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Old 05-11-2009, 09:39 AM   #1
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'85 Excella Service Manual ???

Hello, I'm looking for a service manual for the '85 Excella. I checked the airstream store and they only list up to 1984. Were there any significant changes in those years or is the manual for '84 OK for the '85. Also are there any sources for used manuals ????? I see listed on e-bay manuals on CD for sale. Anyone tried these out, are they legit ?????

It's that time of year to get some repairs and service done to keep the old ship in serviceable condition. These forums are a great resource. Keep up the good work.

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Old 05-11-2009, 10:00 AM   #2
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Hello, I'm looking for a service manual for the '85 Excella. I checked the airstream store and they only list up to 1984. Were there any significant changes in those years or is the manual for '84 OK for the '85. Also are there any sources for used manuals ????? I see listed on e-bay manuals on CD for sale. Anyone tried these out, are they legit ?????

It's that time of year to get some repairs and service done to keep the old ship in serviceable condition. These forums are a great resource. Keep up the good work.

Thanks,
Roger ( in New Jersey)
Roger.

The last service manual is for a 1984.

Your Airstream is basically the same as an 84.

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Thanks Andy. If '84 is the last service manual, what do people do for the newer units ??????
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Old 05-11-2009, 03:30 PM   #4
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Thanks Andy. If '84 is the last service manual, what do people do for the newer units ??????
They go back to the selling dealer and hope and ...................and pray.

The second owner, is left with the latter, and advice from nice people on this Forums.

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Old 05-11-2009, 04:08 PM   #5
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I never knew about the cessation of the Service Manuals.
What was Airstream Inc. explanation or reason given for discontinuing them?

And Andy did dealers recieve a different (better) manual each year than the ones the consumers got? If so was this the case from the beginning (1972) thru 1984?
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I never knew about the cessation of the Service Manuals.
What was Airstream Inc. explanation or reason given for discontinuing them?

And Andy did dealers recieve a different (better) manual each year than the ones the consumers got? If so was this the case from the beginning (1972) thru 1984?
Airstream has backed off of many things in the last 25 years or so.

Their in house inventory is a fraction of what it was 30 years ago.

Many parts have been discontinued instead of keeping them on hand for way too many years.

Warehousing, even in Jackson Center, is expensive.

Dealers never received any manuals. Dealers back then, were invited to one of three "Airstream service schools, "two in Ohio and one in California, held at different dates. If the dealers wanted a manual, they had to purchase them.

All the service manuals, Airstream ever had, are the same for the consumer, be it a dealer or an owner. One in the same. Accordingly, since there is only one per year, at least the years that they were available, I guess you have to rate, "as the best."

Please be advised that a "printing company" wrote the manuals, at Airstream's guidance, some of which have errors, especially in the early 70's manuals.

Most of the errors, are obvious to a person that's mechanically inclined.

Probably, the worst error was showing and stating that the "proper way" to drill out a rivet, "was at an angle". Drilling them out with the drill bit going straight into the rivet, was listed as incorrect. WRONG, WRONG, WRONG.

The service manuals are a tremendous tool, for the do-it-yourselfer, without question.

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Old 05-11-2009, 05:10 PM   #7
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You have struck gold if your coach comes with a factory manual. Mine was given to me by a dealer who knew he was losing the AS dealership.
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My '85 came with the service manual, and yes, it says 1984 on it! There is a '85, '86 supplement pamphlet, however. Still, the printing in it is missing ink in places (originally) and some of the diagrams are so light, that you can no make out what your looking at.
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We just bought an 86 repair manual, really cool and in pristine condition! Let us know if you need us to scan any of it.
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