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Old 10-19-2016, 04:08 PM   #1
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Hello from Alaska

Hello from Wasilla, AK. This looks like a very active site. I've been reading about restorations. We have a 1962 AS Sovereign. It came along with my partner. She used to use it for travelling around the state to dog shows. It's mostly original inside with original appliances that worked when she last used it about 10 years ago. It's been used for storage since then. Not too bad outside. I think we will need to gut it to deal with wiring issues. She says when she had it plugged in to 110 she would get shocked sometimes, so had to be careful what she touched. But I guess the first step is to get all the stuff moved out that doesn't belong in there. Anyway, we are looking forward to making it usable again.

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Old 10-19-2016, 04:24 PM   #2
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This problem may simply be the plug on the power cord is incorrectly wired, no gutting required. Very easy and innexpensive to replace.
Good luck with the cleanup!

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Old 10-19-2016, 06:36 PM   #3
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If you have the time and drive to do the work, gutting it gives you a clean slate. You can change the layout. Also, as with most campers sitting around that long, mice move in and nest in the insulation in the walls.

Al Boondy could be right about the cord. However, when I gutted mine I found mice had chewed some 120 volt wires.
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Old 10-20-2016, 02:37 PM   #4
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Welcome to the forums from Pennsylvania. We hope you enjoy your project as much as we've enjoyed ours. We used our second Airstream for storage for a couple of years before we started restoration this spring. So, I agree your first step is to remove all the stored material and assess what you have. You should expect to see some rodent and insect debris and possibly damage, but that fades quickly as you get going on the project. Gas appliances seem to attract both types of critters. We had a mild shock issue on our first trailer that we tracked down to the outside receptacle.

We've found the folks here on the forum very helpful when questions arise. Someone here has been there before and is willing to offer advice and sometimes what "didn't" work for them.

Good luck and please post some photos as you progress. If interested our most recent project is discussed at; Many of the ideas came from reading the forums.

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Old 10-24-2016, 10:02 PM   #5
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Old 10-24-2016, 10:07 PM   #6
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I will be documenting this renovation in the 1960-1964 Sovereign Forum.
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