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Old 02-13-2008, 10:28 PM   #29
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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.
I've only spoken with a few other excella 2 owners but all said their trailers were 8' including another 25' owner. I e-mailed him yesterday to see if he was still on the airstream forum. I didn't catch where Ole81 said their trailer was 86.5" wide.
I have the owners manual that came with my unit but it's a 1980 manual with a sticker on the cover that says with 1981 supplement. The books list everything together for 80, and 81 but I know some of the models were made in 1980 only not in 81. It list the following lengths as available in excella only 25,28, and 31'. The book shows that 24' units were only available in the Caravalle, and Minuet models which I believe were only available in 1980 not 81. 20' , and 27' floor plans are listed but they don't specify which models were available in this size. My unit was made in March of 1981, so someone with a later 1981 manual may have better information.
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Old 02-13-2008, 10:46 PM   #30
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Maybe someone can help me decode my trailers' serial number.

Serial #1stdbcf21bj500376
1ST Airstream travel trailer
d Center bath, center kitchen
b classic
c 102' wide body
f length 22'-23'
2 2 axles
1 check digit
b 1981
j Jackson Center, Oh
500376 perhaps the 376th. unit made that year.

Either I'm not using this code chart correctly or I'll bet it doesn't work perfectly on your trailer either. I'll bet you don't have a 102" wide body as the "c" character suggest. Do you have a center bath?
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Old 02-13-2008, 11:57 PM   #31
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Thought maybe I would chime in on this, my 27 measures 91.5 at the widest point inside so that makes it 8' exterior. If I remember correctly it is 27' 10" stem to stern. For the record I have #414 of 1981. Those of you with the "skinny" bodys scored, how cool it that!
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Old 02-14-2008, 05:59 PM   #32
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Thanks for the link to decipher the VID....but it appears that our unit is a non-conformist.....
With a VID of 1STTEAR29BJ500407
Is it really true that Airstream produced 500,407 units in 1981?

Also.... the Customer Checkout list in the back of the owner's manual shows a chassis # E31-T-0389.....how does that decipher????

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Old 02-14-2008, 06:12 PM   #33
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Here's a pic of one of the 2 7'ers that were at the Texas Rally last weekend.
My neighbor was unable to accurately provide a history of why his unit did not go to China.....
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Thanks for the link to decipher the VID....but it appears that our unit is a non-conformist.....
With a VID of 1STTEAR29BJ500407
Is it really true that Airstream produced 500,407 units in 1981?

Also.... the Customer Checkout list in the back of the owner's manual shows a chassis # E31-T-0389.....how does that decipher????

I have 500388, so I take that as unit #388, and your unit as # 407. I don't know about the chassis # code.
I see that your vin # has the "T" as the 4th. character just like mine which the code says Airstream didn't use. Everything else seems to be make sense.
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Old 02-14-2008, 09:37 PM   #35
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I didn't catch where Ole81 said their trailer was 86.5" wide.
My fault. According to the specifications pdf posted by Crispyboy and the NADA Guide I gathered that the 31 was wider than 86.5". Somewhere a search on another thread ran across a 31' that someone posted as 86.5". I stand corrected.
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Old 02-15-2008, 09:03 PM   #36
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My fault. According to the specifications pdf posted by Crispyboy and the NADA Guide I gathered that the 31 was wider than 86.5". Somewhere a search on another thread ran across a 31' that someone posted as 86.5". I stand corrected.
No big deal, a 31' trailer in that width would be interesting to see though.
I had a guy in Georgia e-mail me about a 1981 25' excella 2 that he thinks is from the China Caravan series and it's only 7' wide. I've asked him to join in on the discussion with anything he knows about this year of Airstream and his trailer. He sent me some pictures and the trailer body is significantly different then my 25' narrow body trailer. He has 4 big windows with an additional narrow strip window under one of these on his off door side. My unit has only 3 big windows on this side. On the side with the door he has only 2 big windows with the narrow strip window under one of them and no window on the door. On my unit I have 2 big windows only with a window on the door. He has the front kitchen floor plan. I can understand the floor plan difference but for the window layout to be that different in the same year excella 2 seems strange. From what I've seen of everyone else's pics it looks like your window layout is more like mine? Does anyone have any thoughts on this difference? Ole81 did the China unit at the Texas rally have the same window layout as your unit?

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Old 02-16-2008, 01:55 PM   #37
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The 7'er that was next to us at the Texas Rally, I believe, was a 25' International.
Here's a pic of the tails of several. Wish I had taken more pics at the rally.
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Ole81: The pics you have do look like their from an international. At least the stripes are different the an excella, and they're definitely different models then the 81 I mentioned above. I'm going to try to post a couple of pics of this unit so everyone can see what they think. It certainly looks like it's a 7' wide model and an excella 2. I read in my manual that the vista windows were optional, but that doesn't explain the lack of a window on the door and the additional large side window on the one side. I put 2 pics of my airstream beside this one for comparison.
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Hmmm...we don't have a window in our door. This weekend when we take Ole81 out again, I will get pics of the exterior sides.

I have just uploaded a bunch of interior pics to my Members Photos page...
http://www.airforums.com/photos/brow...0&userid=21963
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Hmmm...we don't have a window in our door. This weekend when we take Ole81 out again, I will get pics of the exterior sides.

I have just uploaded a bunch of interior pics to my Members Photos page...
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Nice pictures. From what I can tell your interior decor is about the same as mine. Couch bathroom, and counter color are the same. The other unit while having the different floor plan also has a much different interior decor package. Your non-door side has the same window layout as mine. I guess not all of the excella 2's had the window on the door. Do you have only the 2 windows on the door side of your unit then? The remaining windows on this unit are still far different then either of ours. It seems unusual that 2 excella 2's of the same size and year would vary this much. Also keep in mind that my blue stripe has been painted now, but I haven't replaced the lighter blue thin decal over it yet so that would have been the same.
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Question Answer and Question....

No, I have 3 windows on the door side....
1. bunk bed
2. Kitchen sink
3. front area across from couch.

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In the rear compartment where the dump valves are located, there are two large tan plastic valves. Someone told me they are to dump the hot water tank...but why TWO?
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No, I have 3 windows on the door side....
1. bunk bed
2. Kitchen sink
3. front area across from couch.

Question...
In the rear compartment where the dump valves are located, there are two large tan plastic valves. Someone told me they are to dump the hot water tank...but why TWO?
I think they're just shut off valves to drain the water. One is for hot and 1 is for cold. You should have another drain valve near your water tank. When I drain the system for the winter I also remove the drain plug from the hot water tank, then blast the system with low pressure air, and bypass the hot water tank before pumping the system full of antifreeze. I doubt if the hot water tank would drain properly by only using the valve inside.
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