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1965 Airstream 30' Sovereign Tim and Linda Hampton 12-3-05  
We just purchased a 1965 Airstream 30' Sovereign and cannot find the heater(which probably doesn't exist anymore) or where the batteries go. Also, any information on the old Magic Chef oven?
I have a 1970 Airstream International Overlander (27 foot model), which has a Magic Chef Oven, separate from the range about eye-level in the wall to the right of the double sink. I'm trying to find the gas valve to it so that the pilot light can be ignited. I've located the gas valve to the range, refrigerator and water heater, but don't know where the valve is for the oven.

Thanks for your help.
Re: 1965 Airstream 30' Sovereign Travis & Kim Phillips 6-7-07  
Tim and Linda,

We also have a 65 Sovereign. Good luck finding any replacement parts for your heater. It was an "International Oil Burner Co." sealed combustion system (model DC1525) manufactured in St. Louis Mo. To my knowledge, the company is out of business and after numerous visits to various heating and cooling outlets, I've had no luck finding compatible parts. For the sake of safety and economy, I pulled out the entire unit. We use two plug-in "Honeywell"
oscillating heaters in the cooler months and they work fine...lot less noisy to! My wife was delighted to have the extra storage space that the old system took up under the sink. We also have the old Magic Chef oven which has two pilot lights. That particular oven is whats called a two level direct pressure oven There is a liquid filled bulb inside the cooking area of oven which acts as a heat sensor. If your oven is non-functional, I would first check this bulb. After that, you need to check the pilot assembly, the thermostat and safety valve. Again, I've had extraordinary difficulty finding suitable replacement parts for my oven.
I know Airstream enthusiasts tend to be purists but I question the wisdom of trying to resurrect forty two year old gas operated appliances especially when I've got the kids aboard. On the upside, if your faucets need fixing,I found some very pleasing replacements from a company called "Symmons" series s-245 and s-249...they have a great retro look and are solid metal all the way through. I also replaced the original water pump with a "Jabsco" model 36950-2...pricey but it looks just like the original. You might also give serious consideration to replacing your original split rims that the tires are on if your trailer still has them. It was great technology in the 60's but most roadside shops today will not work on them due to extreme safety concerns.
You can obtain replacement rims at "Discount Tire" at reasonable price. Make sure they have the correct load rating. "Inland" is a good source for vintage Airstream parts. They also sell the rims. Sorry to run on so long. Regretfully, I had to learn much of this the hard way. Restoring these old trailers is time consuming and can be prohibitively expensive. I've found that I've had to tackle many projects on my own because young service technicians simply are not acquainted with old Airstream maintenance and repair. The sovereign came with a 12 volt deep cycle battery which was mounted in rear to the right of the toilet. There should be two battery cables in that immediate area. Hope all this helps...good luck and happy travels
Re: 1965 Airstream 30' Sovereign Pat 8-25-08  
We just purchased a 1969 Sovereign - in pretty good shape. The water heater is missing, as well as the original refrigerator. Other wise in good shape. Can anyone tell us how we can bring the bathroom surround back to the original white color - it is very splotchy with white, tanish and orangy colors. What can be used to bleach and/or clean it (Maybe even stain it) back to one color?
Re: 1965 Airstream 30' Sovereign Susan 6-18-09  
We just purchased a 1965 sovereign two minutes ago - literally! I am so happy. My partner went down to Vancouver and got it. It's really hard to find them around here and they go so quickly so it'll be great.
We will be moving from a 4500 sq. ft house into it. I know!!! A little tight but heh. Our house forclosed and the bank wants us out by the end of the month. Once all this packing and sorting of clothes is done it will be so nice to be clutter free. I could be wrong but i dont think i ever want a house again. But lets face it two people each need their own airstream. Probably in six months from now thats where we're headed. I already know the next one i want. A 69 ambassador - very cool. Good luck finding your heater sorry cant help. I havent even been in ours let alone been in one. Ya know when ya know.
A very nice couple sold it to us for 6 grand and everything works. John says it feels 10 yrs newer than the 76 he looked at in Calgary.
Good luck folks. Love to keep in touch!!!!

Susan and John
Re: 1965 Airstream 30' Sovereign Irina D. 8-30-08  
May I ask how much you paid? We have 1960 Sovereign and trying to determine a price, it is in OK conditions
Hello we are looking for a part
themstate for this oven can you help
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