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Old 11-19-2003, 10:47 AM   #1
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"Houston this is Odyessy" Getting the 24' Excella back to GA

Hi Ya'll.
Two newbee members here - Josephhh and Leemo - both proud owners of rare and coveted 1979 24 foot Excella motorhomes. We have successfully completed the difficult and dangerous mission of transporting my newly purchased unit from Tulsa to Macon GA. Three beautiful, sunny, Fall days of driving down I-40 like a couple of happy idiots. (However, we DID bypass the heater hoses...(thanks)) Uneventful, except for a front right brake caliper that decided to NOT stop working as soon as we left Tulsa. Thankfully, Jim the polisher in Broken Arrow, who we had to stop and see anyway, was kind enough to take it apart and fix it on the spot!. A sticky piston thing... After that was fixed, all else was uneventful except for a few hickups of the engine as we left the Cracker Barrell in Talladega and my copilot occasionally venting something into outer space.
Sporting its six new Cooper tires, the motorhome was an absolute pleasure to drive! The sputters leaving the Cracker Barrell magically went away after about 20 seconds and we continued again like happy idiots onward to GA. We hit Alanta toward the end of the rush hour - which is dangerous and tricky. Too steep and you burn up - too shallow and you ricochet off to Panama City. We survived re-entry. She's now at home in the new hangar. Renovation in progress.
Her name is Odyessy.

Houston, its good to be back!
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Old 11-19-2003, 11:02 AM   #2
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welcome to our forum!
Being an Atlantan myself, I have bounced of rush hour traffic more than a few times myself.
Bounced right into a bar one time.

We seem to be gathering a mighty group of GA Airstream Motorhomers here. Hopefully this will lead to a gathering of like minds at some point.
Glad you all made it home safely.
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Old 11-19-2003, 11:07 AM   #3
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Congrats on your successful and safe journey.
Another jewel found its way home!
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Old 11-19-2003, 11:24 AM   #4
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Congradulations

Glad to see you made the adventure OK.
It is a small world, we live in Broken Arrow and talking of buying a MH and never knew this one was for sale around here.
Guess we will find one some day and probably in timbuck too or Atlanta since they all seem to be headed that way.
Just hope our orignal journey is as successfull as yours.

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Old 11-19-2003, 02:35 PM   #5
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Its amazing as I looked around Georgia for one for months and never saw one for sale. Had to go to Ohio for mine.
Guess I started a trend
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Old 11-19-2003, 05:32 PM   #6
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Thank you all for the nice comments and encouragement.
Now, if someone can help me fix this broken entrance door handle paddle thing I will be completely happy.
For today.

joe

PS: It really looks roomy with both sofas removed! Maybe shag carpet and a bean bag....
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Congradulations! sounds like a great buy and a neat trip)

Im another new Ga owner, although its been in the family for years. Alensd has got a good Idea...maybe a GA rally in the spring?
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Old 11-20-2003, 12:28 AM   #8
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A Spring rally sounds like a great idea.
I better hurry up and find that stinkin sofa bed...

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Old 11-20-2003, 10:28 AM   #9
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If you have a rally on the upper side of Atlanta, let me know. I don't driving in Atlanta with just my vehicle, I don't want the adventure of pulling an A/S through Atlanta. Welcome to our neck of the woods!
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would you all consider an April weekend meet at a nice park like Mckinney on Lake Allatoona? It has 180 or more sites and great lake views. Or we could reserve space at Red Top Mountain on the same lake. Right off I-75.
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Atlanta Rally

Either campgroud at Red Top Mtn. sounds great! Been there once and plan to return. It is really pretty there.
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Old 11-21-2003, 09:01 AM   #12
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Welcome

Welcome
Airstream 24' 1979 motorhomes ain't so Rare.
I know where there is one right now,(It is in my driveway) LOL
Honestly you do have a rare one and how rare I would Like to know, my guess is 200 built (unconfirmed).
I love mine and I know you will love yours too!

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Oddyessy Co-pilot Here:

In deed, Houston, it is good to be back. Where Josephhh lives the neighboring county, Houston County is pronounced "House Ton." Nice term to describe the motorhome; a favored object of obscure desire.

Our "Apollo 13" return mission could uniquely parallel a version of the late Archie Campbell's "Jason and the Are-gone-nuts". Needless to say, our excursion from OkLeeHomer (Doh!) to the Macon Delta was a gripping experience!

The motorhome handled and ran very well, with the exception of a number of minute yet annoying squeaks caused by a few missing screws in the cabin area. Fortunately, we were able to silence most of the squeaks by wedging a few shop towels here and there, and also grounding multiple boxes full of supplies against and under a variety of support structures. Anyone needing tips on strategic shop towel placement, can contact me or Joesehhh; we plan to write a book much like "The Man's Guide on 1001 Ways to Use Duct Tape."

The oh so brief 5 1/2 hour right brake job would have only taken about 2 hours had my trusty pilot and Space Cadet friend, Josephhh, restrained himself from introducing his, to quote Jim, "$&#*ing bright ideas." Jim, the most honorable, yet outspoken, polishing guy seemed to use the word "Bright" in several of his comments about Josephh. According to him, the Motorhome isn't the only thing with a few screws loose.

While I was in the pilot seat, I repeatedly tried to deactivate the copilot's very audible "Brake!, Brake! Brake!" voice interactive alarm system. It would come on at every final approach. To no avail, I was unsuccessful in adjusting the frequency and the volume...Jim's "bright" logic was quickly crystal clear to me.

As for the unusual "Critical Engine Sputtering Syndrome Problem In Transit" (CESSPIT), it was quite a surprise to both of us. As I was entering the exit ramp, the Odyessy began to sputter. I declared "Houston, We have a problem." I then backed off a little bit and reapplied direct pressure slowly. Fortunately, it opened up for a continuous stream of gas and it ran smooth.

From an "Air Force" guy's perspective, my suspicion was that it was perhaps an "Upper G.I." problem such as a fuel pump problem that the maintenance crew had somehow failed to flush out. No doubt, it had us on the edge of our seats for a few seconds. Of course, we had no way of verifying the origins of this irregularity and too bad we didn't have any RV Immodium 3 in any of the assorted supply boxes holding her guts together.

Regarding Josephh's comment about venting...the motorhome did backfire one time which surprised everyone within a 50 mile radius. Josephhh maintained it was me, but I asserted my innerscents due to the fact that we had both eaten the same thing at the same Mexican restaurant earlier that day.

"Mission Accomplished. Odorsee and Out"

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