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Old 04-01-2009, 06:28 PM   #1
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OK, here is the deal. A friend of mine has this 28 FT Airstream. He has the title and told me he thinks its a late 60s? Does ihat look correct, or more like an early 70s? I am new to this, so wanted to ask you pros.

Its a Soverign Land Yacht according to the badging. However I dont see a typical trailer plate with a year built, ect on it. The Airstream name plate has what appears to be a serial number in on it. I will see if I can post pics on here.

In any case, it appears to be rather solid. Its been sitting for many years in Northern Nevada in a very dry climate, here rust is absolutly not an issue. I have pulled many many hot rods out of this area over the past 20 years and its great metal. However, whats great for metal, is horrible on wood and upholstery.

This will need a complete restoration. My main issue is that it has two large dents in adjoining panels, see pics. How hard is it to remove the dents and or replace the panels. Also, I know this may be a dumb question, but can I pull the dents out as best a possible, do some body work and paint the particular panels on either side to match??? OK, I know, but I do my own body and paint and if the cost is prohibitive to replace panels(and I have no idea) then I know I can pull the dents, use a minimal amount of filler and paint the panels on the wrecked side to match the same ones on the other side and give it a hotrod look in DODGE red to match my 05 Diesel dually tow vehicle???? dont hate me, I had to ask.

It will obviously also need a new fridge, stove, oven, and all new electronics and instruments ect, can these be had at a decent price?

Axels, look OK, but I know everyone on here says the 60s versions need to be upgraded???? what does that cost and what years of Airstreams have decent axles that dont have to be swapped out. Disc brakes, do they make a kit and if so, what does that cost?

OK, I have a ton of questions and I know I am asking a lot and am sorry. I have taken many many pics and some of wiring and the cabinets, ect. I see some interior electrical wire that I will post pics of, that looks like it was done after the original build. This must mean that the original wiring did not work at some point, or is the wiring in the below pics original.

In any case, this is agood start, its missing the front and real glass and need a lot. But he wants $1800 for it and I may e able to get it for a few bucks less, not sure. I would prefer a 26 footer, but I have no issues hauling it wil my o5 diesel dually Dodge I would guess.

What doe sone of the bad boys or girls weigh.

My 15 year old daughter, Danni is inspired and we have a noce size shop and build cars, so the restoration thing is not all new to me. However, I do metal work and I cant weld aluminum!!!!

Any suggestions, observations or reccomendatins or value is appreciated. I would rather pass and find something else if need be.

Its a dual twin with a rear bath. I would almost like to find a way to make the dual twin the main bedroom and get a new pull outcouch for my daughter.

Also, the bathroom, WOW, its small but had a tub???? what the heck. wHATS the best thing to do with these. ???????

This thing has a TON of storage.

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Old 04-01-2009, 06:40 PM   #2
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Please, don't paint that trailer.
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Old 04-01-2009, 06:46 PM   #3
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Looks like my 1967 Trade Wind but 4 more feet of it. Too bad about the dents. Other than that it really looks like my Trade Wind. I'm missing the rear glass and compartment door too. InlandRV can help with that.

If you post the serial number, someone can tell you all about it.

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Old 04-01-2009, 06:53 PM   #4
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Looks like my 1967 Trade Wind but 4 more feet of it. Too bad about the dents. Other than that it really looks like my Trade Wind. I'm missing the rear glass and compartment door too. InlandRV can help with that.

If you post the serial number, someone can tell you all about it.

Best of luck,

Is this th enumber at the bottom of the pic???

1308-S313-2754 am I reading it correctly. see pics.
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Old 04-01-2009, 06:54 PM   #5
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That looks like a 1968. And being a Sovereign that would make it 30ft long. Replacing panels is not that hard, and you can find out how to do from the forums here. Some folks have had decent luck with pushing most of the dents out from the inside. The price of $1800 would be in the range of what you would expect to pay.
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Lots more pics, see anything scarry

Pics of what I would guess is a later mod water heater fabed into the water heater area???? looks more like my LANCE camper.

And what do these lines go to, were they original or are they ad one and why exterior???

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Old 04-01-2009, 07:01 PM   #7
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more shots of stuff
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Old 04-01-2009, 07:16 PM   #8
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The VIN makes it a 1968 Sovereign (30') made in California. It has the International Trip package and the twin bed layout.
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Old 04-01-2009, 07:17 PM   #9
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Buy it

I paid nothing for mine and you would be getting a better deal. No small thing that you daughter is on board. check out " help on a 57 overlander".
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Old 04-01-2009, 07:18 PM   #10
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some more interior and of the twins

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I paid nothing for mine and you would be getting a better deal. No small thing that you daughter is on board. check out " help on a 57 overlander".
Yes sir you are correct. She is 15 as of December and wants to get this thing ready for next March, NASCAR, drive 7 hours down to Vegas. We live an hour south of Reno. She also has this to work on

70 Belvedere 2 door post, 318 column shift, headrest bench seats. W ehave many mopars, the little 318 cars is safer for her.

If she wants nice things, she MUST work for and on them.

P.S thanks for your service!

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Old 04-01-2009, 09:22 PM   #12
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The lines in post #6 are probably propane lines. Safer on the outside than the inside. They could use more clamps and some sealant where that grommet has fallen out. I put vinyl tubing around my propane lines to protect them from road stuff.

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Old 04-02-2009, 08:29 AM   #13
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Thumbs up Looks doable to me...the upgraded wood cabinets are beautiful in the Internationals!

Here are a couple of webpages that can help you assess "what you should pay" and "what will it cost" to fix things up. These are both ballpark guides, things can "cost" much more depending on how much you and your daughter like "nice things"...I have a penchant for "nice things" too.
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These coupled with the forums will become your friends if you decide to drag it home ~

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Old 04-02-2009, 10:52 AM   #14
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Take an ice pick, and probe the floor in the bathroom. That will give you a quick indication if the flooring might need to be replaced. Elsewhere folks have said to probe under each window, and the door, because of probable leaks. You'll want to know that going in, if you have to gut the bathroom to replace the floor decking. But what the heck, go for it! Good luck!
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