So, it's been a long time with no work, due to time and money issues, but recently we got to do some.
Over the 4th, we went down to try to remove/salvage a 1970's RV trailer. It was in a swampy field across from a stream that had eroded the base of the roadway down from the top of the hill where the main road is. It also hadn't been used at all for 5-6 years.
I had loaded the bus with all the tools I could think would be useful, plus lumber and plywood to help with moving the trailer. My wife brought my truck, since it's 4wd, so that we could tow the trailer or have a fixed point to winch from in the field if there wasn't a tree handy. It was a great day for a dive, and the bus did well on the hills, even with the engine temp getting up over 200 degrees. It was only 40-some-odd miles in each direction, and we learned that our dog who -always- throws up on car trips didn't in either direction in the bus.
When we got there we saw that it seemed to have sunk down into the muck around it, and noted that it not only didn't have tires, but no rims either. It was on some wooden blocks that had sunk in, such that the springs for the axles were sunk under the muck. And with the erosion around what was the culvert at the base of the hill, we couldn't get the bus or the truck down there (though the road down the hill was in really decent shape).
We quickly realized that, since it had no wheels, and while I could budge it with the come-along and chains, it wasn't going to be towed up to the barn to be dismantled. So, we started to take out the stuff that was worth salvaging.
We got out a LP pressure regulator and shutoff, a LP fridge, a LP furnace, a LP stove/range, stainless sink, fresh water tank (about 50 gal, I'm guessing), water pump, 30 amp AC breaker box, and RV toilet, as well as associated access hatches and vents. My wife and the boy were huge helps with this (the boy got out the furnace, and my wife got out the sink & got me access to the stove), and the boy salvages a whole bunch of the cabinet hardware he could reach. She also started removing clearance lights and such. But one of the things that I'm really happy about is that we snagged a RIVA plaque.
Unfortunately all of this stuff needs to be cleaned up, since there were mice in there (one escaped from the oven while I was working on removing it) and maybe other animals as well. And a lot of it is rusty, though I'm figuring on painting the stove with some high-temperature paint. I'm hoping that the fridge and stove work, as they're fairly important elements. The toilet is actually porcelain, and the works seem good, so I'm guessing I could rebuild it fairly easily if need be.
All in all a really productive day. We would have done more, but it was the 4th and we were slated to see fireworks with some friends, and that all worked out.
Does anyone know if one of the small propane containers (like for a burns-o-matic torch) will have enough pressure/volume to test the fridge or stove, or should I go and just buy myself a 20lb tank? (And no, I can't just steal the one from the grill, I'm strickly a lump charcoal guy.