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Old 07-31-2018, 12:27 PM   #1
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Luke from Ontario

Hi I'm Luke from St. Catharines, Ontario!

I have a 31' 1973 sovereign that I've completely gutted and am renovating from the ground up (shell-on reno). My main inspiration for the build are YouTubers, Hopscotch the Globe.

I'm prone to making lots of mistakes and spending far too much time pondering how to do things.

I've just finished sandblasting, repairing, and coating the frame, as well as stripping the clear coat. Up next, I'm replacing two vents... One with a 2250 fan-tastic vent I was gifted, and a maxxair I have yet to purchase. I will be converting the third vent with a maxim skylight as well as replacing the AC unit I removed with a large maxim skylight (have yet to construct curb to mount it with). Then comes belly pan repairs, caulking shell seams, and replacing window gaskets.

Excited to join the community!

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Old 07-31-2018, 12:29 PM   #2
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Welcome !!!!

Looking at that picture, you have done a superb job on the trailer so far !!!

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Old 07-31-2018, 12:35 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by uncle_bob View Post

Welcome !!!!

Looking at that picture, you have done a superb job on the trailer so far !!!

Thanks Bob! As I quickly discovered, an Airstream reno is no easy task by any means... Appreciate the encouragement!
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Old 08-01-2018, 07:20 PM   #4
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Hello from Colorado: Welcome to the vintage Airstream hobby. Your 73 Sovereign looks darn good in the photo. I think the body is the most important part of an old Airstream. If a tree falls on it, or it gets rear ended by a dump truck, the trailer is worth much less.

I like working on these old vintage Airstreams also. We have had our 86 Limited since 86. I am currently working on a 75 Overlander 27', which is two sizes smaller than yours. Our trailers are built pretty much alike.

You will find a wealth of information on these Forums. I might suggest you start a "project thread" in the Airstream Trailer Knowledgebase found on the Forums page toward the bottom. Then click on Sovereign, and click on the year range. I think you will find other folks working on their trailers, and you can share ideas and help one another. I have started a project thread on my 75 Overlander, link below. You might like to take a look. My project is not as extensive as your as my trailer was in pretty good shape when I bought it last year. Nonetheless, it had some areas needing attention. Maybe lots of areas.

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Old 08-01-2018, 08:09 PM   #5
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Welcome. It's going to be a great adventure. All that thinking is going to make the trips that come just that much more satisfying. You are going to enjoy the smiles and all the miles. Pat
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