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Old 12-24-2006, 11:11 PM   #15
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Thanks for the encouraging words, Gina. The biggest surprise was finding that the cabinet fell off the wall on the trip. I bought 4 gallons of bleach a while back, then decided it wasn't good for my septic tank. My first round of cleanup won't even cost me anything!

I do appreciate all the advice about the tires. I do intend to replace them and am happy that nothing happened on the trip home. I guess I'll need 3, there is a spare on the back.

James, You are wise to not hold your breath. I've been lookin at eggs for years, and seriously searching for about a year. I want to give this one a renewed life.

If anyone has seen any sites with pictures of a honey, let me know. This seems to have all original equipment, including the upholstery and furnace. Are the furnaces repairable? I haven't needed a furnace camping yet, but who knows?

I noticed the fittings are there for a bunk, but no poles or upper bunk. I also noticed a metal piece to the left of the inside of the door. What is this? Does it cover the inside of the hinges?

Donna, youre welcome to add these pics to the albums if you wish, but..would you rather wait for "after" pictures?

Ok, Im too excited to think about this any more. After all, it is Christmas eve and I have to get up in the morning. Thank you all for all your help, and you can bet I'll be checking all the help forums and keeping in touch. With a little luck, maybe I can make the Oregon gathering this summer.

Merry Christmas, y'all!
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Old 12-25-2006, 12:36 AM   #16
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Oh dear!!!! Linda I have to laugh!!! I can walk you through this because I've been there. You don't happen to be on the Cingular cell phone network do you?

The furnace might actually work. I think furnaces are a good thing.

The metal square tubing to the left of the door is to help support the wall where the door hangs.

I took my bunk out and made a small dinette in front. Many others have done the same and consider it a great mod.

As for the bleaching......take everything out that can't get wet. I took out all the appliances. most of the wiring (it was a MESS), and the front bunk back (there were no other cushions or curtains). I even took out all the windows because they needeed to be resealed. I then jacked it up so the water could run out the door, drug the hose in, put on some gloves and started scrubbing.

The recommended bleach ratio is one part bleach to 32 parts water. Be really careful about the bleach fumes, very bad stuff. Use some fans if you have them. I also scrubbed with 409, TSP, and dawn dish soap. I was lucky it was during the summer so I could wear shorts and a tshirt and get wet. It took several scrubbings. Then I set up fans and a heater to help completely dry it so the mold wouldn't start over again.

Don't you just love your trailer? I love mine too!
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Old 12-25-2006, 02:42 PM   #17
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Lizbeth,
Thanks for the encouraging words and the advice. And yes, I do have Cingular cell service!

I think I will plan this all out, then do the actual cleaning when it isn't quite as cold and rainy as right now. Summer up here hits over 100 regularly and things dry quickly. (Jeans dry faster on the line than in the dryer in the summer) I love the idea of jacking it up so the water runs out. One thing that is impressive is there is so much of it that won't be damaged by some water: the fiberlass table, the fiberglass interior and the cabinets.
I think there are things I can work on before that: making the new cabinet doors, for example. The "laminate" has peeled off and they have warped. I thought wood doors would be nice. Suggestions?

One window will have to be removed, no glass. Im planning now and will probably take time off to work on it later in the year.

One good point: the ice box is in excellent condition. No mold on the inside. Nice yellow color outside.

I have a patch outside which seems to have been painted. Is it better to try to paint the outside bottom or shine it up? I think I may have to paint because the painted patch doesnt match.

All other thoughts are welcome. And I will be reading all the help forum threads that I can.

Thanks again.
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Old 12-25-2006, 06:15 PM   #18
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Whoo-hoo - we'll add our congrats on finding the Egg just right for you, our encouragement re: tires & bearings, and our admiration for your energy in bringing this gem back to life. Hope to see you & the Honey at the Gathering! L 'n D
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Old 12-26-2006, 12:49 PM   #19
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Does anyone know if there is something I can use after I get it clean to help stop regrowth of mold? I know there are paint additives, but I also don't know if I would want something like that in the inside of my trailer. Also, is it likely that I can clean it without having to replace the ensolite? It isn't torn anywhere that I have found yet, its just moldy.
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Old 12-26-2006, 01:23 PM   #20
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Mold needs food, moisture and stagnant air to thrive. Once your trailer is clean and dry it shouldn't be a problem. I painted with Zinsser Perma White paint. http://www.zinsser.com/product_detail.asp?ProductID=35 So far so good.

I personally would try very hard to save the ensolite. Replacing it is a big, hard, expensive job.

