Hi folks. I recently acquired a 1973 31' Sovereign
. This is my first trailer, and it needs a LOT of work. The price was right, so I jumped on it, realizing that the opportunity to own one of these slick campers will likely not come again for some time, especially on my budget.
Not surprisingly, a bead broke loose from a wheel as I made the initial pull from where it had been sitting for the past 20 years. I continued to pull it out to to a clear spot and pulled said wheel, then managed to get the bead reseated and slowly inflated the four tires. The wheel bearings all seamed to spin freely without play (although the brakes where quite nasty sounding), so I pulled it a few miles down the road and took another look - the tires where a bit warm, but everything seemed OK.
As you can see, it has been neglected for some time. The interior is absolutely disgusting, I'll post some pics of that soon. I'll likely gut the interior (saving most of the cabinets and panels to later use as templates to make measuring for the new ones easier) all together and start over with a custom layout.
I've been perusing the forums all morning and late last night, and discovered that the rotted rear bath floor might not be so simple as laying down some new 5/8" plywood. I didn't notice frame separation, but haven't looked closely enough, either. The trailer had been sitting since '86 in a park 100 miles away, and I'm hoping that the limited road use may have spared the rear frame to some degree. Nonetheless, I'm sure some welding and fabrication will be in order. Thanks to the many posters of pics and how-to's on how to properly make this repair.
I'm not quite sure where to proceed after cleaning up the inside. I'm tempted for two reasons to start polishing. First reason is that I think the neighbors will be more tolerant if the exterior looks nicer, second reason, I'll enjoy looking at it and perhaps work at a more motivated pace!
I'll go take a few more pics of existing damage, which, now that I mention it should be addressed right away, post the interior clean-out. Encouraging advice will be most appreciated.
Nice meeting you all. Talk soon.
ps~ the attached pic is of the Airstream before I pulled it home.