We picked up our 1974 31' Sovereign
this past spring at an estate sale. It had been sitting for a number of years, but it was in generally decent - although dirty - shape. There was an issue with the title, so I held off starting any work until this past week. Picture is of the trailer as it sat at the sale. The original owner was here in Kansas, the second lived here but kept the trailer in New Mexico for a number of years, so it has been in relatively dry climate much of its life.
The original owner had a '72 and this '74, evidently when they were sold the wrong title went with the wrong trailer. So the second owner never looked at the VIN, just got a new title and tag and used it for 20 years. I found the family of the original owner and they gladly obtained a replacement title and signed it over to me. Whew! BTW, I do have a title for a 29' 1972 model. If I can find it I guess I own that one too lol!
There was only a key to the deadbolt in the door. I ordered keys for the water and storage doors. All the storage door locks work fine, but I have been unable to get the water door key to turn. It inserts just fine. Question: Does it turn clockwise or counter to unlock? I've tried lube, no joy.
There was no couch in the front, I have done nothing as far as checking out any systems, the AC had been removed and the hole covered. The furnace was still installed, but was disconnected so assume it does not work. We've had two motor homes and two 5th wheel trailers in the past and rarely used the furnace, so may even remove it. It does have a catalytic heater installed.
I have pulled the carpet and inspected the floor underneath everything. There are some soft places in the front half of the trailer by the wall due to leaks at the floor level exterior band/trim. Some rivets have come loose and are missing on that band allowing rain water that runs down the side to enter right at floor level. First job is to fix and seal that area, then replace the front 3 flooring pieces.
I'll add more pictures as I go and certainly ask more questions. I read the forum almost daily, I have learned so much! Thanks for being there!