RV News RVBusiness 2021 Top 10 RVs of the Year, plus 56 additional debuts and must-see units → ×
 


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 04-20-2015, 12:39 PM   #1
1 Rivet Member
 
1977 31' Sovereign
Spokane Valley , Washington
Join Date: Apr 2015
Posts: 5
1st Project!

We recently bought a 77 Sovereign 31ft out of the Tacoma area. A gentlemen had been living out of it for many years. Everything but the propane furnace worked. The body looked good and the frame looked stolid. So we got it back to Spokane and started restoration. We soon found wood rotted and gaps in front end. The Hot water tank was not original and didn't quite fit so the sub floor around it had also rotted. Replacing the subfloor we know is for the best but we are very nervous about putting the bathroom back together. Our oringal idea was to keep the bathroom the way it was and then update the rest of the trailer. Putting a queen size bed in the front & a 10-12 ft counter top on one side & a couch & storage on the other. But with the subfloor needing to be replaced we will have to update the bathroom as well. Ill keep you all updated on our progress and any suggestion are more than welcome!
Nadya is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-20-2015, 01:12 PM   #2
Rivet Master
 
aquinob's Avatar
 
1973 27' Overlander
Portsmouth , Virginia
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 776
Welcome aboard Nadya. I think it's unusual that you dont find a seventies vintage trailer with some floor rot. I replaced the rear 4 feet on my trailer about two years ago. I also wanted to minimize the amount of rearranging I did, but in hindsight, wouldnt have minded making a rear bath into a rear bedroom and then moving the bath forward. If you want to see what is involved with a rear bath rennovation, then look at my blong <points down>.

It is always a good idea to assess the condition of the frame before you get too far into the project. To do that, you need to pull off the bellypan and remove the pink fiberglass insulation. Afterward, you can use some of the rigid closed cell foam boards that won't hold moisture against the steel. I would also focus and making sure you dont have any other leaks that could cause any new work to go south in a short time. Leaks are sometimes hard to find on these trailers since the water can travel a bit between the inner and outer skins. But they do leak and you do want to control that as much as you can. Good luck and post some pics of your new rig.
__________________
Bob

Ongoing adventures at:
https://1973overlander.blogspot.com/
aquinob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-20-2015, 02:16 PM   #3
1 Rivet Member
 
1977 31' Sovereign
Spokane Valley , Washington
Join Date: Apr 2015
Posts: 5
ATM photo

Project for the day~take apart the bathroom ~ take up subfloor
Nadya is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-22-2015, 03:36 AM   #4
1 Rivet Member
 
1977 31' Sovereign
Spokane Valley , Washington
Join Date: Apr 2015
Posts: 5
Figured out how to post pictures!
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	spring 14 204.JPG
Views:	108
Size:	136.1 KB
ID:	236804   Click image for larger version

Name:	spring 14 210.jpg
Views:	98
Size:	279.3 KB
ID:	236805  

Click image for larger version

Name:	spring 14 211.jpg
Views:	97
Size:	363.5 KB
ID:	236806  
Nadya is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-22-2015, 06:12 AM   #5
Rivet Master
 
aquinob's Avatar
 
1973 27' Overlander
Portsmouth , Virginia
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 776
That looks like a bit more is apart besides the bathroom. I see lots of homegrown plumbing going on in the back. If you are doing a shell off, then you may want to consider moving the bath to the middle and putting the bedroom in the back. To me that always seemed like a nicer arrangement. Keep the pictures coming.
__________________
Bob

Ongoing adventures at:
https://1973overlander.blogspot.com/
aquinob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2015, 02:30 AM   #6
1 Rivet Member
 
1977 31' Sovereign
Spokane Valley , Washington
Join Date: Apr 2015
Posts: 5
Stub floor issues

We are stuck!!! It's so hard to replace the subfloor with out taking the shell off! We don't have the equipment to remove it, so if anyone has tips it would be much appreciated. We have gotten the 1st three board but we are kinda stuck now. There is rotten in almost all the boards so it's gotta get done!
Nadya is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
1st Time AS Buyer '72 Ambassador Project !!! mgppilot 1970 -1973 Ambassador 10 07-19-2012 09:31 PM
Our '61 Bambi Project: 1st, remove the pan downtime Interior Restoration Forum 3 02-07-2007 09:43 AM
1st camping trip of the season!!! tenrsingr Our Community 10 02-20-2006 10:11 PM
1st Anniversary! John Our Community 10 04-02-2003 12:33 AM
1st time RV buyer rgstone Airstream Motorhome Forums 1 02-08-2003 09:48 AM


Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by the Airstream, Inc. or any of its affiliates. Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:46 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.