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Old 02-21-2009, 09:37 PM   #29
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I think I'll ask my dealership to see what they can do the next time we take our trailer in, I'd like to see the corner of the door fit more flush with the opening. Yeah, I don't know that I would like to see how they actually do it either, just so long as it fits better in the end!!
Reshaping an entrance door, is not a simple matter of bending it back to fit. If you do, it will quickly return to it's bent position.

The entrance door frame is an aluminum extrusion. When the door warps, that extrusion has been bent.

The proper fix is to remove the inside metal from the door.
Then realign the door.

The next step is the key step.

Reinstall the interior metal, drilling all new holes. When done, then and only then install rivets in the old holes.

Why, you ask?

The original rivet holes have also been knocked out of round. Using them again, will allow the door to go back to it's out of shape position.

Using new holes, will hold it, wherever you wish.

When finished, filling the old holes with rivets, is for cosmetic purposes only.

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Old 05-01-2009, 08:01 PM   #30
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I want to thank Andy for the tip on silicon spray on the window gaskets. They now open with no problem at all from the inside. I used to have to walk around with a screwdriver to pry them up while my wife worked the inside. That was really a night and day change in functionality.

1) Front fan cover blew off on our last trip and took parts with it. That front fan has been nothing but a headache, it was in fact broken when we bought it and was fixed before taking ownership and has been fixed twice since.
2) Lost another piece of wood trim in the bedroom. The wall separating the back from the bathroom is very thin and flimsy, nails do not anchor well.

Both are under repair at the moment. They were trying to talk me into a fantastic fan for the front, but the problem is the light. I really like the light and no matter where I positioned additional thin-lites they just did not look right.
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Old 05-16-2009, 08:55 AM   #31
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The Excella is approximately 10 years old, things looked slow around the shop, so I decided to have the shocks replaced and the bearings re-packed. Well I got a phone call to come down and take a look at the brakes. The drums were pulled off and the brakes were basically shot. So the decision to do a little PM tipped me off to the much more saftey critical wear on the brakes so now I have the following:

1) 6 new shocks
2) 6 new complete backing plate and brake assemblies
3) 6 new drums (old ones had already been turned once)
4) new bearings
5) Rotated tires since they were off anyway
6) Wash and wax exterior

Should be ready to go for some great summer trips.
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The Excella is approximately 10 years old, things looked slow around the shop, so I decided to have the shocks replaced and the bearings re-packed. Well I got a phone call to come down and take a look at the brakes. The drums were pulled off and the brakes were basically shot. So the decision to do a little PM tipped me off to the much more saftey critical wear on the brakes so now I have the following:

1) 6 new shocks
2) 6 new complete backing plate and brake assemblies
3) 6 new drums (old ones had already been turned once)
4) new bearings
5) Rotated tires since they were off anyway
6) Wash and wax exterior

Should be ready to go for some great summer trips.

Hey there,

How many miles would you say you have traveled with this trailer? Hard to believe the drums were shot. I havent had my drums off. I had the dealer do it but would actually like to see it for myself. Maybe when i get back from AZ next month. Congrats on the tune up and enjoy those summer trips!

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Old 05-17-2009, 07:54 PM   #33
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I have gone ~30k miles since I last did anything with the brakes. Most of our trips have had us climbing and coming down some fairly serious mountains here in AZ. The drums could have been turned one more time but the labor is more than the drums, I guess if you were doing it yourself it would make sense to turn them, but labor makes it cheaper to replace. The shoes probably could have gone another 5k but everything was apart, it just made sense.

Enjoy your trip, it is pretty toasty here in AZ I am sure you will not mind getting back to some cooler weather.
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Im headed to Williams AZ in June and im a bit worried about my ol tow vehicle. Just about everything is new except for the age of the truck. Still a 94' no matter what you do. We plan to travel early in the mornings to beat the heat and not the truck!
San Fran -> Barstow -> Williams -> Las Vegas -> Bakersfield -> and back. 8 days worth.

I will probably get into the brakes when i get home.

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Old 09-23-2012, 11:50 PM   #35
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Batteries are starting to lose their ability to hold a charge. Not real impressed with how long they last when I look back in the thread and saw when they were replaced. Starting to get the rig ready for the fall camping season. We did throw away the original mattress and put in a real full sized queen. The bed is nice but it makes for a pretty tight squeeze in length along the front side of the bedroom.

