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Old 03-14-2012, 03:49 PM   #15
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Old 03-14-2012, 04:19 PM   #16
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Hello fello 1980 Excella owner!!!!!!!!!! I was thinking that I was the only one on here. How about some pictures? I would like to compare mine to yours. Be glad to send you some pictures of my exterior and interior. Love my unit and wouldn't trade it for a new one, seriously. Getting ready to haul my unit to the lake for the summer. The knucklehead(otherwise known as my dog, Jake) and I go every weekend that we can. Two years ago we missed 4 weekends in 7 months, hoping to top this year.
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Old 03-14-2012, 04:20 PM   #17
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"My husband votes to just leave things as they are. It's a 32 year old trailer and has earned its "character" finish. Can't convince him to go for a full polish, but the splotchy look bothers me. It's really just the front end. At least we don't have Filoform or do we?"

I voted the same way after a rigorous cleaning of our 63, had planned to polish but was convinced otherwise by SWMBO in favor of "patina".

Here it is after 15 years and still look'n pretty good..

As Stephanie said aging gracefully looks just fine.

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Old 03-14-2012, 06:39 PM   #18
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I knew you folks would give good advice!

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"My husband votes to just leave things as they are. It's a 32 year old trailer and has earned its "character" finish. Can't convince him to go for a full polish, but the splotchy look bothers me. It's really just the front end. At least we don't have Filoform or do we?"

I voted the same way after a rigorous cleaning of our 63, had planned to polish but was convinced otherwise by SWMBO in favor of "patina".

Here it is after 15 years and still look'n pretty good..

As Stephanie said aging gracefully looks just fine.

Bob

As always, you have all come thru for us! What an amazing group of friends I've never met!

It seems that stripping and re applying clear coat is waaay beyond anything we want to try ourselves. I think we will go with the "aging gracefully" plan. I'm sure I will still feel some degree of envy when I see the alluring gleam of a beautifully polished trailer, but no longer feel that we need to be ashamed of our less than perfect finish. Heck, I was sleek and shiny 32 years ago. Not so much anymore I just wish that most of my moving parts worked as well as those on our trailer!

Thank you ALL for your input. My awesome husband is breathing a huge sigh of relief!

Sue

PS- what does SWMBO translate to??
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Old 03-14-2012, 07:22 PM   #19
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Originally they were clear coated mill finish 2024-T3 Alclad Aluminum at least prior to 1982 or so. Alodine is not the same as anodize. Alodine is not a thick coating like anodize. Avion trailers were true anodized aluminum which should be a superior finish unlike the clear coat that comes off. My 81 trailer has no clear coat on top but the sides are in fair shape. The newer trailers use an a different alloy that does not have the pure aluminum layer on top. As a result, they tend to have more corrosion issues as moisture gets under the clear coat starting from the edges or from a scratch in the clear coat.

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Old 03-14-2012, 07:24 PM   #20
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Clear coat became an option in 1961, it was not after 1964, it was standard.
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Old 03-14-2012, 07:48 PM   #21
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Hello fello 1980 Excella owner!!!!!!!!!! I was thinking that I was the only one on here. How about some pictures? I would like to compare mine to yours. Be glad to send you some pictures of my exterior and interior. Love my unit and wouldn't trade it for a new one, seriously. Getting ready to haul my unit to the lake for the summer. The knucklehead(otherwise known as my dog, Jake) and I go every weekend that we can. Two years ago we missed 4 weekends in 7 months, hoping to top this year.
I pm'd you. I would love to exchange pictures! On my "to do" list is learning to post pictures on the forum.

We, too, love our 80 and while I would consider changing to a new one if someone wanted to give us one--can't say for sure that I would. What we have now suits us. Sort of old, but well loved and cared for. Everyone should be so lucky!

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Old 03-14-2012, 08:11 PM   #22
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... I may try to polish mine at some point.

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Cool! Keep us posted of your results, we love photos!
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Sue,
Shawn, and I say him because I wasn't gonna do it, opted to leave the outside of Minerva to her natural patina. First because the time, cost and upkeep to keep her shiny. Second because the longer we spent working on her the less time and money we'd have for camping (living) in her.

It's just a personal preference but I like her aged look!
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Shawn, and I say him because I wasn't gonna do it, opted to leave the outside of Minerva to her natural patina. First because the time, cost and upkeep to keep her shiny. Second because the longer we spent working on her the less time and money we'd have for camping (living) in her.

It's just a personal preference but I like her aged look!

Hi Nicki,

I know exactly where you are coming from! We looked into buying a Cyclo, and even a used one is lots of $$$. Hey, that's money we can use to pay a big portion of our stay at Ft. Wilderness!

I am, finally, happy with our decision to "go natural". I'm just a bit OCD, but in this case I'll get over it. Though that last picture from Frank does worry me....what the heck is that? I'll be taking a closer look at our trailer and hope I don't find any of whatever it is....

Take Care and look forward to meeting you at Bash III, if not before? Alumapalooza?

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Old 03-15-2012, 08:33 AM   #25
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Hi Nicki,

I know exactly where you are coming from! We looked into buying a Cyclo, and even a used one is lots of $$$. Hey, that's money we can use to pay a big portion of our stay at Ft. Wilderness!

I am, finally, happy with our decision to "go natural". I'm just a bit OCD, but in this case I'll get over it. Though that last picture from Frank does worry me....what the heck is that? I'll be taking a closer look at our trailer and hope I don't find any of whatever it is....

Take Care and look forward to meeting you at Bash III, if not before? Alumapalooza?

Sue
Exactly.. shiny trailer vs Ft. Wilderness.... I may get my aircard revoked but my staying at the Fort Addiction in my airstream out weighs my shiny trailer addiction!

I am sure Frank can tell us what is up with the picture....

It won't be Alumapalooza... as much as we'd love to go. Shawn can't be unplugged for that long.. he still works during the week. He is using his vacation days for the Bash and Ft. Wilderness!
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No one has answered Sue, and I'm curious, too: what does SWMBO stand for??

I need to buy one of those tweeting acronym books.

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No one has answered Sue, and I'm curious, too: what does SWMBO stand for??

I need to buy one of those tweeting acronym books.

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That would be a "TAB"! Haha
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I need to buy one of those tweeting acronym books.

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