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Old 12-15-2010, 07:50 AM   #1
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1985 Excella options

I just bought a 1985 31' Excella witch i thought was the top of the line! So first off what makes the limited so special? I was on line with Airstream and seen a options sheet that said there was a rear zone heat option were did they put it? I also seen they had a floor safe option were did that go? I want to spend money on this coach to make it what i want and since i only paid 6,000.00 for it with a perfect outside "like i just bout it new" i have alot of room. I also must tell you i am a full time rver for about three years now and have a 72 29' ambassador i am living in now. There alot of nice things about the 85 that the 72 doesn't have like electrily operated apliances and a grey water tank. But i am missing the vista vue windows and think i will have someone put them like the Polishing Guru in Calif. Does anyone have them in 84-up and do they have problems with leaking? I also seen a rear door option i was thinking about it since mine is a rear bed option and i am 6'1" and don't think i could squeeze threw the back glass in case of a front fire. Also does anyone have a factory door handle they broke it and replaced it with a house one. I know about the retro one but what does it look like when finished? Well Thanks for any and all help and God Bless

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Old 12-15-2010, 08:37 AM   #2
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Congrats on your "new" Excella, Wally! I have a '86 Sovereign, but I'll try to help you out. Some of the upgrades on the Excella trim package are, I believe, a doorbell, maybe a blender built into the counter (at least on the 70's models there was one), and a safe (which is located in the floor in a closet I've heard). The rear heat zone is probably located under the curbside bed & shoots out toward the isle if you have a twin configuration. There will be a vent where it shoots out the warm air. Your rear window should be large enough for you to snake yourself out of in case of a fire. Even though you're tall! I think putting in a door would be a HUGE undertaking! Same with the Vista windows. My handle broke to the door. I had it repaired by a friend who does metal work. Maybe you could take it out & bring it to a local shop to see if they can fix it. Otherwise, Inland RV has a replacement door lock that you can purchase to replace your current handle. It would look a lot better than a door handle on your trailer. Hope this helps you out here.
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Old 12-15-2010, 08:49 AM   #3
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And remember, options are just that, optional. Some people won't pay extra for the factory options so your Excella may not have them.
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Old 12-15-2010, 09:29 PM   #4
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Thank you all for the quick replies i just want to do it right when i start repairing some things. I think i will add the second heater i am assuming it will go under my bed witch i think is a queen it could be a double. I know i was thinking of putting a curbside bed in with the rounded corner i don't need alot of room it's just me and my trusty Lab and we are used to sleeping in a twin! As for the heat has any of you out there put some heat down threw the floor to heat the belly of the coach keeping the tanks semi warm?
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Old 12-15-2010, 09:33 PM   #5
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Your Excella already has venting from the existing heating system down to the black and gray tanks.
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Old 12-15-2010, 09:34 PM   #6
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Here's a link for the 85 model year Airstream


http://service.airstream.com/files/l...ec9ee93870.pdf
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Old 12-15-2010, 09:38 PM   #7
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Here is a link for a repair kit for the Keeler door lock.
I think this is what 85's models used.


Keeler Lock Repair Kit KLRkit [KLRkit] - $58.38 : Out-of-Doors Mart!, More Airstream Parts on-line than anyone!
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Old 12-15-2010, 09:41 PM   #8
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I have an 31 ft 87 or 88 Excella with the vista windows. They leak. There is a hole in the floor under the one on the door side and decay in the floor on the other side. Airstream is taking some interior panels out to try to fix the. I sure would not have these put in.
Have not seen a safe in mine. I might look again. Maybe the previous owner left it full.
I worry about an exit for fire. But I am not goint to fit a door. Just worry about it, I think.

" want to spend money on this coach ..." Well, I think you will be in luck!! Have you priced Airstream factory work yet?
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Thank you all for the quick replies i just want to do it right when i start repairing some things. I think i will add the second heater i am assuming it will go under my bed witch i think is a queen it could be a double. I know i was thinking of putting a curbside bed in with the rounded corner i don't need alot of room it's just me and my trusty Lab and we are used to sleeping in a twin! As for the heat has any of you out there put some heat down threw the floor to heat the belly of the coach keeping the tanks semi warm?
We'd love to see pictures, and one of the lab also!

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Old 12-16-2010, 10:10 PM   #10
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Thanks to everyone for all the advice and help i will go fourth and concour. I will try and post some pictures of me and my lab "Helga" as we go.
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Congratulations on the Excella. The safe is supposed to be under the street side of the gaucho in our '73 Excella, but alas it is long gone. Enjoy the journey!
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I have that 2nd door option on my '85 Excella ( it has the sideways queen bed). I bought an Airstream mattress out of an '06, and with the 11" radius corners on it, I have no problem getting in and out of that bedroom door. I also re-did the bed platform to accommodate the rounded corners. Huge difference!
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