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Old 01-07-2014, 08:32 AM   #1
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Las Vegas, NV - 1975 31' Sovereign Project

Hi

Bought my first Airstream, a 1975 International Sovereign project a month ago. We towed it from Lakeside, CA to Las Vegas, NV yesterday and all went because we got home safely ha ha.

We lost a few parts along the way, The 7 pin connector AS connector (even with adapter) does not match newer tow wiring harnesses and the electric brakes came on every time we used the right turn signal. We did not use the right turn signal very much

We were parked on the side of the road doing a walk around and a fellow named Larry with a new Airstream (number #23 on the back) stopped to see if we were OK. Confirmed what I already thought. Airstreams and their caretakers are both first class

I have six weeks to make it useable / livable as we are taking it to the San Antonio Area to use as a field office. Classy right. After that move there is plenty of time to make it "right".

Glad to be a part of this community.

Tom McCullough
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Old 01-07-2014, 08:37 AM   #2
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Welcome! Losing items in the first trip isn't unusual...I lost the skylight on my '99. On the second trip, I lost the AC Shroud. Tip: Anything plastic on the exterior needs to be replaced. After, that is, the running gear is good to go. Enjoy!

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Old 01-07-2014, 09:24 AM   #3
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Thanks for the welcome. I lost the AC shroud The battery bounced around and finished off the last of the rivets holding the battery compartment door shut and escaped somewhere in the high dessert. I've wanted an AS forever and now I have one. I'm a happy guy
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Old 01-07-2014, 11:24 AM   #4
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I own a 75 sovereign also and have really enjoyed it. Of course a 39 year old Airstream will require updates and service issues. My AS has a center bath. If yours is a rear bath, be sure to closely inspect the frame as these can have some issues there. I also had issues with the wiring on my cable to my tow vehicle. I replaced my cable and plugs and had no more trouble. The AS owners manual has the wiring diagram and the tow vehicle does also. If you do not have this info, I will be glad to send you these pages. You might also want to join WBCCI and Vintage Airstream Club as these people have wealth of info. Hope you enjoy your "new AS"
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Old 01-07-2014, 11:42 AM   #5
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I dont know how this forum works exactly so I apologize if Im repeating myself. I do do that anyway ha ha. I do not have the owners manual or service manual yet and would greatly appreciate any help any getting the tow wiring sorted out. The trailer towed great - but we ended up buying temporary lights and taping them to the rear bumper to get home. Getting tow lights is first on my list! Thank you for you assistance. Greatly appreciated.
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Old 01-07-2014, 11:45 AM   #6
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We went from a 76 sovereign to an 85 excella. I have one suggestion concerning your wiring issue - change the wiring on the trailer, not on the tow vehicle. If you ever want to tow something else, you won't have to change it back again, as we did.
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Old 01-07-2014, 12:05 PM   #7
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Thank you Ken. That is what I was thinking. I'm on my way to get into it now that I have a schematic for the pin
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Old 01-13-2014, 11:44 AM   #8
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I have a wiring diagram for the exterior lighting system on your trailer. If there have been no modifications, this should help you.
this diagram came from the owner's manual. I cannot attach this to this message,but if you will send me your email I will forward it to you.
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Old 01-16-2014, 05:45 AM   #9
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I have replaced all the running lights - most were missing ha ha.
My next biggest challenge is reassembling the rear bumper compartment and repairing the belly skin. If I had a picture of what this area was supposed to look like it would be a tremendous help . This is the condition I found it in and am kind if stuck. Thanks Tom


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