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I bought my 1976 31" Sovereign International on June 24, 2010 about two miles from my home.




It's going to be a work in progress. I'll uncover, discover, and recover. It has some old leaks. I suspect the TV antenna and the skylights. I believe the leakage is minimal but I'll see.



We began by removing the living area builtins.


sofa out






Both sofas out along with the mickey mouse corner table and the finger pinch table.


Before removing the rotted floor sections under the window and by the door, I'll remove those nice blue floor tiles.

They appear to be original because the floor is like new under the tiles and the tiles go under the builtins. They come up like they were never glued with a heat gun.

The whole tile comes up in one piece. Unfortunately the glue stays down and stays sticky. Some comes up with Krud Kutter.




I removed the drapes. The end caps come off and there's a screw in the bottom track to remove and the drapes just run out the end.

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    Stripping and Polishing 2012

    thank you for this great post! hope i can find it again!
    Posted 10-15-2014 at 11:34 AM by thumbelinadj thumbelinadj is offline
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    Splitrock's Avatar

    Air conditioner

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by truffles
    Thanks for all the pictures, info, and laughs! (Just reading "How do you get on the roof?")
    Let me know if you come up with any new ideas . . .

    :-)
    Posted 12-01-2013 at 09:42 PM by Splitrock Splitrock is offline
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    Air conditioner

    Thanks for all the pictures, info, and laughs! (Just reading "How do you get on the roof?")
    Posted 12-01-2013 at 05:11 PM by truffles truffles is offline
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    Stripping and Polishing 2012

    Good job. Loved the comments.
    Posted 06-15-2013 at 10:53 AM by janeinthemtns janeinthemtns is offline
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    Splitrock's Avatar

    Kitchen Cabinets, Countertops

    Hi Pete,

    I removed the two single beds and built a double with head towards street side. I added two side tables and a wall cabinet. I have it all done. I haven't taken current pictures.

    I'll do that soon.

    Thanks for the kind words.

    Gary
    Posted 09-15-2012 at 09:50 PM by Splitrock Splitrock is offline
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    Kitchen Cabinets, Countertops

    Outstanding!
    I have read all of your postings. I too have a 1976 Sovereign with bedroom in the rear. I just got it and started to tear into it. You are doing a fantastic job!
    Any plans for the bedroom? Mine came with a full bed but I would like to squeeze an RV Queen (60x75) in there instead. I don’t know if that really is feasible because of the limited space.
    Pete
    Posted 09-15-2012 at 03:02 PM by plbalza54 plbalza54 is offline
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    Posted 09-01-2012 at 05:30 PM by Lance M Lance M is offline
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    Splitrock's Avatar

    Air conditioner

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by r.swanson
    what did you do about the drain ??????
    The water just drains outside over the skin. I'm not a fan of the inside water collection pans with inside hit or miss drains.
    Posted 08-16-2012 at 01:10 PM by Splitrock Splitrock is offline
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    Air conditioner

    what did you do about the drain ??????
    Posted 08-16-2012 at 12:07 PM by r.swanson r.swanson is offline
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    Air conditioner

    wow thank you for posting just what i was looking for
    replacing my unit with a 13.5 duo therm with heat strip
    lots of screws on old unit. my son will come over with his
    boom truck pick old unit out and sit my new one in when
    i'm ready so that will help a lot. thanks agin
    Posted 08-16-2012 at 11:50 AM by r.swanson r.swanson is offline
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    Splitrock's Avatar

    Kitchen Cabinets, Countertops

    Welcome! I did a pretty good job of documenting the stripping and polishing in this thread.

    https://www.airforums.com/forums/f441/im-a-stripper-90054.html

    If you have any questions after you look that over, just PM me.

    Removal didn't work worth a hoot. CitriStrip worked fast and in one application. I polished the trailer three times, each time with a different polish and a different wheel. The last time I used a Cyclo and Nuvite S. I didn't polish the top. I plan to paint that white.
    Posted 08-10-2012 at 08:23 AM by Splitrock Splitrock is offline
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    texasbound's Avatar

    Kitchen Cabinets, Countertops

    Very clean renovation!

    I'm picking up my 1974 31' this weekend and your approach has very much inspired me! Can you elaborate on how you pressure washed the clear coat off? How did you polish it afterwards?

    Thanks!
    Posted 08-09-2012 at 07:55 PM by texasbound texasbound is offline
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    Splitrock's Avatar

    Dent repair using load jacks

    Hi Anne,

    The top of my trailer is just showing oxidized aluminum where the original clearcoat peeled away. I haven't started the outside stripping and polishing yet. I don't know how to do it. I have quite a bit left to do inside. I have the bed pedestal and side tables to build and I need to install a sofa, recliner, curtains/blinds, and things like televisions and radios:-)

    Outside I need to strip, polish, and install new fabric on the awning.

    Gary
    Posted 10-21-2011 at 02:56 PM by Splitrock Splitrock is offline
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    Dent repair using load jacks

    Splitrock: I enjoyed this entry on your blog. It looks like you have an Airstream that was painted white on top, or maybe that is just how your clearcoat is breaking down. I would be interested in knowing how you remove that top finish. While I was replacing a broken window, I gave a small area some treatment with aircraft grade paint remover, and it worked pretty well, but it is very expensive. I have a 68 Trade Wind, mostly working on the interior for a couple of years now as time permits. I want to work on the exterior, it's not getting any better the longer I wait! :-)
    Posted 10-21-2011 at 08:43 AM by IndyAnne IndyAnne is offline
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    Splitrock's Avatar

    Cabinet ends, faceframes, shop

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Top
    Looks like some great work Split. Some cool tools too!
    Thanks! This phase is a LOT more fun than frame welding and tracking down leaks:-)

    We had a 5" rain in two hours and no leaks! I'm pretty happy!
    Posted 08-03-2011 at 08:03 AM by Splitrock Splitrock is offline
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    Lance M's Avatar

    Cabinet ends, faceframes, shop

    Looks like some great work Split. Some cool tools too!
    Posted 08-03-2011 at 04:55 AM by Lance M Lance M is offline
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    Splitrock's Avatar

    Cabinet ends, faceframes, shop

    The heat is slowing me down:-)
    Posted 07-31-2011 at 05:42 PM by Splitrock Splitrock is offline
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    Peggy Wilson's Avatar

    Cabinet ends, faceframes, shop

    Wow you have done an excellent job!
    Posted 07-31-2011 at 05:03 PM by Peggy Wilson Peggy Wilson is offline
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    Splitrock's Avatar

    2" Premium Flexible Heat Duct

    It made my day when I found it. :-)
    Posted 07-21-2011 at 06:12 PM by Splitrock Splitrock is offline
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