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Old 09-14-2010, 10:38 PM   #15
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congradulations on a great looking coach. Looks better than my 83 300 TD. Your floorplan is almost like mine and I like it very much. I think you got a very good deal. I think you will be very happy with the power and MPG on the deisel engine.

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Old 09-14-2010, 10:57 PM   #16
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Did I miss something? I've not seen any pics.
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Old 09-15-2010, 08:19 AM   #17
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My first stop would be a competent shop to have it serviced and a safety check performed. Heading out with fresh fluids and functioning brakes and suspension would be prudent.

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My maiden voyage was only 75 miles so I didn't bother with tow insurance, with a 1000 I would upgrade AAA to include RV which they don't automatically cover, or better call Good Sam and get emergency Road service.

Carry an extra fuel filter and know the procedure to bleed the air from fuel line, even with road service. It should be in the motor manual.
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Old 09-15-2010, 08:53 AM   #18
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Also, from El Paso to DFW is a very long distance, and you might want to choose an easier "first day" - there are a LOT of Airstreamers and good AS mechanics in Austin, TX, which can take 3-4 hrs off that first day journey.

Also, if you're making a trip of it, a nice stop in Fredericksburg might be enjoyable - wineries, peach groves and antiques! Fredericksburg is about 60 miles west of Austin/San Antonio in the best of the hill country, but with the roads avoiding the worst of the hills
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Old 09-15-2010, 09:52 AM   #19
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I looked at the ebay listing for pictures on ebay search enter the item number he provided in post 1 300463957421 Dont know how long this will work to look at that beauty

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Old 09-15-2010, 10:09 AM   #20
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Also, from El Paso to DFW is a very long distance, and you might want to choose an easier "first day" - there are a LOT of Airstreamers and good AS mechanics in Austin, TX, which can take 3-4 hrs off that first day journey.

Also, if you're making a trip of it, a nice stop in Fredericksburg might be enjoyable - wineries, peach groves and antiques! Fredericksburg is about 60 miles west of Austin/San Antonio in the best of the hill country, but with the roads avoiding the worst of the hills
It's 1 mile farther El Paso-Austin than it is El Paso-Weatherford. Stopping in Fredericksburg cuts 75 miles off that, but Fredericksburg is a busy town during October. If you can get a place to camp, though, Oktoberfest is fun.
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Old 09-15-2010, 11:41 AM   #21
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Wow! Just saw your Excella - well done. I was a "watcher" on that, looking to bring it over here but was away when it finished.

You should be very pleased with that buy, she looks great - may I suggest some nice S/S wheel trims to finish her off?

I was always told the purchase price is the 'down payment' !!! but it looks like your "Monthly's" will be very reasonable.....Have fun - I am sure you will
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Old 10-07-2010, 06:57 AM   #22
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Drove it home last weekend. 1000 miles in two days. kept the RPM's at about 3400 on the interstates which was about 62 MPH. The engine is SCREAMING at that RPM. It was so loud in the cockpit I could not hear the GPS. I'm hoping I can quiet it down with some insulation, seals, etc in the engine compartment. I'll also look into an overdrive. The power without a turbo suprised me. On the interstates there were only a couple of grades that slowed me down under 55MPH but I never had to downshift and was passing the 18 wheelers going uphill. Once I hit the Ozarks and got on the two lane roads I needed to shift into 2nd gear for most of the steeper grades. In 2nd gear at 3400 RPM I was going 35MPH but had plenty of power to pull the grades. With the exception of the NOISE it was a plesant trip.
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Old 10-07-2010, 08:37 AM   #23
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BTW I changed my profile to 1979 Excella 28. The eBay ad said 1981 but they only made Excella's until 1979. It was explained to me by the seller that the chassies was purchased in 1979 by Airstream, Built during 1980 and sold as new after Sept 1st of 1980 which made the original title a 1981. The owners manual says "1979" the title says "1981"

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Old 10-07-2010, 12:27 PM   #24
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You may look into the over-under drive system

I sure would not be without one

Very well worth the Investment
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Old 10-07-2010, 02:41 PM   #25
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Drove it home last weekend. 1000 miles in two days. kept the RPM's at about 3400 on the interstates which was about 62 MPH. The engine is SCREAMING at that RPM. It was so loud in the cockpit I could not hear the GPS. I'm hoping I can quiet it down with some insulation, seals, etc in the engine compartment. I'll also look into an overdrive. The power without a turbo suprised me. On the interstates there were only a couple of grades that slowed me down under 55MPH but I never had to downshift and was passing the 18 wheelers going uphill. Once I hit the Ozarks and got on the two lane roads I needed to shift into 2nd gear for most of the steeper grades. In 2nd gear at 3400 RPM I was going 35MPH but had plenty of power to pull the grades. With the exception of the NOISE it was a plesant trip.
Glad you made it home with no problems. You may want to check your rear end gear ratio. Mine has 4.56 gears and makes about 67-68 mph at 3300 rpm. Torque converter slip will vary a bit. The high ratio gears and the diesel torque gives you great power on the hills but hurts in the top speed. Second gear max speed is a killer as you discovered. The gear vendors overdrive makes a huge difference noise wise and top/cruising speed wise. The engine will live longer when not running at max governed speed all the time and you will be happier at the fuel pump.

You can change your profile back. The chassis may be a '79 but it is an Airstream and was built and sold as a '81. By the way mine is listed as an Excella and sold as an '82. It also has the turbo which I understand was standard equipment in '82.

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Old 10-07-2010, 03:54 PM   #26
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I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around this turbo/non-turbo deal.
My understanding, still, is AS never made a normally-aspirated mo/ho.
Also, Isuzu wants no more than 3200 rpm. With our overdrive, we cruise at 65, no noise and 15 mpg. Here's our first mo/ho, a 78 Excella.Turbo, by the way.
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you got a nice one at a fair price. The market kinda sucks now, and has for a few years. It's a great time to buy one.
I still miss mine after 4 years. But do enjoy the old trailers I have had since.
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I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around this turbo/non-turbo deal.
My understanding, still, is AS never made a normally-aspirated mo/ho.
Also, Isuzu wants no more than 3200 rpm. With our overdrive, we cruise at 65, no noise and 15 mpg. Here's our first mo/ho, a 78 Excella.Turbo, by the way.
I think Airstream sold the the early Isuzu's without the turbo but they were easy to add on if wanted. The Isuzu's Airstream used were actually all normally aspirated. The turbo is an aftermarket add on like the rear air suspension by American Carrier Equipment. The turbo is a BAE low pressure unit that maxes out at 10 psi. The Isuzu turbo engines had different pistons with under deck oil cooling and a few other little goodies that allow 15-18 psi. boost. I don't think the full turbo Isuzu engines were used until the late '80's.

Do you know what rear axle gears you have Mike? With the 4.56 gears my Moho it will do 67-68 mph at 3200 rpm. The overdrive drops that by about 500 rpm and makes it nice and quiet. It's easy to tweak another 100 or 200 rpm out of the Governor or the tach reads may be a little optimistic. It's hard to say without some good test equipment.

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