Today we cleaned out the Airstream of all of Al’s remaining belongings and pulled out the top (yes there is more than one!) layer of old green carpet. The entire bed of the truck was filled with garbage bags. It was stale smelling but fortunately not too stinky.
It was the first hot day of summer with actual heat index warnings, but we knew we needed to get out as much trash as possible before hauling the trailer to the parking spot we rented for her. And yes our Airstream is a girl and no, she does not have a name yet. The rented parking spot will be her home for the next month or two while we get estimates on concrete parking pads for alongside the garage. More on that later.
Neither Tim nor I were surprised to find mouse droppings in the Airstream since it was parked about 10 feet away from a corn field and it hadn’t been used in two years, but we both feel pretty confident that there are not mice in the trailer any more and all the traps that we found under the beds and in the cabinets were empty. I have a feeling Al battled the mice and killed all the mice, but never thoroughly cleaned out what the mice left behind. We all wore gloves and when the initial cleaning out of his left over stuff was done, I put Fresh Cab mouse repellent bags in all the areas that seemed like possible mouse access points. We feel very confident that as we do more demo and cleaning we will be able to rid the trailer of any remaining proof that there had been mice.
We plan on doing another cleaning the next chance we get and that cleaning will be a big one. We are looking into renting a bagster (which we had great luck with a previous home renovation) or possibly even a big haul away dumpster.
It felt so good to clear out the trailer and I can’t wait to get the parking pad in next to the house so we can have easy access to the trailer and start the more major work. I am most excited to take down the old stained curtains and scrub up the windows. I am most apprehensive about pulling up the carpet. I am nervous about the condition of the subfloor but I know everything will be better when we can demo all the textiles. The curtains and carpet must go. When the textiles are gone, the windows and screens are scrubbed and we can open up all the windows and doors to get a decent cross breeze through the old girl life will be good.