I and my domestic partner, Paul, acquired our 1976 31 foot Sovereign
(center bath, rear full bed -- see attached JPEG) to replace our prior "classic" RV, a 1988 VW Vanagon Westfalia Campmobile, which caught fire and was declared a total loss. On the way back home from meeting with the insurance adjuster after our "Westy" burned, we were passing Conibear RV Center in north Lakeland and spotted the Airstream on their resale lot from the highway. It had been placed there on consignment sale by the family of its original owner, a 91 year old widower from Michigan who had used it for the prior ten years as his "snowbird" winter residence in a mobile home park in Dade City, FL. It was all-original and in fairly good condition considering having sat all that time in the hot Florida summers unoccupied. Apparently the former owner was a WBCCI member, as his membership number -- 12398 -- appears on the front and rear of the Airstream along with a WBBCI seal on the rear.
Since acquiring this Airstream, we have been slowly going about restoring and renovating the interior to correct 30+ years of wear and tear. The only mechanical repairs needed so far have been to replace the original A/C unit, which was dead, with a new one and to put covers over the original ceiling vents, which were sun-rotted. Apparently the former owner was a smoker, so we needed to strip all of the vinyl wallpaper and have primed and painted those walls in gloss almond enamel, which surely brightened things up! We plan to remove the old carpeting and install an oak woodgrained laminate floor. Also I plan to make several repairs, including fixing some of the damaged tambour cabinet doors.
Our Airstream is currently parked on a campsite in a private membership campground in an oak hammock near the Withlacoochee River in eastern Citrus County, FL, near Inverness. Currently we do not own a vehicle capable of towing the Airstream, but we will likely get one when the lease on our Mitsubishi Endeavor SUV is up in about a year. My other "classic" vehicle, a 1982 Corvette Collector Edition, likely has the power to tow the Airstream but the frame is not up to that job!
I would be interested in hearing from others who have Sovereigns about what remodeling or renovations you have done to your Airstream.