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Old 09-15-2016, 11:57 PM   #1
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Living in our 1971 Sovereign.

We've finished most of the work on our 31' Sovereign. My wife and I put in many hours getting it to this point. Lots of new stuff...wiring, plumbing, fridge, AC, tambour doors (remade all of them myself), sofa, mattresses, bathroom subfloor, toilet, black water tank, brakes, shocks, flooring, etc. Still need to remove the clear coat and polish the exterior. The trailer pulls very well, but general consensus on this forum is to change the axles, which we plan to do real soon.

Here's a link to a short video with some appropriate 70's music.
https://vimeo.com/user15958656/airstreamproject
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Old 09-16-2016, 12:00 AM   #2
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Wow! I like the way that you refurbished may things, rather than replace them.
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Old 09-16-2016, 01:22 AM   #3
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Looks nice. Can I ask where you got the shower curtain rod from? I got one and it doesn't fit well.

Also does your television mount lock the tv in place when you're moving? I need to find one of those too. Thanks.
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Old 09-16-2016, 06:28 AM   #4
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You've done well! Hard work pays off. I also like that you kept it as original as possible. I hope you have many happy times. Did you install a gray tank?
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Old 09-16-2016, 06:39 AM   #5
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Love what you have done. May all your camping be as wonderful as the Airstream.
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Old 09-16-2016, 07:11 AM   #6
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looks good, we enjoyed our Sovereign. It is a great size, very practical. If you're bearings are good and tires are ok don't sweat the axles unless the thing is shaking the rivets out inside. Your choice.
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Old 09-16-2016, 12:28 PM   #7
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Thanks, CaCraig. I actually made the shower curtain rod myself from a 1/8 x 1" piece of aluminum trim from Lowe's. The curved shape makes the shower feel roomier.

The TV can be taken off the mount by removing one little screw. I plan on laying it on one of the beds while traveling.
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Old 09-16-2016, 12:33 PM   #8
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Thanks, avionstream. We wanted to keep some of the 70's look. Did not install a gray tank. We did install a new black water tank and purchased a portable gray water tank for use in parks with no sewer hookup.
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Old 09-16-2016, 12:34 PM   #9
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What did you do to the bathroom to make it so white?

Cheers, John
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Old 09-16-2016, 01:00 PM   #10
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That is a good looking trailer without being polished.
Great job on the interior.
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Old 09-16-2016, 01:03 PM   #11
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Absolutely love the bathroom transformation!
(I don't think the original yellow color was attractive even when it was new
There are a lot of ideas on our Forums about coatings, colors, etc. But what was your choice of coatings for that project? Also, what worked for the wall cleaning?

Great video and appropriate tunes

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Old 09-16-2016, 02:31 PM   #12
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Nicely done!
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Old 09-16-2016, 02:50 PM   #13
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Nice!

The video was fun! It looks great. Ready to roll. Did you replace the window arms or redo them somehow?
The shower rod is very cool.

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Old 09-16-2016, 03:29 PM   #14
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That is exceptional! Enjoy that beauty!
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Old 09-16-2016, 10:52 PM   #15
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The previous owner was a heavy smoker. Everything in the trailer was covered with a thick sticky layer of black cigarette funk. We used Scrubbing Bubbles followed by Mr. Clean Magic Erasers which worked very well.

We used Krylon Fusion on the bathroom and the end caps. If you follow the directions carefully it works very well and is durable.

I polished all 16 of the window rods with a sandpaper flap wheel attached to my drill.
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Old 09-17-2016, 12:50 AM   #16
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I might have to borrow that shower bar idea. I bought a curved one from Bed Bath & Beyond and it doesn't fit well.

Your kitchen countertop looks like mine.
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The previous owner was a heavy smoker. Everything in the trailer was covered with a thick sticky layer of black cigarette funk. We used Scrubbing Bubbles followed by Mr. Clean Magic Erasers which worked very well.

We used Krylon Fusion on the bathroom and the end caps. If you follow the directions carefully it works very well and is durable.

I polished all 16 of the window rods with a sandpaper flap wheel attached to my drill.

Buy or rent an ozone generator. Run overnight with AC fan to circulate. Open everything up and stand cushions up, etc. Stay elsewhere. Air it out afterwards. Amazing difference.

Do your TV as well. A few hours with AC or heat on recirculate position.

See other threads on subject.
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