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Old 07-25-2010, 01:38 AM   #1
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Update on my renovation of 73 31' Sovereign

Well, we got the inside partially gutted and found out we had a water leak so at least part of the floor needs replacing. After pouring over the forums and reading I discovered my frame may have rust/damage (we didn't check this) and or we will almost certainly have to replace the axles etc. When I reported this to hubby he became somewhat distraught . He wants to scrap the whole project and get another camper that is not an AS that is newer. I will just not have this. I ordered a service manual off ebay (which is wonderful I might add) and I have learned where the outriggers and cross members are and I now know I need to check those for rust. I have watched the DIY series on the AS remodel several times. I am just not going to give up. What is really funny is I was concerning myself with the with replacing the ugly faux wood paneling . This is the least of my worries. I am at work now. I am a nurse and am work (7PM -7AM). I can't wait to get off and check out my frame. Wish me luck!
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Old 08-02-2010, 07:18 PM   #2
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What did you find?? I have the same model. We too are concerned with the faux wood paneling. We don't actually have the rig at our house yet, so don't know what might be going on in it's "guts."

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Old 08-03-2010, 08:19 AM   #3
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Well, we got the inside partially gutted and found out we had a water leak so at least part of the floor needs replacing. After pouring over the forums and reading I discovered my frame may have rust/damage (we didn't check this) and or we will almost certainly have to replace the axles etc. When I reported this to hubby he became somewhat distraught . He wants to scrap the whole project and get another camper that is not an AS that is newer. I will just not have this. I ordered a service manual off ebay (which is wonderful I might add) and I have learned where the outriggers and cross members are and I now know I need to check those for rust. I have watched the DIY series on the AS remodel several times. I am just not going to give up. What is really funny is I was concerning myself with the with replacing the ugly faux wood paneling . This is the least of my worries. I am at work now. I am a nurse and am work (7PM -7AM). I can't wait to get off and check out my frame. Wish me luck!
I'm with yout sista'.... in these vintage babies, the mechanical/structural/electrical maintenance and repair work needs to be addressed before the interior decor work. Sad but true. And you are certainly not the first to realize this after doing a bit of research. Thankfully, with help of this forum and a couple commercial vendors, it's not too difficult.

Sorry you think you’ll need to make some structural repairs. That sounds intimidating but, I’ve read plenty of posts here detailing others’ work. None of those stories mentioned it being grueling or difficult. Though I imagine each had welding experience.

I did my axles in a day – handling the weight of the axle is the most difficult part of the job. Well, other than writing the check… Doing this job also taught me how to pack my bearings, adjust my brakes and inspect my tires too. So it was a good lesson in maintenance.

I’ve almost finished sealing my trailer. It’s a bit time consuming but not hard – except my distaste for vulkem. The right caulk gun helped with that! Keeping your trailer DRY is pretty important! I (and the PO) hadn’t realized how poor of shape the window & door gaskets were -all cracked and crushed- and they are being systematically replaced too.

I need to address my (lack of) univolt/inverter/charging system next. Sigh. Hope yours is still working.

I just got around to stripping the failed top coat from my trailer. This job was about #4 on my original To Do List. Ha --- at that time, axles weren’t even ON the list! Neither were other words like univolt, umbilical, etc. It can all be done but takes some patience (and $$$). I'd advise to only update decor items that are absolutely necessary - for like, hygiene - and focus on the real important stuff. Then go camping! IMO now, interior stuff should be planned for the times when it's too hot or too cold to camp. Getting out there and having fun seems to help keep the momentum!

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