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Old 09-10-2003, 09:05 AM   #1
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Question Is anyone out there?

Where are all the '73 Sovereign people? I know I'm not the ONLY one. Let's go!
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Old 09-10-2003, 05:31 PM   #2
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They must be hiding with the 73 Globe Trotter people.......
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Old 09-11-2003, 09:13 AM   #3
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At least we're getting the year right!
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Old 09-11-2003, 12:48 PM   #4
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sovereign?

I in my 72 sovereign,you must be getting warmer?
whats in a year!
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Old 09-11-2003, 01:42 PM   #5
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Should have bought a 71 they have more fun

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Old 09-11-2003, 02:52 PM   #6
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73's Just FINE for me.....
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Old 09-12-2003, 07:12 AM   #7
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Tow vehicles

OK guys, now that I have your attention let's start with the questions.

When I bought this AS the jacks were bent. Looked like someone took off without putting them up. I've heard this is from too much weight.

Whatever the reason I need new(er) or repaired jacks. I thought about taking them to a machine shop. See if they could straighten them and maybe do a little angle iron reinforcing.

Have you tried taking them off of yours? Mine have been there since the dawn of time and are frozen. No amount of manpower or chemicals has moved them.

Do I risk drilling them out, or should I cut them off and buy a different type? What are your suggestions?
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Old 09-12-2003, 02:22 PM   #8
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Have any PICS of the mishap....could give us a better idea....Jeff
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Old 09-12-2003, 02:41 PM   #9
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I have a 71 and a 74 ,but no 72 or 73 . One of my levelers were damaged ,fortunately I was able to unbolt mine.I would try using a penatrating oil called PB Blaster http://www.mfgsupply.com/m/c/32-8824.html this stuff works really good .If it doesnt work i would try to break the screws off then drill them out . Mine used self tapping lag bolt I believe they were 1/4 or #12 .
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Old 09-13-2003, 10:30 AM   #10
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IF AT FIRST YOU DON'T SUCEED

Had two 300 lb buddies (we grow them large in S.C.) try to "gently" assist the removal. Used most of the known lubricants. Including that Southern "good for whatever ails you" Coca Cola. Guess I will take you all's suggestions and cut them off. Just was worried what was underneath if I drilled.

Question #2: tow vehicles. I have a '99 6 cyl F-150. Obviously NOT a tow vehicle.

Was thinking about an Expedition to replace our 8 cyl Explorer. But with all the mountains and backroads (we live at the end of the earth) I'm not sure it's heavy enough.

Keep seeing pics of everyone elses tow vehicles. They all seem to be utility trucks or duallys. Guess that's to tow all the extra parts needed.

Problem with those is it's my wife's Explorer and I can't seem to convince her a utility truck is just the thing to haul groceries in.

Anyway, enough of my problems, what about yours?
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Old 02-04-2004, 06:50 PM   #11
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I have a 31' 1973 Soverign International. Bent stabilizer too, but have not addressed that yet for all the other glitches. Doing a complete rebuild (Floor is good) but everything is trash.
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Old 02-29-2004, 01:25 PM   #12
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Can someone tell me what I have?

All I know is that it is a 1973 Landyacht...is that a sovereign or a tradewind or what?
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Old 02-29-2004, 04:42 PM   #13
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Hi RVNutty -
If your trailer is truly 25' from bumper to ball then it is a Trade Wind. I think most Airstreams of this time period were referred to as a Land Yacht.

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Old 05-24-2004, 12:39 PM   #14
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New owner of 31' 1973 Sovereign...

I am new owner of a 31' 1973 Sovereign International that was partially gutted in the interior by the previous owner (the attached interior shot says it pretty well). I would be interested in comparing notes with those of you that are going through the same process as I am.

My first challenge is to figure out what is usable and what needs to be replaced. I have ordered a copy of the service manual and the owners manual from Secretarial Services which should arrive any day now. That should help me figure out what was supposed to be connected to what.

Yesterday I found out that there is a little bit of floor rot on the curb side and that the body appears to have bowed out away from the frame perhaps about 3/4". I am guessing that I will have to at least replace a part of the floor and re-bolt the body on that side. I am pretty sure that I am going to want to remove the belly pan both relative to that problem and to figure out what works and doesn't work underneath.

Here are some questions that I have at this point that I would appreciate feedback regarding:

1.) I have to jack the trailer up to be able to work under it (removing the belly pan in particular. Are there suggested points for lifting that will not conflict with removing the belly pan? I assume the the owners manual will list something about jack points but I don't have that yet. Also I heard that the stabalizer jack locations are not good points for lifting the trailer - is that true?

2.) To remove or replace the bolts that hold the body to the frame will they have to be accessed from below the floor as well as above? I am trying to envision the original assemby steps and I am thinking that the plywood and the belly pan were in place before the body was bolted on. Does that sound right? If so does that imply that the body bolts had some from of captive nut on the frame side?

3.) I think I read on one of the forum postings that I could access the body bolts from the top by partially unriviting the interior panels along the bottom so they could be rolled out a bit. Is this going to be possible?

4.) The fender well material on the curb side appears to be a bit torn where the body had pulled away from it. Is this going to be hard to replace/repair?

Enough questions for now...

Thanks in advance for any help,

Malcolm

P.S. I don't see a spell checker in the reply area. Am I missing something? Also the image that I sent is pretty high resolution - are there guidlines or suggestions for what res should be used for attached pictures?

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