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Old 05-12-2021, 04:56 PM   #1
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Am I crazy?

Hello all! I am a returning member, and it's been a looooonnnnggg time. If this is not a good spot for this post, please move it...thanks!

I have recently been reunited with my 2002 Montana Mountaineer TT. Very long sad story, but it has been sitting in outdoor storage for 11 years. Upon quick indoor inspection, there were mice (lots of em) at some point. No visible water damage inside. The outside is heavily oxidized, of course. The dealer it is stored at is going to pull it up front, and tell me what I am up against in some areas. My son (who was 2 when we purchased it, and 11 when it was "lost") is very much in favor of restoring/renovating it. Many happy childhood memories there. We are a sentimental bunch.

Am I out of my mind taking on this project??? My first question is for tips on removing the decals and restoring some sense of the exterior finish. Any advice welcome. I will post pics when I have some.
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Dried mouse droppings can be deadly ; Hantavirus ; use caution where ever you find them , spray down with a bleach solution, before trying to clean up.

If the whole unit is solid , restoration MIGHT be worth it .

What's your up front cost ?
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Welcome back to the forum.

You are joining a good group of folks here with good information to share. Read the various threads here and ask questions as they come up or add information if you can.

Everyone needs a good project

Good luck and enjoy the adventure!
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Old 05-12-2021, 07:27 PM   #4
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Am I out of my mind taking on this project???
Yes. Find a similar model if you must do it for your memories.
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Old 05-12-2021, 07:36 PM   #5
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Welcome to iRV2

There are quite a few people that have taken on big restoration projects. When they are completed there is a lot of pride in the final product.

If it’s in basic sound condition and you have the ability to restore it, it could be a great project.

Skip had good advive for treating it before you start working in it.
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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined us!

Hope the restoration goes well.

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Dried mouse droppings can be deadly ; Hantavirus ; use caution where ever you find them , spray down with a bleach solution, before trying to clean up.

If the whole unit is solid , restoration MIGHT be worth it .

What's your up front cost ?
CDC says mouse droppings are inert after one WEEK. However I'd still take precautions and sanitize any surface that they could possibly get to.
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If it is structurally sound, no water damage etc, and if you have the desire, time and gumption to do it, I say go for it. Mouse damage is a PITA but it's not too difficult to clean and repair. The hardest part is getting in to the cabinetry and ductwork. I know this from helping a friend repair his TT after Micky and friends spent a winter in it.

It's a great time to update, modernize and redecorate the rig.
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