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Old 07-06-2006, 09:46 AM   #1
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Hello All,

I need some "veteran" opinions here.

I have found a 1976 Sovereign that seems to be in pretty good condition considering it has been parked in someone's back yard for the last 6 or 7 years. It is completely original but needs a bit of cleaning and maintenance. Should I restore it to its former glory or maybe modernize?
I'm pretty handy with tools & woodwork. Am I getting into more than I bargained for?

Thanks in advance for the help!!


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Old 07-06-2006, 09:58 AM   #2
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Good to have you on the forum. I would vote for restoring her to her former glory. I had a '77 Excella 500 31' I polished and sold to a gentleman in Hamburg, Germany. I found that I liked the layout of my '86 Sovereign better. Check to see that the axles are in good shape (unless you intend to replace them), that the floor is solid and the frame does not have the dreaded rear end droop. I would also be inclined to stick to rear bedroom models rather than the rear bath. Good luck.


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Old 07-07-2006, 04:28 PM   #3
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Thanks Craig!
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Old 07-07-2006, 05:53 PM   #4
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Hi, I just towed my new 76 31ft Sovereign from Toledo down to Cullman, AL. It spent the last 7 years in a farmer's barn! It's in great condition - everything works.....well almost everything. Good axles and no rear-end separation! I'm de-rusting, painting (POR-15) and cleaning. I put new Goodyear Marathons on before I left Toledo and repacked the wheel bearings (actually didn't need it!), and new greese seals.

Take heart, the old trailers are amazing......great construction, and repairable! Get some Vulkem, some POR-15, a few tools and get going! Bill
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