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Old 06-11-2014, 04:31 AM   #71
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Seeping water

You may want to investigate the toilet as your source. The water inlet valve may have developed a crack.
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Old 06-13-2014, 02:07 PM   #72
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Abbie, What configuration do you have? We have the 31' rear bath. the hot water heater is just to the left of the commode. when our carpet was soaked, it was only in the area of the commode and hot water heater. we assumed that the water tank had sprung a leak, so we replaced it with a new one ....and have not had a problem since.
We are really glad that we bought the new gas/electric unit...after all...all RV locations provide FREE electric...but you have to buy your propane....

Hope you get your leak solved and let us know the cause...

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Old 04-11-2016, 09:28 AM   #73
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I'm trying to find out more info on this unicorn I picked.


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Old 04-11-2016, 10:24 AM   #74
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Hi Bob - welcome to the forum. Do you have any more info about it or perhaps a serial/vin number?
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Old 04-11-2016, 12:23 PM   #75
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Hi Bob - welcome to the forum. Do you have any more info about it or perhaps a serial/vin number?
I know it as a 1981 20' EXcella II. I have looked a lot online and haven't come across another 20' unit.

Vin is ISTDECD17BJ5000601

This thing is rare, right?
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Old 04-12-2016, 06:39 AM   #76
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Is this an 81 Bob? Small 81's are not very common but I've never seen a 20'. How wide is it? Show us a few pics. The VIN tells you some info.

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Old 04-12-2016, 09:54 AM   #77
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Hi Bob, welcome to the Excella II world. I have a few sales brochures mostly from the 70's and nothing for 81 but. In 77 they offered a 21ft globe trotter and in 79 the smallest was a 23 safari so it looks like they skipped around the smaller sizes from year to year. Unfortunately my next brochure is from 87 and the smallest there was a 23 as well. They also varied the size of different models by as much as a foot or more.
Looks like you have a fairly rare model in that they only built them in a few years during that time or maybe it could be a special order, hard to say.
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Old 04-12-2016, 03:24 PM   #78
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I'm on my phone so it's hard to post pictures but I'll try later at a coffee shop. This link below opens a sales brochure from 1981. Mine is the 20' double model. I took a measurement and it came out to be around 7'2" wide.

This is my first airstream and I'm about to go fulltime in it. I'm trying find its value for insurance purposes. I found a "generic" appraiser but I'd rather someone more in the know about airstreams. If anyone could recommend someone that would be great.




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Old 04-28-2016, 04:30 PM   #79
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81 Ecella II 22'

We have owned ours for almost a year & have put approximately 4000 miles on it.
We have the factory installed antenna. How can we hook our flat screen tv to it? We think there used to be a 12 volt tv on the kitchen side.
Noticed the other owner of the 22' had a table that split in half but still could be used as a bed. Could you post pictures showing the hardware?
Where can we purchase an under sink bathroom door latch?
Enjoying our newer oldie, but still hate the blue stripe.
Plan on changing window coverings back to curtains & getting rid of the carpet in bathroom & walk area.
Any thoughts or suggestions will be appreciated.
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Old 08-31-2016, 05:20 AM   #80
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I noticed the excella 2 forum, and thought I would request an 81 sub forum. I'm new to owning an airstream, having been an over for about 1 year now. When I purchased my airstream I did enough homework to know that first I wanted an airstream, then what size, condition, and price range I was looking for. We looked for almost a year but still didn't know everything we could have before buying. Some of the things I'm trying to find out now are the differences in model years, design, and skin finish. We ended up buying a 1981 excella2 which was sold to us as a 25' model. I'm still not 100% sure of the model, but it measures 24'8" from bumper to hitch ball. I'm taking her down to Windish RV in denver on April 12th. to have a rock guard installed, and plan to get more details there. So far we've done some interior work on the cabinets, and curtains as well as replaced the carpet. We're to the point were the interior is about what we want. I spent a lot more time then I'd want to admit on the exterior last year, and said that I just wanted to clean it up, but I ended up removing the blue stripe, and giving her a high speed, and orbital buff followed by liquid gold, and wax. It still has a way to go, so I've ordered a cyclo polisher to finish the job this spring. I'm hoping I can get it to the point where I only have to wax it once each year.
There seems to be a lot more information on the web about the older airstreams then there is on the early 80's models. So far I've found very little on the web. The excella models seemed to be at the higher end of what was produced at that time, and from what I've been able to find out I don't see any differences between the excella, and excella 2 models. My model is a rear bath model, but doesn't have any issue with rear end sag. I noticed it has the larger 5-6 inch I frame instead of the 3-4 inch frame that was used in the 70's which should be a plus for this issue. I was told that there was a design change between 80 to 81, but I don't see the difference from the pics I've seen. The skin on my 81 has a brushed finish, and I don't think I'll ever get the mirror shine that the older models get, but it has a great deal more reflection to the finish then the models made today. I don't know how many finishes that airstream has made, nor what years they were implemented. I'll find out just how nice my finish will polish in a few weeks.
Any information that anyone has on the excella 2, or on the 80's models in general would be of great interest to me. Remember some of us are in the vintage group now. I'll follow this with a couple of pics.
In time I hope to see some post on here.

Thanks: Charlie
I'm a new "81 Excella II" owner and am in the same boat you were in then. Should you have any wisdom to impart, please do.
I've taken it on a few short trips with my family and currently I'm having electrical issues - No DC power. Only AC is working right now.
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Old 08-31-2016, 10:55 PM   #81
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I'm a new "81 Excella II" owner and am in the same boat you were in then. Should you have any wisdom to impart, please do.
I've taken it on a few short trips with my family and currently I'm having electrical issues - No DC power. Only AC is working right now.
One thing I've learned through the years in owning the Airstream and a vintage car or 2 in my life, it seems like you're always finding something to work on.
DC power is fairly simple. If you don't have a multi meter I'd buy one, you'll need it through the years. Check your battery to make sure it's good and fully charged, you should get at least 12.7 volts on a fully charged battery at rest, higher if you charger is plugged in. Then test the DC fuse box on each side. If you're not getting DC power anywhere and the battery is good I'd bet on the fuse box as a culprit or hopefully just a fuse or 2. If you're getting no reading at the fuse box on either side I'd check the heavy wire where it comes from the battery into the fuse box to make sure you have a good connection.
Are you not getting any lights anywhere in the Airstream? Does the furnace fan work or power jack?
One of the early things I did with mine was to upgrade to 3 batteries and replace the charger and dc fuse box. It really didn't take very long to do.
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Thank you. Have multi-meter and will get started.
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Old 05-07-2017, 11:59 PM   #83
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Since you posted in 2016, I'm hoping by now you might have an answer for my question about my 1981 Excella II 31' rear bath with twin beds. I have only owned it about a month and have been trying to prepare it for travel. I can't find the fuse box. I have 2 batteries on the front with outside access. There are no fuses in the battery boxes. Could you tell me anywhere else to look. Also the furnace is missing. Will I be able to find an original furnace to replace it or is there a furnace to retrofit available?
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Old 05-08-2017, 02:40 PM   #84
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Our unit has a sofa on the front left and a shelf across the front.
the front middle is a table that opens out and hidden behind the table is the fuse panel.
The main electrical box with circuit breakers is in the very rear in the cabinet with the sliding door. I'll try to get some pics in the next day or two.
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