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Old 09-03-2019, 11:01 AM   #1
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Storage Lot Find: Excella 1000

At my storage lot there is an Excella 1000 that is for sale. It's been under a roof for the past 8+ years and hasn't moved for 8 years. I did a walk around of the trailer. Even through the heavy layer of dust, it appears to be in good shape. I don't know the year or even the length other than it isn't short. It is a dual axle model, not triple.

I'm considering contacting the owner to see what they want for it. I currently have a 2006 Fleetwood Gearbox toy hauler that I just completed extensive (DIY) exterior repairs to. I've done a lot of interior/exterior repairs too (water pump, converter, inverter, switch panel, generator maintenance, fresh water tank support beam replacement, new suspension, and a lot of other stuff). I know my way around a regular travel trailer, but know nothing about the exterior shell of an Airstream.

Since the trailer has been covered all these years, is it safe to assume that water intrusion isn't likely a problem? Is there a need to reseal an Airstream?

Obviously, the tires and batteries are toast. The water system could be a problem if it wasn't properly winterized 8 years ago. It could be a mold-infested mess too but I'm not going to spot that with the naked eye.

How secure are Airstream trailers against mice getting in? This is probably my biggest concern as they have had 8 years to make themselves at home.

What other issues should I be looking for or asking about?

I looked on the RV sales websites at past sale prices. My quick assessment is that units that actually sold were $20K and below.
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Old 09-03-2019, 12:17 PM   #2
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Just because it is covered does not mean that it did not suffer water damage in the past. If you can't get to the floor in the back of the trailer, then assume it is rotten. Mice can get into just about any trailer. Most problems are leaks leaks leaks and the damage to the floor and frame they have caused. The plate that goes under the back of the trailer which is usually part of the lid to the sewer hose compartment, is a big leak issue. Leaks in all 4 corners are also common. Appliances degrade and things like furnaces get clogged with mud dauber nests. You want to make sure all appliances work. A new fridge will cost you $1400 and up. Furnace $400-$500. AC $700-$1000. Water heater probably $400+. A quick structural check is to jump on the rear bumper and if it moves relative to the trailer then you know you have problems. You might still have problems but you know you do if it have movement. Mine passed the jump test but still had problems.



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Just because it is covered does not mean that it did not suffer water damage in the past. If you can't get to the floor in the back of the trailer, then assume it is rotten. Mice can get into just about any trailer. Most problems are leaks leaks leaks and the damage to the floor and frame they have caused. The plate that goes under the back of the trailer which is usually part of the lid to the sewer hose compartment, is a big leak issue. Leaks in all 4 corners are also common. Appliances degrade and things like furnaces get clogged with mud dauber nests. You want to make sure all appliances work. A new fridge will cost you $1400 and up. Furnace $400-$500. AC $700-$1000. Water heater probably $400+. A quick structural check is to jump on the rear bumper and if it moves relative to the trailer then you know you have problems. You might still have problems but you know you do if it have movement. Mine passed the jump test but still had problems.
Thanks for the tip on the rear bumper/sewer hose compartment.

On a fiberglass trailer, I can knock on the exterior wall to find delamination. Is delamination an issue with Airstream? I wouldn't think so, but figured it's safer to ask.
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Thanks for the tip on the rear bumper/sewer hose compartment.

On a fiberglass trailer, I can knock on the exterior wall to find delamination. Is delamination an issue with Airstream? I wouldn't think so, but figured it's safer to ask.
In my opinion, the only things that can delaminate are the floor and interior structures due to water intrusion. It is recommended to reseal the seams of the shell periodically, but I donít know how many people actually do it. My first Airstream was a 2001 and except for the 9 months before I bought it in 2014 it was stored inside when not on the road. It did leak around both vent fans and the TV antenna, however.

If you get serious enough to go inside, and there is any possibility of rain getting to it, buy a moisture meter and check the floor around the perimeter and inside any outside opening storage compartments. Get one with the probe separate on a cord. The ones with the probes on the housing are hard to read at floor level. If it is clearly dry, use an ice pick to probe the floor for weakness. If there is any indication of moisture or floor rot, suspect frame rust.

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Ditto on the moisture meter. You can penetrate the floor with the probes but floor could be dry and still have previous rot. There is nothing to delaminate on the shell. There is an outer aluminum skin and an inner one. The shell on these trailers will still look good after decades. The floor and frame not so much. It is common for water to travel between the skins and end up in the floor. Hard to find leaks because they are hidden and come out in places no associated with where the leak is. Other problems are leaks between window panes assuming it has the two piece windows. They got rid of these on newer trailers because water would get trapped between the inside and outside pane.



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Old 09-05-2019, 08:34 AM   #6
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I poked around the trailer a bit last night. It's a 1998 "TT-9 31 SB" according to the tag on the side, issued by the State of Washington. GVWR is 8300 lbs.

The back bumper seems solid.

On my trailer there is a San-T-Flush inlet for attaching a hose, to clean the black tank. I didn't notice anything similar on this Airstream. Maybe it was behind a door/hatch?
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It is probably a mid bath which is better if you have to fix the rear end.



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Old 09-05-2019, 10:49 AM   #8
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There is a plate on side by entrance door, numbers indicate yr. of manf. model length, this a easy research hear on forums as many are well versed, also you can google AS for info they will have info for this AS. IMO prevalent leaks are in newer AS. My 76 has never been resealed as many others I no of have not been w/no leaks. Fact AS never recommended resealing after several yrs. I have ownership continual since 1963 still do never heard of leak prob. in older AS. I had 1 leak where screw was inserted into awning rail to keep awning from shifting, poor idea removed sealed prob. solved also stove vent gasket leaked replaced prob. fixed. IMO some are overboard about some items, most work well even if old. If in doubt there is a list on forums of people that will do a good check for you at no cost or very reasonable cost. IMO.
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