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Old 01-17-2009, 02:01 AM   #1
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I am thinking of buying one of these that I found. Im not in love with the rear bath and twin bed layout, but in gutting my 1980 Excella Trailer, I think that on a totalgut and rebuild really anything can be done and in a few years I can relocate the bedroom to the back and install a Cummins diesel. Or is there something that anyone knows that will prevent these changes? Also and most important, does anyone have the layouts or manuals for this motorhome? Id like to research it more before I fork over the cash and there seems to be nothing around the internet for this motorhome. Thanks in advance.
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Old 01-22-2009, 12:51 AM   #2
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I think that the '79 Excella MH is a front engine job. There an '81 Excella MH at the campground I'm in - his engine is an Isuzu diesel in front.
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Old 01-22-2009, 10:04 AM   #3
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All AS mo/hos were front loaders until they went to the longer pusher in the nineties.
I have a factory manual, I should put it in a pdf someday; maybe its already been done?
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Old 01-22-2009, 11:17 PM   #4
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Oh well... she traded it for something. Back to work on the gutting and rebuilding of my 80 Excella 31 footer... I gotta bust a move on it, but it looks like my fine craftsman carpenter friend will help and he is reasonable to pay. Ill start taking pix and document the demise and re rising of my rig. Thx for the info on the motorhomes, but I guess Im back to trailering.
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Old 01-29-2009, 02:50 AM   #5
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Back in Business.... maybe

Ok.. its still available and I just sold my home so it works out nicely... So.. Can this 1979 Excella motorhome trailer my 93 Suburban?
Curb Weight: 4657 lbs. Gross Weight: 6800 lbs.

IF so.. Im in a great situation... But I blew the engine of that SAME Suburban towing my 31 foot 1980 Excella... Hate to blow the 454...

Thanks for any help!!!
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Old 01-29-2009, 10:16 AM   #6
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Ok.. its still available and I just sold my home so it works out nicely... So.. Can this 1979 Excella motorhome trailer my 93 Suburban?
I'd be more concerned about my drive train with that weight.
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Old 01-30-2009, 01:15 AM   #7
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Care to elaoborate? Ehat drive train is there? TH400? Are these not cut out for a dinghy? Any info helps. A Touota YJ perhaps?

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Old 02-05-2009, 09:44 AM   #8
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Let me try and sort out your questions and answer them. First for the towing. No. Airstream put a glorified bumper hitch on their motor homes. You will need to have a receiver bolted onto the frame. Several of us have done this and you can search the forum for the threads concerning the work involved. Second is the gut job. A motorhome is basically a trailer put on a truck frame with one big exception the back wheel wells are much deeper and longer than those found on a trailer. This prevents you from putting the bath in that location. I have a similar floor plan and considered a gut and rebuild. After I had the plans drawn I took it to an expert before I got out the crowbar. He measured the wheel wells and tried to rework the plans and was unable to make it work. In the 310 and 345 there is extra length so it does work but the 28' will not.
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Old 02-05-2009, 11:14 PM   #9
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Thank you CK!! Thats good to know before I bought it. I needed a dinghy to get around in and if that rig wont pull one Im lucky that I didnt get it! Thatn you again for your advice.
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Thank you CK!! Thats good to know before I bought it. I needed a dinghy to get around in and if that rig wont pull one Im lucky that I didnt get it! Thatn you again for your advice.
Kevin,

Its not that the MH can't pull a dinghy its just that you need to reinforce the hitch on the MH before doing so. Lots of us have reinforced the hitches on our MHs and its not that hard or expensive to do. We regularly tow a 14' flatbed trailer with a small Triumph sports car on it. No problems at all. We just made sure the trailer had brakes to help stop the increased load.

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