You can also rent an ozone air purifier to knock down any remaining mold smells and spores.
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Old 12-26-2006, 02:08 PM   #21
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Linda:
Just a thought here, crawl under there and check all the bolts holding the "Body" to the frame, after sitting so long unattended, they may have rusted badly.
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Old 12-26-2006, 06:34 PM   #22
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Also, is it likely that I can clean it without having to replace the ensolite? It isn't torn anywhere that I have found yet, its just moldy.
Linda, my Navy surplus winter project Scamps interior was encrusted with grime and mold. I washed the Ensolite walls with TSP and then used Tilex mold and mildew remover. It worked great.
Most of the mold was were the Ensnolilte overlapped the floor. I cut the Ensolite back to a point were it does not touch the floor. I think the Ensolite acts as a sponge and does not allow moisture to evaporate. It has been about 3 months and I do not have any mold or mildew.

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Old 12-26-2006, 07:00 PM   #23
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Does anyone know if there is something I can use after I get it clean to help stop regrowth of mold?...
ScotchGuard makes a spray liquid that halts mold growth cold. I bought a spraybottle of it at Lowe's and it works great.

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Old 12-26-2006, 08:30 PM   #24
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Yipee, Linda!

Congratulations on your new boler. I know that you have been looking for a long time. I am glad that this one was meant to be.

I hope to see you at the Oregon gathering.

Good luck and have fun with the cleaning.

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Old 12-26-2006, 10:13 PM   #25
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Merry Christmas Linda!! It looks like you must have been a verrry good person this year. My Love Bug was in the similar condition, I had to drive 950 miles each way and I paid $900. I still consider it a good deal. It will require alot of time and effort but you can fix it up. I washed the Bugs interior with TSP to clean it, followed by bleach to kill the mold and mildew. Use fans to stay safe when using these cleaners. They can be dangerous. Make sure to wear safety equipment such as a good respirator, safety glasses, and good quality gloves to keep the TSP and bleach off of your skin. Also remember to wear old clothes when using the bleach, the clothes will probably be ruined.

One thing that people sometimes forget, when trying to get extra cleaning power, they mix products. DON'T DO IT. Some products can react and give off gasses that will kill you. An example is bleach and ammonia. This is just one combination.

After I got mine clean, I used a primer called Kilz. It contains a mold and mildew inhibitor. I fixed my Bug up 2 years ago and have not had any problems since.

Good luck with the project. It will seem like you are going nowhere for a while but your effort will be worth it.
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Old 12-27-2006, 05:42 PM   #26
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Hi Linda, congrats on your aquisition of the Boler Honey... ..I have one but decaling is different than yours....no bees on mine....you can see it on my web shots site.....Benny
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Old 12-28-2006, 10:55 AM   #27
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Thanks for all the good advice and encouragement. I am so glad to know the mold can be stopped. I had a bit of a mold problem in one bathroom and became ill before I realized it was there behind some drywall. The ensolite being spongelike had worried me, but from the sounds of it, it can be cleaned up and stopped.
It does sound like I might need to replace the window first to be sure I don't get more water and stagnant air.

The warning about mixing chemicals is noted and will be heeded. No point in asphyxiating myself and missing all the good camping!

Bob Cupp, it sounds like I got a really good deal, even in comparison to yours. Im glad I waited.
Conway Bob, we have a new Lowe's opening here soon. I have a feeling I will be a regular customer.
Charlene, thanks for the congrats. I do sorta feel like this was meant to be.
Emmitt, when weather permits, I will be jacking the bug up and checking the underside as well as replacing tires and maybe wheels.
Benny, I'll be checking your pics. Im glad there is another boler honey owner for a resource. (I like my bee decals...I hope they don't come off in the wash!)

Questions:
1. What do you think of adding electric brakes? It seems like a good idea and not too hard to do.
2. I've noticed a lot of folks have put in some sort of "engineered" flooring like pergo or hardwood. Does this help with anything besides aesthetics? My trailer doesn't have any sort of carpet or tile, just sort of a textured floor that appears to be fiberglass.
3. What should I look for to determine if the axle needs to be replaced?
4. How do I reattach the upper cabinets?
5. Any idea how I can get a front window shield/canopy? That is one item that is missing. Or is there a good way to make replacements?

I've been checking all the posts about things people wish they had done, and am duly noting them. I now have to go back through the posts about how to do all the things I think I want to do!

Its supposed to be sunny but cold this weekend. Hopefully I'll get out there and get something done! If not, maybe I'll go buy a respirator.

Thanks again...
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I really like the idea of having brakes. If the existing axle has the flanges to which the brake backing plates attach, then it is easy and I would probably do it., especially if the tow vehicle is less than a full-sized pickup truck. If the axle needs to be replaced anyway, I would definitely get the new one with brakes.

I have laminate flooring in my house. In the trailer, if I had a fiberglass floor (my Boler has sheet vinyl flooring over plywood) I would leave it alone, and make up loose fitted carpet sections which could be easily lifted out for cleaning; I see no advantage another hard flooring product, and I personally don't like the laminate material anyway.
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