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Originally Posted by Falling_Leaf
They are more likely original. The original owner bought the trailer new. I talked to the neighbors at the auction and got as much info as I could. Everything in the trailer is original except for the couch. Last time it was on the road was in 2009. Everything works on the camper except for a few lights that are burned out. I don't mind putting some cash into because I got it super cheap. The only thing I noticed so far that it needs is the floor replaced in the bathroom. Kinda soft.... But I will have those axels looked at most definitely!
It sounds like you have found a good starting point for your first Airstream. I second the advice to check the axles as they are an item that does wear out. The Henschen DuraTorque axles have rubber rods inside the axle housings that act as springs/suspension, and they wear out or age out. A comparatively easy technique of checking your axles can be found in this link
. Since you are also new to towing Airstreams, you may find this article
about selection of hitch torsion bars to be helpful since you are towing with a truck. Two things to keep in mind if you find that you need new axles are that you may have to specify shock absorber mounts depending upon your vendor, and you will have the option of specifying axles with new brakes (either electric drum or hydraulic disc).
You mention that the bathroom floor is soft. This could be an indicator of other issues. The floor of the Airstream is a part of its overall structural integrity so it is important that any repairs be approached with this knowledge. It is particularly important to examine the walls along the perimeter of the trailer where they can be accessed . . . you are looking for evidence of rot (an awl or ice pick can be handy for investigation). Small areas can be repaired with wood consolidants (epoxy products) or patched if the area isn't large. Should you find evidence of widespread rot in the rear of the coach you may find that you have rear end separation. You can identify rear end separation rather easily by having someone step on the rear bumper while you observe the spot where the body and bumper support meet . . . if a gap opens up when someone stands on the bumper there is some degree of separation present. There are threads here on the Forums regarding repair of rear end separation.
The Equal-I-zer trailer hitch has a number of fans here on the Forums. It provides both weight distribution and sway control. You might find that it will need some "dialing-in" for best performance. You can find both installation instructions and parts lists at this link
. Once you have your axle/bearing issues resolved, some minor hitch adjustments should make your Sovereign
Enjoy getting to know your Sovereign!