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Old 06-08-2017, 01:02 PM   #1
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1991 Excella 25 refurbish

Thought I'd start a thread on the "Silver Sierra" Excella 25 we purchased back in Feb. this year.
After picking it up and bring it back home to Ca. from Az. I started tearing into it inside and out, not a very focused effort at all but did give me the oportunity to work on something new if another task got boring or waiting on parts etc.
From the tow home it was obvious it needed axles as it bounced down the road shacking the fridge door of it's hinges, popping a few rivets and opening the pantry slide while starting out locked shut, but I decided to wait till last on them so I can scale it and frankly it just isn't going anywere till done anyway.
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Old 06-08-2017, 01:07 PM   #2
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Goal on exterior was to restore clearcoat but getting the oxidized upper area to blend into the still good coated lower areas was not a success so plan B went into effect, polish. A very labor intensive process for sure but I was determined to make this beast not such an eyesore.
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Old 06-08-2017, 01:10 PM   #3
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It worked out that it was still winter with cool days and not much sun, impossible to polish in direct sun.
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Old 06-08-2017, 01:15 PM   #4
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And when not polishing I was working inside. After refinishing cabinet doors on all but the kitchen I then tore the kitchen cabinet out and resurfaced the wall in aluminum and started building a new cabinet
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Old 06-08-2017, 01:18 PM   #5
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New cabinet complete with stainless steel counter top. We eliminated the range as we saw no need for an oven and could use the drawers instead.
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Old 06-08-2017, 01:21 PM   #6
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Now off to the bath, did not want to have the bath and kitchen ripped apart at the same time so now that the kitchen is done... used plan paper to make template for new stainless walls.
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Old 06-08-2017, 01:23 PM   #7
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Stainless going in and new Grohe shower valve.
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Old 06-08-2017, 01:25 PM   #8
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Back wall of shower and toilet wall in. Vent pipe will get a stainless box around it to cover.
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Old 06-08-2017, 01:30 PM   #9
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The rest of the bath stainless is dependent on my metal shop freinds help and hes on vacation so...covered the wall behind the tv with aluminum and installed a new tv.
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Old 06-08-2017, 01:36 PM   #10
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Lot's yet to do...AC unit will be replaced, refer works on ac only and the door hinges are trashed from flying open I presume while underway so it needs to go, axles as mentioned and some fresh tires.
I am also currently rebuilding the rockguard which I found to be easier than it seams, the plastic is not heat molded I found but only 1/8" thick and very flexible so the frame holds the shape. Just need to pony up a few hundred dollars for the sheet of Lexan for that.
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Old 06-08-2017, 02:03 PM   #11
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Al, I was proud of the work I did on my '89 25' Excella - until I saw your pics !!! That is a great looking trailer inside and out. I replaced axles, countertops, sinks w / stainless steel, plumbing w/ PEX, flooring and 16" aluminum wheels w / Michelins. Then we traded it off in Fort Myers this winter ! (But we are very happy with our '17 26U1) Keep up the great work ! And the pics, too.

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Old 06-08-2017, 05:36 PM   #12
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Thanks Dan, Are you a green tractor man? I have a nice 37 JD model BN that I would like to sell.
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Old 06-08-2017, 07:27 PM   #13
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I am a green tractor man. But never got into the antiques. I do really enjoy looking and listening to them at the shows, etc. though. The new ones are SO nice to run ! But so very pricey, too.

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