Repair questions, Needs Immediate attention before I move in
I've taken some pictures of the new TT (1973 Impalla) and am compiling a list of immediate repairs. First it needs a major bug cleansing. Then, will tape and patch walls and paint the entire inside (except the floor) with Kilz; even inside the ugly cabinets. I can live with them for awhile as long as I know they're clean.
Question 1, picture 1 & 2) the A/C works but it obviously needs some work.
It says Kingair on the inside. I can't make out the letters on the top of the RV but I'm not familiar with any brands. It looks like "Continental"? Any guesses? A good cleaning and it's missing some parts. My guess it needs a filter? Where is the condenser, above the ceiling? I think the gasket is still good, no water stains around the unit. Can I get parts for it? Especially the covers that are missing. What should I use to clean it with, obviously it can't get wet... would it be better to replace it? I see a huge range of prices from $100 up. I certainly understand you get what you pay for.
How efficient are these rooftop units? While researching online I've noticed the BTU's are extremely high for such a small space. I currently live in a mobile home (about the same insulation as the RV from what I can tell) and last year I bought 2 5000 btu window units. These kept the 480 sf I use in the MH COLD on a middle setting. The TT is much smaller so it seems to me 10,000 btu's would be overkill and some of those units are 14,000+.
Question 2, Pic 3) A hole on the outside. What the heck was this for? The good news is that I can see fiberglass insulation inside and it looks to be okay. No mold but I can only see a tiny amount of the insulation. The hole is also under the awning. Can I use spray foam sealant to seal the hole temporarily until I can re-clad the exterior?
Question 3, picture 4) Short of removing the walls and floor, how do I find out how the trailer is constructed? I saw a drawing in a brochure for an early 80's Newmar Kountry Aire. Wood construction with 2x2 studs; I am actually pretty impressed with their structure. Would the Impala be similar?
I don't like the way the plumbing is installed. Are there wood trusses? Would they be 2x4 or 2x6? would I be able to run the plumbing through the trusses and out the side of the trailer instead of underneath the chassis?
Question 4, pic 5) Furnace. Is this a normal furnace for an RV? It looks just like the MH furnace, except cleaner and nicer. Can anyone tell me about it? Is it a good one? Any guesses as to the btu output? Maybe find a manual for it?
Question 5, pic 6) The tongue (right?). Rusty, the little lever that clamps onto the ball (term?) sticks something terrible, will wd-40 help or should I use something else. Can I take replace this piece? Everything looks welded. I saw all sorts of tow bars and weight distributors as well as but if this is one solid piece I can't replace anything. I also saw cranks with wheels. But, once again this one is welded. The wheel is missing. I don't think I need the wheel but at the very least a cap on that down tube would be nice.