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Old 04-28-2016, 08:29 PM   #1
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I have spent 2 Hrs looking but no luck. Maybe some 1975 Sovereign 31 ft with rear bath owners can help. Daughter is looking at one and I am trying to find out what I have to look for if I have to look at it.

(1) Is this not one with frame problems and rear sag?
(2) Do they have a gray holding tank?

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Old 04-28-2016, 11:40 PM   #2
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Old 04-29-2016, 12:33 PM   #3
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I have spent 2 Hrs looking but no luck. Maybe some 1975 Sovereign 31 ft with rear bath owners can help. Daughter is looking at one and I am trying to find out what I have to look for if I have to look at it.

(1) Is this not one with frame problems and rear sag?
(2) Do they have a gray holding tank?

Thanks from a Squarestream owner,
Hay I still need help. Did not get one answer yet
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Old 04-29-2016, 01:10 PM   #4
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The '75 trailers do have gray water tanks. Some have problems with rear separation but not as much as early '70s trailers. It would be good to open the rear hatch (trunk) door and see if the plywood looks good there. Also especially check at front door and floor under windows.

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Old 04-29-2016, 01:19 PM   #5
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Look for rear separation. If you can't repair it yourself you will spend some money having it done. Check for floor rot. Especially front, rear, and at the door. My 69 rear bath had extensive floor rot front and rear. I would plan on replacing refrigerator, hot water heater, and furnace if it has not already been done. If it still has a functional original ac unit I would recommend keeping it as long as you don't mind some maintenance. I believe the quality back then was much better.
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Open the rear hatch, get an ice pick or sharp screwdriver. Poke along the rearmost edge of you find softwood (which you will) it will need amelioration.


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The AC is a Bay Breeze if original made of industrial strength readily available commercial parts. It's noisy but they run for a long time and can be rebuilt. Make sure you test everything. Water, electric heat and AC. Don't take the sellers word for it that " it all worked when I parked it" it only takes an extension cord power 90% of the stuff in one of these.


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Old 04-29-2016, 01:36 PM   #8
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Check the exterior gaskets, on the windows, entrance door and access doors. Also check the sewer vent pipe cover gaskets, as they last 2 to 3 years.

Also check out the axles. Torsion axles last about 25 years, and then must be replaced. If the trailer was parked for an extended period of time, without being lifted off the ground, then the rubber rods deteriorate even faster.

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Old 04-29-2016, 01:43 PM   #9
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If furnace has not been replaced, would do so as there is prob. with co2 leaks, if reefer and water heater works leave alone, AC is manuf. by Armstrong and nothing as good today, parts are av. if need repairs [but they are one tough cookie], as for rear separation take hold of frame ext. just ahead of back bumper lift up, if does not move or side of trailer lifts or hard to lift, separation should be okay, also can do check by bouncing up and down on corners of rear bumper, you can not see floor by opening rear door as aluminum shelf covers drain valves etc. If rear bath look inside of closet by toilet, pull up carpet as water heater drains into belly causing fiber glass to get wet and not drying out, if wet or rotted there you can pull glass, remove bad plywood, then span aluminum angle next wall to support 1/4 inch plywood [does not have to be fastened down]. Brush kils on floor and patch drop carpet back forget. IMO most rot is caused by fiber glass in banana wraps getting wet and not drying.
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Old 04-29-2016, 10:54 PM   #10
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Thanks all
The owner has had it since1994 and has all records since new.
Since 2010 it has had lots of new stuff than I can list like a new Refrigerator, water heater, AC, heater and even the 8 track player is now a CD player.
What I can not find in records is if the Airstream frame repair has been installed. The way I see it I should be able to see the repair back of the rear axle and that it has bolts in it is that right?
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