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Old 12-17-2015, 08:12 PM   #15
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I can appreciate your concerns. We just bought a 1990 29 ft. Excella for 22K. It is in great shape with appliances replaced 2 yrs ago as well as brakes, suspension etc redone in the same time frame. Outside is in great shape with clear coat done two yrs ago as well. All said we still had an issue with the front right stone guard coming loose and tearing the shell on our last trip. My husband is handy and can work with metals so we are fixing it ourselves. Take Dan's advice and have an experienced eye check things out for you. We were very lucky with our purchase. Wish you the same good fortune. Airstreaming is wonderful and there is a great support base for help and advice.

Carolyn & Ross
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Old 01-02-2016, 07:32 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by DavidSowder View Post
It will probably need axles. If there is no angle between them and the frame they are shot.
A couple of you have mentioned the above. What "angle" are you specifically referring to?

We too are beginning to kick some tires and are thinking of buying a used AS 34 Excella with triple axles. FYI. I am a very experienced RV, having owned a few rigs of various types and brands since 1982. Pull trailers, fifth wheels and currently a Holiday Rambler Diesel Pusher. I'm kind of feed up with what I call the mediocre at best quality of nearly all RV's regardless of price point (when compared to the standards we expect from the auto industry for example).

I know what to look for in regards to systems, tires appliances, etc and do my own maintenance, upgrades and repairs. The comments about the axles and what to look for caught my attention. Also the comment about the front cap lifting off the frame was bit of an eye opener. Any suggestions would be appreciated. BTW: The two that I've located in CA are also priced at $23k.

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Old 01-02-2016, 08:18 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by blahargoue View Post
A couple of you have mentioned the above. What "angle" are you specifically referring to?


Ditto that. What angle?

I also don't know how anyone can comment on a realistic price without even knowing the length. A link to the ad or a C&P would be helpful. I've bought and sold plenty of recreational vehicles in my life and Airstreams are one of the harder products to put a number to. Even with ad copy and photos one is operating severely handicapped. A brief personal inspection is something that can't be removed from the pricing analysis.

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