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Old 08-08-2015, 08:35 AM   #29
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to the OP ... anecdotally ... according to my dealer and what I've heard at the rallies, the 80s excellas have a reputation of being particularly solid if they haven't been allowed to rot out.

I really don't like the 80s decor though. To each their own.
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Old 08-08-2015, 09:16 AM   #30
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I have a '74 Argosy which I would consider selling. Check your private messages for contact info and details on this trailer.
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Old 08-08-2015, 04:39 PM   #31
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Well I bought an 85 29ft Excella, dear lord I want to just check myself into an asylum
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Old 08-08-2015, 05:24 PM   #32
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Good size and not terribly old. Hope it checks out well. Use the inspection checklists around here for buying a trailer. List the problems, and note what you'll need help in understanding in order to repair, restore or upgrade.

It's a fair guess that $10,000 on top of what you've spent will be needed. And while that won't finish it (but it'll be closer if you do most of the work yourself), it should get you most of the way.

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Old 08-08-2015, 09:55 PM   #33
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Mr. Alexj, welcome to the AS club. Your Excella 29' is a good choice. Please, take lots of pics., they will help you during your restoration. As you have notice, this forum is full of very smart AS owners and they will not steer you wrong.
If you still have your old SOB, you might want to salvage everything that works, like stove, refrigerator, hot water heater, etc.
Try to use as much RV type stuff from your old SOB in your AS and what you can't use; list it on EBay.
My biggest suggestion is about safety. Please, bring your AS to a professional RV propane inspector. Install propane, CO2, smoke detectors, and two A,B,C fire extinguisher, one by each escape window. Make sure your fire escape windows open too.
Also, make sure your insurance covers total lose and replacement at restored value. I went with BlueSky Insurance with a replacement value of $60,000. They also insure 365 day full timers too. When you get a chance to, have your AS appraised.
A professional AS appraisal might give you an idea of much work needs to be done to your AS.



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Old 08-09-2015, 07:33 AM   #34
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alexj; Any year, gutted or "as is", then you must gut, with redone or good floor under windows and at door. Pull out steps gone = use concrete block(s). Furnish (couch, bed, dresser, table, chairs, lamps, etc.) from resale shop $250 mindful of 25 inch wide door. FOLLOWiNG MOSTLY NEW ---House a/c without heat. $189. 2 space heaters. $100. 3.1 to 4.5 cu ft 2 door frig. $139. Under sink on demand 110v 3Kw hot water heater. $119. Attachable hand held sprayer for shower.$20. Convection microwave. $199. Induction hot plate. $100. Sink w/base from builders salvage yard and an oblong toilet w/seat. $100. 25' rubber garden hose $50. Shower curtain w/ hooks and piece of conduit $30. Hang to divide space to make smaller sq.ft. if heat and a/c can't keep up. Power cable for 50 amps, power strips, extension cords and duct tape $100. Fabric wardrobe for cloths $30 36" x 24" snap together 5 shelf for storage $24. Tarp for new awning $50. Lots of "L" bracket fasteners for over the road travel, tires, lights, running gear, etc could be $2K. If possible find trailer with solid axle and leaf springs (older torque tube axle type rigs you'll need to replace) Spend $4K to $5K on trailer and $1,500 to outfit and you should be good for at least 5 years. NOTE: no propane!!! 402 296 3796
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Old 08-09-2015, 01:49 PM   #35
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I paid 8300 for it, supposedly it works, but who knows, I dont think it will work at all . . . . I think I got sold a shiny piece of scrap metal (I am horrible at shopping), but, I didn't feel any soft spots in the walls or floor that I could tell, and the highway lights mostly work (the one right side tail light is out) and AC may work (the AC went on and could feel the cool, but it tripped the breaker shortly after, the person selling it said that was because it was hooked up to a house, rather than a proper 30amp plug)

I have a lot at the friendly local RV park with full hookups rented for a month and in a couple weeks the trailer is going to meet with my mechanic so he can test it and identify what doesn't work. After identifying issues he will figure out whether or not we can proceed with efforts to fix it or if its going onto craigslist to see if anyone will buy it before I have it hauled away as trash

The mechanic will hopefully be able to spot the water damage (if any, I assume there is) or identify major problems likely to lead to more water damage and leaking, and will test the fridge, plumbing, propane and such to see if things function

Known issues on mechanics agenda
1. Has an aftermarket burglar alarm - which will NOT go off! Power goes on, alarm goes on. See if he can disarm that (obviously this needs to happen before he can test anything else requiring power). Also I can't even try to sell it for any salvage value on craigslist if an alarm goes off as soon as it is plugged in
2. Door lock was butchered and needs repair/replacement, currently has visible holes and requires act of congress to fix
3. Shower needs caulking around the edges as caulk is cracking. Also the interior covering is peeling off, see if shower is leaking
4. The chair is missing, and there is some staining on the cloth near where the chair should have been - should look to see if rot/water damage/disaster near there
5. There is a crack in the plastic above the couch - check there to see what damage lies there
6. Dent around right rear trim line - see if can caulk that or otherwise seal
it


I am dreaming at this point, since I imagine I will be well beyond 'over budget' by the time the mechanic gets done with 'fixes needed to make functional for the next six months', but, I am dreaming of an electric hot water heater, and would like to have one installed. The estimate for parts, labor, and service call for a propane/electric hybrid hot water heater is 1.2k
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Old 08-09-2015, 09:39 PM   #36
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Alexj, Did you get a title? Alarm that goes off when plugged in and butchered door latch/lock could easily equal a stolen trailer. If I were you I would call local police and have them check the model/serial against stolen lists. Better to find out now! Ed
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Old 08-09-2015, 10:38 PM   #37
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Yeah I got a title

Though I will check to see if the title actually matches the trailer and such. Where do you find the VIN number?
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Old 08-10-2015, 08:09 AM   #38
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Not much difference from buying an old house in prime location. Bad flooring, electric, plumbing, A/C, roof, foundation.
It's hard for me to understand why people buy new and let it fall apart. The worse part; they still think it's worth something.
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Old 08-10-2015, 10:20 AM   #39
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I have the impression, you are still looking at your AS as a SOB. It's Not! Divide the square footage into the amount of money you spent or will spin. Do a ratio of price per square with buying an old condo overlooking Central Park in New York. Your AS is prime real-estate just because of people having a desire to have it.
Please, restore your AS with allot of tender loving care. Because, some day someone is going to knock on your door with a plank check wanting to buy that shiny Airstream.
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Old 08-11-2015, 12:04 PM   #40
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alexj: BigButtUgly says his suggestion of how to outfit your new Airstream is a money saver and works well for a permanent parking spot with all hookups. If you want to later go traveling you'd want a different configuration. If you want to be mostly off grid, in all weather and for any location and very minimal maintenance with nothing to winterize, your insides would be radically different. But don't give up on your buy. You may have paid a little too much--but so what! Think floor and windows , front and rear sag.
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Old 08-16-2015, 09:51 PM   #41
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I think it may be 31ft not 29ft, despite being advertised as 29ft. I did find where the VIN number was on the side so am going to compare with the title I got
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Old 08-17-2015, 08:57 AM   #42
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Alexj: I am confused. Why would you pay a mechanic to repair and replace systems which are designed for over the road travel when when you plan to live in the AS full time parked? If you can make minimum investment as I suggested in my last post you can test the "fit" to see if you grow more or less fond of your now shiney turd. As you add more systems you kill your wallet, slash reliability, and increase your "pucker factor"
KISS, go slow, otherwise you'll have a hanger queen.
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