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Old 02-20-2013, 05:30 PM   #1
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1958 Sovereign barn find!

Hello! I recently was given a vintage trailer. The first caveat was it's location...1641 miles from my home in Seattle. Fortunately I had a friend travelling in western Kansas for business and he was able to stop by and shoot some pictures for me:
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I loaded up my f250 with everything I could imagine needing and headed east!

Arriving in Wakeeny I was happy to see that the condition appeared as good as the pictures. I disassembled the wheel bearings and repacked the hubs. 25 year old grease is definitely strange stuff. The local tire guy supplied me with some new wheels and tires and after I gimped some magnetic lights onto the rear bumper I was on my was to the metropolis of Lawrence, where my friend lives.

Before returning to Seattle I would like to get the electric brakes working. I don't think there is anything wrong with them mechanically, but the "umbilical" was completely deteriorated from fifty years in the sun.
I'm not sure where the umbilical goes inside the belly pan. Is there some cabinet or other access to the inside end of it? I have a modern 7way ready to install...
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Old 02-20-2013, 06:19 PM   #2
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I recently was given a 1958 airstream! It spent nearly all it's life in far western kansas.
I was able to go retrieve it for the long tow back to Seattle. The repack of the wheel bearings was messy, but uneventful. I haven't been able to find where the "umbilical" goes once it enters the belly pan. This is important, because the old one was completely rotted by the sun. I have a new 7way one I would like to install and if anyone could give me some clues about where to look, or what cabinet I need to remove to access it I would be extremely grateful! Thanks!
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Old 02-20-2013, 06:37 PM   #3
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I can't help you....but what a sweet find and deal!
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Old 02-20-2013, 06:52 PM   #4
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It was a great deal, but I'm reminded of the Raj bankrupting minor nobles by giving them a white elephant...
I have a free airstream for you! But:
1. It's 1641 miles from you
2. hasn't moved since the 1980's
3. only needs a little updating...

I'm super excited about it, and the tow from wakeeney to Lawrence was trouble free. I have to head west soon, just waiting for the current storm to blow thru. I'd really like to get the electric brakes working before returning to Seattle.
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Old 02-20-2013, 07:19 PM   #5
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Looks lika a California build with the tear drop fender wells. On my 1957 the 12 volt wiring enters the belly pan on what would be the drivers side of the tongue/hitch a frame. Mine looks like a shorter version of yours!
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Old 02-20-2013, 07:22 PM   #6
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ohhh, i absolutely hate you!!!

got pics of the interior?

congrats, and keep me in mind if you decide you want to pass your goo luck on...
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Old 02-20-2013, 07:23 PM   #7
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It was a great deal, but I'm reminded of the Raj bankrupting minor nobles by giving them a white elephant...
I have a free airstream for you! But:
1. It's 1641 miles from you
2. hasn't moved since the 1980's
3. only needs a little updating...

I'm super excited about it, and the tow from wakeeney to Lawrence was trouble free. I have to head west soon, just waiting for the current storm to blow thru. I'd really like to get the electric brakes working before returning to Seattle.
Hahn Rossman

Well.....if you don't want to go bankrupt, I'll give you what you paid for it and drive to Washington and pick it up!
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Old 02-20-2013, 07:29 PM   #8
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I was able to use existing wiring from the point it entered the pan, and just attached new wires to them. from that point ran new wires forward to the tow vehicle. My 57 did not have electric brakes, don't know when the California plant converted to electric. I installed a new axle with electric brakes on my front axle. Retained the rear axle, just replaced bearings.
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I was hoping to just tie in at the grommet by the frame, but the wiring is literally falling into pieces. Is there anywhere to access it without completely disassembling the interior?
The front axle is electric and the rear hydraulic. It seems like it came that way from the factory, but who knows?
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Old 02-20-2013, 07:45 PM   #10
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Never found an access point on mine, my only shot looked like cutting into the belly pan. Just dug in enough to find good wires that were protected from the weather. Going outside now to get you a photo or two
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Old 02-20-2013, 07:53 PM   #11
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Hope these helps, seem to be able to only post one photo at a time
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Old 02-20-2013, 07:55 PM   #12
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Show split where it enters the belly pan to converter which is located on the fron floor area
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Old 02-20-2013, 07:57 PM   #13
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Closer look?
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Old 02-20-2013, 08:01 PM   #14
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110 hook up the same as mine? I also had to install a trailer break away switch to meet California regulations
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