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Old 07-20-2006, 08:57 AM   #41
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Well, what we're all not talking about here is whether or not there was a deliberate attempt to misrepresent what was being sold. I've heard about a (Pontiac) GTO sold at a major car auction that turned out to be nothing of the sort - it was a cheaper car turned into a GTO, albeit with the real parts and what appeared to be a real attempt at accuracy, or fraud, depending on how you look at it.
I know the one you're talking about - it was on a show called Wrecks to Riches. Custom car builder in California takes cars left for scrap and turns them into "Super Muscle Cars". The one I think you're talking about was a LeMans that they put a GTO hood and front end on, then (tried to) auction it off as a GTO (didn't meet the reserve price). You can see it here.
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Old 07-20-2006, 09:37 AM   #42
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I don't think the guy who sold it to me knew much about Airstreams. I know I didn't at the time either. I just wanted a project to putter on. The guy was a pastor and seemed very nice. I think the original owner must have had all the stuff put on right away, because it's all weathered like it has been on there forever. I looked today to see if the beltline ever was set on an angle on the streetside (I assumed there would be rivets there now or some telltale sign), but there is no indication of that. I stops after the door & does not go around the front, as I said it did before. Oh well, I'm not going to stress about it, I just was curious. I'm actually lending it out this weekend to go to the Oshkosh Airshow, so maybe the streetside will be as shiny as some of those vintage airplanes!
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Old 07-21-2006, 10:11 AM   #43
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Well, can anybody point out any common clues other than the big blue band around the trailer that indicates that any particular trailer is or is not an Excella? Looking at this trailer, I don't see a couple of things that I associate with Excellas, but I also don't know if they were options or not. I don't see the big door handle with the doorbell, mag wheels, or vista windows, for example.

Becky, it's a far nicer looking trailer than my Excella, thanks to your efforts, and you should be very proud to have it. (Looks like a set of the real A/S wheel covers on it, too.)

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Old 07-21-2006, 10:39 AM   #44
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Well, can anybody point out any common clues other than the big blue band around the trailer that indicates that any particular trailer is or is not an Excella? Lamar
The big "E" at the front of the VIN should be the first clue. Anything but that, is not an Excella.
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Old 07-21-2006, 05:03 PM   #45
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Thank you, Terry. I really meant at a slightly greater distance than the serial number plate.

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Old 07-25-2006, 12:22 AM   #46
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Well Becky ,you do have a nice airstream and I would want to know myself
what was up after purchasing somthing that is really somthing else,like the GTO on the auction (the endura nose on that car cost 1000 bucks alone)
The vin tells the story ,but obviousely someone decided they really liked the
Excella and added what they could ,and now you have it .Its a head turner.

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Old 05-22-2007, 08:56 PM   #47
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Well, the fake excella has finally been revealed. I took off the stripe & found where the old nameplate had been. I don't have the option of putting the old one back on, since bondo is in its place & the ends are finished out differently. I guess ol' Bessie is going to be an undercover Overlander with an Excella for her public personality!
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Old 05-22-2007, 09:47 PM   #48
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Wow

Wow! What made you take the stripe off? It is funny to think that someone went through all that work to make it appear diffrent. I guess they were trying to keep up with "The Joneses" or maybe they just fell in love with the look.
I am sure you will enjoy her even though she has a secret identity.
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Old 05-22-2007, 11:18 PM   #49
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Yep, either way a great looking trailer.
Thanks for the update.
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Old 05-23-2007, 05:34 AM   #50
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They may have done this to make the trailer appear newer than it was, it looks like the taillights have been changed out for ones from a newer model as well. I am planning to do this on our trailer, because some campgrounds we visit may have the dreaded "10 year old" rule. The newer it looks, the less hassle I will get.
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Old 05-23-2007, 06:02 AM   #51
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I took off the stripe to put a new one on. The old one was torn up in a few spots. I'm putting one back on that's two-toned blue. My husband is going to help me....wish us luck there! The glue that was left behind is unbelievable! I stripped it twice with BIX & still have a small amount of residue. I scraped it with a razor & hopefully that will be clean enough! I don't think the taillilghts have been replaced. I do think they've been painted since new & they need another coat. Just one more thing to do!
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Old 05-23-2007, 06:09 AM   #52
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I don't think the taillilghts have been replaced. I do think they've been painted since new & they need another coat. Just one more thing to do!
That's why they look different. Most I have seen have the painted part in blue, yours are black in the painted area.
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Old 05-23-2007, 06:19 AM   #53
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Becky,

I was reading on another forum about people having their roofs sprayed with white Line-X for protection and waterproofing.

That seems like a good use of the stuff too.
Anyone got any more info on doing this?

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Old 05-23-2007, 10:02 AM   #54
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Quite common on motorhomes, works very well.
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Old 05-23-2007, 10:52 AM   #55
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2 in one

Tail lights are original, we have a 75 and have the same. Becky just look at it like this you have 2 trailers in one. Still makes you wonder why they did it.
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Old 05-23-2007, 12:58 PM   #56
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Excella envy, I guess!
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Old 05-23-2007, 08:55 PM   #57
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Your trailer (Recardo Montabond [sp?] accent) "rooks magnificient to me".
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Old 05-23-2007, 09:34 PM   #58
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Excella envy, I guess!
I suspect there are more forum members than just myself that envy that polish job, Excella or not
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I suspect there are more forum members than just myself that envy that polish job, Excella or not
That's true, and there is an advantage to polishing this one, rather than a bona fide Excella: It's 4 feet shorter, so less area to polish.
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It's a bueatiful trailer Becky. The stripes on my Excella are cracked like a desert. It's also got serious hail dents, but I can't see them from the inside.

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