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Forum: General Repair Forum 10-09-2013, 07:56 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 656
Posted By Mike Eagle
I will not be able to post an inside picture for...

I will not be able to post an inside picture for a while, I am in FL and the AS is in TN, go figure.
The decorative trim inside is riveted to the inside alum skin by 6-8 rivets and looks like it...
Forum: General Repair Forum 10-09-2013, 08:25 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 656
Posted By Mike Eagle
From your description, it appears that you did...

From your description, it appears that you did the repair from the inside. Is this correct? Did you encounter any problems removing the inside trim?
Thanks for your prompt reply.
Forum: General Repair Forum 10-09-2013, 07:51 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 656
Posted By Mike Eagle
Window Leak

I have 1988, AS 34', Excella that has developed a water leak around one of the small, oblong, non-opening window that is mounted below the larger, opening window on the side of the AS. This window...
Forum: General Interior Topics 10-25-2011, 08:07 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,225
Posted By Mike Eagle
My 1988 Excella has the vinyl coated walls and...

My 1988 Excella has the vinyl coated walls and like all vinyl it does become sticky over time. When I asked the same question several months ago, someone in the forum suggested a product called...
Forum: Classic Motorhomes 08-13-2011, 02:33 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,229
Posted By Mike Eagle
When using "Sharkbite" style fittings it is...

When using "Sharkbite" style fittings it is extremely important that the tubing be pushed inside the fitting to a speicified depth for each size fittings. Mark your tubing for the specified depth so...
Forum: Doors & Locks 06-05-2011, 03:16 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,850
Posted By Mike Eagle
Door Latch Repair

I had the very same problem on my 88 Excella. The metal cannot be welded. I decided to repair my latch and not go with the total latch replacement. Attached are two photos that explain the repair....
Forum: Fresh Water Systems 04-21-2011, 04:56 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 11,489
Posted By Mike Eagle
fishandfly - Try using vice grips next time -...

fishandfly - Try using vice grips next time - much easier.
Forum: WBCCI Forum 04-15-2011, 06:39 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 14,059
Posted By Mike Eagle
I am a recent new owner of an older Airstream...

I am a recent new owner of an older Airstream that is travel ready and I do plan to use it often. I have been following the comments on this site for about a year now, so I guess you could classify...
Forum: Dollars & Cents 03-07-2011, 05:33 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 9,506
Posted By Mike Eagle
If you purchase an AS and obtain a loan to make...

If you purchase an AS and obtain a loan to make that purchase then the interest you pay on the loan is the only deductible item. It is included on Schedule A (itmeized deductions) just like the...
Forum: Fresh Water Systems 02-09-2011, 05:02 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 11,489
Posted By Mike Eagle
PEX Crimp tool

When you use crimp rings on PEX fittings, the difference between a good crimp and a bad one is a very small increment. When you buy a crimp tool you also get a "go"/"no go" guage. Use the guage to...
Forum: Doors & Locks 01-08-2011, 06:57 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,228
Posted By Mike Eagle
Broken Inside Door Latch Handle

I have received several emails requesting pictures of a repair that I made on the broken handle for the inside door latch on my 88 Excella. Pictures of the broken handle are shown on the first post...
Forum: Fresh Water Systems 11-16-2010, 05:59 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 11,489
Posted By Mike Eagle
The mainfold fitting in your photo works great...

The mainfold fitting in your photo works great but are used most of the time on more complicated plumbing jobs. For most AS requirements the simple "Tee" fitting will be adequate unless your are...
Forum: Fresh Water Systems 11-13-2010, 03:46 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 11,489
Posted By Mike Eagle
Just a couple of comments on PEX installation. I...

Just a couple of comments on PEX installation. I have used it is several houses and in my 87 AS. I have used only the copper crimp fittings with the large crimping tools and the recently developed...
Forum: Hitches, Couplers & Balls 10-21-2010, 08:06 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 878
Posted By Mike Eagle
Thanks everyone. I thought it might be some type...

