Last week we installed the new axles, shocks, wheels, and tires on the 1988 Excella. The old axles had a permanent negative arm position even when jacked up off of the ground. The old tires and wheels are in pretty good condition, but we decided to upgrade to new 16″ HWT series 4 aluminum wheels and BF Goodrich Commercial T/A All Season E rated tires. These tires have lasted other Airstreamers for 80,000 miles without any issues, which is better than all of the 5,000 mile Goodyear Marathons that everyone has issues with.
The axles were manufactured by Axis and got a little increase from the factory 3200lbs rating to 3500lbs. New OEM Gabriel shock absorbers were also installed. We gained about 3″ with the new axles, wheels, and tires.
I also installed the brand new Carrier 15,000BTU heat pump. This unit works great and looks really nice on this trailer. I could not find a low-profile unit, but this one is only about 3″ taller than the low-profile unit.
I had a new toilet sitting in my garage for the ’77 project, but after more thought I couldn’t pass updating this trailer’s bathroom. I removed the old tile and installed new linoleum tile that has a slightly more updated look. The carpeted pieces in front of the shower were recovered and finally the new Dometic toilet was installed. What a difference and it will be MUCH easier to clean around this toilet.
My wife has been busy completely redoing all of the upholstery. I believe everything is now ready to be installed and hopefully we can get that done over this weekend. There are several other small projects for next week, but we almost have this trailer ready for action!