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Old 04-12-2009, 10:24 AM   #15
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The VIN of an Excella would start with the letter "E". The letter "I" means that it has the International trim package and since it is 31', the model is a Sovereign.



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Old 04-12-2009, 10:27 AM   #16
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Based on where you said it was leaking, it would be the packing nut and the bleeder (the gizmo on the side. Try tightening both before you replace everything. If the tightening the packing nut works and the bleeder still leaks, just take it off and replace the gasket in there. If you do replace the valve, I don't see any need for one with a bleeder.

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Old 04-12-2009, 11:37 AM   #17
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Farmer Bill,
All Sovereigns are Land Yachts, but not all Land Yachts are Sovereigns. The Sovereign (originally named the Sovereign of The Road) was the largest AS made in the 70s. An Excella is an upscale Sovereign. So you have the top of the line model of the top trailer made at the time.
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Old 04-12-2009, 04:23 PM   #18
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I have the top of the line model of the top trailer made at the time? Wow. It doesn't feel like it at the moment!! 2 more weeks and it should be relatively stellar, I reckon!

So, I went out and bought a new thing so I could pull its valve/innards out and stick them in the old one. It turns out, when these things are new, the valve does not want to come out no matter what. They don't seem to come apart until they are ruined. Now I recall that's why I didn't take it out when sweating on the last new one a few days ago.

SO.. The new one I bought today is threaded female. I sweated a male threaded connector to the trailer plumbing and sweated on an elbow onto a threaded male adapter for the drain side (to which I attached the rubber hose). Perfect!

Threading it on there with all that pipe being against the floor was interesting, but I got it done without busting any previous sweat joints. Yay! That area is FINALLY watertight with or without the city hose, and with or without the drain valve open.

And yessir, the last new one I sweated on a few days ago was burnt to a crisp inside. Definitely buy these things threaded if you need one.

Oh, and I did it without burning my hands or igniting my socks. Finally I get the hang of plumbing just in time to be done. Ha!
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Old 04-13-2009, 08:04 AM   #19
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I'm sure I must have melted its innards. I am going to pick up another new one of these valves and stick its innards in the previous new one. If that doesn't fix it, uh...

SaabLover, too funny. I saw your name and wondered if you looked out the window of my Airstream pic. It's a 1987 turbo convertible, my other project for while I wait on Airstream parts!

Here are a few pics the day the Saab came back from getting some body work and a paint job WebForm1 and here I am suffering through installing 4 springs and 4 Bilstein HDs WebForm1 .. Next up is a Garrett T3/T4, fancy wastegate, rising rate FPR, performance fuel pump, redtop injectors, fmic, new vinyl seatcovers all around, new to me door panels and window seals etc etc etc... I got my 2nd APC in the mail the other day from Ebay.. Will be tweaking!
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Old 04-13-2009, 09:25 AM   #20
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When you are soldering/sweating joints it is comon to open the valve (pulling the rubber disc/washer up into the stem) and wrap with a wet rag, this will ensure you do not fry the valves or other items. Some places carry a heat paste that is supposed to provide a heat barrier. I'm not fond of the paste but maybe others have had better luck with it.

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