I am considering buying a 1987 Excella 32ft local to me. Please see photos link below. They are asking $24k-- I know enough to say it's not worth that, and I'm certain they would take less. However, beyond putting a number on it, I need your perspective to see what I'm *not* seeing.
I know nothing about it except that the guy selling it picked it up at an auction a year ago and it has been sitting in the side lot of his used car dealership for a year.
It is relatively complete and intact
Not smoked in
Pretty new-looking heat pump on the roof
Rained for 2 days straight this past weekend and didn't see/feel any moisture or smell any mildew or air fresheners.
Both original propane tanks still there
Not abused-- wear and tear makes sense for outdoor storage for 36 years
The not so good:
Hitch, spring bars, and swaybar missing
Dometic fridge gone, cheap 110V fridge in place.
The entire front half has been floored with - no kidding - tongue in groove oak.
Door latch completely broken - retrofitted with household deadbolt drilled through the wall.
Various dings and peeling trim paint on exterior.
Lower half of front has been coated with what looks like black vehicle undercoating or possibly truck bedliner.
Floors: severe but highly localized rot in back corners under bunks, suspect previous leaks at marker lights but not leaking now bc it rained heavily all weekend here and it was bone dry in there today. Pulled up all carpet in the bedroom and found zero rot in walking area. Tongue in groove oak is buckled up just forward of fridge area. No idea what is underneath it, but appears to be in pretty good condition.
Has a Suburban furnace and Atwood water heater, both have some age on them.
Upholstered surfaces are in excellent condition.
Status of appliances, plumbing, electrical, brakes, axles, etc unknown. I will have an opportunity to test if I want.
Please view detailed photos here:
I know there are a lot of gaps in the information-- I've only had time for aquick look. I'm just looking for initial impressions.
I have been involved with and/or using a 67 Overlander since 1986 (when I was 7 and my dad bought it from his uncle, who had had it since '69.) I know much of what the responsibilities are in taking care of one of these. However, I am 44 years old, at the peak of my career, and working a lot of hours.
What do you think?