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Old 04-13-2007, 03:12 PM   #1
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Does anybody know where I can replace a rear cover for 1968 Sovereign?

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the rear Back Cover to our 1968 Sovereign was lost going down the road Does anyone on this Forum know where we can find a replacement for it..? Is our only option to have something made? Thanks in advance..
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Oh, boy

Did you try to retrace your steps and find it?
The alternative is find a used one off a junker, or have one made.
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Yes... My wife and I did try to retrace our steps but couldn't find the Awning..
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Yes... My wife and I did try to retrace our steps but couldn't find the Awning..
Uhh, did you lose the rear aluminum cover off the back, or the roll-out awning?
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... the rear Back Cover to our 1968 Sovereign was lost going down the road Does anyone on this Forum know where we can find a replacement for it..?
Inland RV sells reproduction access door replacements.

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Uhh, did you lose the rear aluminum cover off the back, or the roll-out awning?
We lost the rear Aluminum cover off the back is what we lost..

sorry for my typo that lead to the confusion..
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Inland RV sells reproduction access door replacements.

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Inland RV can be expensive. I would recommend eBay. Our Bambi II was missing a hatch door when we first purchased her. Our machinist neighbor made up a temporary door for us out of aluminum while we waited/searched on eBay. After two months, one finally came up which we won at 1/2 the price quoted by Inland. And it was an original door, not a repro. That was an important factor for us.
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Inland RV can be expensive. I would recommend eBay.
If you decide to go that route, I would recommend going to Inland's website and seeing how much a new one is. Then decide how large a fraction of that price you are willing to pay including shipping from both places you want to spend. If it is $100 plus $25 shipping from Inland, and there is one for $75 plus $35 shipping on Ebay, you really arent saving much. These are just examples, your price may vary...
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Inland RV can be expensive. I would recommend eBay. Our Bambi II was missing a hatch door when we first purchased her. Our machinist neighbor made up a temporary door for us out of aluminum while we waited/searched on eBay. After two months, one finally came up which we won at 1/2 the price quoted by Inland. And it was an original door, not a repro. That was an important factor for us.
However, since there are multiples of doors, maybe a hundred different sizes and configurations, you could be waiting a long time, or forever. It's a gamble. We lost ours and got a new one from Inland. It's pretty nice and fits perfectly. Yes, they're expensive, but what isn't these days. Trying buying a replacement for newer ones from the factory. Vintage Trailer Sales may also be able to supply you with a new one, and Colaws may have a used one. Doesn't hurt to try all three. And of course eBay. Set up a search to notify you by email whenever the terms "airstream access door panel" or whatever come up. That's how I got my sailboat.

What is important is to NOT LOSE your new one. I made small brackets on the inside of the door, and attached chains on the inside, so that it won't fall off ever. It might fall out, but it won't hit the pavement. We DID find ours, 15 minutes later, and it was the thickness of a credit card junk mail offer.
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If you decide to go that route, I would recommend going to Inland's website and seeing how much a new one is. Then decide how large a fraction of that price you are willing to pay including shipping from both places you want to spend. If it is $100 plus $25 shipping from Inland, and there is one for $75 plus $35 shipping on Ebay, you really arent saving much. These are just examples, your price may vary...
Definitely check/compare the prices...especially ask for a quote/breakout of the shipping prices at Inland. Their shipping prices are quite high compared to other online businesses.
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Definitely check/compare the prices...especially ask for a quote/breakout of the shipping prices at Inland. Their shipping prices are quite high compared to other online businesses.
That happened to me. I bought a refrigerator top vent cover on eBay. I paid $2 more than the list price, but saved a lot more than that in shipping.
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That happened to me. I bought a refrigerator top vent cover on eBay. I paid $2 more than the list price, but saved a lot more than that in shipping.
It's starting to go the other way on Ebay now. A relatively cheap purchase price, with huge shipping cost. Read carefully no matter where you buy.
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It's starting to go the other way on Ebay now. A relatively cheap purchase price, with huge shipping cost. Read carefully no matter where you buy.
Plus eBay has a new system where the buyer can easily hide any mark up that is added over and above the shipping cost. This is done by printing the shipping label through eBay rather than paying the Post Office. If you pay the Post Office for the shipping, the price of the actual shipping is printed on the sticker attached to the outside of the package whereas the eBay sticker doesn't display the shipping cost.

My favorite is the $20 auto part you can find on eBay at what looks like a deal at $0.99 but the shipping is $20! I might as well drive to Autozone in that case!
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I too am looking for a rear hatch, but for my 68 Safari.

If anyone sees one anywhere...PLEASE LET ME KNOW.

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David and Steve, Definitely call Colaws in Missouri or Cherokee RV Salvage in Colorado. There are many more parts places to check and these two and more can be found by typing Airstream into your browser. Then scroll down to Airstream Vintage Travel Trailer Link Library! Click on it and then scroll down to Parts Site.Click on their name and away you go! As an Example if you go to CherokeeRv Salvage site then click the Misc. Parts tab the very top item when it opens is Access/Cargo Doors. Read there discription of the many different sizes they have in stock, take a measurement of the opening for your missing door and give them a call! Hope this information helps you out. PM me if you have any more trouble locating one and I may have more info for you. Happy Trails, Ed
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David and Steve, Definitely call Colaws in Missouri or Cherokee RV Salvage in Colorado. ...
I hear Colaw Salvage mentioned a lot on this forum, and remember Tin Can Luv posting a bunch of pictures of various Airstreams on their lot, but has anyone gotten anything of significance from them vintage-wise?

I don't doubt that it could have happened, but I don't recall anyone posting any vintage finds from the place.

Just curious.

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Look on both sides of the interstate after an Airstream rally. From the sounds of this thread, there should be a lot of them. You then could sell the extras on ebay.

I really am sorry for your mishap. Any good sheet metal shop can whip one out in a short time and there would be no shipping cost.
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Sure they could, but does every machine shop carry all-clad aluminum?
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maybe not at Colaws but...

It only costs a phone call to find out. I do know from personal contact that the folks at Cherokee have lots and lots of Airstream parts... then too you could try these folks from another thread posted here:
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Starflyte1,your looking for "Bobs used rv parts".It's in High springs,fl. About 15 miles nw from Gainesville.Heres the number 386-454-5733.Best to ask for Cheryl.She knows a guy in Alabama who also has some stream parts.

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