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Old 11-11-2013, 07:40 PM   #1
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We have the opportunity to purchase a 1968 Sovreign. We are going to look at it tomorrow. From the pictures and from what the seller says it seems to be in "average" condition with everything original. The owner has been using it on week ends. The floors have been replaced. Is there anything we need to be looking for or asking? I have read some of the forums. How can you tell if the axels are good? The guy says the wheel bearings have recently been packed. We are Airstream novices.
Thanks for any information you could pass on.
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Hello,
We have the opportunity to purchase a 1968 Sovreign. We are going to look at it tomorrow. From the pictures and from what the seller says it seems to be in "average" condition with everything original. The owner has been using it on week ends. The floors have been replaced. Is there anything we need to be looking for or asking? I have read some of the forums. How can you tell if the axels are good? The guy says the wheel bearings have recently been packed. We are Airstream novices.
Thanks for any information you could pass on.

The following article will help you check out the axles.

The Dura-Torque Axle

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Old 11-11-2013, 09:24 PM   #3
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Question #1

The first question you should ask is: Was the sub-floor replaced or just a new floor put over the top of a rotted floor? Look for some telltale issues like missing interior rivets on wall and ceiling panels. Look for missing or loose rivets on the exterior as well as slight wrinkles in the exterior skin panels. Both may indicate a sub-floor issue. Asking the questions as to the operability of all appliances is important too! Don't fall for the old "It worked the last time we used it!" Ask the owner/seller to show you that the refer works on both gas and electric. Also see that the stove oven and water heater work. These are all expensive to repair or replace. Ask if the trailer works on shore power and on battery power. Read the tips above by Andy from InlandRV as to the condition of the axles. See if all the running lights work. Hope this helps, Ed
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stand on the bumper. If the frame moves and the shell does not, it has rear end separation. This is a very common Airstream issue. It will also be a good indicator of how new that floor really is.
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Thank you for responding. I feel that those are some useful tips for us "newbies".
What is shore power?
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You can pretty much plan on an axle replacement at some point unles they have been done. But that is no reason to squash a deal, if the price is fair. Look undr everything for signs of floor rot or leakage. Try everything you can- any system can need repair. If the thing looks generally good and you can handle some expense for unexpected repairs go for it.
Those older Sovereigns are hard to find.

Shore power and water are the outside connections to campsite utilities.
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Thank you for responding. I feel that those are some useful tips for us "newbies".
What is shore power?
Shore power is when you connect your trailer to a 120 volt A/C outlet that is rated at 30 amps or more. It gives you the ability to run all of your A/C outlets and lighting as well as electric appliances (refer/ Air conditioner, etc.) without draining your batteries. Ed
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