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Old 05-30-2008, 10:56 PM   #57
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Charlie,
Sorry you could not find the picture, I'll just post it below. The "bar" is labled as an aluminum extrusion in the service manual and it supports the walls separating the kitchen and sleeping area. This is most likely unique to a 31 footer due to the floor plan. I've searched the threads and even posted the question but have had little response. In the picture it looks like there is room to move the shroud but it is so close that it prevents the shroud from clearing the knobs. It is looking like I'm going to have to remove the extrusion so my basic question was has anybody removed the walls and ceiling lockers and how can i do it without creating more work for myself later? Demolition is the easy part, it's putting Humpty-Dumpty back together again that can cause problems. So bottom line, if you have any advice I would greatly appreciate it.
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Old 05-31-2008, 06:20 AM   #58
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On my '82 with rear bedroom which is a different floorplan to yours, I have two sliding doors on either side of the center bath. The "extrusion" you speak of is there to simply serve as a place to mount the sliding doors. In my unit a couple of screws here and there hold it in place. I have taken down that piece, took out the sliding doors and made repairs to them, then reinstalled them. I don't remember there being any issues with taking down this piece and reinstalling it. Look closely for the attachment screws securing it.
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Old 05-31-2008, 06:57 AM   #59
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Hello to all, I just tripped over this thread. I am gulity of rarely looking at the forums listing page, just the portal. It is great to see an '81 group. I feel a little left out sometimes, I think some folks believe our units are to new to be old, and to old to be new. Ours is an International. The original interior remains, with laminate flooring, and the normal recovering of the gaucho, and new curtains.The PO did have the clear-coat re-done, and I have replaced the axles. We love it, and have sworn off hotels in any fashion. When we travel, we take the trailer, no questions. I just stayed two weeks in a small college's parking lot during some fire training, about 3 hrs from home.

I apologize for the rambling. Nice to see the thread.
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Old 05-31-2008, 09:05 PM   #60
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GStephens,
I only wish there were some screws. The foldette door is riveted to the side wall and the extrusion is about a 1/2 inch from the ceiling/wall on each side making it impossible to lift up and off. I guess I'm going to have to accept the fact that nobody reading these forums has ever incountered this problem and go in blind. At least after I will be able help all those out there trying to replace the A/C in an 1981 Excella II with a rear bath. I will post my progress, just don't expect to read about it tomarrow as we are still saving up the 8 or 9 hundred dollars to buy the new unit.
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Old 06-01-2008, 06:46 PM   #61
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mj81excella, Sorry been out on a fishing trip and haven't been keeping up on the forum. Your interior looks like mine but I have a 27 ft and the divider does not interfer with removing the cover. If I remember right it looks like the "wood" looking vinyl slips in the aluminium cross bar covering the rivits holding it on. So I think you can slide the vinyl to one side and drill out the rivits then slide to the other and drill those. I don't have mine here so this is only from memory which is a little suspect at times. Good luck and let us know how it goes. I to am planing on replacing my AC down the road, it's still working but needs a new shroud and recharging so I'm thinking on replace won't cost much more and be better in the long run.
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Old 06-02-2008, 09:17 PM   #62
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mj81excella, I just brought my AS home, new purchase. In my unit, the bar has the accordion door separating the kitchen and sleeping area, and the bar is located about a foot aft of the A/C plastic cover. My A/C is a Coleman RV unit, I assume is original.. Sorry, cant help you, but keep us posted on how you get it done.
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Old 01-11-2009, 07:44 AM   #63
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mj81excella, I feel your pain !! I have the identical configuration problem and posted several years ago, but not responses either. Since my AC still works fine, my purpose was to merely remove the interior cover to paint it with plastic coat and replace the filter material. Unable to fully remove the cover, I was barely able to get to the filter material to remove and replace. Since then, I have just moved on to other 'projects,' ie: replace the axles/hubs/brakes/tires; redo the material on the window valances, wall boards and couch; prep and coat the bath tub, sink and countertop with Por15 and paint the bath walls with a splatter paint to cover the 70s style flowers. This spring, the project at hand is to replace a section of the curbside bananna and replace exterior window and door gaskets. It has been a fun adventure, so far!
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Old 07-22-2010, 08:17 AM   #64
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Adding more awnings.....

This forum has been too quiet!
At the moment we are at the factory in Jackson Center.
We are having awnings installed on the back and a long one on the road side....also a solar on the front windows.

Our interior is 100% original except for the paper towel holder above the sink.


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Old 07-23-2010, 03:11 AM   #65
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My A/C finally gave up, so I had to figure a way to remove the interior A/C shroud. By chance I found an Airstream service bulletin that provided the steps for removing it:

Air- Conditioner Interior Shroud Removal on 1981-1982 31'

The placement of the foldette door header track beneath the inside air conditioner
shroud on 31' trailers with a rear bath prevents the shroud from being removed
in the normal manner for s~rvice. The filters may be cleaned by simply lowering
the front of the shroud and pulling the filter out.
The following procedures will allow the shroud to be removed completely.

