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Old 06-02-2012, 09:00 PM   #1
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1975 31ft International Sovereign project

Hello all, I Unfortunately purchased a 75 31ft international rear bath for too much money based on it's condition . Currently have a 76 22ft Argosy and wanted something with more room for the kids, would have liked a 24-26 ft with twin center beds but they arent easy to come by around here.
The 31ft has a decent body, no major damage , couple small dents/dings but should clean up nice, interior has black mold on some areas which we have cleaned and disinfected, needs front and rear subfloor, bathroom has everything there but has to be rebuilt. Needs new roof vent covers, interior light covers, curtains, really the only nice thing inside is the countertop, sinks, most interior skins and all cupboards .
Furnace works nicely , fridge very cold on electricity but haven't tested on propane and the knobs are broken. Needs new matresses and front couch mattress which we had a quote done for $830 for just the couch, probably will replace the twin beds with regular bed mattresses . What else....
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Old 06-02-2012, 09:08 PM   #2
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Welcome to the airforums Okotoks!

Dont be too hard on yourself... she will polish up nice and a 31' give you lots of room to move around. As far as the "to do list".. just take it a little at a time until your satisfied. It doesnt have to end up Concours de elegance to enjoy the open road and wonderful camping experiences. If questions come up im sure you will find lots of advice here.

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Old 06-02-2012, 10:10 PM   #3
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Good news is there are a lot of the mid 70's Sovereigns out there, also there are quite a few of us on this board that are in the process of repairing/revamping ours and can help you out. The Bad News...You are getting ready to join us.

Seriously the more I dig into my Airstream the better I like it. I have rebuilt quite a few things over the years, out side of some poor design and material choices and some unreal QC issues from the Airstream factory these things are really pretty decent to work on and can be rebuilt better than new for a fraction of what one of the new units cost.

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Old 06-02-2012, 10:39 PM   #4
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Don't fret the price. You're not alone, or the first. I know I overpaid for our 31' center bath. It was worth it for me.

Looks like she has good bones and that's great news. Keep us posted on your progress.
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Old 06-03-2012, 11:16 AM   #5
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Old 06-03-2012, 08:19 PM   #6
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Good luck on your project

I think soon you will be especially glad you took on this project. I got through a family member a 1976 31 foot rear bath. It took 16 months of hard work to bring mine back to a place where My most enjoyable thing to do is show off my work to anyone that sees it and understand what an Airstream really is. Don't be shy to ask questions on this forum. You will get lots of great advise and in many times will save you money and important time. Welcome
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I kept the locker over the kitchen sink with the command center in it, kept the shower and the vanity sink/top. The rest of that "original" interior the seller was so proud of went in the dumpster. Looked good there too.

I'm still working on mine. Third summer. Now I'm polishing the outside skin.
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Old 06-03-2012, 10:48 PM   #8
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In your opinions, did I overpay for my 1977 31 center bath? We paid $8500. We replaced the toilet ($200), and did about $600 worth of brake work. We still need to repair the fridge which will cost us about $700. Next on the list is new axles.
Besides that we added our own decor and hit the road. I would say it is in 'great condition'. It is super clean and no weird smells.
The PO was asking $10K when we got it in January. I thought we did good at $8500.
What do you think?
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Old 06-03-2012, 11:56 PM   #9
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Greetings from Manitoba.

Our 74 31' Sovereign is just about ready to go on the road. It's been a long haul getting it done up. We have the rare centre bath and rear bedroom.
Don't fret about your purchase. You have a good base to start on and bit by bit you'll end up with a classic to be proud of.

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Old 06-04-2012, 01:15 AM   #10
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I paid $3200 but after getting it home and really had a good look I think $2500 would have been better.
I made a day trip to Washington state from Alberta to get it , I knew it needed work as I got the PO to send pics and let me know what he thought it needed.
I new the flooring was down to the sub floor and from the pictures it all looked solid and felt good when I walked around inside of it but then I got it home and started prepping it for engineered hardwood and found the edges on the front sheet were DONE and the bottom exterior trim is dented above the bumper , I'm guessing from bouncing off the number due to rear end separation.
I am an Auto mechanic and am not afraid to tear into it, I have rebuilt classic vehicles . The problem is time and mostly money, I figured I would sell our Argosy and have this one ready for july long weekend camping, not the case now, so I will have to go into the line of credit to pay for the Airstream repairs because I am not going to sell the Argosy and not camp! That would be ridiculous!
Anyway, thanks everyone for the support and kind words, I will post updates as they happen which won't be as soon as I had hoped due to me having a pinched siaitic and possible bulged disk. I was walking up the stairs on Saturday on my way to start replacing the floors when I had a stabbing pain in my butt/leg area and almost fell down the stairs! This has never happened to me before and I am worried as I am not even 30 and falling apart worse than my Airstream.
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Anyway, thanks everyone for the support and kind words, I will post updates as they happen which won't be as soon as I had hoped due to me having a pinched siaitic and possible bulged disk. I was walking up the stairs on Saturday on my way to start replacing the floors when I had a stabbing pain in my butt/leg area and almost fell down the stairs! This has never happened to me before and I am worried as I am not even 30 and falling apart worse than my Airstream.
So sorry to hear about the pain. Try this, lay on your back on the floor, bend your legs, cross you legs so that your left ankle is resting on your right knee, gently stretch by moving your left knee toward the opposite shoulder. Don't pull it, just gently stretch it. (or switch legs depending on which side hurts.) I hope it works for you, it surely helped to relieve my pain. I had a tad bit of siaitic issues a couple years ago when I was about 26-27.
Age is nothing, be kind to your body. My husband is 38 but has been hard on his body his whole life, playing hockey, lifting things he shouldn't, etc, now he's a bit of a wreck at times.

Good luck on the AS! We'll be waiting on those update pics!
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Old 06-04-2012, 10:48 PM   #12
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Okotoks, I think I need to buy you a beer - "Big Rock" if I recall is your local brew?

We saw a 31' Sovereign on Craigslist and were on the way to Spokane on our "long" Memorial Day weekend to take a look, when the guy emailed and said he'd "just sold the 31' Sovereign and it was on it's way to Alberta." Coincidence? Hmmm...

Of course, if it's the same one, that doesn't mean we'd have bought it, but if it was, whenever we next meet, the first Big Rock's on me!
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Yes it was the same one! The PO received several calls while I was there but I couldn't travel all that way and come home empty handed.
Beer sounds good to me! Big Rock is good stuff and hasn't been corrupted by selling out to the big guys (yet) you absolutely can buy me 1 or 12? Haha.
I am mostly disappointed with how gross it is inside, must have sat for a while with windows closed! I am excited to pull belly pan down( crazy?) and see what's in there

I went to the hospital today as my sciatic took a turn for the worse, was getting up from putting the hoist arms under a jeep when I got a sharp stabbing pain in my left side leg again , Doctor wants me to take 1 month off! dam!
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Get you a good Chiropractor and an inversion table.

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