Back in May I purchased a 1989 - 29' Excella because we needed more space and sold our 1981 - 22' Excella II shortly thereafter. I started work in early July thru mid-August each night after work. On August 26th we took the "shakedown cruise" to Jenny Wiley State Park in Prestonsburg, KY.
The extra space was great in the trailer - room for both of us, daughter in her "pack & play and the family dog.
Had two issues with the trailer. 1.)No readings for the tank monitors. 2.) A/C condensate hose that needs to be made longer to get out of the belly pan.
After purchasing I had to:
- clean, clean, clean (PO left me with a black tank half full)
- new axles/shocks - 32 degree down angle, 12" drum brakes, gained 1" of height over factory height of 115" (now 116" high) - trailer was sagging badly - probably gained 3+ inches from old saggy axles.
- new tires
- repaint the entire trailer below the lower beltline
- lots of new misc parts
- sandblasted and painted bal stabalizer jacks
- repair leaky plumbing
- new sheet metal around the freshwater tank
- circuit breaker on the 12v line from tow vehicle
- partially caulked the trailer - much more to do before winter comes
- cut out belly pan to make room for the spare tire
- AGM batteries (2)
- repair drawers
- repair/clean tail-lights
- new license plate light
- Reworked outer compartment for electrical cord storage
- new courtesy lights at step, sewer and power jack
- fixing many items neglected by the PO
Much more work to go but having a blast.
Took my daughter and dog on a multi-mile hike to the top of the mountain. We also took her on her first pontoon boat ride.
I did have one issue with the old truck which was my fault. I had an ignition wire vibrate down out of place and short out on the exhaust manifold. 60 mph down the highway and no engine! That was fun..... Once my temper calmed down, I found the shorted wire and burned out fusible link. I wired it up directly - good enough to get us 50 miles down the road to an auto parts house for a few more parts.