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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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Kitchen Cabinets, Countertops

Posted 09-18-2011 at 02:06 PM by Splitrock

I had a prosperous last two weeks of August. The cabinets were made with a minimalist approach. Just face frames, doors, and attached boxes to hold drawers. I used aluminum tube to frame out the sink side with an aluminum angle attached to the wall for the counter top to attach to.

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The kitchen now has 6 full depth drawers on KV full extension slides with the soft close feature. They have a stay closed catch built into the slide.

The sink side is all open under the cabinets for access. After I test everything and use it for a while I'll make some shelf storage under the sink.

Counter tops are hardwood edged high pressure laminate.

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I noted a lack of countertop with the original design, so I relieved some of that shortage by using a single tub sink and making some space between the sink and the stove. There's also nice counter space to the right of the sink.

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There wasn't any counter space on the street side or any functional drawers, so I installed a 36" cabinet with counter and a corresponding wall cabinet above. I have a 12 volt LED light to be used under that street side wall cabinet as well as a 120 volt task light to be installed there. I'll install a 120 volt outlet on the left panel to serve the street side counter and for possible future microwave use.

I opened a shelf over the refrigerator because I sort of liked the open area there in the original plan.

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The street side cabinet features four full extension drawers and a 24" pull out cutting board.

The closet was reduced from six feet to 42". The double bed will have it's head towards the street side and sit on a storage pedestal. I'll build a bedside table on each side of the bed. There will be a wall cabinet over the side table between the bed and the closet.
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    texasbound's Avatar

    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?

    Posted 08-09-2012 at 07:55 PM by texasbound texasbound is offline
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    Splitrock's Avatar
    Welcome! I did a pretty good job of documenting the stripping and polishing in this thread.

    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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    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.
    Posted 09-15-2012 at 03:02 PM by plbalza54 plbalza54 is offline
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    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.

    Posted 09-15-2012 at 09:50 PM by Splitrock Splitrock is offline

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