for my kids I was looking at a window ac and small ceramic heater , thanks.


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Old 01-10-2019, 06:32 PM   #23
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Thanks, fun project and still very useful today.
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Old 01-10-2019, 06:48 PM   #24
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Guys thanks for all the input , lots of trailers at decent prices for what I want and now yíall have given me ideas and info on treating rot and mold without fear of not doing it correctly, keep them coming....


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I did this. Plenty of work, but well worth it to me.

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This is a common misconception, bleach should not be used to clean for mold.
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Old 01-10-2019, 09:19 PM   #27
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This is a common misconception, bleach should not be used to clean for mold.
He is right. Bleach may work on hard, nonporous surfaces for mold but is ineffective on porous surfaces(wood, sheetrock, etc.)

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This is a common misconception, bleach should not be used to clean for mold.


Thanks. I now feel like an idiot. Way to go.....


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Old 01-10-2019, 10:57 PM   #29
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Thanks. I now feel like an idiot. Way to go.....


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What Iíve read in researching is that bleach will kill mold but it wonít kill the spores, not sure how true it is cause I didnít stay at a Holiday Inn


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Old 01-11-2019, 08:36 PM   #30
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Thanks. I now feel like an idiot. Way to go.....


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Dang man, wasnít the intentions......sorry if it came across that way
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Itís a learning experience by us all sharing knowledge,what works and what works better .


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Old 01-11-2019, 10:30 PM   #32
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Thanks. I now feel like an idiot. Way to go.....


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Sorry wasn't my intention either. I'm a plumber and deal with alot of water damage and water remediation companies. Just trying to provide some info based on experience.

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