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Old 01-10-2010, 01:18 PM   #1
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Finally switching from DEstruction to CONstruction

1970 31' Sov. I tore the front down to the rust. Now I have to start putting things back IN the trailer. Here are a couple of pictures I would like comments on. I have a mystery wire running from front to the middle. It looks like a ground wire. Is there something to deal with galvanic corrosion like on a sailboat? Is that what the wire is? Also, in the 2nd picture, it looks like there should be a smaller piece of plywood in the very front, sitting on the bent sections of frame. There was a sheet of galv steel in that place.


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Old 01-10-2010, 01:42 PM   #2
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Hey Charlesg,

Is the wire bare? Hard to tell in the picture, but it actually looks like a 2 wire conductor, which means it might be the brake wire. Does it go back to the axels? In Little Girl, the only wire we had running inside the frame and belly pan area was the brake wire.

Also, no, there was not a small piece of plywood in the front section under the subfloor. The frame is dropped for the spline piece that holds the two sections of plywood together, but other than that, Little Girl had no other plywood under the subfloor.

Hate to break it to you, but in one of your pictures you mention just needing to remove one more piece of the floor and youíll be able to remove the water tank. Thereís a frame cross member that goes right over the middle of the water tank. The tank is shaped to fit under that cross member. Unless you cut the cross member out, youíll never get the water tank out from above. It needs to be dropped from below. Thereís a 1 inch thick piece of plywood with aluminum skin on the bottom. Itís held to the trailer by 4 pieces of angle iron, 3 of which are welded to the frame (sides and back). The front piece of angle iron needs to be removed. On ours, the bolts were all rusted, so I cut them off. Once the angle iron is out, the plywood slides forward. Not easy to get started, but it will move with some persuasion. Then the tank will drop out the bottom. Your Sovereign is long enough that you do not need to remove the front stabilizer jacks to get the plywood out.

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ok, maybe I won't take the tank out.

Thanks for that info. I don't really NEED to take the tank out. The wood under the tank seems fine. I just want to clean the tank for use. The wire is a single covered wire with bare spots. Previous POs removed the oven, stove, and fridge, so I assumed it was related to that. OR it's a home ground back to something in the rear of the trailer.
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Thanks for that info. I don't really NEED to take the tank out. The wood under the tank seems fine. I just want to clean the tank for use. The wire is a single covered wire with bare spots. Previous POs removed the oven, stove, and fridge, so I assumed it was related to that. OR it's a home ground back to something in the rear of the trailer.
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What is either end hook to??

If nothing, then more than likely, it's a scrap from the original production.

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