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Old 12-10-2015, 11:37 AM   #197
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Thanks! Also wondering if the 3Form is pricey? I had been looking at using some Panelite options for doors and walls (panels of extruded aluminum encased in plastic), but it's ridiculously expensive, especially in the small quantities I'd use for our Airstream.

Finally, how is the Allure holding up? I had been pretty set on using Marmoleum (it's period appropriate for our Midcentury taste, and also uses a glue that will withstand crazy temperature swings), but there is something to be said for cheap (Marmoleum is NOT) and readily available (Home Depot vs. special order and special install). I keep having to remind myself that being able to get something done now is often better than making sure you have "the ultimate." It's great that something might last 80 years, but who cares if it's keeping you from completing the project and camping!

My major concern with the Allure is temperature swings. It's pretty clearly an "indoor only" product, and while it will be protected from precipitation, it's still going to get pretty darn cold in the Airstream when not in use in the Colorado winter (something I know you guys don't have to worry about as much). I know it's vinyl, but I still worry about the expansion/contraction of thin strips of anything butted tightly together.

Thanks SO MUCH for all the awesome info and pics in this thread!!!
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Old 12-10-2015, 01:59 PM   #198
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We LOVE our Allure, and have never had a problem with it, but of course we live in Georgia mountains, not Colorado mountains! 3 form is very pricey, but we are in love with it. We have used it in our house as well.

By the way, did you see the article in the new Airstream Life magazine about our Airstream?
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Old 12-10-2015, 04:03 PM   #199
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Ive had Allure in two Airstreams, never had an issue with it. It's easy to install, and keep clean.
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Old 12-12-2015, 12:51 PM   #200
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By the way, did you see the article in the new Airstream Life magazine about our Airstream?
I didn't. I actually haven't gone far enough down the rabbit hole yet to subscribe to Airstream Life.

I'm going to do some more checking on the ability of Allure to withstand below freezing temp (and temp swings, as some times we'll go from 70 degrees to negative numbers over night!). Also need to check the 3Form pricing. Seems like a really great product that's easy to manipulate... I just need to budget.
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Old 12-12-2015, 01:44 PM   #201
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Which issue?
Title of article?


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Old 12-13-2015, 04:58 PM   #202
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Winter 2015, Cheaper by the Dozen.
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Old 12-13-2015, 06:23 PM   #203
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I'll look it up.


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Old 04-02-2016, 09:16 AM   #204
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How did you get the plastic wall covering off? It looks like, in the photos, that you pulled it and uncovered lovely silver siding.
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Old 04-22-2016, 02:47 PM   #205
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Hi, I read your thread.... Me and my wife are on the fence about purchasing a camper. A good friend of mine has a 86 excella 32' rear twin beds. Has been pulled very little the outside is in almost perfect shape minus needing some new decals. Interior all original. We're are expecting our first kid in September and are rally nervouse about the purchase. We have talked price a little bit. Looks like it's going to be around $7,000. We have thought about a newer camper with slide out over the airstream but really love the nastalgia. I just am looking for some insight on the price of that's a good buy or not. The prices of these things are all over the place it's hard to get a real number. You can pm me if you would like. Thanks and if anybody else has any info in all ears!!!! Sorry to hijack your thread just looking for good insight
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Old 04-23-2016, 07:37 AM   #206
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Love your remodel! We're about to paint our 25' '89 Excella. We bought engineered lumber to attach to the inside vertical walls for some interest. I'd be very interested in seeing your updated photos of the interior of yours. Thanks for the great story.
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Old 04-23-2016, 07:46 AM   #207
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Evansdmax, we purchased our 25' '89 Excella for this past winter. It was dated but otherwise in great condition. My engineer husband replaced/installed a new charger converter, added a trimetric battery monitoring system, and installed two group 29 twelve volt batteries. We're replacing the toilet, I think, and updating the interior including new floors, paint on walls, paint in bathroom, recovering the sofa, etc. My husband asks if everything works: refrigerator/freezer, stove/oven, toilet, furnace, air conditioner, etc. Also, has it had leaks? We seem to have one little leak around a front window. We're going to solve that one soon. But honestly, our little home just needed our personal touches. The price you mentioned, barring issues I described above, sounds fine.
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Old 04-23-2016, 11:02 AM   #208
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If everything works, seven grand is a fantastic price for a 32 foot Excella. Even if everything doesn't work, barring and huge issues (and thus, costs), that's still a really good price. We have a four year old and went for a 25' trailer because it is MUCH easier to maneuver, and we plan on using ours in more "outdoorsey" areas (not just camper lots). It's not huge, but it's plenty of space for us!
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Old 04-23-2016, 02:35 PM   #209
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I honestly can't tell a huge difference in maneuverability from a 4x8 utility trailer to a 32' utility trailer.
In fact the longer trailers seem to be easier to maneuver especially when backing.


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Old 04-23-2016, 06:38 PM   #210
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Ok that's what I wanted to hear!!! I just want to be secure.... Any lab advice on where to go through..... We have been saving for a camper but with the baby on the way would feel more comfortable just borrowing some of the money to keep out bank account full for unexpected expenses.
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