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Old 04-12-2004, 12:11 PM   #1
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Question Miscellaneous Questions Unidentified Models

This picture is probably a 70s era Airstream. However it has some interior features different from my 74.
Can anyone enlighten me as to the following?

#1 What is this? Looks like some sort of breaker station or terminal? Not on my 74.

#2 What is this? It appears to be a sliding door inside the magazine rack to access the above mentioned electrical station?
Is this stock? or Custom?

#3 Notice the light shade of these walls in the bedroom. Is there a name for this color option? My 74 has a dark "walnut" finish all areas.
#4 Notice the galley and front shade is the darker "walnut" look. Was it an option to have a mixed color scheme? The refer is also the darker shade of fake woodgrain.

Were there more than the two (light & dark) woodgrain looks offered in the 70's?
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Old 04-12-2004, 01:51 PM   #2
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Jaco,

This looks to be a mid to late 70s model. (I am guessing a 76) I say this because of the overhead tambors. They are curved and white. In the early 70's they were brown and flat. In the mid to late 70's all of the overhead tambors went to white.

In the late 70's (at least in our 77) the walls in the coach were a ivory vinyl walloper on the wood partitions. We had a light interior, not the dark teak, but a whitewash looking oak?? They offered two wood colors, the normal teak and the blond color. There was also a knotty pine in the late 70's and early 80's.

The sliding panel allows access to the fuse panel and the univolt. If this is a 76, and I think it is, the battery box is just aft of the entry door. The univolt was normally located as close to the battery as possible. The sliding panel was designed for access OEM.
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Old 04-12-2004, 04:26 PM   #3
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Brett,
My 74 Excella has the white overhead Tambour Cabinets in the galley.
Guess we need to hear from someone if they were used prior to 74 now.
The center sleeping compartment has the dark (walnut)/(teak) overheads above the dark drop down space lockers.

I do not believe that I have ever seen (picture or in person) the Knotty Pine wall option that you mentioned.
My battery pocket is beneath my rear bathtub. The univolt next to it also under bath but accessable thru bathroom closet at floor.
I wonder why they moved it? If it was moved behind the door curbside, it would be over the fresh water tank, or did they move that too I wonder?
If not I wonder if battery spillage corosion could eat thru the water tank?


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I think 74 was the first year the overheads in the kitchen were white. The rears were still brown on the overheads. In 75 all overheads went white from the research I have done.

Attached is a picture of a 76 Sovereign with the batter door/bin just aft of the door. I would assume this was done to help offset the larger gray water tanks that were being installed. Since the battery box bottom is designed to allow overflow to run out of the trailer I would not be worried it would eat the water tank.
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Here is a picture of what I called the Knotty pine look interior. This is a 78 Excella.
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Nice look IMHO is that Knotty Pine decor.
I see the overhead Tambour cabs have been replaced with the "china cabinet" as they call it I wont be carrying any china on my travels.
but the cab looks like an improvement.

The 76 Sovereign31 you posted above appears to be a center bath? is that correct?
If so I wonder if the battery slot is still in the rear of the rear bath 76s?

I think the picture I posted above must be a rear bath from the galley then the sleeping compartment positions.

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Here is a 76 Excalla with a rear bath. The battery tray is right behind the door, even in this example.
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Old 04-12-2004, 08:43 PM   #8
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moving battery compartment?

Jaco,
Mine is a 1975 (build date 05/29/75) the battery is still at the rear under the shower. Under the stove top is the furnace, water pump and filter. The 12volt fuse block/power board is in the rear with the unitvolt. My overheads in the kitchen are white, the ones in the bedroom (mid twins) are dark brown. My interior is the dark teak looking interior. The picture you posted looks almost like someone mixed and matched parts from a couple of units for some reason.

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Yep Brett that looks to be the case, thanks for the pic.. I'm trying to remember if all 76 Excellas were rear bath models.?? Are you positive that is a rear bath? I can't tell from the picture.The third window going back looks too large for a bath window but I can't see the rear side to see if there is a fourth window which would make it a center bath. But if it was yours' you obviously know.

I know that in 74 the Excella came in both rear and center bath model.(according to owners manual).

I know that in 78 the Excella had the battery slot moved up to the front of the trailer (at least the model shown in the owner's manual). I have the 78 owners manual too.

Interesting factoids.
Would be nice to know the reason for the migrating battery locales.

Hope that WahooNc and DavidZ check in with the locales of their 75 and 77 respectively. I think it is always good to nail down these little variations for the record.
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fwiw: In my 73, the galley overheads were all the same dark walnut finish, as far as I can tell. (tambor was removed, but the bottom of the cabinet and the end cap are there, and are the dark color.).

The battery is in the rear curbside corner, behind the axles. I assume that this helps to offset the rather high tounge weight for this shorter trailer. no grey tank in this year.

one thing I was thinking about the original question and photo in this thread is that this unusual laminate pattern photographs unpredictably...perhaps because of the combination of light and dark colors (?). I don't know..but under different conditions, photos of the same thing look drastically different. It may just be the way the light was reflecting off the surfaces in the background area of the photo. If you look at the photos in my album, the pergo flooring seems to be almost a perfect match for the cabinets...but in reality, it isn't. looks much better in the photos, imo.
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