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Old 06-01-2015, 07:33 PM   #15
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Folks, correct me if I'm wrong. Is 1999 the first year of the new polymer Alcoa coating on the aluminum? If so, the coating will last a long time compared to the automotive clear coats. You will have to guard against filiform corrosion at the seams and rivets, but pretty easy to do. And I think of the Excella being a 31 footer. You'll have to go to the Airstream website and look it up in the specs.

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Old 06-01-2015, 09:51 PM   #16
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Welcome! Best of luck...this site is a great site to learn new things, the basics, more advanced, etc...

Just a tip (in my opinion): use the search google custom search feature when searching the forum for best results...tons of stuff to glean.

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Im a total newb. Thanks for the pro tip!
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Old 06-01-2015, 09:53 PM   #17
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Folks, correct me if I'm wrong. Is 1999 the first year of the new polymer Alcoa coating on the aluminum? If so, the coating will last a long time compared to the automotive clear coats. You will have to guard against filiform corrosion at the seams and rivets, but pretty easy to do. And I think of the Excella being a 31 footer. You'll have to go to the Airstream website and look it up in the specs.

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I read something about a Midyear change. I looked up the VIN, and it is the newer version. Whether it's good or bad, I don't know. I'll look at airstream.com and see what I can find.
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Old 06-03-2015, 05:36 AM   #18
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We picked up our new to us, Airstream Excella 1000. Spent our first night in it, 15 miles away, so we can properly check everything out this morning. So far do good.
I have to change mirrors on my truck and, get the Reese hitch set up.
I'll post pics, in a bit.
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Old 06-03-2015, 10:50 AM   #19
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Very good news! That's a super Airstream, very comfortable. Happy to hear things are going well so far. One thing I like about travel trailers and Airstream is the challenge of solving this problem or that. It's much easier to stay in a motel, but there is nothing to do. In our Airstream, there is something that consumes the time. I enjoy it. And I enjoy the relative freedom we have while traveling. I can spend the night almost anywhere.

I used aftermarket mirror extensions for years. I need to see that the lane is clear so I can change lanes. Your main goal with your hitch is to restore "level vehicle" after your hitched up. Measure height at the wheel wells on level hard surface road before hitching and after hitching. Lift your weight bars to restore level. It's somewhat like trying to lift the back of your vehicle with a lever. That transfer weight to the front. And you want your Airstream level too. A slight drop in the nose is ok. But you don't want your nose high.

Congratulations. We expect photos soon.

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Old 06-03-2015, 01:05 PM   #20
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David, thanks for the advice! We noticed that we have Goodyear marathon tires, that look to be original, 16 year old tires. After reading problems people are having, we are now sitting at a tire shop having e load tires out on. At least to get us home, I may upgrade to 16" wheels eventually. Then it's off to the RV shop to add mirrors, and get our sway bars hooked up. Finally, we will begin the voyage home.
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Very, very wise to get those tires changed. Step one is successful towing are good trailer tires. A catastrophic tire failure (blow out) can cause significant damage to your Airstream.

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We made it home! I'll take some photos, and post them in a few days. Crazy weekend has arrived.
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Old 06-15-2015, 02:16 PM   #23
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Just joined the club.....number 7707 here!
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That's a very lucky number. Not often a guy rolls three out of four 7s. Maybe you can be secret agent 7707.

Wanna see photos of your new Airstream.

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