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Old 08-22-2012, 09:34 PM   #1
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New girl from Austin Texas

Hi! I'm Jessica & thrilled to be here! Last night my driveway was christened with a beautiful 1977 Airstream Sovereign Landyacht. Well, maybe not beautiful... (can I call her a she or will I sound like a total sailor?) Anyhow, she is covered in rat poo, spiders, etc. and is begging for some TLC - BUT she's got a TON of her original parts - down to the curtain hardware! I'm so excited. And the guy we picked her up from was just the nicest guy! I could tell he was having a hard time parting ways with her, but I figure we'll keep it like an open-adoption and let him know how she's doing here and there. Bless his heart.
Problem is - total camper/Airstream/Travel Trailer virgin here. Have NO clue what I'm doing but I've got a lot of heart. Tomorrow she's getting new tires. A/C works - blows cold and I'm SO EXCITED!!!! How in the world will I ever sleep tonight!?!
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Old 08-22-2012, 09:40 PM   #2
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Howdy and welcome to, Jesann! I hope you will continue to shower us with photos of your new-to-you TT (travel trailer) and keep us up to date on your progress with it!

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Old 08-22-2012, 09:53 PM   #3
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Congratulations! Keep us up to date with how it goes.
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Old 08-22-2012, 10:02 PM   #4
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Hey Jessica!
Happy to see another Texan here!!!
Under all the "perceived" flaws your Airstream is a beautiful piece of American made machinery. Not many things made in 77 are still alive and waiting for the right person to bring them back to what you want them to be. When is the last time you noticed a car from 77 on the road?
There are lots and lots of threads here for your perusal on how to make your AS your own. It's easy to get overwhelmed on the details, but remember that you bought it for your purpose and for enjoyment.
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Old 08-22-2012, 10:10 PM   #5
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Greetings from the Florida Panhandle

Welcome to the Forums. We're glad to have you with us.
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Old 08-22-2012, 10:45 PM   #6
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Welcome Jessica! I know exactly how you feel. Still feel the same way. Still learning but if I can be of any assistance feel free to ask!
"chaos? oh man that sounds like FUN! if i put ON a name tag, can i take OFF my clothes?" 2airishuman
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Old 08-22-2012, 10:56 PM   #7
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May I second what big C said.

Congrats and welcome to the forum. Glad that you are so excited. Your life will be forever changed.

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Old 08-22-2012, 11:08 PM   #8
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Welcome to the forums! Congrats on your sweet Airstream! And... if you are wondering what to do if you can't sleep... read the threads on 77 Airstreams.
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Old 08-23-2012, 01:22 AM   #9
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Thanks for the warm welcome! I've got a few pics posted at Airstream pictures by jesann21 - Photobucket

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Old 08-23-2012, 01:28 AM   #10
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Congratulations Jessica!

Your New Project: I have a post on our 1967 25' International that
Susan and I restored which may be of help to you. (karlgrube user name)

Your new unit has a skin on it that can be polished. With the price of aluminum these days you have a valuable "piece of metal".

I'm glad to see that you installed new tires; you can never be too safe. For your own safety, you should invest in a new hitch system. (Hensley, Reese or another choice depending on your budget)

Keep us posted on your progress with new pics!

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Old 08-23-2012, 04:10 AM   #11
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A big welcome from California. I hope you enjoy your "new" 77 AS. And thanks for the pics, we like pics.
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Old 08-23-2012, 05:09 AM   #12
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Congrats on your "New" trailer. I too have a 77 Sovereign, although, I was happy that many of the original parts were gone!

Take it slow. Unless you have unlimited time and funds, expect everything that you do to take 10 times as long as you expected, and cost 10 times more than you anticipated. Your day job now becomes the means for funding your Airstream revival!

For many of us bringing these silver beasts back to life is great fun. Enjoy it. The end result is well worth it.

Read all you can about making it safe for travel before you hit the road. There is no better place than this forum for gaining all the knowledge necessary to get "her" rolling again.

A link to a post you might want to start with....
My 77 Sovereign Renovation
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Old 08-23-2012, 07:32 AM   #13
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Jesann-Welcome to the forums! I am always glad to see another Texan on here. Good luck with your restoration...take your time and make everything safe. If you would like to come to a rally we are haveing one in John City the last week of September at Miller's Creek RV park. There is a listing on the forums for this rally under Rallies. Even if you don't bring a traier, come visit you will gain a lot of information from some very knowledgeable people. Hope to see you there.
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Old 08-23-2012, 11:43 AM   #14
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Welcome to the forum. I think your trailer originally came with vacuum over hydraulic brakes, these wont work as designed with modern vehicles. They can or may have been converted to electric over hydraulic or replaced with electric. Many trailers need new axles by the time they get to be 30 or more years old so if you need new axles you can just change over to electric brakes then.

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