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Old 08-29-2011, 10:53 PM   #1
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Our New Adventure

My husband and I just purchased a 1976 31' Sovereign with the idea of renovating the interior and living in it full time for about six months to save up some money to move to Massachusetts. Our plan is to take it cross country with us, buy a run down house there and fix it up while living in the Airstream.

I've been reading a lot on the forum for the past few weeks and it seems to be the place to help us reach our goals. Neither of us have owned any kind of trailer before. I know about general construction and am pretty handy, but nothing about things like heating and electrical systems, so we're going to need all the help we can get.

All in all we're pretty excited to start work on the AS and see where it takes us in the future.

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Old 08-30-2011, 04:42 AM   #2
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I did something similar.... I lived in my previous 27' Overlander for 2 years while renovating an old bungalow I purchased. I had already been fixing the trailer up for a number of years so it was ready for the job. I ran a 30 amp line from the house panel, and hooked to the well and septic. It sure made working on an uninhabitable house a lot easier! However, depending upon the level of repair that your Airstream will need to travel and be lived in... don't expect to $ave any money. Oh, and allow lots of time.

If you enjoy doing the kind of work necessary to revive an Airstream, you will definitely want that trailer as part of your life afterwards. Read through much of the repairs done on older trailers and you can see what you may be in for. Hopefully your trailer is further along in the recovery process!

I just purchased a new (to me) 1977 31' Sovereign. I'm gue$$timating and planning for at least 5-7K in play money to get it roadworthy and livable. It is worth every penny to me. Oh, and the time it takes.

Good luck and keep us posted.
My 77 Sovereign Renovation
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