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1979 Airstream Excella 28 Classic Motorhome Exhibit "L"

1979 Airstream Excella 28' Classic Motorhome (L)
1979 Airstream Excella 28 Classic Motorhome
This classic motorhome drives very well, engine runs strong, transmission shifts smoothly, wind and road noises are very low, and the heat and air work great! All of the coach/house systems work very well as most of the appliances (to include heaters, furnace, refrigerator, generator, A/C, stove, water) have been either replaced with new or refurbished. It is very road worthy and ready for any camping that you may wish to do.

We have owned this motorhome for over three years and have spent many thousands of dollars and an enormous amount time and work on it. Everything is in working order, from all of the mechanicals to everything inside the coach. The work on it has been quite extensive, from front to back, inside to outside, top to bottom. At this point there are very few things that have not been replaced, repaired, altered, adjusted, cleaned, gone through, or tuned up! As we completed the necessary repairs and replacements, the inside of the coach was thoroughly cleaned and all gaps, holes, and seams were sealed

This Airstream motorhome has the center bath floor plan. It has rear twin beds and a forward couch/dinette that folds flat into a double bed.

This model is powered by a Chevy 454 gasoline motor with less than 81,000 miles. The coach rides on an Airstream modified Chevrolet P30 truck chassis that is in very good condition. Of course the skin is all aluminum; however, the steel frame and steel storage boxes are rust free and rock solid. The aluminum body shell is straight and in very good overall condition. There are a couple of small creases on the upper rear corners (see pictures). The clear coat finish is showing some signs of wear that is consistent with being 34 years old.

The engine runs comfortably at 190 degrees and pulls well on the highway. Consistently it has had good oil pressure and uses very little oil. The motor does have a slight knock; however it doesn’t seem to cause any problems.

The generator has less than 460 hours and has been completely serviced and runs very well (see below).

Repairs, parts replaced, and conditions of different items are listed below. The work on our Airstream was done over a three year period. The list is very long, as we have done an enormous amount of work so far!

Summer 2010
Brakes - consisting of new master cylinder, new hydro boost, new calipers, new rotors, new pads, new front wheel bearings and seals, new rear brake drums, new rear wheel cylinders, new rear shoes, new rear seals, and all flexible brake hoses replaced.
Suspension – New Firestone rear air springs, new front air lift kit, new Bilstein shocks front and rear, new steering damper.
Engine – New Holley 4BBL carburetor, new Sanderson headers, new alternator, new belts, new power steering pressure hose, new cap, rotor, plugs, plug wires, fresh coolant, and oil and filter changed.
Shower valve and shower head replaced
Trailer brake control – New primus trailer brake control installed with new trailer wiring harness and new outlet on bumper for receiver hitch.

Fall 2011
New propane furnace.
Propane hot water heater rebuilt with new controls.
New coach battery.
New 200 watt power converter installed (charges coach batteries from 110ac).
Transmission serviced and leak repaired.

Summer 2013
New Dometic 15,000 btu high capacity rooftop A/C unit with drain pan kit (drains through the interior wall cavity as the original Armstrong unit did, not down the outsides of the body!)
New Dometic Refrigerator with custom installation including new shelf above fridge and completely sealed and properly vented propane exhaust.
New Tires - less than 2,000 miles on 6 brand new tires!
Suspension upgrades – new air compressor for rear air springs, new leveling valves with adjustable linkage, all new air lines, new front air lift springs.
Drive shaft u-joints replaced.

Engine upgrades
  • new HEI Summit Racing distributor
  • new spark plugs
  • new plug wires
  • Engine A/C compressor clutch rebuilt
  • A/C system evacuated, leak tested, and recharged with R-134A refrigerant.
  • New heater hoses, new upper and lower radiator hoses.
  • New thermostat, new temperature sending unit and new temp gauge in dash.
  • Oil and oil filter changed
  • cooling system flushed and fresh coolant added
  • Fuel filter replaced.
  • Doghouse (engine compartment) and front firewall sound proofed and insulated with Dynamat.
  • New custom made cab heater core installed with a new heat control valve.
Generator – generator removed and completely serviced, new correct spark arresting muffler, carburetor rebuilt, new fuel pump, new points, plugs, plug wires. Inside of generator box insulated with Dynamat.

