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Old 01-27-2004, 08:52 PM   #1
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'76 Sovereign vs. '76 Overlander

I received "Ready To Roll - Celebration of the classic american travel trailer" today. There's a picture of a 76 Sovereign in there that is Identical to our OVerlander...what's the difference...just curious.

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Old 01-27-2004, 08:57 PM   #2
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In the 70's the names had to do with the lengths. The Sovereign was a 30/31 foot unit, your Overlander is a 27. The window layout may be the same, but if you look closely you should see that the window in front of the door is larger than on your Overlander.
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Old 01-27-2004, 09:04 PM   #3
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Well I feel stupid. I usually enter the length of the overlander. Who knew..

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Windows

I may be wrong but I dont believe the windows are the same. I have had both units and there are major differences.

Sovereign can be had with rear bed, Overlander-middle twins only

Sovereign will have three to four windows on curbside,
Overlander, two to three

Sovereign, two windows in living room on streetside
Overlander one window in living room on streetside

Sovereign may have wrap around front window
Overlander does not.

Just my .02 cents

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Full sized bed

Right about the window, but full size bed in mid trailer.
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can you even tell in this awful picture. pretty isn't it?
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cabinets opposite bed in mid cabin
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Ooops

I had forgotten about gaucho in middle, What I should have said was no rear bed option.

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Goucho. Another work I need to learn.. Intead of couch/bed thing.

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Ken,

What I was describing was assuming that the Soverign picture that made him think it was an Overlander had mid twins. Based on the curbside the windows there ould be 3, spacing would be a bit diffrent and the window in front of the door is 2X the size of the Overlander one.
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Sovereign bath room window

On a Sov. Rear bed, the bathroom window is much smaller also.

Hence, the Sovereign will have big living room window, Galley window, small bathroom window and bedroom window. All on curbside.

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I have a 76 31' Sovereign and I know that I've heard more than once that these were not good years for Airstream. What were some of the deficiencies of these years under Beatrice?
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I have a 76 31' Sovereign and I know that I've heard more than once that these were not good years for Airstream. What were some of the deficiencies of these years under Beatrice?
You know, I own a 63 and a 71, both about the same size, weight and layout.
I have had both trailers pretty much apart, the Tradewind from the rear wheel backwards, and the Overlander, well, ALL apart.
I don't think there is much difference in the 70's model trailers. The frame in my 1971 is beefier than in the 63, and a bit wider also, with the same axles and appliances.
What makes the 70's models less popular were the plastic laminate interiors and the often cumbersome tambour doors.
In the mid 70's, Airstream added grey tanks, which often overstressed the rear frame section and caused seperation between frame and shell, via weakened flooring. Water leaks, unbalanced running gear, and worn axles will eventually make Sovereign buckle, given enoug miles and time. Most of the severe problems that I have followed on this forum, were caused by one of the aforementioned issues. Not by Beatrice.
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