Monday, June 27, 2011

You Dirty Rat, and mice, and spiders, and termites, and ants and....

Yuk comes to mind! Along with some other words, we shall not mention in a public forum. We began our new project, the remodel of our 5th wheel camper. It took the better part of Saturday morning, with help from our neighbor, to get the camper moved to its new location; water front property!
We started the demolition of the inside. Removal of the old smelly furniture, flooring and curtain panels in the main living area. We also cleaned the mold and grime off the outside. Here are some before pictures.

It doesn't sound like much, but every nail or staple that held down the old flooring needed to be removed. We found some areas of the floor that need to be replaced. When you go home this tired and this sore, the idea of buying a new unit, seems like a better option. But, then what would we do with our time?!

We headed back out on Sunday, since we are gluttons for punishment, and wanted to get a few more things done before heading back to the same old, same old, of a normal work week.

What seemed like an easy, quick fix basically took the entire day. The refrigerator never really worked, so we wanted to remove it, and replace it with a dorm size unit. Just so we could have some place for cold drinks. Well, what we found sums up the title of this weeks blog. How many synonyms are there for gross, disgusting, and you have got to be kidding me!!! Take a look at these photos.

The nasty spider actually latched on to the Moose's glove (thank God he was wearing his gloves!) and was trying to bite him. The mice as you can see chewed out the insulation on the back of the refrigerator and had made quite a home. They also chewed up the electrical wires, in the last photo, but hard to see. This would have caused a fire, as the wires were touching. So what should have been an easy or somewhat easy change, became a nightmare. The Moose and I worked on the wires, cleaned up the mess, removed the old refrigerator, and are now coming up with a game plan for shelves and a new door for this space.

We left late again on Sunday, and "bombed" the camper for bugs. Hopefully we won't see too many of them in the weeks to come. Just in case, I'm going to "bomb" again next weekend.

Here are the photos of the outside of the clean, newly relocated camper. I'm keeping the inside a secret until it's done. Have a good week!

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