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Old 02-25-2015, 02:51 PM   #15
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Thank you all!I just dont know enough and really appreciate all the help. I'll keep you updated as things progress.
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Old 02-26-2015, 01:17 PM   #16
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Same advice?

I am also looking at a sovereign, but a 73, rear bath and supposedly a "barn find", for $10,000. This trailer is a consignment at a dealership and they don't check anything and can't tell me anything about it.
Should I be taking the same advice that you have just given about the 80's trailer? Nothing works and most everything will probably have to be replaced?
Keeping that in mind when we negotiate a price, and when I start my project redo?
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Old 02-26-2015, 01:34 PM   #17
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Axles will need to be replaced, and chances are if no one will say that the water works that the fresh water pipes have frozen and broken, the water heater will be ruined also.

If the fridge has not run in years the refrigerant may have clumped.

I would say that the rest of the appliances will likely be ok.


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Old 02-26-2015, 01:40 PM   #18
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I am also looking at a sovereign, but a 73, rear bath and supposedly a "barn find", for $10,000. This trailer is a consignment at a dealership and they don't check anything and can't tell me anything about it.
Should I be taking the same advice that you have just given about the 80's trailer? Nothing works and most everything will probably have to be replaced?
Keeping that in mind when we negotiate a price, and when I start my project redo?
Thanks in advance,
YEP, except it's 12 years OLDER than the 85. If the dealer hasn't looked it's probably because they don't want to know! Again get real fussy about looking for un-messed with. Nothing worse than buying a unit from someone who did hack job maintenance or renovations.

Always remember, this is NOT the only Airstream calling for your love or attention. If "outstanding" doesn't make the back of your throat start to tingle - take your time. I used to write resumes and advise people who were re-entering the workforce after years of raising children to go somewhere you'd never want to work like the local sewage plant or chicken dressing plant and interview. You can practice interviewing with NO stress or worry about missing out on your dream job.

You should probably try to find a real basket case "meth lab" or "it's been rotting in a field for six years but we finally got the possom's out" Airstream for your first look-see. NO temptation Airstream will make you know what a good one should be.
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Old 02-26-2015, 03:07 PM   #19
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Ok a rear bedroom model is more valuable and sought after than a rear bathroom one.
I would check out as many of the services on the trailer that you can. The water, the a/c and heat, stove etc. Look over the body under and over for issues. Figure on tires needed, though the present ones might get you home albeit at a slow safe speed.
Wheel bearings may need grease.
Other thank that if it looks good and seems like it is as the owner described, and checks out fairly well make an offer. This could be a great trailer to own.
My present one is a 66 that sat in a field for 18 years, and was totally nasty inside. Even with all that and pretty cracked tires, it made it home... got cleaned and fixed up and has been a thoroughly enjoyable Airstream. I have not replaced the axles and won't for some time to come.
It pulls fine and I am not seeing any rivets popping out all over the place.
Don't be afraid of the negative remarks you may see here. I've been on this forum since day 1.
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Old 02-26-2015, 07:03 PM   #20
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Need advice

I simply posted my experience.

I fixed the rear separation, I replaced the last four feet of frame and replaced the rotted plywood, put it together and made three 3,000 mile round trips before replacing the axles and the rear of the trailer sagged a fairly substantial amount. You could actually see that it was downhill going into the bathroom.

It wasn't a hard fix, (the rear did not come apart again, the frame just bent where the axles pass through the notch), but the fix would have been unnessasary had I changed the axles first thing.


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It is pretty straight now, and raised 3" to boot....


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Old 02-26-2015, 07:28 PM   #22
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Weimy- I only paid $2500 for my original '71.
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Old 02-27-2015, 08:57 AM   #23
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Morgan- that trailer looks really fine. I still like the 31 footers, but my 26 is so light that it is a pleasure to tow. Can't beat the late 60's trailers.
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Yea, with my changes mine weighs in at about 6,500 ready to camp.


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