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Old 07-04-2015, 08:29 AM   #1
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Advise plz...considering 97 excella

My husband, son (4) and I are considering a 97 excella 39 ft.
Owner has had 2 yr. she lived in it while home buying. Says in excellent condition. Had "a few leaks that were taken care of" and replaced flooring in bedroom.
How do I know if the leaks were taken care of properly? How should they be sealed?

Any questions I should ask?
How much should a 39 ft excella of that yr cost?

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Old 07-04-2015, 09:01 AM   #2
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Oops 92 not 97 and 34 not 39

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Old 07-04-2015, 09:56 AM   #3
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You will not know on the leaks until it rains. Often folks use a moisture detectors to look for wet flooring. Search here for that.

Do a search here on sealants - there is a very good thread on what type for what.

You might consider finding a trailer inspector in your area to give you some advice. The participants in this board put in their profile whether or not they are willing to do that.

Price and value will be somewhat arbitrary and it is highly dependent on condition of the trailer - its running gear, whether or not it has been upgraded, condition of appliances, how it has been stored, how repairs have been made, . . . .

Do you have the tow vehicle that has adequate cargo and towing capacities to tow one this size? A 34 footer is not a small trailer.

When searching on this forum, use the Google Search box in the search drop down. Otherwise you will be pulling your hair out.

Sorry for the lack of specific answers to your questions but they are pretty broad.

Best of luck and Google away.
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Old 07-04-2015, 09:57 AM   #4
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Look in the right column on the Portal page for this:

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The links provide access to experienced Airstreamers who volunteer to do pre-buy inspections. Also there's a link to a really good inspection checklist you can print out to take with you when you inspect the trailer.
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Old 07-06-2015, 07:51 AM   #5
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Old 07-06-2015, 09:43 PM   #6
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Old 07-06-2015, 10:33 PM   #7
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On to something else

Yeah, I'm looking for one "ready to roll" as my 4 yr old puts it. Now I'm considering a different one.
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Old 07-11-2015, 11:28 AM   #8
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We're also talking about a late-90's 34' and have learned that they are about 10,000 pounds gross weight. That's a bit much for an F150. I'm looking at F250/F350 as a tow vehicle.

I realize that quite a few things have changed since Wally Byam wrote his books, but one thing still sticks in my mind as making a lot of sense. He said that the weight of the trailer shouldn't exceed the weight of the tow vehicle. While even an F350 probably doesn't weight 10,000 pounds, it certainly is closer to that weight than an F150. In addition, the heavier trucks have bigger brakes, a diesel engine option (with engine brake), and other goodies that make them a better choice for towing in my opinion.

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