Thanks everyone. I thought it might be some type of weight distribution system but I have never seen this design. I am removing everything that does not have a useful purpose so these brackets are...
Forum: Hitches, Couplers & Balls 10-21-2010, 02:51 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 878
Posted By Mike Eagle
Bracket?

Can anyone please tell me the use of this bracket? It was installed by one of the PO's. A similar bracket is located on the other side of the frame in the same location.
Forum: Trailer Values 10-13-2010, 05:21 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,144
Posted By Mike Eagle
New 34' Airstream

I recently purchased a 1987, 34' Excella Airstream after looking at units for about two years. Things to look for include: 1.the undercariage and frame for rust, dents and holes. 2. the axles and...
Forum: Doors & Locks 08-25-2010, 02:27 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,419
Posted By Mike Eagle
I have an 88 Excella and the PO had lost the key...

I have an 88 Excella and the PO had lost the key for the door latch. I took the latch assembly off and took it to a local locksmith. He made two keys in about 10 minutes without having a key to...
Forum: Hitches, Couplers & Balls 08-06-2010, 05:48 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,235
Posted By Mike Eagle
Thanks for the reply On Air. Nothing like real...

Thanks for the reply On Air. Nothing like real life experience. Enjoy your coffee.
Forum: Clearcoat, Exterior Paint & Trim 08-04-2010, 09:11 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,397
Posted By Mike Eagle
Painted White Top

Thanks Lumatic, that clears up everything.
Forum: Clearcoat, Exterior Paint & Trim 08-03-2010, 06:40 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,397
Posted By Mike Eagle
Painted White Top

Thanks for the prompt reply Melody Ranch. Glad to hear it is an Airstrem item. I tried to search the product you plan to use, "ceramaflex", on the forum but I have never get any results here. (must...
Forum: Clearcoat, Exterior Paint & Trim 08-02-2010, 03:31 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,397
Posted By Mike Eagle
Painted White Tops

In several of the numerous photos posted on the forum I have seen painted white tops on beautiful highly polished Airstreams. Was the painted white top an Airstream option at one time or is this...
Forum: Clearcoat, Exterior Paint & Trim 07-23-2010, 06:50 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,165
Posted By Mike Eagle
Vinyl Stipe Removal

I removed the blue vinyl stripe on my 1988, 34' Excella this past weekend. I purchased a quart of a product called Aircraft Stripper from Pep Boys. Followed the instructions (it works in 5...
Forum: Brakes & Brake Controllers 07-07-2010, 07:07 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 939
Posted By Mike Eagle
Just a comment -my experience is more with the...

Just a comment -my experience is more with the surge type hydraulic braking systems found on some older large boat trailers. The lever mechanism (in both pictures) is the break-away link to stop a...
Forum: Water Heaters, Filters & Pumps 07-04-2010, 07:27 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,595
Posted By Mike Eagle
In the picture of the grey plumbing there are two...

In the picture of the grey plumbing there are two grey valves that are used to winterize the unit. When you open these valves normally water drains to the outside of the RV thru openings under the...
Forum: Water Heaters, Filters & Pumps 07-04-2010, 04:29 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,595
Posted By Mike Eagle
An alternate way to check for water in the tank...

An alternate way to check for water in the tank is to loosen the drain plug in the lower left of the picture. Removal of this plug should be part of the winterizing procedure. If no water comes out...
Forum: Hitches, Couplers & Balls 07-04-2010, 04:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,218
Posted By Mike Eagle
Read the instructions carefully. The...