Wiring – Unique shore/generator power selector switch installed. Installed new higher amperage 110ac wiring from generator to power selector switch and on to breaker/service box. New wiring from breaker box to rooftop A/C unit. New breakers in breaker box.

New Battery for engine, added second new battery for the coach. All three batteries are Interstate batteries.

New plywood under the rear twin beds, all gaps, holes, and seams underneath have been sealed for dirt and dust control.

Fresh water supply – new strainer and new Everpure water filtration system installed. New municipal water hose and filter.

The stove was pulled out and the 110ac wiring was replaced with commercial high temp wiring.

Sliding windows resealed with new glass run channel, bug shield and weather gaskets

New rear curtains with blackout lining. New front curtains. New room darkening shades in the living area.

New allergy proof cover on the couch with a slip cover on top of that.

All the stationary fabric in the coach was thoroughly vacuumed and then treated with a special medical anti-allergy spray. This includes the beds, couch and captain’s chairs, plus all the fabric on the walls.

All interior lights cleaned and fixed as necessary, all interior lights work!

All inside switches work even the doorbell has been repaired and works!

Under sink area repaired, reinforced and original cutlery drawers reattached.

Windshield sealed and watertight! New wiper blades.

New headlamps.

10 new red and amber clearance light lenses including brake and back up lights. (Exact replacement of originals, originals are available if you want them!)

Roof vents thoroughly cleaned, new weather seal/ gaskets installed and in good working (not leaking!) order.

Rear tire cover professionally repainted. Rear tire mounting rack cleaned and repainted.

Some areas that may need attention
  • Minor dents in upper rear corners of the body
  • Front and rear upper bumper covers both have some cracks and holes (these are made of plastic and are fatigued).
  • Small stone chip in windshield (passenger side)
  • Some fogging on edge of windshield (drivers side).
  • Fabric is worn on the couch and captain’s chairs.
  • Roll down door on medicine chest in bathroom is stuck open.
  • Outside door latch does not lock.
Location: Loudonville, OH

Archived 11/10/2013


** PHOTO GALLERY EXHIBIT **
This unit is a photo gallery exhibit only and is not currently for sale. The units for sale are listed on the home page of this site and also tagged with blue for-sale banners.

1979 Airstream Excella 28' Classic Motorhome (L)
1979 Airstream Excella 28' Classic Motorhome (L)
1979 Airstream Excella 28' Classic Motorhome (L)
1979 Airstream Excella 28' Classic Motorhome (L)
1979 Airstream Excella 28' Classic Motorhome (L)
1979 Airstream Excella 28' Classic Motorhome (L)
1979 Airstream Excella 28' Classic Motorhome (L)
1979 Airstream Excella 28' Classic Motorhome (L)
1979 Airstream Excella 28' Classic Motorhome (L)
1979 Airstream Excella 28' Classic Motorhome (L)
1979 Airstream Excella 28' Classic Motorhome (L)
1979 Airstream Excella 28' Classic Motorhome (L)
1979 Airstream Excella 28' Classic Motorhome (L)
1979 Airstream Excella 28' Classic Motorhome (L)
1979 Airstream Excella 28' Classic Motorhome (L)
1979 Airstream Excella 28' Classic Motorhome (L)
1979 Airstream Excella 28' Classic Motorhome (L)
1979 Airstream Excella 28' Classic Motorhome (L)
1979 Airstream Excella 28' Classic Motorhome (L)
1979 Airstream Excella 28' Classic Motorhome (L)
1979 Airstream Excella 28' Classic Motorhome (L)
1979 Airstream Excella 28' Classic Motorhome (L)
1979 Airstream Excella 28' Classic Motorhome (L)

** PHOTO GALLERY EXHIBIT **
This unit is a photo gallery exhibit only and is not currently for sale. The units for sale are listed on the home page of this site and also tagged with blue for-sale banners.

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