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Old 04-02-2011, 07:49 PM   #1
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Well, my weekends are shot....

Hello all!!! Been a lurker (non-registered) for a bit now, leeching all the info I could from the you guys before we dropped the hammer and decided to buy our first Airstream (first trailer/RV/Motorhome also, if I'm honest). The search started with us looking for something with a little more character than your normal RV. We looked at ancient Revcon motorhomes, converted Greyhound Highway busses, and the odd sticks-and-staples pull behind. All had their pros (I still want a 1950's GM PD4104 Bus Conversion, lol), but they also had plenty of cons. The diesel pushers and the Revcons had the added expense of maintaining yet another drivetrain, and the non-airstream trailers were either just plain ugly, or the roof was falling off.

So, after a ridiculous amount of searching we came across our new toy (hopefully the pics will be below, if I have figured this posting thing out). She is a 1978 31' Sovereign. She is of the center bath, twin bed variety. We drove 12 hours to Iowa (we are in East Tennessee), hooked her up and came straight back. A 24 hour, 1400 mile, test of endurance to say the least. She towed beautifully on the way home. No issues to mention other than an incorrectly wired 7-pin tow cable that had us flummoxed for the first 20 minutes or so.

Now the real fun begins, i suppose. "Almost" everything on her is original as far as I can tell. She is missing a few items inside. Unfortunately, the original refrigerator was replaced with a more modern one. The entire front couch assembly is gone. as is the rear bedroom nightstand (not sure what else to call it). There are original speakers throughout, but the head unit that runs them has been removed. The front door steps have been lost along the way somewhere. There are a handful of other little interior things.

Against our better judgement we bought it without even testing out the interior appliances or lights, the price seemed right even if they all needed replacing. But, after 1 full day of playing around, I am pretty happy to say that most everything seems to be in working order. Volt meter in hand, all the wiring seems to be in decent shape (should be, I have receipts from the PO for what looks to be a pretty extensive electrical checkup a few years back). Don't have any issues that I can tell with the dreaded "sag". Have yet to pull up any floor panels to check for problems but every inch of the interior feels rock solid to me so far.

Phew......I just realized how long my rant was getting, lol. I guess I am too excited to be posting right now. Let's hope this excitement and the energy it brings can fuel me when I start having the inevitable problems I have yet to
find. Anyway, wish me luck and don't get tired of me yet! I am sure I will have to consult the Gurus here on a regular basis during the next few months.

- Andy
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Old 04-02-2011, 07:54 PM   #2
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Hello, Thunderspud, and welcome to the forums! It looks like you've got yourself a really nice rig there! I'm sure you'll find the forums a welcome place with tons more information that you never knew you even needed!

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Old 04-03-2011, 02:50 AM   #3
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Congrats on the purchase and I agree your trailer looks to be in pretty good shape. Hopefully your repairs will be minimal and you can spend some weekends enjoying it on camping trips.
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Old 04-03-2011, 06:07 AM   #4
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Howdy and welcome to Airforums, Andy! Sounds like you picked real nice trailer for yourselves. And as you already know, as you do your improvements, this is the place to find helps and answers to any and all questions you might come across.

That last picture, the interior, you were on the move when you shot it. If you get bored, take some more interior shots, I'd love to see you more of it.
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Old 04-03-2011, 08:01 AM   #5
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Congrats on a nice find and welcome to the 'Forums. The rear bed models are kinda hard to find!

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Old 04-03-2011, 08:21 AM   #6
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Thanks for the warm greeting everyone. I am sure we are gonna enjoy it. She was definitely not purchased to be parked in the garage. Can't say that we will be doing anything close to resembling full-time RV'ing but a she will make a great weekend warrior. I live entirely too close to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to let her sit.

Thought I would just pop a few more photos on here since the last was a little blurry....
Everything now is completely unmolested since previous owner, so I guess it's as good of a time as any to take a slew of pictures just to remind me how she looked on day one of the journey.
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Old 04-03-2011, 08:24 AM   #7
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Congrats on a nice find and welcome to the 'Forums. The rear bed models are kinda hard to find!

