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Old 09-01-2011, 04:15 PM   #1
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What makes an Excella an Excella?

What are the characteristics in an Excella model and what's the difference between the 500 and 1000 models?
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Old 07-08-2012, 02:22 PM   #2
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I'm glad you asked the question. I have a 1990 Excella and it doesn't say 500 or 1000, but other than a nice sounding name, wonder what the specific characteristics are that give it that name.

You've waited a nearly a year for a response, sorry I don't have an answer.
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Old 07-08-2012, 02:45 PM   #3
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We previously owned a 1993 AS Classic Excella 1000 - I asked the same question. The response I received FWIW, at the time, I was told it was more of a marketing thing. Seems as best I can remember, the Excella package came with a few extra items, whereas if it were the Classic, these items would cost extra.
We now own a Classic, which has most if not all the items the Excella had. I don't think they offer the Excella now.
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Old 07-08-2012, 02:53 PM   #4
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Waaaay back in the day...

It was all about marketing, you could get a basic model, and International or an Excella. Then the marketing department went nuts. I have an Excella II...go figure.

There were some differences in what came on the trailers as part of the upgraded names. They vary from year to year. Probably the most noticeable is the wider blue stripe on the Excella.

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Old 07-08-2012, 03:23 PM   #5
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You could get interesting and/or essential things like a doorbell, built-in vacuum cleaner, built-in drink blender near the sink, some had a generator, and so on.

Not to say that these features weren't available at some time on some other models, but if it was an Excella, it probably has at least some of those thingmabaubles.
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Old 07-08-2012, 06:52 PM   #6
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Can't remember where I pulled this from, but it may prove useful.
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Old 07-08-2012, 07:14 PM   #7
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Can't remember where I pulled this from, but it may prove useful.
Funny thing is I didn't get any of that on my Excella II, so either I got ripped off, or marketing had something else in mind the year mine was made.

At one time the Excella trim was only available on the long trailers, then it showed up on some shorter ones.

No one knows what Excella lurks within the minds of the advertising department.

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I know the original Excella is heavier, with higher capacity axles and double pane windows throughout. The original stripe was on a separate sheet of aluminum.
The very first Excellas were supposed to be limited production, with the Excella 500 limited to 500 units, and the Excella 1000 having 1000.
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Old 07-08-2012, 08:02 PM   #9
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To blur it all, my 1999 34' is badged as an Excella 1000 Classic. Go figure.
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Old 07-08-2012, 08:05 PM   #10
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My '91 says 'Airstream Classic Excella 1000'....from what I remember that means the original owner paid $xxxx extra for the logos that say 'Excella 1000'
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I seem to remember reading somewhere the Excella was the top of the line for a while. They gave some of ours the Classic badge as they made the transition to use only the tag Classic for the top models. We sure love ours.
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Old 07-08-2012, 09:07 PM   #12
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I have an 81 Excella II and I can't tell it has anything special about it. It still has the same crappy plastic coated plywood and plastic cabinets. The blue stripe is another maintenance item.

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On the issue of the stripe: Will it be blasphemous to remove it and not replace it, or replace it with a similar stripe they use today? I'm thinking of removing my faded Excella blues...
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On the issue of the stripe: Will it be blasphemous to remove it and not replace it, or replace it with a similar stripe they use today? I'm thinking of removing my faded Excella blues...
Many owners choose to paint the strips, which fixes the problem.

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