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Old 11-24-2019, 07:55 PM   #1
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1986 29' Sovereign
Arlington , Virginia
Join Date: Nov 2019
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jumping in feet first with an 86 Sovereign 27 ft

Been lurking and doing a lot of research last few months and found my aluminum jewel
(technically just a deposit that is fully refundable, but I'm doing it)

I am getting it through the dealer in VA, while that added a little to the price, it gave me a level of comfort on my first purchase that I couldn't get from private sellers...even if they were a few k cheaper
this is camp ready tonight!

Owner took great care, but it's an 86 so there are some issues

it was used regularly and kept up
body and windows in cherry condition
did a thorough inspection underneath and it looked great

almost no rust or damage anywhere on the bottom

I think the axels are in good shape...based on them being 6 or so inches above the rim and level.
Checked under the carpet and in the cabinets and there is some water damage, but IMO not really that bad
windows look like there was a little leakage too

Eventually will have to be dealt with, but I think for the price I'm fine with knowing in a few years taking the top off and redoing the floor

Appliances work, tanks, LP, electric all is working according to the techs
even giving me new batteries

Awning works and while it had a little damage, looked really good

have my final walk through in 2 weeks

While I'm taking it "as-is" I was considering just paying the service team to give me any estimates on upgrades and work that needed to be done
they said it would be paying 2-3 hours of labor to give me some good estimates

I think the first tasks I'm willing to invest in are
1. bathroom upgrade (not really sure what it will entail, but want the bathroom to be very nice and modern)
2. reupholster the guacho (won't have the dealer do this)

3. Recover counters and some of the walls with new surface (or this)
4. Thinking I may want Bunks in the rear for the kids and just gaucho for the queen (possibly be a part of the bathroom redesign)

right now going to be out the door at $17k and have budget 5-7k of work upgrades
wanted to know the best thought on how to use that budgett

I'd love to hear suggestions on bathroom upgrades
it's a side bath room with separate shower, while everything works, I'd rather rip it all our and have it sparkle and work really well

pics to come

Looking forward to being an AS owner...bought a hat and xmas ornament at the dealer
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