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Old 07-26-2014, 10:28 PM   #1
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Just purchased 1973 international Land yacht sovern. Hope was a good idea, been reading about frames breaking or sag. Mine has been under cover supported and frame blocked in 8 different locations for past 25 years . Pretty good shape and tires still held air and were out of sun and off ground. I know will need replaced, As far as frame sag or breaking is there anything I can check out to see if mine is ok? Or would I have been better to get different year ?..... Was also under roof whole time.
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Old 07-26-2014, 11:07 PM   #2
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A trailer that's been under the roof its whole life will be in far better shape than one that has been in the open. You may have places that leak and will need sealing, but you are far less likely to have water damage that can lead to rotten floors and rusted frames.

Your tires and axles will need replacing. The rubber components in each just don't last over time. It will also need to have the exterior seams above every window and door sealed with Trempro or Gutterseal to prevent leaks (the first lasts longer, the second is easier to do a pretty job, tradeoffs).

Every year and model of trailer has its advantages and disadvantages. Whether this trailer is the right trailer for you depends entirely on your needs and abilities. An older trailer will probably need more hands-on care. The older trailers are also much lighter weight and easier to tow. There will always be tradeoffs.

A trailer doesn't have to be perfect to be the right trailer for you. If it meets your needs and your budget, it's the right trailer.
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Old 07-26-2014, 11:16 PM   #3
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I know tires will need replacing, What is axle issues ? Floor has no rot at all, just ripped all carpet out and put in new flooring, have new hot water tank, toilet and sink cartridges coming from moen. Also where can I purchase window sealer ?
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Old 07-26-2014, 11:26 PM   #4
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If the axles are stock they will be toast. The rubber torsion tubes get either too hard or they break down.

Imo the frame condition (as far as sag goes) can be estimated by eye pretty well. The bottom of the trailer should look straight along its entire length and the area above the wheel openings shouldn't show an exaggerated bulge.


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Old 07-26-2014, 11:37 PM   #5
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Ok. No sag so good there, Where is a good place to get bolt in replacement axles ?
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Old 07-26-2014, 11:40 PM   #6
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Either Colin Hyde or Andy at Inland RV can help you with the axles.

Both are here on the forum and can get you what you need.

I bought mine from Colin earlier this year, it was a painless process.


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Old 07-26-2014, 11:50 PM   #7
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Thanks for the info, I will do this winter, wanted to take a coupe camp trips 15 to 40 miles. Do they just break and wheel fall off ? Sounds like dumb question, I towed 15 miles home and towed great just wondering if should not tow at all or ?
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Nah, they won't fail, they will just ride like crap.

This can cause frame sag as the trailer gets hammered going down the road, but a few short trips wont hurt you.

I traveled 7,000 miles on my old axles before I replaced them.


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I had some sag when I bought the trailer, I fixed it when I put my new axles in.

Just be chill on the bumps and avoid traveling with your waste tank full and you should be fine.


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Old 07-27-2014, 12:00 AM   #10
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Sweet. Thanks j Morgan. Sorry for dumb ? We so far love the trailer. It had a pole building over it with large overhang and a big deck on front. Sat 25 years. Guy who had it said. ( remove building and deck and all wood and it's yours, so here I am. Luckily at this point I have little to nothing in it. Plumbing looks good but toilet had been duct taped and hot water leaked. Have both coming from ppl motorhomes next week, just our all new floor coverings in and a heck of a lot of cleaning. Has awning on both sides. Had metal covers and they still look like new and are not faded or ripped. So lucked out there. Thanks for info.... Great web site.
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My pleasure.

I wish mine had been in that condition!

I have bought and returned to service two old Airstreams over the past 15 months, both had freeze damaged fresh water plumbing, so keep an eye out for that issue.

If you have this issue switching the copper pipe for Pex is an easy job that doesn't require a lot of money or much disassembly.

Congrats on the trailer! And good luck.

Oh, By the way, when I put my axles in I raised the trailer 3".

If you find you drag more than you want on your test runs there are commercially available kits that will give you a 2" lift.




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