We finally did it! Bought ourselves a 1972 31 Foot Sovereign
. Here are a couple pics;
We have our work cut out for us! I'll be posting here with updates, offers (of original stuff we won't be using) and of course with TONS of questions! As of this point everything works except
AC blows but not cold
No Hot Water Heater
Fridge is showing no signs of life
Stove/Oven - Status unkown however PO said they both work
All the lights and fans work
So basically all of the expensive stuff is
In the first week we had it I only had 3 chances to get out and work on it. Day 1 was spent leveling it and giving it a serious vacuuming. Since it won't be parked under cover ever our #1 priority is to get it sealed up and leak free. I spent probably 10 hours (literally) reading about the different sealants and driving all over town on a quest to find them and the only thing I could find here was vulkem 116 (black) @ fastenal. They could have ordered some of the other stuff but they could only order it by the case.
So I bought some sikaflex 715 for the roof, some acryl-r for the visible smaller stuff, the 116 (black) for underbelly and sikaflex 1a because it was the only darn gray sikaflex i could track down and I read a thread from this site a while back where some gurus were talking about it and it seemed acceptable. Moral of the story; just buy the name brand stuff off the internet. I went on an equally challenging quest to find the puddy tape, 5 stores later I found it in our small town old school hardware store even though none of the bigger places carried it.
Day 2 I spent probably 3 hours figuring out and working the window latches because they were EXTREMELY difficult to put the handles back down into their locked position, I was worried we were going to break them. Took one apart and squirted some wd-40, gave it a good bit of wiggling and working and some more wd-40 and it worked. Put some of that awesome liquid on the rest of them, did a little adjusting and now they all work really well. The front ones had some buildup but a couple minutes at the bench grinder with a wire wheel and they cleaned up good;
Pretty happy with the way they are working now because we NEED them in this heat.
Day 3 I got on the roof and did my best to diagnose what it'll take to get it all fixed up. The two vent gaskets, one from black tank and the other one midship from (I DUNNO? Maybe oven?) were super cracked and obviously very far gone. There was no sealant in one and the other was half sealed and the hole was about 1.5 inch too large in diameter for it. When I inspected the trailer it was during a monsoon and I did note leaks in exactly those two locations. Going to have to get some new gaskets there and seal the jebeebers - that's dyslexic bejeebers - out if them. Got to work scraping on the sealant around the old Armstrong ac unit, to expose the rivets so we can take it out eventually. By the way, we have no plans for the armstrong and it definitely still blows, just not cold. I'm sure the right person could give it a little TLC and have it doing well again, so if you're interested just contact me. Our new AC arrived today as well and this is INCREDIBLY exciting!
We plan on installing it ourselves with the help of a few muscular relatives, but we haven't yet finished removing the old one and frankly we have no clue how to install the new one! Have to learn! We are having an electrician come out to look the DreamStream over and make sure we won't get electrocuted or set it on fire by plugging things in.
So for the time being the plan is;
1.) Remove Armstrong
2.) Have electrician go over, maybe even install breakers if we're lucky
3.) Install New AC
4.) Seal up the Roof and get to the fun stuff!
A couple questions;
What's the best way for removing the rivets on the armstrong? I know drilling is a common used method but why not just air chisel the heads off?
What is this little knob on the door for?;
Where is the electric cable normally supposed to exit the trailer? Ours has a gaping hole in the rear storage compartment that I think maybe at one point was some kind of adapter to pull the cable through?
That's all for tonight! Thanks guys & gals! Your input is greatly appreciated!