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Old 10-10-2016, 02:12 PM   #1
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1973 31' Sovereign
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1973 Airstream Sovereign 31 - Texas

Title: 1973 Airstream Sovereign 31 - Texas
I just posted a new ad on Airstream Classifieds.

Completely redone in 2016!

--> Stripped down to bare frame and frame repaired where needed.
= Except for one, all new stronger outriggers.
= Several new stronger cross members.
--Added new structure to rear end to avoid rear-end separation.
= Entire frame rust-proofed with either POR-15 or Chassis Saver (ran out of one about half-way through and finished with the other).

--> New Axles, 3700lb Ez-Lube ordered from Colin Hyde

--> New Tires, Michelin LTX M/S2. Around 2,000 miles on these tires.

--> New aluminum Sendel T02 rims from etrailer.

--> All new ¾” marine grade plywood floor
= Floor was attached with elevator bolts in main floor and screws in u-channel.

--> All new cork flooring, USA made, feels good on the footsies.

--> Interior and underside of plywood floor has been spray foamed. It is well insulated, protected against future leaks, quiet and the structure is stronger than when it left the factory.

--> All interior panels were cleaned prior to being reinstalled. If you have ever renovated a vintage trailer, you know why. Ew.

--> New MaxxAir Deluxe Fans (2). One in the very front and one in the very back. This works great to have one pull air in and one out, creating a nice flow through the trailer.

--> New Fantastic Vent (non-powered). This works sort of like a sky light and is in the middle.

--> New Dometic High Capacity AC unit, black. Dometic doesn't provide a BTU rating on this model, but it's the hightest BTU capacity they offer.

--> New LED Interior lighting

--> New 100A Solar Panel and controller by Windy Nation.

--> Fresh Low VOC interior paint by Behr/Home Depot.

--> Custom made new Diamond plate interior wheel wells.

--> New aluminum side wraps

--> New plastic (new style) banana wraps

--> New belly pan, attached with screws and fender washers, not rivets. This allows for easier removal for checking anything underneath.

--> New front Rockguard (NOTE: The guard does have a rock chip in it).

--> New custom front interior cap made from aluminum.

--> New door handle/lock

--> New door deadbolt

--> New no-see-um screens on all windows

--> All New LED marker lights

--> New LED door light

--> New LED Scare light

--> New LED tail and backup lights, including new aluminum cans.

--> New reflectors all the way around

--> New manual tongue jack

--> New hitch ball coupler mechanicals

--> New breakway switch

--> New tow vehicle plug receptacle

--> The rear bumper storage has been removed, which was a very common source of water leaks into the coach resulting in rotting floors.

--> New 30A service plug, marine grade. NOTE: One quirk, the plug is on the passenger side of the coach. This is because the other electrical components reside there, but you could easily relocate it if you wish.

--> All new wiring front to back
= Marker lights and taillights were routed inside the walls.
= All other wiring is in conduit outside the walls so it is easy to get to for future changes. The conduit is the gray outdoor variety, so it looks industrial and matches the Airstream look and feel.

--> The Airstream letters had partially fallen off, so a new panel was created for the front and back with the word "Dreamstream." If you don't like that, it can be removed with a little elbow grease.

==> The exterior is in good shape for it's age, with a few dents and dings. Patches have been created for all systems removed, which can then be later removed if someone wants to reinstall that particular system (fridge, water inlet, etc).

==> Interior is also in good shape. The trim that fits the front wing windows will need to be replaced at some point. The plastic is old and brittle.

What does it still need?
1. Well, the interior is a blank canvas! Use it like it is or get handy and build in whatever kind of interior you want! Dream big!
2. The interior floor trim hasn’t been put down, though we have it to provide to the new owners.
3. The vista windows need trimmed out.
4. The exterior needs cleaned and polished.

Some unique things to this trailer.
No steps are attached. The old Airstream steps aren’t reliable (and even small parts are CRAZY expensive) been using a step placed on the ground. The result is a cleaner look on the side as well.

There are no holding tanks at all. We built the unit to be 4-season and we didn’t want any holding tanks below deck to freeze. Also, nothing to break, leak, etc. The long term plan was to use a composting toilet, basin for dishes, and a small freshwater tank under the bed. If you want tanks, you can install them or have them installed.

This would make a great trailer for someone who wants to camp but doesn’t want to maintain all those systems with hidden wires and hoses. It is also ready for setup as a business, a showroom perhaps, or anything else you can dream up.

A couple of things I may or may not sell with the unit, depending on timing and final sale price:

--> New Lithium 100AH Battery. Yes, lithium! This means in can be in the coach and there are no worries about off-gassing. Also more useable amp hours.
--> New ProPride Hitch. This thing does NOT get all wiggly on the highway, even with passing big rigs.

Feel free to ask questions! I travel, so the unit is in constant motion, currently residing in Colorado Springs.

You can contact us by filling in the form on the right hand column of the ad listing:
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