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Forum: Airstream Classifieds 05-27-2019, 12:13 PM
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Posted By Bowmans
1979 Airstream Sovereign 31 - Virginia

Title: 1979 Airstream Sovereign 31 - Virginia
I just posted a new ad on Airstream Classifieds.

Moving to PA soon so price reduced $1000 - Beautifully renovated 1979 Airstream Sovereign 31’...
Forum: Leaks - Weatherstrips, Gaskets, Caulks & Sealants 07-17-2017, 06:18 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,088
Posted By Bowmans
Sealant to use on inside of exterior panels

All,
We are redoing a 1950 AS Liner and it is shell off. I just completed building a new frame and am getting started on the belly pan. I want to prep the shell and seal it before we move it on to...
Forum: General Interior Topics 06-21-2017, 07:57 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 25,229
Posted By Bowmans
I used the same product (TileDoc from Sherman...

I used the same product (TileDoc from Sherman Williams) as 68 TWind (earlier in thread). We sprayed it on in 2009 and it is still as white as when we applied it. It strengthens up the plastics some...
Forum: 1950-1955 Flying Cloud 09-07-2016, 07:24 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,865
Posted By Bowmans
Looking good. If you don't mind my asking, what...

Looking good. If you don't mind my asking, what aluminum sheet did you get to replace the exterior panels and where did you get it?

Tadd
Forum: Airstream Lifestyle 07-30-2016, 09:26 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 10,464
Posted By Bowmans
I am a DIY person, love projects. We went...

I am a DIY person, love projects. We went searching for the best quality brand of camper and Airstream was far above the rest. Also, love the look of the raw aluminum and clean design.
Forum: Awnings 07-24-2016, 01:33 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,081
Posted By Bowmans
Thanks. Will try those. I also used the awning...

Thanks. Will try those. I also used the awning rod to get the end of the spring to the end of the tube. Perfectly made for the job.
Forum: Awnings 07-23-2016, 09:20 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,081
Posted By Bowmans
1979 Zip Dee awning, spring stuck in tube

So we had the spring on the main roadside awning snap. We ordered a new on from Zip Dee with instructions. It is a manually operated type with the round clasps at each side, standard in 1979.

We...
Forum: On The Road... 02-25-2016, 07:44 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,344
Posted By Bowmans
A number of homes in our area (Virginia) were hit...

A number of homes in our area (Virginia) were hit really hard in yesterday's storms as well. I believe 3 separate tornados occurred, not to mention the winds and severe storms. You always need a...
Forum: General Interior Topics 11-09-2015, 07:55 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 8,546
Posted By Bowmans
Robwok was gracious enough to allow my wife and I...

Robwok was gracious enough to allow my wife and I to see this Overlander in person this weekend. He and his wife did a spectacular job restoring this Airstream.
Forum: Off Topic Forum 11-09-2015, 07:50 AM
Replies: 173
Views: 22,785
Posted By Bowmans
When we first walked around inside our 1950 22'...

When we first walked around inside our 1950 22' Liner, we noticed that the whole shell wobbled pretty bad since half the floor was rotted. So we settled on the name Weeble.

We had to start...
Forum: 1959-69 Tradewind 11-04-2015, 08:00 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,376
Posted By Bowmans
Sounds like fun. Need photos though!

Sounds like fun. Need photos though!
Forum: General Interior Topics 11-04-2015, 07:42 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 8,546
Posted By Bowmans
Beautiful work! Your restoration turned out...

Beautiful work! Your restoration turned out fabulous.
Forum: 2009-2015 Flying Cloud 10-15-2015, 09:10 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,301
Posted By Bowmans
In 19', that will be a real challenge. We will...

In 19', that will be a real challenge. We will be doing something like this in our 1950 22' liner since there were no tanks, plumbing or really, floor. We will be welding a new frame so it is a...
Forum: Winterizing, Storage, Carports & Covers 10-15-2015, 08:46 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,157
Posted By Bowmans
I'm with Wingeezer. We winterize right after the...

I'm with Wingeezer. We winterize right after the last trip of the summer usually. I was a little later this year but winterized 2 weekends ago. With the original lines from 1979, I don't want to...
Forum: Windows & Screens 10-14-2015, 09:48 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,154
Posted By Bowmans
1950 opening here Windows and glass breaking

Edit - Spell check mangled the title. Meant "Hehr windows"

I posted last night to my blog that I finally got 2 working windows rebuilt. Woke up this morning and one is now cracked. Blog entry...
Forum: Repairing/Replacing Floor &/or Frame 10-05-2015, 08:16 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,196
Posted By Bowmans
Very cool trailer and a lot of progress there...

Very cool trailer and a lot of progress there Naddy. Very nice dent removal on the end cap. No worries about the skills. From your blog it seems you are dedicated so it will get done. When we...
Forum: 1950-1955 Flying Cloud 10-02-2015, 09:01 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,865
Posted By Bowmans
Hope you have it on high ground with the incoming...

Hope you have it on high ground with the incoming rain between the nor'easter and hurricane Joaquin. Stay safe.
Forum: Airstream Lifestyle 10-02-2015, 08:58 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 6,618
Posted By Bowmans
@CPK Last summer we had a similar incident. We...

