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Old 04-10-2009, 08:02 PM   #127
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Hail

many arrows against Eugene today. Took my wife to look at an Excella for sale locally to see the interior for ideas, and now ice cube sized hail coming down. Tornadoes in the area. No idea of the damage from the hail yet,its dark. Wife likes the excella. More hail as I finish.
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Old 04-10-2009, 08:27 PM   #128
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Yea but 50's trailers are sooo cool - and you can almost tow them with a yugo - whereas you need a Mack truck to pull the Excella.... Wait till she sees some of the restored trailers out here...

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Old 04-10-2009, 08:49 PM   #129
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Hail = Bad

Free sheet metal tools = Good

50s Overlander >>>>>> Excella

(No offense intended to any Excella owners out there! )
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Old 04-10-2009, 09:40 PM   #130
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No Worries

thinking maybe two airstreams. his and hers. See you guys in Albuquerque.
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Old 04-11-2009, 06:53 AM   #131
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Eugene twarts the arrows

No Hail damage. We had it coming down twice for several minutes the size of large ice cubes. Heavy limbs coming down but no scars on Eugene. Dont see how. Made an offer on the Leadxella. Any sources for a black tank to fit my 58 Overlander, and fresh water tank. Today is another work day. Plugging away at removing rivets and hopefully dropping the belly pan. I am yet to see my frame.
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Old 04-11-2009, 07:11 AM   #132
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Good luck on the frame-- be brave!

I'm not too familiar with the 50s, but your '58 might not have had a black tank originally. Even if it did, you obviously don't have it now. I think you have a few options. You could have a custom tank fabricated to go above the floor, in similar model years to yours, this tank was curved to fit the back corner of the bathroom, and often went under the wardrobe wall and extended into the bottom of the wardrobe to get a little extra space (and provide a hidden path for the vent stack to exit the roof). Both Uwe and Tim Shephard of VAP fame have done this and documented it.

You could also order either a custom or stock tank to go below the floor, within the frame. You would need to make some frame modifications to allow for that.

Good luck!
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Old 04-11-2009, 07:25 AM   #133
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Oh, and for Freshwater tanks, you have many options. There are some retailers on ebay who sell stock tanks that will probably work for you.

eBay Motors: 30 GALLON Fresh Water Tank - RV Trailer Camper NEW (item 290308409270 end time Apr-13-09 22:15:00 PDT)

eBay Motors: RV camper trailer 42 GALLON FRESH WATER TANK NEW (item 270371072075 end time Apr-14-09 20:24:44 PDT)

and many others

Then there are the RV parts places.

Plastic Water Tanks - 15-42 Gallons on Sale


And if you wanted a custom one, you could check out Inca Plastics or All-Rite . Forum members have successfully used both of those places for custom tanks. They could also fab a custom black tank for you if that's an option you'd like to use.

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Old 04-11-2009, 07:26 AM   #134
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whereas you need a Mack truck to pull the Excella....
Ken,
I can pull my 34' Excella just fine with my GMC2500, but hooked up the combo is about as long as a Mack truck though.

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50s Overlander >>>>>> Excella

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Marcus,
No offense taken. I would love to have an older vintage unit, but the wife has planted her foot firmly when the subject of Airstream #3 comes up. If I pull a third one home I may be forced to become a full timer.

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thinking maybe two airstreams. his and hers. See you guys in Albuquerque.
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Two airstreams are a good thing. It's a good thing your wife is exhibiting signs of Aluminitis.

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No Hail damage. We had it coming down twice for several minutes the size of large ice cubes. Heavy limbs coming down but no scars on Eugene. Dont see how. Made an offer on the Leadxella.
Navyeod,
I am glad to hear that Eugene emerged unscathed. He is truly charmed.
What year and length Excella did you put an offer on?
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Old 04-11-2009, 10:01 AM   #135
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Made the deal on the way to pic it up. It is a 30. Hope to be back around 8 tonight. david
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Made the deal on the way to pic it up. It is a 30. Hope to be back around 8 tonight. david
David,
Outstanding! Now you can camp while you restore Eugene.

What are you going to call this one?

What is it Darth Vader says..."Come to the dark side..."

Be sure to post some pictures so we can see the addition to the family.
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Old 04-11-2009, 09:55 PM   #137
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I made an email offer on the local (20 miles away) excella last night but didnt hear back from the guy as of this morning. Did my daily craigslist search and the same year and model excella was offered for 2k less than the one I had offered on. It had three as new awnings, a reese equalizer and antisway hitch system with it, new marathons, two spares, new low profile ac duotherm. All systems work. Both trailers had a dent in the rear, but when I talked to this fellow and asked him about the dent he offered to drop the price 1k for the dent. I decided this is one of those times you snooze or you loose. Made a deal with him and set off for Wakulla Florida with my wife. Four hours later with my gps failing ten miles from his house I am looking at his trailer. Axles were shot A/T the forum post, outside didnt look as good as the other, much more complicated dent, and the inside not quite as nice. Less corrosion and had two spare tires. The fellow was getting out of the airstream hobby after 300k miles and 6 trailers. Very nice guy and very helpful. When I told him about the axles I think he thought I was just hustling him and I thought about offering him less, but thought it over and decided the price was really fair even with the axles, and the dents I was chomping at the bit to learn how to fix anyway. Told him I will take it. We set about adjusting the hitch height and did that four times. The Fellow really didn't seem to feel comfortable with me till we had worked together for around a half hour. I think he was very defensive about the axles, but we developed a friendship in the hour and a half I spent there. Mostly because his wife and mine hit it off so well. In fact it was hard to separate them when we left. Bad side of all this, leaving so quickly I didnt have a brake or light connection for the trailer. And because it took us so long to work out the hitch height, left Wakulla, (20mi south of Tallahassee) at 5:15 with a Lexus 470 (99) as the tow vehicle. Without the GPS prolonged the trip back a bit but we made it without a problem and without lights or brakes in 4 hours. My wife and I are excited about the new home, excited about the new friends we have made. In fact he offered me a very good deal on a TV as I left. My wife and I have never had an RV and have never camped before. ( At least not like this, The service was enough for me and she did some tent camping as a child and loved it) and now in three weeks we have two. Lord help us. God Bless you all and Happy Easter.
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Old 04-11-2009, 10:00 PM   #138
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Sorry about the pics, more tomorrow, but the best I could do tonight. Camera tired like me. Going to Easter Sunrise Service tomorrow. God has Blessed us all. david
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Old 04-11-2009, 10:14 PM   #139
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Better pics and the Ad

http://tallahassee.craigslist.org/rvs/1111616063.html
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Old 04-11-2009, 10:49 PM   #140
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Way to go!

Thats really nice. Don't loose sight of the original project. You have the best of both worlds now.
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