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Old 03-08-2010, 06:21 AM   #15
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Whoa - puddles & wet pavement in LA..

Window, door and hatch gaskets usually need replacing - if you're in a dry climate its easy to overlook.

The trim behind those propane tanks is the belly band that is vital to have snug to the shell and its top seam caulked with Vulkem (Trempro 636) polyurethane (use no silicone) which is not so easy to find but I've gotten it at the included link. AND the trunk lid at the rear bumper storage area is infamous for allowing water into places it doesn't belong - there the belly band should be sealed top and bottom to make sure it sheds water.

Aluminum tanks -- Okay it isn't that great of a score, they probably need to be visually inspected before they are refilled - and may need new valves to comply with current regulations but its one $$$ hit you've missed from the start!
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Hi Wabiteer: Is there a diagram that shows what the belly band is?
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Old 03-08-2010, 12:47 PM   #17
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See the (fragile and irreplaceable) plastic flanges where the hitches' A-frame iron joins the shell? --- the aluminum trim band that is hanging loose behind the propane tanks is the belly band. The 'banana wraps' part of the belly skins usually overlap the shell on the outside and make a perfect scoop for water shedding down the sides unless annual maintenance includes refreshing the sealant there. If the trailer is going to see any water on it seal that interface even if you plant to remove those parts in a couple of months....
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See the (fragile and irreplaceable) plastic flanges where the hitches' A-frame iron joins the shell? --- the aluminum trim band that is hanging loose behind the propane tanks is the belly band. The 'banana wraps' part of the belly skins usually overlap the shell on the outside and make a perfect scoop for water shedding down the sides unless annual maintenance includes refreshing the sealant there. If the trailer is going to see any water on it seal that interface even if you plant to remove those parts in a couple of months....

Will do...thanks for sharing.
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If the floor in your Sovereign is in good shape, you got a good deal for that trailer. I paid a little bit more for mine and it was in worse shape.

Congrats, welcome to the Airstream Sovereign club!!!
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