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Old 09-26-2014, 04:52 PM   #1
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Weíre trying to help a couple of elder women in their 70ís. They live together and teach music from their home. One has developed cancer. They have a 1998 Palomino Mustang pop up camper that has been sitting in their driveway for about 5 years. I offered to clean it up and sell it for them as I know they could use some money for doctor bills. Unfortunately I found evidence of leaks in the ceiling and black mold on it.

I called my local dealer and he doesnít want it. Is it destined for the junk yard? Other than the ceiling, the interior is nice.

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Old 09-26-2014, 05:22 PM   #2
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I'm sure some young aspiring camper would love to get a deal on it. I'd clean it up the best you can and be up front and honest about it. Tell them it's going toward a good cause too.

Mold is not the end of the world. Mold has been around since the beginning of time and people have not dropped dead for breathing it. It seems up until recently when insurance companies and lawyers started running the world did mold become a national crisis...


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My guess is between the roof and the ceiling it's loaded with mold. There are some good products out there for cleaning up mold and they work well. Menards sells some of these products.
That said depending on how bad, it might not be worth it.
Hows the wood on the top sides? These usually rot and crumble.
http://www.menards.com/main/search.h...h=mold+cleaner
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My guess is between the roof and the ceiling it's loaded with mold. There are some good products out there for cleaning up mold and they work well. Menards sells some of these products.
That said depending on how bad, it might not be worth it.
Hows the wood on the top sides? These usually rot and crumble.
http://www.menards.com/main/search.h...h=mold+cleaner
Be aware, mold can never really be "cleaned" up off of a porous surface like wood, etc. You need to clean(treat) then encapsulate it. Thats why the cost is so high. I'd give it a good cleaning, seal the leaks, and inform the buyer.

Or, sell it to a lawyer! Nah, on second thought, those poor elderly ladies would probably not hurt a fly. But, sure would make you feel good, eh!
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That could just be surface stuff. Does it feel like it was wet from a leak? Condensation can do that as well. Check were the canvas meets the roof and under the spots. The edge top area usually gets the worst on a popup. If all the wood feels good clean it up and sell it.
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3 magic words: SOLD AS IS.


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We have school bus's at work that get that on the ceiling sometimes. It seems like a perfect combo of humidity and air temp has to accrue for it to form. Then we call a company out to clean it for a huge bill and we are good till the next time. My point is the ceiling is sheet metal and there is definitely not a leak in the roof. It may be getting "moisture" from somewhere else.


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Do you see the wrinkles? They are soft spots.
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Called a local family that tent camps every year. They looked at it a few months ago but couldnít afford the 2,500 price tag. Ladies were motivated sellers and just wanted to get rid of it even it meant taking it to the junk yard. I offered it to them for $500 and they bought it. I reminded them of the mold on the roof and they said they would take care of that. Done deal!! Everyone is happy.

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