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Old 07-22-2014, 12:23 AM   #1
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Question Dropped my lease, bought an Airstream.

Hello friends,

I just purchased a 1974 31' Sovereign and a 92, 454 Suburban. Both in what appears to be in great shape.

The inspiration to purchase an Airstream was to become independent of debt and honestly I needed a change in life style. I'm 24 and already having a midlife crisis.

I'm planning to do a modest restore/modernation of my Airstream.

Can't wait to share my questions and stories with you.

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Old 07-22-2014, 12:38 AM   #2
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Cody, from the pic it looks like you have a nice rig there! Best of luck, and welcome to the forums!

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Old 07-22-2014, 04:54 PM   #3
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Welcome to the forms! Nice setup!
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Old 07-22-2014, 05:06 PM   #4
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My first was a 31, that was 5 or 6 airstreams ago. Not to say aluminum is addictive (have not seen one study about it), yet here we all are at alumaholic publicis.
Hello my name is heslinhotel and I am a alumaholic, and proud of it.
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Old 07-22-2014, 05:53 PM   #5
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That is about as close to Classic Airstream Americana as you can get...

Nice setup.

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Old 07-22-2014, 06:38 PM   #6
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Welcome, nice setup.
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Old 07-22-2014, 07:18 PM   #7
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A midlife crisis at 24? I think an Airstream cures just about any crisis ... especially when you wake up in the morning and KNOW you can wake up the next day in a completely different place -- but you slept in the same comfortable bed....awesome way to live.
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Old 07-22-2014, 07:40 PM   #8
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Your airstream and tow vehicle are awesome!! Looks like good times ahead for you! Best of luck!! Have fun and enjoy the ride!!

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Old 07-22-2014, 07:49 PM   #9
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Welcome Young Cody! I'll bet your 74 Sovereign has served others with comfortable living quarters for many years. The old 454 big block was a real workhorse in it's day. My 86 was pulled with one for several years. Fuel economy was not a strong suit, but the reliability was good.

Learn all about your new Sovereign in the Knowledge Base toward the bottom of the home page. You will find threads on how to light the water heater to complete restorations. Keep your tool box handy as you will likely need it from time to time.

Keep us posted on your adventures.

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Old 07-22-2014, 08:17 PM   #10
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Hey Cody, Welcome and it looks like you have one heck of a start. Most all the information you need is right here. So take your time and try to do it right the first time. Live and Learn. Good luck.
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Old 07-22-2014, 08:36 PM   #11
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Welcome aboard, Cody. I think we have the same year and model trailer. That is, if you have the mid bedroom with twin singles...

If I was in your place again, I would start looking for great sale prices on new appliances. I say that because most owners of TTs (travel trailers) that age seem to need them all replaced. Which in a way is to be expected: you wouldn't dream of using a 40-year old water heater, furnace or fridge in your house, would you?

You'll eventually come to see that repairing them isn't practical, with the possible single exception of the refer (fridge) if it is in good condition from a cosmetic point of view. The water heater, and furnace eventually rust out, doesn't seem to be any way around it, and the refer's guts (the cooling unit) that make it cold eventually leak out and die a horrible smelly death. The cooling unit can be replaced, thankfully, although it costs around half of what a new one runs.

Who knows though, you may be lucky and they have all been done!

Anyways, welcome to the Forums, and don't be shy to ask any questions you might have. Also, please post lots more photos, including some good ones of the interior?

“Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.”
...John Wayne...........................
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Old 07-22-2014, 08:50 PM   #12
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Thank you all for the the kind and warm welcome!

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Old 07-22-2014, 09:08 PM   #13
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Congrats.. maybe not a 'midlife' crisis.. but one of growing up....sorta...
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Old 07-22-2014, 09:24 PM   #14
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Wise words cwf. It's a perfect mix of adventure and financial reasonability.


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