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Old 09-13-2011, 06:04 PM   #15
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Hey Perry,

Do you have any pictures of the tank sheet metal boxes? In our 72', the black tank metal box was flat on the bottom, and inside was styrofoam that was flat on the bottom and sloped on the top to support the sloped bottomed black tank inside the flat metal box. Are the tops of the metal boxes up tight against the floor? Or level whereever they attach to the frame? If yes, then you should be ok. Provided that the metal boxes are all intact anyway.

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Old 09-13-2011, 06:18 PM   #16
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The metal boxes hang down below the belly skins and are around the axel area. I saw pictures of someone elses and I think it is normal. The center bath model had bigger holding tanks since they were close to the axel not at the back .

I will take pics when I get a chance.

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Old 10-23-2011, 09:03 PM   #17
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Well we took the beast to FL last week and it held up pretty well. It is not 100% yet but it is certainly livable. I replaced the rear floor and painted the old floor with porch and floor paint and it looks and smells a lot better than it did. The old carpet is gone along with all the smell. It has been quite a challange getting this thing ready for the trip in such a short notice. I still don't have the rear belly skins back on but everything is sealed well till I get to it. Most of the stuff is working. Water is ok, gas system is ok, electrical is ok. So far all the appliances work but I have not tested the furnace yet. The AC runs but could use a new fan motor. The fridge runs on gas and AC but not 12V. I had to replace a flush valve in the toilet. I got the steps fixed. I am gradually taking care of minor leaks. Floor is solid accept for a small area around the door area. Brakes and bearing have been replaced. I had one brake problem on the way to FL and I think that brake needs some work. The bathroom fan does not work. All the lights work inside. I did not have time to mess with the goucho so we put a futon in the front for the mean time. I need to rebuild both dump valves.

The rear floor replacement took the most time. I also had to POR 15 the frame and add some additional floor supports. The BAL jack attachment screws broke so I had to retap those. All the BAL jacks work accept I bent one in FL by putting too much load on it. When I had the rear skins off, I resealed the boxes for the tailights. I also added 2 layers of RMAX 1/2" foam to replace the fiberglass that was in there. The fiberglass under the floors is gone. I have not had time to replace that yet.

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Old 10-28-2011, 08:51 AM   #18
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Here is my rig on the way back from the Florida trip.

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Old 10-28-2011, 01:37 PM   #19
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Looks nice. I covet your awnings.
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Old 10-28-2011, 02:50 PM   #20
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Well they will need to be replaced soon or at least the big one will.

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Old 10-28-2011, 06:32 PM   #21
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I like the hitch. Do you have any anti-sway devises installed?
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The bottom picture looks like there's a helicopter landing behind the trailer.
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Old 10-28-2011, 07:21 PM   #23
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Looks really good, perryg14!
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Old 10-28-2011, 08:05 PM   #24
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Thanks guys. A lot of hard work has gone into making the beast road worthy. I had a brake too tight when I left home. When I stopped at the first rest stop, I checked all the brakes and one wheel was real hot. I loosened the adjuster and jacked it up and spun the wheel and hit the road in about 15 mins. That wheel was acting funny the whole trip after that. When I got home, I took the hub off and the heat poped the grease seal out and the grease was making it squeel and lock prematurely. I have learned not to adjust these things too tight.

I did not use the friction sway bar on the way down but I did on the way back. It was much more stable above 60 than without it. It was not real bad without it. I think the friction bar made it handle worse in road ruts. The load bars were for 750 tounge weight. Which should be pretty close for my trialer according to the books.

My new BF Goodrich TA Long Trail 235/75-15XL tires ran cool all the way there and back. I think they were a good investment. They are wider and a little taller than stock which I like. No clearance problems at all. I may get some centramatics and put on there soon.

The trip to FL and back was about 900 miles, not bad for a maiden voyage. We are going back for Thanksgiving and we will be going to see my folks near Orlando. That will be about a 1200 mile round trip.

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I have just bought a 31' Excella II and am about to take it to Florida. I know several years have passed since this post, but if you still have yours, I was wondering: what brand anti-sway bars do you have and do you recommend them? How did you know what to get as far as weight? I'm totally new to all of this, but apparently towing the airstream with just the ball is frowned upon. Thanks for any help you can give!
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Old 12-20-2014, 09:31 AM   #26
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I a using 750lb bars. It is a simple Reese type hitch with a friction sway bar. It is old school but it works up to about 75 MPH which is plenty. There are better hitches out there if you want to drop some coin. Yes I still have the trailer and we use it several times a year.

The bars just move weight from the rear axle of the tow vehicle to the front tires to aid in stability. The friction sway bar is a separate part that dampens sway of the trailer left to right.

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