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Old 04-14-2015, 09:07 PM   #1
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'67 Sovereign

I am looking at this to buy and renovate. I was gonna buy a 70s airstream but I can get a great deal on this one and I love it. Can you guys give me pros and cons/ things to look for and ask about for this year and model? I am new to this!
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Old 04-14-2015, 09:16 PM   #2
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Go to the Portal tab on the Forums, and download the buyer's inspection checklist. This list will help you to inspect a trailer of practically any vintage and to identify problems. It is always hard to say what is typical of a 50 year old trailer, as it has a lot more to do with the way it has been stored for the last 50 years, than the way it was designed. Any trailer can have rotting floors and disintegrating frames. These are things to be conscious of in a trailer that has spent much of its life in Florida.

Manage your expectations--practically any trailer that is 50 yrs old and hasn't had some heavy work done to it will require a fair amount of heavy work. We would all like to pick up a vintage trailer today and be camping in it this weekend. Most times, this just isn't possible (safe)!

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Old 04-14-2015, 09:23 PM   #3
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Another couple of thoughts. Things you want to ask about is what work has been done, do you have pictures, receipts, etc.. You mention that you want to rennovate, but just realize there are "rennovations" that involve refinishing wood and replacing upholstery, and ther eare RENNOVATIONS that result in lifting the shell, replacing the sub-floor, and rebuilding the frame.

If you had your heart set on a 70's era trailer, don't change your mind just because you found a trailer that seems to be a good price. Usually the price you pay for the trailer is just a down-payment on all of the other expenses you will incur during your rebuild...not to mention the time that you will put into it.

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