@CPK
Last summer we had a similar incident. We were on i64 heading east near Norfolk heading to the eastern shore. Where we were at, there was 5 lanes and it was a weekday and no traffic at all. ...
Forum: Repairing/Replacing Floor &/or Frame 10-02-2015, 08:40 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,196
Posted By Bowmans
Thank Naddy. Do you have a blog going? The few...

Thank Naddy. Do you have a blog going? The few photos above you posted look identical to what I am seeing on mine and at the same stage. I like your idea of having the c channel at 3/4 inch tall. ...
Forum: Repairing/Replacing Floor &/or Frame 10-01-2015, 10:00 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,196
Posted By Bowmans
Our 1950 has similar gaps here and there, almost...

Our 1950 has similar gaps here and there, almost haphazard. For the ends, they used 2" c channels pieces every 6" or so all the way around the curve. Guess they didn't want to curve the channel. A...
Forum: Airstream Lifestyle 10-01-2015, 09:42 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 6,618
Posted By Bowmans
Wow. Some of these are good to note so I don't...

Wow. Some of these are good to note so I don't do them as well.

Our worst, when we finished our 1979 renovation, we decided to rent a yearly spot at a campground my parents have a camper...
Forum: Flat-Front (Cutter, Clipper, XC, XL & Skydeck) Motorhomes 09-29-2015, 09:07 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,667
Posted By Bowmans
Number one definitely looks like a fold up rack...

Number one definitely looks like a fold up rack of some sort. Two looks like snap together plastic sleeve (not original) to store something during transit. I like the flag holder idea. Number...
Forum: Stoves, Ovens & Microwaves 09-29-2015, 09:00 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 9,312
Posted By Bowmans
We currently have a stove in our 1979. The plan...

We currently have a stove in our 1979. The plan with the 1950 will be gas cooktop with a microwave/convection oven underneath. I would opt for just the cooktop but my better half says convection...
Forum: 1969 - 1973 Safari 09-27-2015, 09:26 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,734
Posted By Bowmans
Your AS looks great! And we all appreciate the...

Your AS looks great! And we all appreciate the product list. I wish we were that far along on our 1950. Just starting out, you can't get a glimpse of the finish line.
Forum: Airstream Lifestyle 09-27-2015, 09:21 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,038
Posted By Bowmans
Congrats! Need to see pictures!

Congrats! Need to see pictures!
Forum: Wheels, Hubs & Bearings 09-27-2015, 09:18 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,008
Posted By Bowmans
Those look really good Shacksman. I bet they...

Those look really good Shacksman. I bet they look great on a newer AS.
Forum: Electronics & Connectivity 09-27-2015, 09:05 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,369
Posted By Bowmans
Um. Meant to say "popping" in the post above....

Um. Meant to say "popping" in the post above. ☺️
Forum: 1950-1955 Flying Cloud 09-26-2015, 10:29 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,865
Posted By Bowmans
Very cool trailer! Your blog so far looks just...

Very cool trailer! Your blog so far looks just like my progress on our 1950 liner up to the shell off. We will be building a new frame before lift off and hopefully swapping frames within a few day...
Forum: Windows & Screens 09-26-2015, 10:01 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,516
Posted By Bowmans
Amurfey, Were you able to make any progress on...

Amurfey,
Were you able to make any progress on this? We did the simpler, break out interior pane in ours. We used a Dremel with a cutting disc to break the inside pane and it worked well. Here is...
Forum: Wheels, Hubs & Bearings 09-26-2015, 05:48 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,008
Posted By Bowmans
Not much on the black rims myself. Still trying...

Not much on the black rims myself. Still trying to figure out what we want to do with the Liner's rims. I really like the half moon hubcaps with wide whites pictured above.
Forum: Electronics & Connectivity 09-26-2015, 05:45 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,369
Posted By Bowmans
jlongtine, Still not sure if it is pooping the...

jlongtine,
Still not sure if it is pooping the breaker in the AS or garage? We had an issue this summer where the GFI breaker in the camper kept popping. After going through a number of other...
Forum: Cabinets, Counter Tops & Furnishings 09-26-2015, 09:30 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,390
Posted By Bowmans
We put plastic sheeting on top of the aluminum...

We put plastic sheeting on top of the aluminum wall as well as surround in the shower when we rebuilt the interior of a 1979 about 8 years ago. Link below to the blog page. Has held up really good...
Forum: Ribs, Skins & Rivets 09-23-2015, 09:32 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,888
Posted By Bowmans
I have removed about 30 hardened buck rivets...

I have removed about 30 hardened buck rivets using the sharp metal scraper (not a flexible one but stiff) and hammer between the aluminum sheets. This works great for pop rivets but takes a couple...
Forum: 2005 and newer - Bambi all models 09-20-2015, 07:48 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,365
Posted By Bowmans
With only one small storage door in our 1979, we...

With only one small storage door in our 1979, we only store 2'water hoses, Y connector, sprayer, electrical extension, plastics jack and tire pads and 30amp-50 amp converter. Tools we keep in the...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 08-26-2015, 08:48 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,892
Posted By Bowmans
Side note but may add to this - Our 79 has the 2...

