We've had the (new to us) '76 Sovereign
(31' w/rear bath & mid-queen bed) behind our house for a couple of weeks now and this is the first chance we've had to start taking it apart to 1) assess the damage, and 2) fix what we could on the fly (and the cheap - if there is such a thing with Airstream Trailers!!).
I have not done any electrical troubleshooting - I'm not saying there are any electrical problems, except for a shorted battery. No surprise.
Putting the cart before the horse, I've made a tentative appointment to have some new laminate flooring installed. I asked a buddy to come help me get the trailer ready for the new floor and after day 1 of the tear-down I'm not sure I'll be ready. After I took out the front sofa, both table assemblies and carpet I found rotten sub-flooring (see pictures).
After talking about what we found under the sofa we decided to keep going and pretty much gut the trailer. There are too many unknown unknowns under the other fixtures. I already knew the toilet was coming out but I wasn't figuring on gutting the thing.
Here's one of my questions: Has anyone replaced the sub-floors with the belly pan still on and if so, how much of a pain in the @$$ is it and what can I do to mitigate some of the pain?
I have not touched any of the appliances yet, I'm a bit nervous to do this but it seems inevitable. Question 2: any pointers on safely removing all the appliances (new 'fridge, stove/oven, propane heater, etc.)?
Question 3: I know the skylights leak; I watched one of them drip during the rain shower that passed overhead this afternoon. How do I go about fixing this "little" problem? I know this must be accomplished before the new flooring goes in.
Question 4: What is the proper nomenclature of the parts I will need to replace all the window seals, roof vent seals and any other seal/gasket I need to stop any/all water leaks?
Question 5: What is the name of the sealant I need for the exterior skin? I know not to use silicone. Where can I get it, and how much will I need for my 31' dinosaur? I live in the Seattle area (GO SEAHAWKS!!!) so rain is an issue.
I noticed there are copper pipes but I'm not going to worry about them right now; there's a bit much on my plate. The water leaks are my first priority.
Question 6: Am I moving in the right direction?
Question 7: Am I insane?
Question 8: Is there enough beer?
Bonus question: In the process of taking out the mid-bed I noticed that the frame is not as I think it should be. I think the original design is a fold-out like the front sofa but there were aluminum rails riveted to the slides and a sheet of plywood screwed into the rails. It sloped down towards the curb side of the trailer and there was a 2x4 under the box spring to level it out. I want to either get it back to original configuration or make it so a full mattress /box spring fits in there. Any hints?
Okay, I think that's enough for now because one 12-pack is gone. I have not given up hope of camping next spring but it sure would be nice if the trailer was back together.
Thanks for everything!!
Duane and Nancy