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Old 01-27-2012, 08:08 PM   #1
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Cool HI all

New owner of a 1976 31' Sovereign. It will be a challenging project for sure. Been reading the restoration threads for ideas and have heeded your advice about starting from the ground up. About to start on the belly pan drop. Here we go. I'll keep you posted and I'm sure I'll have questions.
Thanks for your help!

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Old 01-27-2012, 08:12 PM   #2
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Welcome Greg and good luck peeling the layers off the onion. LOL.

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Old 01-27-2012, 08:21 PM   #3
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Howdy and welcome to, Greg!

How about some photos of the "before" condition of your new acquisition so that we can watch as you build it into a thing of beauty?

I am curious too: have you come across any documentation yet that tells you what the three water tanks' capacities are?

My trailer is the first year for a grey tank in that line (Sovereign) and I know that the '74 and '75 Sovs were pretty well identical trailers. Just wondering what they did for capacity in '76?

Looking forward to seeing your progress!
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Old 01-27-2012, 11:54 PM   #4
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Welcome Greg! Sounds like quite the project but you came to the right place. Good luck and hope to see some pictures along your restoration way. Take care.
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Old 01-28-2012, 06:12 AM   #5
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Welcome. This will change your life, similar to that first human baby (as opposed to your Airstream baby).

My 1975 Sovereign thread started in June, 2006, and I thought I might be done in a year. I'm still not done, but it has been useable, at some level, since August, 2007. It's a slow process putting on the finishing touches!

My only general recommendation is, if you're able, don't try to do it piecemeal--it's harder and takes much longer and in the end you'll wind up (if you're like me) eventually taking out the stuff you thought you'd save. This is especially true about the floor and frame. If you've got any inkling at all that you need to replace sections of the floor or need to clean and POR-15 the frame, you will actually save time and do a much better job with the shell off. (Why can't I take this advice myself?)

Have fun and post photos. Force yourself to document every step. You might bore us to death (I doubt it), but you'll be surprised how many times you'll look back to see what the heck you were thinking. Plus, it's easier to find those useful photos here in your thread, rather than among the hundreds of other photos on your computer.

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Old 01-28-2012, 07:11 AM   #6
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Originally Posted by Derailed View Post
New owner of a 1976 31' Sovereign.
Welcome! I hear those are nice trailers.
Click on the link to see a picture of the Sioux River falls near my home.
Eastern South Dakota is very pretty with hills, rivers, and trees.
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Old 01-28-2012, 07:11 AM   #7

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My belly pan dropped years ago...but that's another story.

First those pic's, before and after, keep a journal it will help a lot with the re-assembly. (start your own referb thread).

Have Fun!!

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Old 01-28-2012, 07:52 AM   #8
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Welcome to the forums. You've come to the right place for answers to the many questions you're bound to have.
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Old 02-01-2012, 01:49 PM   #9
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Hey thanks for the encouragement you guys and gals. I appreciate the feedback. I'll upload pics for sure
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Old 02-01-2012, 03:46 PM   #10
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Welcome! You are going to have some great times!

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