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Old 10-20-2013, 05:11 PM   #1
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New owners of '72 31' Sovereign

Greetings!!

We bought our first AS 2 weeks ago. We spent one night in it, and then winterized it and put it in storage for the - hopefully short - Mn Winter.

We are super excited and very much looking forward to spending lots of time in the AS next summer, and beyond. We got a lot at the Mn Airstream park, with no plans to travel with it for at least the first couple of years. We do not have a TV to tow it right now.

The OP bought it in 2008 and did not travel with it; it was parked at the AS park for 5 months each year.
Everything works.

The numbers on it I presume are from the owners that sold it to our Op in 2008 - they were registered from 2005-2007.
Based on the condition of the couch, I suspect that those owners had the couch redone, and perhaps some other work..

Hopefully quite a few pictures will post here (first time attaching pics) any thoughts from seeing those would be appreciated.
There is damage to the floor in the closet by the water heater..
Is it possible to tell from picture if water heater is original? (Covered with styrofoam in pic)

We jumped on the bumper (fun!) and there was no separation - looks like the bumper has had some work?

We are new at this, so any feedback anyone can provide will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks a million!!
Mary
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Old 10-20-2013, 05:13 PM   #2
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A few more pictures..
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Old 10-20-2013, 05:30 PM   #3
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Look beautiful you will need to seal around the water heater and it has been a really long time since I have seen galvanized pipe and copper mix (was ripping it out the last time I saw it) but I would consider using some pex and shark bites (easy connectors) and replace the galvanized. Winterize it now if you are not going to use it til spring, or you will be replacing the copper too! It looks to be an awesome airstream and you will enjoy it!
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Old 10-20-2013, 05:49 PM   #4
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Thanks, Cliff!! Will add your suggestion to our list of things for the spring.
DH winterized last weekend - it's going to be a long 5 months until we see it again! Should give me enough time to make some throw pillow :-)
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Old 10-20-2013, 07:13 PM   #5
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Throw pillows and the curtain type of personal comforts always help to pass the time, Jeannie wants to change the color schem (spelling is NOT my forte). We are still enjoying the adventure but the rain has slowed us down quite a bit! Does not get cold enough to stop the work!
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Old 10-20-2013, 07:15 PM   #6
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It's Beautiful!

I really love that L-shaped sitting area in the front. I have been on the lookout for that floorplan, but it hasn't come my way.
Welcome to the affliction.
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Old 10-20-2013, 07:22 PM   #7
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Thank you! Affliction would be a great name for our AS, except DD8 insists on Lightning'
I hope that for our family of 4 (2 kiddos) the l shape couch and two twins will be perfect. After pop up campers, the kids (and us) are excited about the extra (quiet) space. :-)
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Old 10-20-2013, 07:25 PM   #8
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Cliff, I wish we just had rain in the forecast! Never ready for the inevitable MN snow.
Throw pillows and curtains make such a difference!!

Ask your lovely bride if she thinks I should replace the curtains (not original, but original looking) I'm debating.. They look a little bit claustrophobic to me..
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Old 10-22-2013, 07:42 PM   #9
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Any thoughts from anyone on the floor condition of the closet next to the water heater, pipes under sink, or water heater pipes?

The next 5/6 months, until we have a chance to really spend time, and carefully check the AS are going to be torture!!

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