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Year 1998
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Model Excella 1000
Length 31
1998 Airstream Excella 1000
Overview Rear bedroom 31' Excella 1000 classic. I am in the process of fully renovating the trailer and plan to live full time in the trailer starting in May of 2020.
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2018 Nissan Titan Pro-4x
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Old 03-28-2019, 08:04 AM   #2
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1998 31' Excella 1000
Winston-Salem , North Carolina
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Interior Renovations: Phase 1

I wanted to keep a record of the progress I am making on my new trailer. I recently began this project on my 31' 1998 Excella 1000. All systems on the trailer are working but it needs a major update. Heres some detailing of what I achieved in my first week:

I wanted to replace the combination light and fan unit shown below. The original unit didn't produce much ventilation and the light was not ideal either. The goal was to replace the fan itself with a Maxx air fan to provide a lot of ventilation and using the wires from the old light internal to the fan, rig up some LED puck lights that would stick onto the vinyl ceiling liner but be wired to the switch at the entrance way. After drilling a crazy amount of rivets and prying, we got the old fan out. We had to use a jig saw to expand the hole some before dropping the new fan into place. The wiring was simple and I was pleased with the results. I next replaced the Fan-Tastic-Fan that was in the rear bedroom with a matching Maxx fan. For a 31' trailer with one AC unit, having these two Maxx fans was essential to get good cooling.

Yes, this deserves its own post, but I had to get rid of the mousefur. For those who havn't read the other threads, the Mouse fur is the carpeting covering the walls. It came off easily but leaves a nasty residue. My dad and I went to the hardware store and bought every stripper imaginable to do an official test of which stripper does the best job at removing the glue residue. The end goal was polished aluminum. Photos below illustrate some of the strippers. In the end this is what we found:
For removing residue from big panels: Use Citristrip (paint it on and use 3M brand scrub brushes to scrub away the junk and clean with shop towels
For the small areas: Use "Dad's Easy Spray paint and varnish remover" we used wire brushes to get the hard to get areas. Yes, the aluminum scratches some (hairline scratches) but I plan to go through and polish it with a buffer later and these will all come out.
Finally, and not pictured below, for finishing: Clean with 3M General Purpose Adhesive Cleaner. This stuff does a great job and you should use a shop towel to apply.
Photos below show the results.

Finishing Touches: Finally, we sanded all cabinets and painted. We changed all hardware, inserted frosted glass panels in place of some mirrors. Installed under cabinet lighting, changed the flooring, added stick on backsplash in a few places and re-painted many of the window surrounds white (instead of off white) using a plastic paint. If anyone has questions on any of these projects I would be happy to elaborate. See pictures of final result.

Many more projects to come but wanted to get this thread started so that I could detail my problems and successes as they come. We did all of this in one week -- look forward to seeing what we can get done with more time!
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Old 03-28-2019, 08:05 AM   #3
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