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Old 05-09-2017, 01:44 PM   #1
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I was given a 1979 30 ft Sovereign by my grandfather and was wondering about it, while talking to a dealer he said something about the panels making up the front of the trailor mine has 11 is this good ?? ANYONE ??
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Old 05-09-2017, 02:10 PM   #2
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I'd say the fewer the seams and rivets the less chance of leaks! However, the older units with more panels are probably stronger shells because of the overlapping and rivets. Really 6 of one and half-dozen of the other for all practical purposes. Takes a more expensive machine to form the bigger curves but less labor to assemble and looks better in my opinion.
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Old 05-09-2017, 02:12 PM   #3
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Can you post some pictures?
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Others can help more than I can, but my understanding is that older models had either 11 or 13 panels to make up the end caps. This was before they were able to form the curves from a single sheet.
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Old 05-09-2017, 03:47 PM   #5
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Some folks think the older Airstreams that have more panels forming the front curves are better looking than the newer Airstreams. Personal preference, I reckon'. Personally ,I think the older Airstreams look cool!
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Old 05-09-2017, 03:50 PM   #6
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Yes, 11 segments is good. Looks nice and identifies it as a "vintage" trailer.
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A 1979 Airstream has 3 panel end caps above the windows. There are three more panels below the windows. There is no way you can get to 11. Airstreams up to about 1959 had 13 panels, then 7, then 5, then 3 (same as current Airstreams). The 5 panel Airstreams were the first ones with stretch formed panels, the 13 panel trailers had flat panels.

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I was given a 1979 30 ft Sovereign by my grandfather and was wondering about it, while talking to a dealer he said something about the panels making up the front of the trailor mine has 11 is this good ?? ANYONE ??
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