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Old 08-15-2019, 07:59 PM   #15
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The Eastwood Encapsulator plus will here tomorrow, so thatís a done deal lol. They have this aersol spray that has a two foot long nozzle that you can slide up inside the frame to coat the inside I got that as well. I ended up contacting a local shop for sandblasting he said $200 to blast, $100-150 to paint. Iím a big DIY guy, but sometimes you choose your battles. Lol. Itíll be a least two weeks before I make another step with my schedule. I love the input. Thanks!
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Old 08-20-2019, 03:11 PM   #16
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Frame repairs under way

Frame repair on the Airstream. Airstream wanted $32 a piece for each out rigger and I needed probably 14 making them well over $400. I opted to have a local shop take 14 gauge steel and bend it into a C channel then took my plasma cutter and cut the half circle on the end and squared up the other side with my chop saw. This cost me $100. I had Sam grind the slag off the frame while I fabricated the pieces and welded them on after squaring them up and using a long piece square stock to make sure they aligned up. Also Sam is my wife.. 🤩
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Old 08-20-2019, 07:18 PM   #17
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Hello Phil17g: I was born and raised in Iowa. Lived there over 40 years. A great state in my view.

You don't mess around. The body of this old Sovereign does indeed look to be in good shape. You will make the frame good again and replace the rotted subfloor. Now you have "good bones" to build your "new" old Airstream.

A renovation of this magnitude will be spendy with all the stuff you will likely need. I'd budget $15k anyway. But still much cheaper than a new one.

I have a 75 Overlander that I'm in the latter stages of renovating. Nothing spectacular, but a good solid trailer the whole family can use. You might like taking a look at my "project thread" linked below. I didn't do a shell off, but I did do quite a bit of frame repairs. Check out Airstream Forums "Knowledge Base" toward the bottom of the Forums page. Click on Sovereign, then your model year. You will likely learn lots about your trailer there. You might even like to start a project thread so the rest of us can easily follow along your whole project. I think it is better that spreading out in the individual maintenance topics.

Here is my Overlander on it's maiden voyage last month after the renovation.

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Old 08-20-2019, 08:22 PM   #18
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Hey dbj216,

We don’t enjoy Iowa, for the most part! That’s a nice looking Airstream you have there. I will definitely check out your project and move my thread to the Sovereign thread you suggested. I’m super new to any forum, so the input is welcomed. Thanks!
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Old 08-20-2019, 08:35 PM   #19
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Nice work on the out riggers, I did/am doing the same thing with mine.

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Old 08-21-2019, 06:57 PM   #20
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You're most welcome Phil17g: Start a project thread and I'll follow along. We were all new at Airstream Forums at one time. There are lots of helpful folks on these Forums that help new members where they can.

I'm planning on helping a friend with his 76 Sovereign twin bed rear bath this winter. It has rear end separation like many of them do. We are not planning a body off project. But I imagine we will be doing some frame repairs. I hope it isn't buckled.

When you get your Sovereign done, you can load up and take off in any direction your hearts desire.

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Old 09-03-2019, 02:51 AM   #21
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POR15 paint for the frame

I have a 1973 Argosy and the frame had some rust which I sanded down I have painted the original part my frame with POR15. And the back part that has been replaced, I am using another type of paint because the back half of the frame is new.

My question. I have read on the internet some not so great feedback about POR15. I have read in the AirForums thread people using POR15 and liking their results. Iím curious, for the folks who have used POR15 on their frame, what is your experience? Did it hold back the rust?

Thanks in advance for share your insights.
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Old 09-03-2019, 06:11 AM   #22
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I have no issues with the Por. Itís only been a couple of years but no signs of failure. As with any paint product, prep is the key. Also, Por is UV sensitive without the Por topcoat. Not so sure there arenít other metal paints that do as good a job as the Por at a a lot less cost. Good luck
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