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Old 04-22-2017, 06:34 PM   #1
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1985 Excella 34 ft

I am going tomorrow, Sunday, to look at a 1985 Excella 34 ft. Looks to be in vg condition. What are the most important questions to ask. (this is my bucket list #1---Airstream! owner to-be) Listed for $22,000. Tori-axial model, rear twin, stand up shower. Any help is appreciated.

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Old 04-22-2017, 06:53 PM   #2
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The most important thing is to get there an hour or so ahead of schedule, before the owner has had a chance to open her up and air her out. Walk in and close your eyes, breathe through your nose and smell. Does she smell damp, moldy, or too much airfreshner and artificial smells? If she smells damp and moldy, then you have a problem somewhere. Artificial fresheners are possibly used to cover nasty smells and damage due to wood rot.

Be prepared to be overwhelmed with all the systems, features and explainations from the owner; don't sweat the details just yet.

If it passes the smell test and you are still interested then if I were you I'd find an Airstream expert near you to inspect the trailer from stem to stern. Yes, this will cost you a couple of hundred or so, depending on how far they have to travel to get to the trailer, but could save you thousands of dollars in repairs to rusted out frames and outriggers or replacing a subfloor due to rot.


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Old 05-02-2017, 08:11 AM   #3
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Excella 1985 34 ft

I bought it. Will be posting pictures.

I live less than an hour from P & S Trailer---Airstreams specialists. They will tow it from Michigan to Ohio for me. I am going to have flooring replaced; currently has carpet in front & in rear twin bedroom. Pergo? Laminate? Any suggestions. Will have a new toilet installed. Want to remove sofa & twin mattresses. Since mattresses have curve at top---are these special order?
We will be keeping this at an RV park; not traveling any longer (selling our RV). I can put in a freestanding sofa.

Any help will be appreciated.

Oops---also need new curtains as current have stains. Want a couple sets of the original type. ??from Airstream or???
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Old 05-02-2017, 09:51 AM   #4
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That's a nice looking rig! We took out the carpet in our '85 and now have one-piece linoleum. We did a plank vinyl floor at first, but it started shrinking and creating huge gaps. We also took out the sofa/bed and put in 2 euro recliners. Best decision!
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Old 06-03-2017, 07:31 AM   #5
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Replacement Sofa

How difficult is it to find replacement sofa or chairs for 1985 Excella---how do they fit through the door???
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Old 06-03-2017, 10:00 AM   #6
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Sounds like you bought a good one...???

Folks are gutting and selling these usually in the Fall. Consider setting up regular recliner/rocker in meanwhile. We removed the movable rocker by removing the base swivel then turn sideways and move thru the door by rotating as you move thru.

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