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