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Old 12-05-2005, 04:02 PM   #1
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Smile Conundrum - Need advice Please

I will try to keep this short

Some may know that we have a Hybrid project ahead of us - gutting a 1999 Excella 28' and transposing it to our 1961 Overlander.

We are taking the winter to put on paper our plan of attack for the dual project. We are moving along quite nicely on our desired floor plan and determining the parts that we need from the Excella and Overlander and what parts we won't.

What we will be left with is the frame and shell intact still of the 1999 Excella. Some interior panels will be removed to access the wiring. Along with sections of the floor may need to be lifted to access plumbing fixtures.

We intend on sealing up the holes as we go - i.e. fantastic fans, airconditioner, bathroom vents etc. So that she does not leak. We have sealed the front and rear bulkheads with plastic for now - but may have to rivet it closed in the future.

So now the question - do we continue with stripping the rest and parting it out - or do we leave the windows, doors, screens etc. intact and sell the damaged shell on it's frame?

If we consider the latter - what is your best guess on a value for something like that? It is trailerable. When we picked it up it tracked straight. The tires did not scuff or rub on the way home -a sure indication that a frame has been twisted.

Just incase anyone is wondering there are NO front windows - or rear windows. There is only "1" curved panel that made it through the crash without damage. The curb side looks great - but the street side although intact is badly scratched but all side windows are operational. would also like to note at this time - all appliances, electrical systems and plumbing systems will not be available for sale as well all cabinets couch, swivel chair and matresses.

It would have a clear title and fully transferable - both in Canada and to the US. And we would consider delivering as well to the Eastern - Southern States - Sorry the West is just a tad too far.

I ask this question now - as My brother has his eye on it to convert what is left into a mechanics workshop to work on small engines - as he does not care what it looks like as long as it is trailerable and sealed. We also have someone interested in the complete door assembly if we should go the root of complete parting out.

We just don't know what to do at this time - and have no idea what interest there would be or if there are members out there with newer trailers that may need exterior parts and some other interior parts like head liner, liner connectors and a lot of little things that we may not be using.

Posing these questions now - so that we are not in a panic in the Spring - which will be here soon enough - only 4 months away.

Any advice or assistance opionions would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 12-05-2005, 04:59 PM   #2
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Whatever you do, keep it towable.
You can e-bay the leftovers from your conversion and still let your brother use the completed shell for a workshop.
There is good money in used Airstream parts.
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