Finally ready to post something to the airforums after months, maybe years of following threads...
A few years ago we made a rather spontaneous purchase of a 1971 31' Soverign Land Yacht. Moved it to a friend's house to sit while we figured out what to do with it and eventually, two summers ago, moved it to our home near Jackson, WY.
The AS was completely gutted, only the vinyl walls remain, and new flooring was installed in the back half. It has a few minor dents on the exterior, but could probably be repaired fairly easily. Otherwise, everything else - the frame, brakes, tires, awning, etc. seem to be in good condition. We had no issues towing it 500 miles to our home from Denver.
We've added some carpet, and a hide-a-bed, and so far its only purpose has been a unique, private spot for guests stay when visiting. Now we're looking to travel and have some decisions to make.
(Not sure if the newbie thread is the best place to post these questions - but I'm hoping that maybe someone can point me in the right direction.)
First - Tow Vehicle - I have a 1995 Toyota Land Cruiser (with tow package). I've researched both the airforums and the toyota forums and can't find an answer to whether it would be reasonable to tow a mostly empty 31' AS (rather than a loaded model, which would weigh considerably more). I've tested it around the neighborhood and it feels ok, but don't want to invest in the controller, and getting the wiring sorted out if it is a really dumb idea.
I can't recall exactly the "Curb Weight" but it seems like it was less than 4k lbs. I would think that a gutted version would be significantly less... Correct?
Second - Keep or sell? Not really sure we're better off selling this one to someone who's looking for a restoration project and finding something a little more "ready to go" or just making a few more improvements (clean and paint the walls, repair the well covers, etc.) and then selling it down the road. (We don't want to put a ton of $$ into it if we're going to sell it anyway.) If we sold it, we were considering asking around $4,000. Reasonable?
Third - Are there any female forum members / AS owners with experience towing and handling a setup like this on the road? My other half travels overseas a few months each year and I would really like to be able to travel around solo. If I could do it with the AS (and Land Cruiser) then great, but I'm not sure if I would be better off buying a cheap self contained motor-home vs pulling the AS.
Fourth - In our neck of the woods, it is winter 6 months of the year, 10' snow drifts in the driveway, etc. Really tough to work on during this time of the year, and we're busy much of the summer. So again, with respect to the lack of motivation to do any more work on it, would it be "better" to try to sell it here - or tow it to AZ or NV where we could post it for sale and use it until it sells?
We just finished a 6 week trip living in a MB Sprinter Van (non-conversion), and we're getting ready to head out again soon, but this time I'd love to take the AS.
Any input would be greatly appreciated!!!