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Old 03-13-2010, 08:16 AM   #15
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Thanks for the information, and from the ebay description distantdrummer you are correct about the 71-72 manuals. I stopped by North Dallas RV yesterday and picked up some marker light lenses, TP (I did not know you sould not use regular toilet paper), some of the blue stuff, and discussed body repair and awnings with them. They are nice folks over there and not to far from where I live. It makes me kind fo wish I had waited and bought something from them as they are very knowledgeable and finding out what the body repairs will end up costing, my $2600 score seems like less of a score. This is the worst section, which is what could make the repairs cost as much as I paid for the trailer, if i was to have a shop do it:
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Old 03-13-2010, 07:34 PM   #16
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If you paid $2600 for it you literally stole the thing. Lay low the sheriff may be aknockin.

Get ahold of Paul Mayeux (817-919-3651) who happens to be the President of that above mentioned Heart o Texas Club. Paul lives in Paradise, Texas (don't we all) wherever that is...?
It is really not that I am shillin' for that club. I do not belong to it, but Paul is an expert at replacing skin and splicing bows (ribs).
You might think about pulling it out to Albuquerque in June (I think) to the 4CU Vintage Repair Rally. Paul will know more about that I suspect. It is mentioned here on the forums someplace as well.

If on the other hand you want your 2600 dollars back let me be the first to bring you 3000. And I will get there fast.
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Old 03-13-2010, 07:43 PM   #17
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Welcome... Nice job that baby is stocked!!!!
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Old 03-13-2010, 08:37 PM   #18
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I saw this on Craigslist, Dallas, You Did GOOD!!!!

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Old 03-14-2010, 08:30 AM   #19
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Thank you for the encouragement. We are loving the AS.
I fired up the water heater, furnace, and stovetop and they all worked. My stove was disconnected for some reason, it had a plug on the gas line. We reconnected it and checked for leaks with sopay water, and th stovetop burners lit just fine once the air was purged from the line. I have no idea how to light the pilot, I tried but it may be turned off, which is fine by me. I also do not know how to light the oven, but I will be perusing the manual soon. The screen door went on great, I need to find some replacements for the latches that connect the doors, someone used a brass sliding household one for the screen door already.
Problems I encountered are:

There is a leak at the kitchen faucet, and it appears to come from where the sink meets the countertop. Luckily someone put a shutoff valve inline, and the hot water side has no leaks.

Black water tank leaks out on the ground. I am guessing it's the dump valve. Also I was washing the A/C filters in the sink and soap bubbles overflowed from the shower drain. Nasty stuff.

I still can't open the outer hatches for the fridge and the battery, someone replaced the traditional lock set with a round lock, like a tubular key you see on some bike locks and coke machines. I tried the bic pen cap lockpicking trick shown on youtube with no success. Worst case scenario I could drill out the rivets on the hatch so I can access the lock or call a local locksmith, I don't want to tow this thing around yet, my truck and trailer registration are out, it's on the to do list.
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Old 03-14-2010, 08:52 AM   #20
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Oh, in other news, there is a SOLID ~1700kb wireless internet (linksys not pw protected) where I am camped in the sticks. Who'd have thought? There is not even a street address here.
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Old 03-14-2010, 10:10 AM   #21
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From Texas and a Tradewind owner

I've had my 72 Tradewind for over a year now. Looked for a long time and never found one locally and at a price like you've got so at least you've starting out with a low investment. First thing replaced was the fridge. Yours looks like a tall model and you have little counter top area. Haven't seen one that tall in the Trade Winds. Replaced counter tops with formica, took out some of the old paneling and covered some with real oak veneer. Replaced leaking toilet, put in new furnace and on and on the list goes. Have fun fixing her up and post questions on this forum. I didn't know squat about trailers and have moved through most of the same things you'll be learning about your coach. Love my trailer and have had a blast fixing her up.
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Old 03-15-2010, 08:25 AM   #22
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Any ideas where to find a front street side banana wrap?
I just ordered a twist on waste valve, I hope that works/fits. I realized the main place I like to travel camp to does not have a waste water hookup and probably frowns on dumping grey water on the ground. What to do if the waste valve leaks and the grey water runs through it?
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Old 03-15-2010, 08:59 AM   #23
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Totes?????

There are these portable Totes, but if you are in a place where you can't empty it or a TV that you can't or don't want to haul it in. Then I guess repairs are in order. I don't know how one would get the tote in the truck even if you wanted to haul it. I'd think it would be pretty heavy when full.
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Old 03-16-2010, 01:39 PM   #24
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Banana Wrap

try VTS: Vintage Trailer Supply - Vintage travel trailer parts and supplies!

Out of Doors Mart:

Out-of-Doors Mart MORE Airstream Parts on-line than anyone!!! And we accept PayPal.

they may have what you need.

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Old 05-10-2010, 08:57 AM   #25
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Now the hot side of the faucet leaks, a drip every 10 seconds, right on the furnace. It's time for a new kitchen faucet. If there are any suggested models I'm open to suggestion, there are so many at the hardware store of varying qualities and different hookups and features. I still haven't got the fridge to work, but the stovetop has served some excellent meals. I can light the pilot for the oven but it's burner does not light.
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Old 05-10-2010, 09:02 AM   #26
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Also I dug a septic tank using a 55g plastic drum and a 1/2 yard of gravel for it's semi permanent home. That was some work but it will be nice having somewhere to dump the waste water. I was working on the acess panel locks and the spring and one brass part flew off into the grass. I need another latch assembly for parts. UGH. These coke machine key lock cylinders don't match and they cannot be re keyed.
I replaced parts in the front door lock but it's stil a PITA to lock. Luckily unlocking is easy. That locking mechanism is some kind of a bad joke.
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Old 05-10-2010, 09:05 AM   #27
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This is my first post. Just bought a 1969 Sovereign. How do I start a new thread?
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Old 05-10-2010, 09:46 AM   #28
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This is my first post. Just bought a 1969 Sovereign. How do I start a new thread?
At the top left of the page, click 'forums' and find the correct place for your thread. Then click 'new thread' at the top of the forum to start a new thread.

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