Originally Posted by Lisasgirl
Thanks! I plan on photographing the entire overhaul process. I have taken some preliminary photos of Baby that are in my album Lisasgirl. She looks even worse now because vines have begun creeping up her tires
. Things grow super fast in the SC heat and humidity. I can't wait to rescue her! lisa
From your pictures, it looks like most important problem to solve is mildew. As you probably know, mildew is hazardous to health and must be eliminated before you can use the bug.
You say you don't know why it ended up that bad. I suspect lack of ventilation, continuous exposure to a damp environment, or both. SC weather conditions are similar to marine environment. Such problems are common on sailboats.
Have a look at http://www.acbsphl.org/Tips_and_hint...nd_removal.htm
Suggestions: First, check for industrial strenght mildew removal product, such as MoldOFF.com, which is much safer to use than common bleach based mold removal chemicals
. Periodic maintenance with good old white vinegar solution helps. It is so extensive that you will have clean into every cavity, not just what shows. If cost of cleaning solution is a big problem you may use an alternate method based on lithium hypochlorite (close relative to domestic bleach, but less dangerous to handle): http://www.suite101.com/article.cfm/boating/31487
All this work is useless if you don't make sure to leave the roof vent and a window open at all times (except on the road). It is only possible if you have a RV vent cover that will keep rain from getting in with your vent opened. If you don't have AC, some dome vent with ventilator may be useful.
Make sure you don't have leaks
that create en entry point that ends up percolating inside.
You have quite a labor of love into your hands !
Good luck !