1. On the curbside remove the curved filler piece that fits between the top
of the foldette door header and ceiling - two screws through the header
holds it in place.
2. Unfasten foldette door from vertical post and slide door to the opposite
end of the header. .
3. Unfasten the forward end of the roof locker from the vertical panel. There
are two screws through the tambour door guide, two screws along the
inside bottom of the locker, and four rivets attaching the forward and
center section of the root-locker to the ceiling.
4. Lift the foldette door header up and twist clockwise to clear the top
of the vertical panel. Note: If it is not loose there may be a screw into
the header from the galley roof-locker.
5. Pull the header toward the rear of the trailer until the shroud can be
removed.
* If the trailer has the optional hanging wardrobe use the following directions
in place of step three:
Remove the hanging wardrobe face frame. Attachments are through the
forward part of the frame into the vertical panel, through the rear part
of the frame into the roof-locker, and one rivet in the 'bottom of each
front corner. Once the attachments are loose the lower and rear face
frame can be tapped outward from the inside using a soft block of wood.

Following steps 1-5 I was able to remove the shroud and interior assembly of the old A/C. The new Coleman unit's shroud is not as large, so now there is no interference with the door header.
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Old 03-20-2011, 06:50 AM   #66
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Well, 2010/11 was a busy year for my Excella, not only did the A/C retire, but the converter and refrigerator retired as well. Other than climbing & dancing over the front couch numerous times, the converter was swapped out with little problem. The refrigerator, on the otherhand, was a challenge. It took almost a month to get the new one once ordered, it arrived the last week of February with my 1st 2011 camping trip planed the 1st & 2nd week of March. The wall cabinet and table had to be removed before the wall panel could be removed to expose the refrigerator and a floor bracket and topside wall bracket. Once the brackets were unscrewed from the refrig.,The 'same' size replacement Dometic unit was taller than the original RM100. Even after removing a platform board the top had to be squeezed under the upper cabinet frame. Now the cabinet doors need to be realligned.
At any rate, the new refrig worked great on a 10 day adventure the first of this month. The only remaining original appliance is the furnace, so, I'm guessing in due time that will retire too.
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Old 07-16-2013, 07:58 PM   #67
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Hi Charlie and others.
I know these posts are several years old now. I just came across the thread regarding the 1981 Excella II. I picked one up a couple months ago here in Colorado near Cortez and up until this time have never seen or heard of another airstream with the dimensions of this one. It too is close to 24' bumber to hitch, 80 inches wide at interior floor level and 76 " to ceiling without flooring. I caught the reply about the 1981's that were put together for a China road safari and were of limited production. THAT explains a lot. I actually won a couple beers from an airstream friend "know all" who claimed such dimensions didn't exist. Thanks, Lonnie. Anyway, I am thrilled to get some questions answered here! I have started the remodel and am about done with the demo. The interior was very abused and I will be recycling most of the innards to any out there who may be looking for pieces. Will be more posts on that later. I actually love the smaller dimensions of this unit. My wife and I are not large folks and our 2 year old son has a long way to go before he'll know the difference. I'm hoping to build her up to something that will see us through many years to come. The only drawback to this specific trailer is the low hung rear end. I know the extra beam width under the bath has something to do with that (roughly 6-7 inch beams). But it also seems that there is much too much depth from the base of the toilet to the belly pan under the bath. Still tearing into that part and may find out why soon enough.
So, thanks for the good info here. Chalk up another 1981 Excella II 25' to the known bunch. Cheers. Joel
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Old 10-24-2013, 12:01 AM   #68
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Have not been on the forum n 'toooo long'.....
Since we had been to a Viintage Rally and took 'Best Original', we figure that ... as Confucius said...'When you are on the top of the mountain, there is only one way to go!'.
Other than the awnings we had installed at the factory, we are now making some more functional changes....
..like taller commode,
...new hot water controller...
...converting one bunk bed to a 48" 'full size'.....
Conversion trial was removing the mattress from one side, cutting the block of foam and fabricating a piece of 3/4" plywood with legs to support the newly created mattress.
We have also replaced several of the original light bulbs with LEDs......which do not get hot.
Bottom line.....we are really starting to enjoy Ole81....
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Old 06-10-2014, 12:21 PM   #69
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I just bought my 81 Excella II and I have a water leak that's seeping up from the floor in the bathroom and bedroom. I checked the water lines and all are dry. I am new to rv plumbing so I don't know what could be causing the seeping upwards! Where is the drain line from the kitchen sink and its it accessible from inside? What about the bathroom sink drain line? That's all I can think of that could be causing this. Any and all help from this forum is greatly appreciated!! Abigail in Texas
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Abbie, all plumbing should be above the floor and fairly easy to access. Not sure what you mean by seeping upwards. Where is the floor wet, from the edge inward or is not near an edge. It's not uncommon to have a leak from the rain. Does it get wet when you use a sink or ? A little more info would be helpful.
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