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Old 11-01-2005, 08:00 PM   #43
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Hi, Jan,

Thanks for a GREAT informative post. At least I know that Betsy's door-to-nowhere has a purpose on the roadside couch models (like yours and Doc Peaks). My folding chairs are brown with darker stripes, but they are sequentially numbered -- by magic marker on the back.

The owner's manual also makes reference to parquet in the galley, but on mine it runs all the way to the front under the gaucho. I have not discovered whether this is factory or not, but I love the feel of it under bare feet.

I have never located the safe in this trailer, but I keep looking, looking...

And, thanks, I think that I may just remove that extra hump down there, as it serves no purpose now and won't even if I convert to disc brakes in the future.

Jan, again, GREAT information from the source. THANK YOU!

By the way, I found a piece of paper still stuck up under the upholstered thing above the front windows, and it says, "DEL MAR LOOMCRAFTED WOVEN WOOD." I'm very curious if that's what I'm still what I'm looking at in the front.

This is a sort of pebbly-grained retractible window shade with a row of gold tassles and a pull-loop on the bottom. I'm curious about whether this is original or something fancy-looking that the trailer "grew" after manufacture.

I have three of these shades in the rear bedroom as well, and there's still one mostly intact for the door window, but I need to resew the bottom rail (using the existing holes, I hope).

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Old 11-02-2005, 05:16 PM   #44
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The Delmar label you found is from the original blinds in the livingroom area. When I said multi-colored I was wrong, they were cream colored. The bedrooms cae with regular pull down shades that were room darkening. The door window had one inserted between the inside and outside that had a gold colored fringe on the bottom edge. The refrigerator had paneling that matched the light oak walls. I forgot to mention that standard equipment also included the Newtone Center on the galley counter that came with a mixer with bowl, blender, and knife sharpner. It also had a washer wand next to the faucet. We took ours out and put a sprayer in its place, I never liked the washer wand. The arm of the couch had a built in "bar". On the outside, roadside, it has a fiber optic line that you can look at from the front to see if the rear lights work. We miss that and wish they would bring it back. The Excella 500 came with aluminum gas bottles with guages on top that connected to a wire that would give a reading on the control panel inside. The radio and 8 track were standard equipment. Also the door bell. The secuity box could have been removed from yours. In most that I saw, they were located under the false bottom floor in the closet, they pulled out from the 2-3 inches rise below the closet. Someone in our club here still has his 79 Excella 500, I'll see where his is, if I can get with him. If you look at your owners manual and see what the upholstery looks like, the colors were cream to dark brown and variations in between. The folding chairs were not zip dees. They were like card table chairs. They were shiny chrome tubing with wood framing inside that that held the caneing inside it. Nice looking chairs. We still have them and also the blue stripe zip dees that match the awning. If you need more info, just ask.... Jan WBCCI 26931
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Old 11-17-2005, 05:46 PM   #45
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wood shades

A little late on the post, but in my 79, which I am positive is 100% original (minus the safe and vacuum), the delmar shades are on the galley window, bathroom window, and the lounge windows on both sides. They're really cool, wood with wool-like yarn in off-white and tan colors(but no doubt acrylic). A couple are off-white only.
The pull-down darkeners are in the front and in the rear bedroom, and also there are cloth orange-colored accordion-style shades that are on tracks around the entire bedroom and the front of the trailer.

Also, I'll second everything in Janssvt posts--dead-on, great info. I'm not crazy about the "Dish-Quik" wand either, but am keeping it for the novelty.
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Old 11-28-2005, 09:04 PM   #46
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Post 79 Excella

I think that the difference in the Delmar shades could be that you have a rear bedroom and we had a rear bath. I loved the size of he rear bath, It had the vacuum in the rear just below the sink, hidden behind a little door but the unit itself was emptied fom the outside door. The vacuum could be turned around and had a long enough hose that you could use it to clean your tow vehicle with it. Ours came from the factory with a gray bottom, they claimed they did because the banana wrap was flawed. We thought it looked terrible at first but after getting used to it we thought it added to the trailer. Not too many 79s came with the gray bottom. Many were added later. That was one really nice looking trailer. We got compliments with it all the time, including its very last day. It was the nicest towing trailer, we had it in real high winds in New Mexico and it towed perfectly. I sure miss it, this new one isn't the same....
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Old 11-29-2005, 01:24 PM   #47
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Yeah, I have to retract my delmar shades statement--they all are off-white, but with 3 different types of yarn, from fuzzy to shiny. What I meant was that some of them have a brown cloth-covered frames around the ones in the lounge only.
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Old 07-02-2006, 06:31 PM   #48
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Have 1980 Excella

Our floor plan sounds much like yours. Don't know what Goucho is, but we have sofa at front, fold our table, curved wall beside refigerator, kitchen stove and sink on one side, ref and cabinets on other, enter hallway, bath on left, closets on right, enter bedroom, two twin beds with nightstand between at foot.

Does this sound like yours. We have been trying desperately to get a service manual for our.

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Old 07-02-2006, 09:38 PM   #49
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We have been trying desperately to get a service manual for our.
Alice, have you tried the following? If you are looking for manuals, you might get reproductions from Helen Davis at Airstream -- Secretarial Services, PO Box 484, Sidney, OH 45365 (937) 492-8885.
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Old 06-19-2007, 03:10 PM   #50
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I everybody , I Have the 1979 excella 500 service manuel and they show few floor plans in the book , I am almost sure it is four. The next weekend I will go to my campsite and bring back the book and do some scanning pages to show you.
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Old 06-24-2007, 08:10 PM   #51
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Hi, CANADIAN BOB,

Welcome to our own little spot in the forum. I have so much fun doing this -- What's your floor plan? Side gaucho or front? Center bath or rear?

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Old 06-28-2007, 01:31 PM   #52
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Hi, SafeHarbor hope everything's going good.
I am sorry, I did a big mistake when I said than my airstream was an 1979 Excella , in fact it is an 1977 Excella. Rear bath, twins center bed, curb side, you can see the pictures onhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/8882019@N02/?saved=1
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