I've never really rv'ed before in my life but have always had a secret love affair with airstream campers. Their looks, form meeting function and so on...
One day I decided to look on Craigslist for one of these baby's and stumbled upon a beautiful(to me) 1971 Sovereign
International Rear bath double model. After looking into airstream campers a bit I contacted the seller to learn a bit about its condition and functionality. Certain components were missing or had been bypassed as it had been parked for five years. Black water tank was gone, the original toilet was replaced with a domestic, original plumbing including the hotwater heater was basically bypassed with pex. The camper was plugged in at the time we went out to look at it and the fridge seemed to be working but not really that well. The seller claimed that the hotwater heater still works as well as the furnace. The propane bottles were BBQ bottles and the hoses were shot. I expected most of these things as it is 42 years old. The exterior was covered in algae and only had only 2 "beauty marks"(dents) as he called them and a story to go with them. Awning fully functional without rips. The interior was in great shape and to me just really needed to be properly cleaned. The walls were a bit moldy. There was one spot inside where you just knew the floor was rotten away but all in all these things did not deter me from buying it from the guy. I told him that I was going to believe him that the talked about systems did indeed work but because other things didn't as to support dry camping, 3500$ was my offer. He ran inside to talk to the "boss" and shortly after he came back out to shake my hand. It towed home (70 miles) fine. Electric brakes worked well and running light were all operational. Was a little nervousness about the tires as they were sun beat. Got a nice parking spot outside next to my house and have already begun the restoration process on the necessary items. Pressure washing it with just water removed the algae and it already looks 10 times better. I live in New England and hope to have it fully road worthy by the end of the summer. I'm and electrician professionally and a handyman passionately so this should be fun. I've heard people talk about the challenges involved in restoring these beautiful American icons but I look forward to it. I like a challenge. Thanks for reading and any advice you may be willing to give.