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Old 09-18-2003, 11:19 AM   #1
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1979 Airstream Excella 24' motorhome

does anyone know how many were built, also how much can it tow? I am also in need of a right front windshield, anybody have one for sale. I would also like to see pictures of other 24' excella motorhomes Re:1979 airstream excella 24' motorhome
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Also if anyone knows the cost when new , I need that for my insurance company.
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Old 09-18-2003, 11:27 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forum!

I have very litttle information regarding the number built. I will tell you that you have a RARE coach.

The windhields are availble from most glass places, but if the one you R&R is original, the gasket should be replaced too or you will be forever fighting leaks. The gasket replacement would require the removal of both sides to accomplish.

I have heard prices renge from 650-900 per side for the windshield and approx 150 on the gasket. If your state has a zero deductable on glass I would file a claim if it is cracked.
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Old 09-18-2003, 11:30 AM   #3
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Thanks

I am going to get it tonight and I wanted as much info as possable going in, so all advise is appreciated. any idea on price ranges for a clean rig like this?
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Old 09-18-2003, 11:52 AM   #4
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Prices on the motorhomes are all over the place. It depends alot on condition, maint., desirability of floorplan, etc.

The drivetrain is a normal P30 chassis. Simple to fix and parts are readily available. Other parts can be difficult. Some glass is NLA, some window seals are NLA, All of the mnajor appliances are RV generic ones. refer, genset, water heater, etc. Skins (exterior) are not cheap. Big dents, creases, holes are going to be expensive to repair.

I have seen motorhomes 76-80 go for as little as 5500.00, and as much as 12K. It all depends on the above factors.

For a 79, 28 ft normal range is 9-12K. Just because this one is smaller does not mean it will cost less. Remember to hold back some of the budget for the things that will go wrong. 1500.00 or so is a good number to start with ont the rainy day fund.

Post some pictures if you get it!
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Old 09-18-2003, 07:47 PM   #5
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I found on ID tag that this 1979 was built in sept 78 and is #004 built If I am reading it correctly I wonder if there are any earlier ones left out there or if this is the oldest one left Unfourtunatly I did not write down serial number to share but I will post it with picures as soon as I get it home tommorrow.
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Old 09-22-2003, 07:24 AM   #6
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picture and vin

Here are photo and vin is M24R9V5004 is this the 4th one built?
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Old 09-22-2003, 04:45 PM   #7
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Here are photo and vin is V24R9Y5004 is this the 4th one built?
Are you sure its not M24R9V5004 ?
All the 79 serial numbers I have seen so far were above 5000, so yours could be #4
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Old 09-22-2003, 04:56 PM   #8
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I have followed the price trends for almost 3 years now on AS classic motorhomes- the 79 24' is a rare bird, and I have not seen one advertised under 13,000. Actually the nice ones that I have seen were 16- 20,000 range.
The sizes under 30' are somewhat desireable, and seem to be able to bring 16-20000 easily in good condition. The next sizes 30, 31 are still single rear axle and quite sought after as well. Pricing on these is a bit higher than the smaller ones depending on condition, and somewhat on location.
Then the 325 and larger are dual axle....the most common is the 345 as far as market presence, and these have sold at prices all over the board from the high teens ( except for Uncle Neil who stole his) to the upper 30,000's.
I would think a nice 24' should bring high teens no problem.
I bought my 280 in the cold winter time in Ohio, the market being equally cold up there at that time. Here in the south it would have sold quite quickly.
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you are correct I had the vin wrong and corrected it
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Old 09-23-2003, 06:40 PM   #10
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I found the answer

It states in the owners manual " The maximum loaded trailer weight which you can pull with your vehicle is 4,000 lbs."
that is the manual for all 1979 models so while I won't I bet since mine is only 24' long and weighs alot less than a bigger one I could tow a little more.
I just want to be able to tow any Airstreams I may find and buy along the way and this covers me up to a 23' but I bet I could tow a 25' in a pinch , and definetly the single axle models I am looking for anyway's.

now I just need to find out how many 24' 79's they built.
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Per Airstream Inc., the 1979 retail price of the 1979 24 ft Excella Motorhome was $45,675.

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Just thought I would let you know that I have just found the serial number of the 24ft. 1979 MH we just bought in September. It is M24R9V5114. Someone was tracking the serial numbers that were known, but don't remember who it is. I thought you might have a better memory. would it hurt the value of the unit if we added power levelers, awning, new wood flooring and new upholstry. Thanks for your help. Travis
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Just thought I would let you know that I have just found the serial number of the 24ft. 1979 MH we just bought in September. It is M24R9V5114. Someone was tracking the serial numbers that were known, but don't remember who it is. I thought you might have a better memory. would it hurt the value of the unit if we added power levelers, awning, new wood flooring and new upholstry. Thanks for your help. Travis
None of the items you mention will hurt the value of your very rare motorhome.
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I am looking at the 79 24' Excella MH currently for sale on this forum. Am I right in assuming that this MH did not come painted when new? What effect does paint have on it's value? Thanks in advance.
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