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Old 02-11-2005, 05:51 PM   #1
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'75 Sovereign 31'... what's it worth?

I have an opportunity to buy a '75 Sovereign 31' rear bath model. I know from reading that the rear bath model is less desireable than the other models due to the weigh issue behind the axels of the holding tanks. Everything seems to work save for the furnace and the owner doesn't know what might be wrong as they only used it in the summer months. The plumbing looks good and doesn't leak. The trailer had one small dent in the front of the trailer and I can find no areas of the floor that are soft indicating water damage. I see no areas that are leaking and the PO was not a smoker so it dosen't stink. The owner is asking $4000, but I think it can be had for $3500. Think it might be worth that?

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Old 02-11-2005, 06:52 PM   #2
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Randy,

Welcome to your new home. These forums will give you a wealth of info. We too own a 31' Sovereign rear bath. Ours is a 67. We also have heard of the problems with the rear bath. Our attitude is that if it is something to want to own and if you get a good buy on it, all things can be fixed. We were novices (and still are) when we found ours and realize now that we paid too much for the shape it was in. However, yours sounds well worth the price, especially if all the plumbing, heating and appliances work. If you have checked it our thoroughly and love it, go for it. We love ours, even though we found that it had no furnace when we got it home, also no front couch, and no refrigerator. But, hey, "Moby" is ours and he can be fixed.

Good Luck and continue to ask questions.
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Old 02-11-2005, 07:32 PM   #3
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Based on the prices we saw when we were on the hunt and the discription you gave the price at $3500 sounds good to me, but as the saying goes "Buyer Beware".
Any one of these big ticket items Bad frig, bad axles, bad AC, rotten floor or rear end droop can run into a lot of money real fast.
Floor rot seems to show up close to the wall around the entry door and in the bath area.

Hope it works out for you

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I don't think you could go very wrong for that price. We own a '72 and '78 rear bath Sovereigns and love them. The design works really well for the two of us. You may have issues with 3 or more due to walking through your bedroom to get to the bath. The frames were not made to carry the weight of full holding tanks back there. We just dump them before traveling. Like others have said, understand the issues about the frame sag, rear-end separation and axles which are explained in detail in many other posts, but you certainly can't go too wrong for that price. Good luck!
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