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Old 02-17-2014, 04:29 AM   #1
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Does anyone have a 1981 Excella Moho?

I'm trying to find other owners of 81 Excella MoHo. 25'
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Old 02-17-2014, 07:46 PM   #2
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Hi, 25 footer, or 28 footer? Looking at Airstream.com, they don't show a 25 footer.

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Old 02-18-2014, 05:34 PM   #3
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Sorry typo 28 f
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Old 02-22-2014, 06:57 AM   #4
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Hello,
I have a 28fter Excella. 1981. Bought it last summer. Its awesome.
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Old 02-23-2014, 09:40 AM   #5
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So was it already restored ? If not what what've u done to it? Have Pics?
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Old 02-25-2014, 04:09 PM   #6
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I changed the oil pressure sender and gage, pumped up the front air bags that were at 30 psi back to 55psi They seems to have help pressure at least for a few weeks until I put it in storage. Tighten the alternator belt. Determined that the diesel tank sender is bad and not the gage. I have a list of things to replace for the coming season. The trunks are very rusty and pitted and will get fiberglassed, and the plan is to wire brush the frame and all steel chasis parts and paint with POR15 this summer. (Good project for my son). The bright lights flicker so i will start with adding a new relay. Regular driving lights are ok.

I have a injector pump oil leak in the front at the timer shaft that I will have fixed next week hopefully by a local mechanic( its to cold out for me right now). I also just received the new monroe shocks and steering stabilizer today. I noticed that at some point the rear suspension lost pressure and the previous owners must not have had the stabilizers on. There is an interferece fit with the frame and the shock on the drivers side rear. Big dent in the bottom of the shock. I need to look at it closely and make sure it is all correct, and if so, figure out a bump stop of sorts to avoid damage when it happens again. (cuase it will happen again if it happened once)

The rig seems to work fine and everything works on the inside. It needs some TLC but that is to be expected for a 1981. The plan is to keep it in the family for a long time. Taking it on spring break for a week to MO & TN & KY. Hopefully it makes it.

I am happy to help out with any questions.
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Old 02-25-2014, 04:15 PM   #7
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I also put new weather stripping in the front windows. This actually takes longer than it sounds. Kind of a pain to dig the old stuff out then clean out the channels. Just takes some time. Patience seems to be a good word for working on the old girl.

The threads on the forum here were a huge help, and the folks at Inland were great in helping me pick the right parts. I will probably do the rest of the windows this summer.
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Old 03-09-2014, 08:26 AM   #8
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Canadian 81 Excella

We've owned our 28' 81 Excella for about 18 months, rear bath model. We've redone the interior, goodby carpet hello Alure flooring from home depot, LOVE IT, looks good and relatively easy to install. We found a blender, motor & accessories for the built in, new porcelain toilet, new bathroom sink & wood counter. The only part we cant seem to source or make is the cylinders for reclining the front seats, I've just made aluminum bars to replace them. We've replaced the front window channels, kind of a tedious job but worth it. Upgraded the roof vents and put AirMax covers on them. The old ONAN gen was very loud due to a missing exhaust pipe & muffler, when I found out the price of the muffler & intermediate pipe I nearly had a coronary, off to the muffler shop I went, we made our own intermediate pipe, then a 90* bend in another pipe and routed it to the drivers side,,hmmm what to do about a muffler,,being a Harley rider I had a few mufflers kicking around, a fully baffled decker muffler works amazingly and looks brilliant peeking out of the drivers side. The gen runs great but, does not make power on a consistent basis, microwave popcorn isn't happening and you should hear it reving up & down trying to run a coffee maker, we're probably just going to use a backup mounted in the trailer we pull,,yep a 10' trailer there just simply is not nearly enough room in the old girl for lawn chairs and other camping stuff. We replaced the rear airbags and re sealed all the old fittings a new Viaair 450 air compressor and installed shutoff switch and dump valve, we mounted it all on an isolated platform in the rear drivers side compartment..... This year we plan on a 24' rope & pole awning,,,,,,,We love working on and camping in our bullet!!!!!!
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Can you please post some pics. The rear window on the passenger side ( the non slider) as broken into tiny bits but is still holding together I believe because if the tint it has on it. Do u by any chance know where I can get a replacement? I went to camper clinic II in Buda Texas an airstream dealer and they have not been able to locate one for me. Also where did you find your front window frames.
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Mine is a rear bath model as well. But I believe all the 81's are rear bath.
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Where are you from? I'm in Austin Texas
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Diesel blimp let me know how replacing the other weather striping goes. Mine need to he replaced as well. Pics would also be helpful
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We've owned our 28' 81 Excella for about 18 months, rear bath model. We've redone the interior, goodby carpet hello Alure flooring from home depot, LOVE IT, looks good and relatively easy to install. We found a blender, motor & accessories for the built in, new porcelain toilet, new bathroom sink & wood counter. The only part we cant seem to source or make is the cylinders for reclining the front seats, I've just made aluminum bars to replace them. We've replaced the front window channels, kind of a tedious job but worth it. Upgraded the roof vents and put AirMax covers on them. The old ONAN gen was very loud due to a missing exhaust pipe & muffler, when I found out the price of the muffler & intermediate pipe I nearly had a coronary, off to the muffler shop I went, we made our own intermediate pipe, then a 90* bend in another pipe and routed it to the drivers side,,hmmm what to do about a muffler,,being a Harley rider I had a few mufflers kicking around, a fully baffled decker muffler works amazingly and looks brilliant peeking out of the drivers side. The gen runs great but, does not make power on a consistent basis, microwave popcorn isn't happening and you should hear it reving up & down trying to run a coffee maker, we're probably just going to use a backup mounted in the trailer we pull,,yep a 10' trailer there just simply is not nearly enough room in the old girl for lawn chairs and other camping stuff. We replaced the rear airbags and re sealed all the old fittings a new Viaair 450 air compressor and installed shutoff switch and dump valve, we mounted it all on an isolated platform in the rear drivers side compartment..... This year we plan on a 24' rope & pole awning,,,,,,,We love working on and camping in our bullet!!!!!!

Sounds like you have done a lot! I would love to see some photos! I have an '82 28 foot with the rear bathroom. I've always been curious as to what the Excella model is. I've renovated the cab, salon, galley and bathroom. Now I would like to do something with the bedroom area.
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I've got a 1981 Excella. Diesel, 28', rear bath. Bought it last summer in North Carolina and am working on it and trying to get it roadworthy by this summer.
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