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Thanks for the info!!! Very helpful, as you may have noticed in the pics I was having a rough time understanding how that thing was supposed to work, lol. Just kinda rolled her out enough to let her air out and left her. Working on cleaning the three awnings today actually.
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Old 04-03-2011, 09:08 AM   #8
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Everything now is completely unmolested since previous owner, so I guess it's as good of a time as any to take a slew of pictures just to remind me how she looked on day one of the journey.
I really like the wallcovering in the rear bedroom, Andy! Can you tell if it's original? Of course, the bathroom has that '70s flower child plastic. People make fun of it, but it is tough, and will put up with a lot of abuse.

Our '74 came with a "replacement" refer too, and so far, I haven't been able to sell my wife on getting an LP one. I'm waiting for a time when we have driven all day and don't have a spot to camp where there is AC power. It should be an easier sale then!
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Old 04-03-2011, 10:27 AM   #9
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I really like the wallcovering in the rear bedroom, Andy! Can you tell if it's original?
Well, as far as I can tell that wallcovering is original. It is throughout the trailer except for the lower front area where they have put up some flowery wallpaper (ummm....thats gotta go) and a few blue wallpaper spots that I have no idea why they were put up.

On a side note, I have officially ran into my first bonafied "problem" today. Not sure if I should start a new post or not to describe it. Short version.....all 12v and 110v services seemed to work fine (aside from the odd bulb) then in the midst of taking pictures of the interior today, the entire 12v system went down. All of it. No lights, no pump, no Control Center. Literally like someone turned out a light switch. Checked fuses on meter, no joy. They all seem to be fine. The trailer does not have the original univolt, but rather a 75amp replacement that seems to function properly (based on the meter). So I suppose I am left with the batteries. They look new but it had been sitting for a bit. Guess I'm off to the autoparts sgore for a load test unless someone knows of a magic hidden switch that would cause all 12v to stop functioning.

P.S. - Someone let me know if I should just start a new post.
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Very nice, now the fun begins!
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Well, as far as I can tell that wallcovering is original. It is throughout the trailer except for the lower front area where they have put up some flowery wallpaper (ummm....thats gotta go) and a few blue wallpaper spots that I have no idea why they were put up.

On a side note, I have officially ran into my first bonafied "problem" today. Not sure if I should start a new post or not to describe it. Short version.....all 12v and 110v services seemed to work fine (aside from the odd bulb) then in the midst of taking pictures of the interior today, the entire 12v system went down. All of it. No lights, no pump, no Control Center. Literally like someone turned out a light switch. Checked fuses on meter, no joy. They all seem to be fine. The trailer does not have the original univolt, but rather a 75amp replacement that seems to function properly (based on the meter). So I suppose I am left with the batteries. They look new but it had been sitting for a bit. Guess I'm off to the autoparts sgore for a load test unless someone knows of a magic hidden switch that would cause all 12v to stop functioning.

P.S. - Someone let me know if I should just start a new post.
You might get more technically-experienced eyes on the problem if you post it to the Electrical Forum.
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Personally, I would recommend keeping all your "issues" together in one long post that could be set up in the "by model" sub-forum. This is a popular idea since, while your thread becomes like a blog, it is still on the main part of Airforums and is very easy to see.

That is a help because very time that you log in, you may notice you arrive on the same page; it's call the "portal page". Everyone comes in that way. The posts in there are ones that are either brand new threads, or threads that have had posts made to them recently. So in effect, without spreading your questions across the sub-forums that are by system (electrical, plumbing, etc) they are all together in one spot. People who own the year and model as you will appreciate that.

Plus of course you can also add your travelling posts to it, once you begin towing.

Up to you, but some of the best threads by the top renovators we have are done like that.
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i don't know if i would say your weekends are shot! whether you have her out camping,or are working on her, she definitely has the capability to consume every weekend of the rest of your life but either way you're in great company! HAVE FUN!
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Weekends "Shot" ????

Thunderspud, I wouldn't say your weekends are "Shot", I would say they just got better with your new rig. Looks in great sahpe and what a lucky find. Enjoy her!

Welcome to the forums, a lot of great folks here that know everything!
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