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Old 01-12-2014, 03:45 AM   #1
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Hello everyone,

I have been lurking around the forum for a few months now. The reason being that I just purchased a 1971 Excella 500. With that being said I don't have any pictures to post but will once I get back down to it. I new the last owner personally and have been using with him and my friend, his son, for the past 6 years hunting. I was wondering if there are any good tips to cleaning the ceiling and walls on these things. My buddy has been smoking in it and it really needs some cleaning, but I don't want to mess-up the interior. I will have more questions as I go, but getting the thing cleaned up is my first goal, so any help would be appreciated.

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Old 01-12-2014, 05:37 AM   #2
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Hi Joe, and welcome. Yes, we all will want to see pitures!! Cleaning, my specialty- for the walls and ceiling I use Knights Spray 9. You can get it at auto parts stores such as NAPA. I get a ready to use (RTU) and a concentrate refill. It will clean up those walls and make them non-sticky too. If the dirt is really bad a brush will get into the grain and clean it out. The walls are very durable and will clean up very well.
What are your plans for it? Has it been sitting in the same place for years? There are many things you will need to check for road worthyness. And then the hunt for any leaks to prevent any/stop any floor rot issues. We are here to help, congrats on the Airstream. MPJ

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Old 01-12-2014, 05:45 AM   #3
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Thanks I will get some of that. My plan is to use to for hunting and camping. The wife and I want to do some outdoor stuff. I am going to go through it pretty good and then redo the interior a bit. I am a Network Tech by trade so I will most likely geek it up alot. LEDs, touchscreen, sound, and tv system. It was sitting in the woods for about 3 years and then for about 10 or so years before that it was driven to the place were we used to hunt. I actually picked it up in southern Arkansas and pulled it all the way up to north east Arkansas and not a problem. I know that I need to check the axles and the only issue I see so far is it does seem to have a moisture problem and the bathroom floor is week.
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Old 01-13-2014, 05:58 PM   #4
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My interior had been painted by P.O. so I experimented with common house hold cleaners from 409 to windex. Be cautious about using Simple Green on aluminum as it could cause oxidation.Frequently Asked Questions Good Luck With everything
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