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Old 10-22-2013, 11:42 AM   #1
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Talking Well here we go....& totally panicked.

Recently purchased a 77 sovereign. No keys, windows blocked, registration REALLY expired & living in CA where besides hating gun owners, apparently they have a real dislike for those owning trailers. BIG $$$$. Anyway I've always loved the airstream so going to take a shot. What's with all the locks? Do they all have different keys? We're going to get a locksmith in today to see what's inside, maybe gold bars . So anyway hi hello, & any advice other than "You crazy fool" would be appreciated.
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Old 10-22-2013, 11:49 AM   #2
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Howdy, and welcome to Airforums.com! Lots of great info for you in these pages when you need it.

For example, here's a key chart showing info on the various keys for AS TTs.
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Old 10-22-2013, 12:04 PM   #3
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Wow! It could be a time capsule..
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Old 10-22-2013, 01:38 PM   #4
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Hi, and welcome tot he forums. Unless a previous owner changed some of the locks, then all of them should open with the same key.
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Old 10-22-2013, 02:40 PM   #5
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Hi, and welcome tot he forums. Unless a previous owner changed some of the locks, then all of them should open with the same key.
This is absolutely correct if you exclude the battery door, and water fill locks; they each have their own style of key.
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Old 10-22-2013, 03:17 PM   #6
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This is absolutely correct if you exclude the battery door, and water fill locks; they each have their own style of key.
Yep- 4 locks = 4 keys
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Old 10-22-2013, 03:24 PM   #7
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Okay too much television but I think that the aliens are holed up in there! Welcome and an older Airstream requires time and patients. You can learn a lot !
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Old 10-22-2013, 03:28 PM   #8
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Can't wait to hear what you find inside. Gold bars is really a 'best case' scenario!
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Old 10-22-2013, 03:37 PM   #9
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Welcome to the AS world

Welcome to Worlds of Fun with your Airstream. You will find lots of solutions here on the forums......good luck in re registering with CA DMV. We found different offices gave us different prices for the registration fee. Seems as though they don't register them all that often.....one office insisted we weigh our trailer.....we didn't need to. That is not the fun part of owning your silver palace. Welcome. p
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Old 10-22-2013, 04:18 PM   #10
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Well here we go . . . . & totally panicked.

Greetings Moak!

Welcome to the Forums and the world of Vintage Airstreams!!

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Recently purchased a 77 sovereign. No keys, windows blocked, registration REALLY expired & living in CA where besides hating gun owners, apparently they have a real dislike for those owning trailers. BIG $$$$. Anyway I've always loved the airstream so going to take a shot. What's with all the locks? Do they all have different keys? We're going to get a locksmith in today to see what's inside, maybe gold bars . So anyway hi hello, & any advice other than "You crazy fool" would be appreciated.
As others have mentioned, I too, shall be awaiting news of what you find once your Airstream "time capsule" is opened. As others have mentioned, you will have several keys for your Airstream, but not one for each lock. Typically, your coach should have:
  • One key that fits only the entry door lock, and possibly a second that fits only the deadbolt if the coach is so equipped.
  • The water fill door typically has its own unique key.
  • The battery compartment also typically has its own key.
  • On some (but not all 1970s era Vintage coaches) you will find that the exterior refrigerator access door has a separate unique key.
  • Generally, all of the exterior compartments that are for storage will be keyed alike.
Don't be surprised, however, if you find that your Sovereign has more keys as it isn't unusual for a previous owner to have replaced a lock with one having a key that doesn't match any of the other keys on the coach.

Good luck with your Sovereign!

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Old 10-22-2013, 04:29 PM   #11
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i guess this is what you really call buying something "sight-un-seen" hope you got a good deal cause there is a lot that could be bad with the deal.

take some photos when you get er open and share the joy..
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Old 10-22-2013, 08:14 PM   #12
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Well good news.

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Completely by accident a key I had made for the battery compartment actually opened the door and then my wife found this batch of keys that opened everything. Also found the service manual.

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Tons of stuff inside but actually not as bad as I feared . Having it towed home tomorrow. Thanks for all the encouragement, no bodies & no aliens.
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Old 10-22-2013, 08:34 PM   #13
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Photo shows a lot of clutter, but from what little I can see of the walls and the window, doesn't look too bad. You'll know more once you start cleaning it up. Best of luck with the DMV and your registration adventure.
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Old 10-22-2013, 09:05 PM   #14
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Just the manual is a bonus!
And you found the keys in the first compartment you opened, sounds like like a charmed purchase to me with the Airstream Genie looking out for you.
You'll probably find the Treasure of the Sierra Madres in there when you start sorting through the stuff.
By the way, I restored a '76 just like your '77. Let me know if you have questions.
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