Read the instructions carefully. The instructions are for two types of frame construction, one using tubular steel and one using "C" channels. The hole sizes are different for the two types of...
Forum: General Repair Forum 06-27-2010, 06:59 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,705
Posted By Mike Eagle
Wet carpet mystery

Muddsmith, as I read about your wet spot on the carpet I could hardly believe it. I have the exact same problem on my 1988 Excella. My layout is different so the spot is in the center of the hall...
Forum: Clearcoat, Exterior Paint & Trim 06-22-2010, 04:29 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,075
Posted By Mike Eagle
Pressure washer on blue stripe

This past weekend I used a pressure washer to remove the blue stripe on my 1988 Excella. It removed the blue vinyl quite easily but the adhesive is still in place. Still working on that portion of...
Forum: Roof Vents, Skylights & Fans 06-14-2010, 09:08 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,728
Posted By Mike Eagle
I disassembled both vents today and the only...

I disassembled both vents today and the only problem seem to be a lack of TLC over the past few years. After all the wasp and dirt dobber nests were removed and the lift mechanism oiled, the vents...
Forum: Roof Vents, Skylights & Fans 06-13-2010, 10:22 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,728
Posted By Mike Eagle
Thanks for the quick reply. The lift mechanism is...

Thanks for the quick reply. The lift mechanism is stiff on both vents and is probably not reaching full open or the motors may be bad. I am going to disassemble tomorrow to determine the extent of...
Forum: Roof Vents, Skylights & Fans 06-13-2010, 03:43 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,728
Posted By Mike Eagle
Roof Vent Fan

I am a new owner of a 1988, 34', Excella. It has two roof vents and they are the originals. Now for the embarassing question. Where is the switch that turns to fan on. Is it part of the lift...
Forum: Doors & Locks 05-20-2010, 04:03 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,228
Posted By Mike Eagle
Broken Inside Door Latch

After reviewing other postings under Doors & Locks this is not an uncommon problem. There have been several unique fixes to this problem but no one seems to have found a source to buy a replacement...
Forum: Fresh Water Systems 05-12-2010, 08:52 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,156
Posted By Mike Eagle
Thanks for your help. I have removed some...

Thanks for your help. I have removed some drawers, panels and doors to get a better picture of the existing system. You are right the large 1"+ line is the fill line and it goes to an outside fill...
Forum: Fresh Water Systems 05-10-2010, 04:40 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,156
Posted By Mike Eagle
Fresh Water Holding Tank

Recently purchased a 1988 Excella 34. The PO installed a new fresh water tank in '09. In the process the plumbing was revised drastically. The drain valves were removed from the "well" area and...
Forum: Winterizing, Storage, Carports & Covers 03-21-2010, 07:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,237
Posted By Mike Eagle
In TN I think the "Quarry Blend" is called...

In TN I think the "Quarry Blend" is called "Crusher Run" Most of the rock in this area is from limestone quarries and the rock is crushed, washed and sized. The "crusher run" contains rock from...
Forum: 1987 - 1989 Excella 03-21-2010, 06:41 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,136
Posted By Mike Eagle
Andy, I found the "wtb" on the original sell...

Andy, I found the "wtb" on the original sell documents and on the NADA info page.
Forum: Hitches, Couplers & Balls 02-17-2010, 02:31 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,235
Posted By Mike Eagle
Blue Ox hitch system

Does anyone have any practical experience with the Blue Ox hitch?
Forum: 1987 - 1989 Excella 02-13-2010, 10:48 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,136
Posted By Mike Eagle
"WTB" means "walk thru bath". I had the same...

"WTB" means "walk thru bath". I had the same questions. The other letters probably pertain to features on the Airstream.
Forum: Tow Vehicles 02-01-2010, 03:54 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,504
Posted By Mike Eagle
Many thanks for all the prompt replies and good...

Many thanks for all the prompt replies and good advice. The trailer is in storage now in TN and I will not be making any trips before spring. Looks like I have a few decisions to make but there is...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 01-31-2010, 06:30 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,504
Posted By Mike Eagle
New Airstream owner needs towing advice

After several months looking for the "perfect" used Airstream we found it. It is a 1988 Excella 34', tri axle. Although it is larger than we expected to find, its near mint condition and price were...
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