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Airstream Name Henri
Year 1974
Make Airstream
Model Sovereign
Length 31
Options International
1974 Airstream Sovereign
1974 Airstream Sovereign 1974 Airstream Sovereign
Overview Purchased from the son of the OP. It had sat in a trailer camp for over ten years and needed many new things to get on the road again.

Finally got that finished in October of 2009 and took it on a 6,500 km (over 4,000 miles) trip in November for 25 days.
1974 Airstream Sovereign Exterior
He cleans up real good.

The OP removed the front couch and the refer. Other than that, it's stock.

Systems and Running Gear
All new factory style curtains.
New 10 gallon water heater.
New tires.
All new brake parts.
Replaced screen in about half the windows.

Tow Vehicle
2007 Ford Freestar
Original hitch: Reese WD with anti-sway bars.
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Old 12-11-2012, 09:35 PM   #2
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1984 34' International
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Hi there

I read from some of your posts that you're quite tall - 6'5", correct? I am the same height and am just now researching our first AS. I would love to pick up a 70's model, use it as is for a while and then reno it to our tastes and needs a couple of years in.

Are there any pitfalls for the taller camper I need to be aware of? I lived in a boat for a while, so am familiar with limited headroom. Are there any models that are better suited than others?

Sorry to bombard you with questions, and not expecting an answer if you're too busy, just trying to learn as much as possible.

Best regards,


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Old 06-11-2013, 04:07 PM   #3
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1974 31' Sovereign
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Jeepers, sorry I never noticed your post! Obviously, there is noemail warning of a message here. My apologies!

The newer the AS, the higher the ceiling, it seems to me. They eventually found that the low bulkheads separating the lounge area from the sleeping area and bathroom is NOT fun to run into.

Also, the ceiling lights and air-conditioning units got slimmer on the interior too. For your own health, I recommend an '80s or even better, a '90s model. Your head will thank you. They really don't cost that much more either, I have found. And it is more certain that a '70s model will need more work than a newer one.

ps: I always wear a hat for the first few days we camp in it. It has saved me a good deal of skin!

If it's to be, it's up to me.
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