1) Water pump in 2011
2) Bathroom vent/fan assembly (old one stopped sealing and the plastic complete rotted out). Bought a new assembly and installed it my self in a few hours over a few days.
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I just came upon this thread today. Thanks for being so thorough in recording your repairs / maine. I sold an '85 AS 30' Excella this past summer and purchased a newer 2001 30'er. Bought it from a friend in Kansas and he bought it new. He kept in underground storage in a limestone cave in Missouri all the years he had it. It was only out when they traveled. Still had the NEW smell when I got it. We picked it up and hit the road for a7k trip through Ill, ND, Mont, Wy, Co and Kansas before heading back home.
I bent the 2 rear BAL stabilizers on our last day out. I removed them for reconditioning and will put them back on this week. Not a bad job. But I painted the pads bright RED hopefully to remind me to crank them up.

Thanks again for all the detailed info. Hope to see ya on the road sometime. Next summer we may hit the SW again.
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I just came upon this thread today. Thanks for being so thorough in recording your repairs / maine. I sold an '85 AS 30' Excella this past summer and purchased a newer 2001 30'er. Bought it from a friend in Kansas and he bought it new. He kept in underground storage in a limestone cave in Missouri all the years he had it. It was only out when they traveled. Still had the NEW smell when I got it. We picked it up and hit the road for a7k trip through Ill, ND, Mont, Wy, Co and Kansas before heading back home.
I bent the 2 rear BAL stabilizers on our last day out. I removed them for reconditioning and will put them back on this week. Not a bad job. But I painted the pads bright RED hopefully to remind me to crank them up.

Thanks again for all the detailed info. Hope to see ya on the road sometime. Next summer we may hit the SW again.
Ever wonder why pilots have a check list??

Good idea for travel trailer owners as well.

A few seconds of reading, could save an owner many dollars, as well as headaches.

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Old 10-16-2012, 07:04 PM   #38
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I have cranked on mine a few times hopefully caught my idiocy before doing any real damage. I did lower the rig down on a coleman lantern I left under the belly by the front door and only realized it when the top but punched through with a loud pop. I figure life is a little IQ test that if you pay attention you can keep score on how you are doing. I stopped keeping score because I did not like the answer it was telling me.

Thanks for the read. So far so good. I have noticed that I need to reseal the beltlines and glue back on some foam around the door and rock guards. I'll post exactly what when I get around to it.

Good luck with your rig, it looks like a good one you found.
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I guess the adventures never end. Yesterday I installed a new Anderson hitch. When done I took it for a drive to make some adjustments. Like a dummy I had left a set of keys to the trailer on the propane tanks. Yup, you guessed it. I only went around a several mile circle but upon discovering the loss I made 2 circuits and no luck. Fortunately I had another set and today I went to a full service locksmith and they had all the blanks for a full set of new keys. Could have been worse.
Lesson learned

Should get my stabilizer frames back from sandblasting and painting tomorrow. Woo Hoo
another job on the road to completion.

See ya'll on the road one of these days.
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realize this is an old thread but looking for more info on solar inverters / established plans for AC supply when camping. - Link is no longer active.

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ME Series Inverter/Charger. Seems like a good way to take full advantage of the solar and provide practical ac power when not hooked up.
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My latest theory for ac when off grid camping is my generator. I finally got the DirecTV thing figured out when on the road and can reliably set that up in 15 minutes or so with good sky. Honda will run for hours, gas usage is minimal. My two interstate batteries will no longer hold a good charge. They have been in 5 years or so. Fairly disappointed in their life. I have talked with a couple of folks who use their batteries and an inverter with solar and they do pretty good. I think Quartzsite is the solar central of the universe. Kind of a multi-sentence ramble but punch line is that it may come down to how much a/c usage you need. If you are running the whole rig including making popcorn for the kids with the microwave, watching movies and maybe you already have a nice gennie then it may not make sense to gear up on solar. If you have fairly minimal A/C needs and are going to spend every day for 5 mo camped out in the desert with no hook-up then maybe it is worth the infrastructure.
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I guess the adventures never end. Yesterday I installed a new Anderson hitch. When done I took it for a drive to make some adjustments. Like a dummy I had left a set of keys to the trailer on the propane tanks. Yup, you guessed it. I only went around a several mile circle but upon discovering the loss I made 2 circuits and no luck. Fortunately I had another set and today I went to a full service locksmith and they had all the blanks for a full set of new keys. Could have been worse.
Lesson learned

Should get my stabilizer frames back from sandblasting and painting tomorrow. Woo Hoo
another job on the road to completion.

See ya'll on the road one of these days.
Sorry to hear about the keys. I threw mine away one time. Found them by pure luck and of course went out and immediately had a whole set of spares made. How is the rig coming along, any pics?
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