Side note but may add to this - Our 79 has the 2 tanks on the front and polished. Don't want to pay to replace so since we have had it on the road, I added a steel cable through both tank handles on...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 08-21-2015, 09:04 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,006
Posted By Bowmans
I wouldn't run without a sway control myself. ...

I wouldn't run without a sway control myself. The risk is always there for a good side wind, whether from a large semi or winds.

We run an F150 with a 31' 1979. I can tell the difference when...
Forum: Windows & Screens 08-04-2015, 08:47 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,640
Posted By Bowmans
I am cleaning out my subscriptions and thought I...

I am cleaning out my subscriptions and thought I would update some of these older posts. It has been over 5 years now. Both wing windows and the 4 vista view windows are still leak free.
Forum: Hitches, Couplers & Balls 07-14-2015, 06:38 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,476
Posted By Bowmans
I bought one of these a few years ago for our...

I bought one of these a few years ago for our 1979 but it doesn't fit. The metal at the base of the coupler on the trailer curves up to the outside and the locking mechanism is too close to the lock...
Forum: General Repair Forum 07-07-2015, 09:08 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,413
Posted By Bowmans
We also sanded the original plastic shroud,...

We also sanded the original plastic shroud, painted with Krylon silver, then a Krylon clear coat. That lasted until we replaced the AC unit 7 years later. I did the same thing with the new shroud.
Forum: Cleaning, Stripping & Polishing 06-12-2015, 09:16 PM
Replies: 435
Views: 199,706
Posted By Bowmans
Sounds like it is coming along nicely. On our...

Sounds like it is coming along nicely. On our 1979, the front, lower panels were pitted pretty good. I just used the compound and F7 as I did the rest. I had to run a few additional passes but...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 05-25-2015, 03:16 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,303
Posted By Bowmans
Not rise if this is the case with the newer...

Not rise if this is the case with the newer sensors but a small piece of toilet paper can hang on a sensor and false indicate. Ours was doing that when we first got it and we filled the tank up and...
Forum: Mechanics Corner - Engines, Transmission & More... 05-20-2015, 06:56 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,180
Posted By Bowmans
Congrats! Glad the install was relatively...

Congrats! Glad the install was relatively uneventful. I had forgotten until you just mentioned but the framing wasn't very good in ours between the aluminum outside and inside skin either and we...
Forum: Upholstery, Blinds, Walls & Interior Finishes 05-20-2015, 02:07 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,284
Posted By Bowmans
Jim, No other snaps on that wall that I found. ...

Jim,
No other snaps on that wall that I found.

Dave,
Are you trying to turn this thread into the "Stick with string" antics? If so, I like it. Gives me ideas to use the snap for! Hahaha!
Forum: Upholstery, Blinds, Walls & Interior Finishes 05-20-2015, 05:57 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,284
Posted By Bowmans
Might be a little better to see in this photo. ...

Might be a little better to see in this photo. It is right under the trim at the top of photo:

http://www.rurucru.com/AS/Snap2.JPG
Forum: Upholstery, Blinds, Walls & Interior Finishes 05-20-2015, 05:54 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,284
Posted By Bowmans
Photo below. The snap is just below middle trim,...

Photo below. The snap is just below middle trim, half way between door frame and grey nameplate. Might need to Jon in to see. It is a little black dot in this photo.
...
Forum: Upholstery, Blinds, Walls & Interior Finishes 05-19-2015, 08:40 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,284
Posted By Bowmans
Single snap outside AS, by door?

So I have been wondering this for years and finally decided to ask. We have a single snap riveted outside the 1979 31' AS, to the right of the door, right below the center trim line. The same snaps...
Forum: Mechanics Corner - Engines, Transmission & More... 05-19-2015, 08:08 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,180
Posted By Bowmans
92landyacht, Sounds like you have a good plan. ...

92landyacht,
Sounds like you have a good plan. One thing I would watch out for is if the box the AC is in doesn't have something to keep it on the ladder, maybe get 2x4s and screw them to the edges...
Forum: Mechanics Corner - Engines, Transmission & More... 05-18-2015, 08:08 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,180
Posted By Bowmans
My wife and I installed a new AC on our 1979 last...

My wife and I installed a new AC on our 1979 last summer. We backed the truck up to the side of the trailer which had the AC in the bed on a wood pallet. I put a couple of screws in the base of the...
Forum: Repairing/Replacing Floor &/or Frame 05-11-2015, 08:36 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 777
Posted By Bowmans
Gronlampa, I am interested in the experts...

Gronlampa,
I am interested in the experts answers to this also as I have been pondering the same situation. I plan to seal the leaks this summer, rebuild the frame, floor and shell swap next...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 05-07-2015, 07:28 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 6,058
Posted By Bowmans
We have a 2011 F150 and opted for the V8. Tows...

We have a 2011 F150 and opted for the V8. Tows the 31' good but we decided we won't be making trips to WV or over the Rockies with it. Doesn't do too well on steep grades. We are looking forward...
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