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Old 09-10-2011, 07:52 PM   #1
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Just Bought a 31ft 1981 Excella II

Well I just bought my first air stream. It seems to be in great shape for it's age. I will post some pics when I get a change. Exterior is clean and the interior is dirty but all original and seems to be relatively intact. There is no floor rot or rear end sag. It is the center bath model with twin beds in the rear.

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Old 09-10-2011, 08:04 PM   #2
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Congradulations on your new trailer. I know you will enjoy airstreaming.
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Old 09-10-2011, 09:04 PM   #3
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Old 09-11-2011, 07:06 AM   #4
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Thanks for the warm welcome everyone.

Here are the pics that the seller took. I will take some more tomorrow. It needs some little stuff but overall it is in good shape. I would grade it about a 90% outside and maybe 80% inside. The inside stuff is easy though. All the awnings work and there are awnings on every side. It has been replumbed with PEX and I hope it don't leak. The fridge and AC work and it supposedly has a new water heater. The control panel for the tanks seems to work. Not a bad trailer for $5k.

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Old 09-11-2011, 11:48 AM   #5
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Perry,

Wow, that IS a lot of trailer for $5k! Looks like you got a fabulous deal. The interior is usable, but the stuff you may wind up changing looks to be all the fabric stuff, and that isn't terribly hard work, IMHO.

Way to go, we look forward to hearing lots more about your Ex!
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Old 09-11-2011, 12:52 PM   #6
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Well not so great a deal. The floor is rotten in the back. It looks like the bumper seal leaked and rotted the last foot or so of flooring. The rest of the floor in the trailer looks good. I will post some pics soon. At least it is not particle board. I have all the rear beds removed at this point and now the depression sets in. I can fix it but one can only do so much at a time.

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Old 09-11-2011, 12:57 PM   #7
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That brings back memories! Looks almost exactly as I remember my parent's first AS looked like. It too was an 81 Excella with rear bedroom and side bath - had a double bed though. Enjoy!

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welcome to our world. The floor rot and and all that is typical and what we all go thru with any older Airstream. So you are now in the club! When you tear out some floor and see the frame, then the next repairs will be planned. Hopefully your will not be too bad.
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Nice Trailer !,Its great you found something that nice in your price range.
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Old 09-11-2011, 02:08 PM   #10
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Here are the pics of the floor and frame. The pink fiberglass stuff is going bye bye for now. I am eventually going to put 2" thick rigid foam in there and glue it to the sub floor. I don't want to pull the skins yet if I can help it. The holding tanks are supposed to lean towards the dump valve?

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Here are the pics of the floor and frame. The pink fiberglass stuff is going bye bye for now. I am eventually going to put 2" thick rigid foam in there and glue it to the sub floor. I don't want to pull the skins yet if I can help it. The holding tanks are supposed to lean towards the dump valve?

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Perry.

Since your going this far with your rebuild, I would suggest that need to or not, check out everything and make "SUPER" sure that all is OK. If not, make sure that it is.

The long term benefits are huge, and it saves using those nasty 4 letter words.

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Old 09-11-2011, 04:19 PM   #12
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I have checked the remaining floor and it looks good accept a little from the door area. The rest of it is sound. Water system is ok for the moment. I am going through the rest of the systems as I get to them. I need to really check the gas system because it has been messed with. I am going to need a coleman AC shroud soon.

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Old 09-11-2011, 07:51 PM   #13
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You do want there to be a slope down to the dump valve. ( A little slope - about 1/8 inch per foot for pipe, 1/4 inch per foot for the black tank itself, Chris says). If everything is totally level it won't dump properly. On our trailer, the black tank was sloped by the rigid foam insulation underneath it to the valve. We duplicated that when we installed the new black tank with new rigid foam.

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Well the reason I asked was because the sheet metal boxes that cover the holding tanks are leaning towards the dump valve. I take it that this is normal and the boxes are not coming loose?

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Hey Perry,

Do you have any pictures of the tank sheet metal boxes? In our 72', the black tank metal box was flat on the bottom, and inside was styrofoam that was flat on the bottom and sloped on the top to support the sloped bottomed black tank inside the flat metal box. Are the tops of the metal boxes up tight against the floor? Or level whereever they attach to the frame? If yes, then you should be ok. Provided that the metal boxes are all intact anyway.

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Old 09-13-2011, 05:18 PM   #16
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The metal boxes hang down below the belly skins and are around the axel area. I saw pictures of someone elses and I think it is normal. The center bath model had bigger holding tanks since they were close to the axel not at the back .

I will take pics when I get a chance.

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Old 10-23-2011, 08:03 PM   #17
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Well we took the beast to FL last week and it held up pretty well. It is not 100% yet but it is certainly livable. I replaced the rear floor and painted the old floor with porch and floor paint and it looks and smells a lot better than it did. The old carpet is gone along with all the smell. It has been quite a challange getting this thing ready for the trip in such a short notice. I still don't have the rear belly skins back on but everything is sealed well till I get to it. Most of the stuff is working. Water is ok, gas system is ok, electrical is ok. So far all the appliances work but I have not tested the furnace yet. The AC runs but could use a new fan motor. The fridge runs on gas and AC but not 12V. I had to replace a flush valve in the toilet. I got the steps fixed. I am gradually taking care of minor leaks. Floor is solid accept for a small area around the door area. Brakes and bearing have been replaced. I had one brake problem on the way to FL and I think that brake needs some work. The bathroom fan does not work. All the lights work inside. I did not have time to mess with the goucho so we put a futon in the front for the mean time. I need to rebuild both dump valves.

The rear floor replacement took the most time. I also had to POR 15 the frame and add some additional floor supports. The BAL jack attachment screws broke so I had to retap those. All the BAL jacks work accept I bent one in FL by putting too much load on it. When I had the rear skins off, I resealed the boxes for the tailights. I also added 2 layers of RMAX 1/2" foam to replace the fiberglass that was in there. The fiberglass under the floors is gone. I have not had time to replace that yet.

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Old 10-28-2011, 07:51 AM   #18
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Here is my rig on the way back from the Florida trip.

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Looks nice. I covet your awnings.
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Old 10-28-2011, 01:50 PM   #20
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Well they will need to be replaced soon or at least the big one will.

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