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Old 08-19-2006, 11:16 PM   #1
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Brought home the 1978 31' today - thanks Coastalview!

Drove three hours south to pick up our new 1978 31' Sovereign today. Jeff (Coastalview) met us there to help us get aquainted with the new trailer. A couple of things we needed to do:

1. Check wiring - turns our the previous owner had already changed from the standard A/S 7-pin connecter to the standard 7-pin blade and... all connections were working! This was a great surprise and saved a ton of time.

2. Get the vacuum to the hydravac brakes - during the week before I came down, I tapped into the manifold vacuum and ran a hose to the rear bumper. When I got down there we quickly hooked the hose to the trailer and.... we got vacuum! Man this was gonna be easy.

3. The easy part. Just adjust the ball to lower it a little by loosening the two bolts... you know, those rusted solid bolts that haven't been loosened in the last 20 years. We could not get these loosened and even broke a wrench in the process. Hammered it, stood on it, etc. Took the ball hitch around Salinas and luckily found an auto repair place that was open and the guy working luckily agreed to use his impact wrench to loosen these bolts/nuts. Saved my life! Then to Wally World and OSH for a few small parts and back to the trailer. Got it hooked up perfectly with the guidance of Jeff (those equalizing hitches are complex) and it we're off! Towed like a dream. We can't wait to take her out!

There is no way that I would have got this home today without Jeff's help. He even called while I was on the way home to make sure everything was going well. He knew the Salinas area and took us around to get the parts we needed. He also helped with the grunt work and then gave us a good tour of the trailer. The only thing he wanted in return was for us to help the next new Airstream owner, which we will gladly do!

Tomorrow we'll be cleaning her and taking some pix which we'll post!

Tony and Gale
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Old 08-20-2006, 06:25 AM   #2
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good luck with your new 78! I also have that yr and model.
What are your plans for it...a redo, or makeover?
Post your photos as you go as many are visual learners here.
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Old 08-20-2006, 07:17 AM   #3
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Very cool indeed, Karma to Jeff for all his help. Yet another case of Aluminitus in full bloom....

Wow! Check out the new signature on AlanSD! Alan sings...again! For those who don't know Alan was a famous member of the band Atlanta....way back when we were all a bit younger. Can't wait for the new tracks Alan!
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Old 08-20-2006, 10:17 AM   #4
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thanks Glen...this is original music on the inspirational side, a mix of rock, reggae, and such that I play live in our messianic synagogue, and at appearances at events around here.
It will be up on I-tunes and Rhapsody in about 6 weeks, and the web site will have samples and links soon.
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Old 08-20-2006, 10:29 AM   #5
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Tony, happy to hear your home. I even was quite impressed with our success with the merge of your late model Nissian Titan and a 78 31 with the original vacuum brakes and weight distribution hitch. A lot of good Karma yesterday.
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Old 08-21-2006, 12:23 AM   #6
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Congrats!

So very exciting! We want pictures! Don't forget!

Good for Jeff ~ excellent suggestion: "pay it forward" Thanks for posting about the "good deed"!

Any questions about your trailer, just ask. You will find soooooooo many answers here!

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Old 08-21-2006, 07:07 AM   #7
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Not much to do to it

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good luck with your new 78! I also have that yr and model.
What are your plans for it...a redo, or makeover?
Post your photos as you go as many are visual learners here.
The trailer is actually in very good condition to so we're pretty much just going to clean it, check it mechanically and take it out! About the only thing we want to do is change from the twin bed configuration to a double or queen.

As for pix, well I towed it to the storage lot yesterday and we cleaned it out and... I realized I forgot the camera! Will get pix up soon.
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Old 08-26-2006, 04:27 PM   #8
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good for you. Finding one that doesn't need much work is a good thing. Mine was a one owner, but it needed much updating, and de-grandma-izing.
It is coming along well now, and has been a fun project so far.
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Old 08-26-2006, 09:36 PM   #9
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I just posted some pix

I just pulled her out of the lot and posted some pix here:

http://www.airforums.com/photo...&searchid=2901
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Old 09-18-2006, 08:53 AM   #10
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Congrats on your new to you Airstream.

I'm curious how you connected the brakes to a modern vechicle. I have a very new truck and I'm very concerned about cutting into it to get vacuum. It is also a diesel and I don't know if that makes any difference. Let me know how you did it if you get a chance. Thanks,

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Congrats, Looks like the Northern California crowd is growing, I can feel the force getting stronger, So get with it and we'll see you at San Antoine Lake in Oct.. Tim
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