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Old 02-28-2012, 05:49 PM   #1
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Newb advice - 1977 Sovereign 31' renovation

Our non profit was donated a 31' Soverign Trailer to convert to a mobile SN Trailer. So where to start.

Wiring and plumbing schematics would be great.
Need info on repairing some damage to the panels.

Exterio parts like the plastic accents.
Where can we find parts for the trailer like a new door?

Can you add a second door? Even if you could is that considered blasphemy.

We will start by gutting her and re-flooring.

WHERE DO WE START?

~Martina
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Old 02-28-2012, 06:10 PM   #2
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Hi Martina,

If you send me a personal message (PM) via. this forum, I will mail you a CD with the 1977 owner's manual and the 1977 Airstream factory service manual which has the info you need for the schematics.

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Old 02-28-2012, 07:42 PM   #3
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New doors are going to be VERY expensive, hope you understand that prior to starting the project.
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Old 02-28-2012, 08:52 PM   #4
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Just a question

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Our non profit was donated a 31' Soverign Trailer to convert to a mobile SN Trailer. So where to start.

Wiring and plumbing schematics would be great.
Need info on repairing some damage to the panels.

Exterio parts like the plastic accents.
Where can we find parts for the trailer like a new door?

Can you add a second door? Even if you could is that considered blasphemy.

We will start by gutting her and re-flooring.

WHERE DO WE START?

~Martina
I have no advice, just curiosity. What's an SN trailer?

Thanks,
Sue
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Old 02-29-2012, 11:45 AM   #5
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SORRY - SN is Spay and Neuter - the number one thing we can all do to improve the lives of animals....have your pet Spayed and Neutered....your weird friends and relatives too ;-)

OK so the door thing. What is expensive. Can you fix a door that is kind of busted up but still functional? Where do I even look for parts etc......

thanks!
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Old 02-29-2012, 11:50 AM   #6
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Martina:
post some pictures, I am new here also. The guys and gals on this forum will help but pictures will give them an Idea of what you will need.
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Old 02-29-2012, 12:18 PM   #7
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Before you gut or do anything else, spend a lot of time on the forum, especially reading posts about doing a full monty shelff- off restoration. Read, read, read read read.
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Old 02-29-2012, 12:19 PM   #8
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Also, is it a rear bath? Be sure to look up rear end separation.
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Old 02-29-2012, 01:22 PM   #9
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It is a rear bath.
We would like to keep the plumbing back there so the Veterinarians will have access to a water supply (sink) during surgery.

We would also like to keep sink access up front for the techs doing the surgery prep.

I will post pictures later today.

Do we really needs to take the entire shell off?

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Old 02-29-2012, 01:50 PM   #10
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OMG What have we done......

Tell me to stop hyperventelating.

I have a handy husband that can weld and is a mechanic and all around handy man (electric/plumbing etc). I am pretty handy myself.
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Old 02-29-2012, 04:45 PM   #11
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Ok, you can stop hyperventilating now! Post some pics, especially of the door and floor, and let us help you figure out how to get this trailer set up the way you want it. Depending on the damage to the door, you may be able to re-skin it, as long as the frame is intact. Nothing is insurmountable!

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Old 03-01-2012, 07:51 AM   #12
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Pictures - more after weekend

Thank You Everyone......
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Old 03-01-2012, 06:18 PM   #13
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BTW - the droop on the end was primarily due to the fact whne I took that particular picture the trailer was hooked up to a hitch that was WAY too high for it on the tow vehicle. It was not hauled like that and teh trailer looks pretty level form front to back.
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Old 03-01-2012, 07:29 PM   #14
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Darn, that is a pretty rough looking old trailer.

Most of us that are looking for a restoration candidate would probably put a good mostly dent free shell high on the list. The door is a very big issue. It will certainly need new axles and a new subfloor. For what you want it for, will the original electrical and plumbing systems be at all up to the task?

At the very least, you've got a multi year project and I'd think more than $10,000 to fix if you do all the work yourselves. I'm thinking it is probably worse than that, but I have the flu so maybe things are a little too black for me right now. Pretty sure my trailer was in much better shape when I started, but it was still a two and a half year project and lots of dollars. Realize the trailer was a donation, but I'd sure think you could find a much better example to start with for only a few thousand dollars and end up much ahead of the game when you're done.

Apologies for the negative post. I just about never do that here, but I just hope that you guys have your eyes wide open about what you'd be getting into.

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