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Old 02-12-2008, 02:21 PM   #15
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Does anyone know what years the Excella II was available?????
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Old 02-12-2008, 06:04 PM   #16
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Does anyone know what years the Excella II was available?????
I'm not that knowledgeable. It's hard to find information on newer vintage airstreams. It seems there are more experts on the pre 1969 models then those sold after that. I've spoken with a member on the forum who owns the airstream dealer in NJ who seemed very knowledgeable, and NeatAirstream
seems to have posted some good excella 2 info on the 1980 thread.
By the way I saw the pictures you had posted on the other thread, you have a very nice airstream. You're fortunate to find one with so little use.

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Old 02-12-2008, 06:10 PM   #17
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Does anyone know what years the Excella II was available?????
1980 & 1981
After that Airstream dropped the II from the name. Interesting that the Excella II came before the Excella.
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Old 02-12-2008, 06:33 PM   #18
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1980 & 1981
After that Airstream dropped the II from the name. Interesting that the Excella II came before the Excella.
Except for the fact that there was an Excella 500 before them and an Excella 1000 sometime afterwards. No rhyme for reason.
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Old 02-12-2008, 10:47 PM   #19
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Thanks, Folks, for the info on Excella IIs.
Yes we are very fortunate to have acquired Ole81 from my brother. He assures me that we have used it more in the past 8 months than he had used it in 20 years.

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Old 02-12-2008, 11:57 PM   #20
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I have scanned a few images from my 1980 owners manual (with 1981 supplement stamp on the front) that shows some specifications and floorplans. I have the 22' floorplan - small bodied trailer.
This floorplan list is not inclusive as there are a few more pages of floorplans of non-Excella II trailers.
1981 specifications.pdf
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Old 02-13-2008, 07:05 AM   #21
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I don't know everything I should about this subject, but here is what I do know. In 1981, Airstream sponsored a series of caravans to China. In support of these caravans, Airstream manufactured a number of small bodied (7'6" wide) models and shipped them to China. Participants used the trailers to caravan around China, then returned and the next batch of caravanners picked them up and began the next caravan. My understanding is that these trailers were left in China at the conclusion of the caravans.

Previously, I knew of only two of the 7'6" models that weren't shipped to China. One in Washington State and one here in Texas. It sounds like you have another. What I am saying is that the '81 you have is probably a fairly rare trailer. The 7'6" Texas trailer was exhibited here at the Second Texas State Vintage Rally held in Montgomery this past week. It is owned by Gary and Marilyn McClannahan of Austin, Texas.
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Any idea of where I could find out more about these trailers that were made for China? Serial # listings? etc....
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I'd have to measure mine again to be certain but I think the exterior was exactly 7' with the interior at it's widest point being 6'8' or 6'10". When I spoke with the owner of the NJ airstream dealership he seemed to think that I had a unit that was made for China or possibly a prototype that never went to full production. He said I could get a good price for it in Europe if I ever wanted to. I'll also see if I can find his contact info, he seemed very knowledgeable. The dealership was a sponsor on the forum last year.
I guess it's safe to list the serial #. I'll pull that and list it later. The letters and #'s indicate an 81 excella between 24-25', but there are couple of extra digits in addition to the check digit that show no meaning on the airstream serial # breakdown chart.
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I don't know everything I should about this subject, but here is what I do know. In 1981, Airstream sponsored a series of caravans to China. In support of these caravans, Airstream manufactured a number of small bodied (7'6" wide) models and shipped them to China. Participants used the trailers to caravan around China, then returned and the next batch of caravanners picked them up and began the next caravan. My understanding is that these trailers were left in China at the conclusion of the caravans.

Previously, I knew of only two of the 7'6" models that weren't shipped to China. One in Washington State and one here in Texas. It sounds like you have another. What I am saying is that the '81 you have is probably a fairly rare trailer. The 7'6" Texas trailer was exhibited here at the Second Texas State Vintage Rally held in Montgomery this past week. It is owned by Gary and Marilyn McClannahan of Austin, Texas.
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Old 02-13-2008, 12:33 PM   #24
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Maybe someone can help me decode my trailers' serial number.

Serial #1stdbcf21bj500376
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Pacerized, now that I think about it, I believe Marilyn told me thay her trailer was only 7' wide. I used the 7'6" width because it had been mentioned above. Sorry about that. I still think you may have one of the China trailers that for whatever reason wasn't shipped over to China.
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ole81 mentioned above that his 31' trailer was 86.5" wide and the specs in the pdf file show 20' and 22' models in that width. I'm wondering if all the Excella II models of that year were slightly over 7' wide.
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I just ran across an NADA guide on RV Trader and it listed the 20' and 24' as 7'3" while the 27' and 31' were listed at 8' exterior width. Hmmm.
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The dealer in NJ that I spoke with was at Colonial Airstream Colonial Airstream "Of Lakewood New Jersey" Contact Page The guy seemed very knowledgable of newer vintage Airstreams.
Crispyboy as far as your vin number try this link http://www.airstream.com/docs/vin.pdf it's in a pdf file so I couldn't copy and past it.
My vin # is a 17 digit number as this link decodes for later model airstreams.
ISTTECH22BJ500388
I am not the best person to do this but here's an attempt.

"IST" is the code for Airstream travel trailer.
The second 5 characters identify the type of trailer, series, body type, length, and axle configuration.
T (according to the airstream code chart T-Z was not used)
E is for Excella
C is for a 102" wide body (not correct in my case)
H is for length of between 24'-25' (this is correct for my airstream)
2 is for double axle.
2 is a check digit and means nothing
B is for the year which is 1981
J is for location of manufactor Jackson Center Oh
The 12th through 17th digits are to show the sequential production number of the unit.
00388 I guess would be the 388th. unit made that year.

From what I can understand from site the T and the C in my vin # make no sense using this chart. Everything else seems correct.
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