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Old 06-30-2006, 12:16 PM   #1
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Rivet New Owner of 1980 Excella


My husband is 65 and I am 60. Our names are Alice and Spencer. We are so glad to be part of the Airstream family.

Well my husband and I finally found one. A 1980 Airstream Excella in excellent condition! Yea!!!!!

We were pulling it home yesterday and one of the tires popped and there we were on the side of the road in the middle of no where. God bless all the good samatarians out there! It took us 2 hours and $155 before we were finally on the road again.

We don't care we love it so much. It has wonderful mint condition blue and white striped awnings all the way around.

Not a dent to be found!

Now comes the fun part. We put water in the tank but don't know how to get it to come out of the faucets. Can anyone out there help us?



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Old 06-30-2006, 12:37 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum Alice and Spencer. Sounds like you found a gem there. I don't know about the water issues, somebody here will help you out with it. Did you get any manuals with it? You can buy them from or from Secretarial Services. Use the search feature above to find their phone number.

Happy trails and visit here often. There are lots of nice folks willing to help.



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Old 06-30-2006, 12:38 PM   #3
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Alice, welcome to the forum. If you're connected via a hose to a water supply, that's all you need to do. If, however, you are not so connected, and you wish to use the water from the tank, you need to switch on the water pump. There are usually a couple of switches. One will be by the kitchen sink, perhaps on the wall to the left of the sink, and one may be on the wall above and to the right of the washbasin in the bathroom. They act like light switches at either end of a long passage in a house, in that either switch may be used at any time. On many trailers, a small red light will illuminate on the control panel above the front couch when the pump is activated. The pump will only run (noisily), when a faucet is opened.
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Old 06-30-2006, 12:38 PM   #4
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Welcome to the Forum. As you can see I am a newbie from way north Mississippi. I'm sure others with much more experience will chime in soon, but here is what I think I know. If you put water in the tank, then there is a pump switch you need to turn on to pressurize your water system. Switch may be in the bathroom or galley, or close to your monitoring panel. I suspect you also have a hose hookup on the streetside rear of the trailer which will allow you to hook up to an city water connection (use a drinking safe hose, white in color). This will pressurize the system and water should magically appear at the faucet. Remember I am not a pro but I think this will work.

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Old 07-01-2006, 02:08 PM   #5
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How do I make a picture small enought to

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Old 07-01-2006, 07:48 PM   #6
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Alice, you need some picture/photo editing software to shrink it down. SOme versions of paint allow you to manipulate the sizes of images. Open your pic in paint and choose the "image" pull down menu from the menu bar.

I use a free program called "Irfanview" . You can find it on the internet at

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Old 07-01-2006, 08:30 PM   #7
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Welcome to our community on the web, where someone will be able to answer any questions you post about your new silver bullet! If you can put up some photos of the inside as we all love to view other units.
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Old 08-02-2006, 07:05 PM   #8
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Alice and Spencer,
Welcome to the forums. I just aquired a 1980 Excella...unfortunately not in very good condtion. If you need any technical help or pictures of dissasembled stuff let me know, mine is in a advanced state of dissassembly by the PO. I also have a 1975 that is undergoing a 120 step rehab. I must be a glutton for punishment .

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The switch for the water pump on our 1980 Excella II 25 ft twin is on the monitor panel. There is also one in the bathroom beside the toilet.


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