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Old 10-08-2011, 03:27 AM   #1
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1985 AS Excella 31'

Just bought my first AS and now a member of your club. I have no knowledge about what I bought. It is in great shape and looks perfect. Compair to other units that I have seen, this one seems to be in an imaculate condition... I followed my instinct!. I am told everything is in working condition except the fridge. Any reviews, news, warnings, good and bad things about this model is greatly appreciated.

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Old 10-08-2011, 03:54 AM   #2
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RE: 1985 AS Excella 31'

Does anyone have a scailed floor plan for this model!? Or where can I get it from?
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Old 10-11-2011, 01:50 PM   #3
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Welcome! The only particular issue I know of is that some '80s trailers had OSB floors instead of plywood, and if there's a leak the OSB doesn't stand up as well to the presence of water. I'm pretty sure the change to water-based adhesive for the upholstered ceilings didn't happen until the early '90s, but I haven't found a reference to the exact year that changed.

Other than that it's just the usual stuff... systems and parts age and become less effective or fail. It's even possible that the refrigerator in your new-to-you unit can be repaired, it depends upon why it's not working at the moment. There are LOTS of threads about the various problems and fixes for Dometic refrigerators.
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Old 10-11-2011, 04:51 PM   #4
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Rear or center bath?

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Old 10-11-2011, 04:58 PM   #5
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I have a 83 Excella and have done a lot of work to mine I can tell you a lot about it Feel free to ask
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Old 10-11-2011, 06:40 PM   #6
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Now,please we gotta see some pics of that baby....
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Old 10-12-2011, 03:05 AM   #7
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Thank you all. This is all new to me. I always wanted an Airstream and finally got one. I hope I have made the right choice. I simply followed my instict as I did 10 years ago when I spotted my first and last trailer. Some of you may know or heard of the one and only surviving 1960 Holliday House Geographic (Model 'X"). www.1960prototype.com

My new (to me) Airstream has a center bath and seems to be in great condition. I am going to post a few photos and I welcome any positive and negative remark about this model. I rather know and deal with it than not!
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Old 10-12-2011, 03:33 AM   #8
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Thank you all. I am learning how to use the site. My last response did not get published may be because I mentioned a website!!! I always wanted to own an Airstream and this is my first . I hope I have made the right choice. I simply followed my instinct and thought it was in good condition and good buy. Center bath. My only experience with trailers has been with my first and last trailer, the 1960 showroom model ond prototype holiday House "Geographic". I spotted that rare unit 10 years ago, and sold it a few weeks ago.
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Old 10-12-2011, 03:51 AM   #9
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Everyone who saw that particular trailer had fun passing the photo's along.

An RV is a system of systems. My take on these (any and all brands) is to bring them up to date on matters of road performance/safety. Once they can travel again without concern (relatively) then any other work necessary is less of a concern, IMO.

Axles, shell separation, and leaks/corrosion would head my list for (as TTT puts it) an "invasive inspection". Beyond what the boaters look to in a professional survey, but with the same extensive concern for indivudual systems and their affect on the whole. Search here for Buyer's Checklist.

Much depends on your inclination of how much to take on personally. Luckily you are close to INLAND RV in Corona, CA, one of the most experienced A/S shops in the USA. I like doing my own work, and I value as highly having more experienced eyes go over what I've done. Some work I'd rather have others do: more experience, better equipped shop, etc.

Much also depends on how you plan to use it. The occasional trip to mountains or beach is different than the reliability of a rig needed for cross-continent travels under the full range of climatic conditions in North America.

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Old 10-12-2011, 06:44 AM   #10
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You really want to inspect that rear bumper area. It is prone to leaks. I just bought an 81 Excella and had some unplanned rear floor repairs. The good thing is you have a center bath so the floor area is relatively easy to fix since it is not under the bathroom. Look under the rear beds at the back corner. Pull up any flooring that is there. 30 yr old carpeting can hide a lot of problems. Other areas to inspect are in the front around the front door and where the end caps meet the straight sections.

Congrats on your new adventure.

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Congrats on the Airstream. The Holiday House was one unique rig.
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Could you please tell me what you mean where the end caps meet the straight sections ? I know what you mean about the floor in the rear Mine was bad in that area I believe water got in where the body meets the floor on the outside I repaired the floor and re sealed where the body meets the lower section above the storage box. Should I look for another area for a leak ?
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Old 10-13-2011, 02:33 AM   #13
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I am glad some one else asked the quesiton also. I have no idea what "where the end caps meet the straight sections" mean!!!
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Old 10-13-2011, 06:15 AM   #14
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The endcaps are the front & rear sections that are curved. They are shaped like pieces of pie & riveted together. The straight sections are the "walls" of the trailer along the street side & curbside of the trailer. There is a seam where the two sections meet on both sides. That is where my '86 had leaks too. That seam should be checked for leaks if you haven't checked already.
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