Worth it? 1970 Sovereign, gutted for $1,200?
Hi, I actually, originally posted in General Repairs looking for advice on whether or not this was a project I might actually be able to feasibly undertake, but then I found this and thought I would just check and see if anyone here had any feedback.
The original post is here: https://www.airforums.com/forums/f44/...ult-54387.html
Here's the important part:
A 1970 Sovereign. You know, that long one, the 31-footer. Rear bath model. Came across an ad for it near my home town that I will be moving back to in the next year or so to go back to school.Yes? No? Thanks for any input!
Truthfully, only you know what you are capable of repair wise. $$ wise... well, my take on anything you want to buy that is old enough to be based on "intrinsic" value alone means, well.. is it worth $1200 to you?
Can it be redone? yes absolutly, AS's have made it back from beyond the brink many times as evidenced on these very boards. It's gutted, do they still have the guts? Do they come with the sale? If you want to restore it, then that means finding OEM parts for a 39yo camper... not easy, although probably easier then parts for a '48 Buick. (Future project on my plate) If you intend to just make it campable, then it's a different storry, because modern parts and appliances can be used, but unless you can do the work yourself to install them, it can get expensive fast. We just started a couple weeks ago on a '79, we have about $400 in parts so far, but about 40 hours of labor cleaning and repairing and general work on it. We want to have it campable by Sept, and all systems working properly by spring. I guess we will easily have a several thousand hours in it when done, if you have to pay for that amount of labor, or any amount in my opinion, you should find a more complete trailer to start with.
Worth it? I think so. If we had come across this AS for $1200 before we bought Little Girl, I think we would have purchased this one instead. Right size, right vintage, right condition, right price for us. But then, we are both die-hard DIY'ers with lots of expereince doing home remodelling projects. And neither of us are afraid to tackle anything... :cool:
My concern would be towing her without a floor and without the inside skins. From what I understand of how AS's are constructed, the floor, the ribs, and both the inside and outside skins are integral to the structure. However, at that price, you could probably pay to have it moved on a flatbed trailer and still come out ok in the total price of buying the trailer and getting it to where you can work on it.
Someone will probably chime in and tell you that you should put the aluminum skin back on the inside and then cover them with whatever material you want - wood, fabric, paint, etc. I would agree with that, even if you don't think you'll ever move the trailer again. All part of the structure of the trailer.
Pretty much anything you want to do you can accomplish, giving time and money. There's a wealth of information on these forums, as well as lots of people to ask questions about when you get stuck on something. Like Dakota's Dad, we are re-doing a Sovereign, in our case a 1972. It's the Little Girl Refurb thread in the '72 Sovereign section of the forums if you want to take a look. We're at the early stages still.:)
The bigger trailers are not as disirable as the smaller ones. I would say for what you are getting it may be high. All you are getting is a shell.....
I would try to get it for $1000 or less.
Does it have the bath fixtures TUB, Shower? what about stove, fridge, sink...
What about propane tanks...
Most come with this and you can get a whole trailer for $5000 in working order...
Plus like I said, not everyone wants the long ones so they go cheaper....
Try to talk them down if it doesn't come with the stuff I listed.
Plus it will need new axles which will run about $2000. Talk them down..
A Little Help
I just bought one for $800 in similar/worse condition...front roof panel is caved in from a tree limb falling on it, interior is gutted, most bath room parts are there, all cabinets are gone, no stove/fridge/sink. I towed mine home but I only live ~10 miles from the seller.
Like others have said, it can be restored, so it's a matter of what you're willing to pay to acquire the project. I figure if I get in too deep I can easily recoup the $800 by selling parts off it. I don't intend to go back to original condition, I just want a nice, functional camper, so cheap to acquire and needing work is the entry point for me. I'm handy and enjoy projects, and I'm in no hurry, so this works for me. I might polish one area of the skin just to have a glimmer of hope to keep me going...
And where are my manners!!!
Rachel, and Robin, WELCOME to the forums.
Hey Good Day PulpFaction> Hope I spelled your user name correctly. Anyway, I gave just a little bit more for mine all was there and had to go get it out of the woods in Arkansas. Anyway the reason for the reply.
I am renewing all of the interior top to bottom in my 75 31 foot Sovereign and after I have made new patterns I would like to sell or send you a copy print of the interior so you can build yourself.. The interior is in great shape. Let me know. I could send photos however I think they are already floating around on the Forum.
Thank for the input, guys! For better or worse, dad's dropping off the check tomorrow. I still haven't seen her, but I trust my dad. He's not gonna let me get in too much trouble with it!!! Hopefully I can get him to take some pictures to tide me over until I meet the new family member in October. (God, that seems FOREVER!)
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