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Old 04-20-2019, 09:31 PM   #1
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15 year old Excel

Looking into buying a 15 year old Excel fifth wheel from the original owner. It's been a stationary full time unit.
My use would be the same.
Yeah, Neigh? Things to look for? General guidelines for evaluation?
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Old 04-20-2019, 09:48 PM   #2
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Should check with park our staying at. Might be too old. Just a heads up.
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Old 04-20-2019, 10:08 PM   #3
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They had a good reputation for quality and shut down suddenly a few 've heard . However, a lot of wood in the wall and roof so any water instruction would be very important to know about. I've heard that the slides had leaks at one time. So, the moral of the post, be sure to check as best as possible for any water damage.....that could be hidden by carpet or behind the wall. Good luck.
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Old 04-20-2019, 10:14 PM   #4
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We have an 2007 Excel 30RSO. Second owner never any real issues. Just normal little stuff. A great FT unit. They were made better than most.
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Old 04-21-2019, 06:37 AM   #5
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We did a tour of the factory in 2012 while ours was being built. You cannot beat the frames, fully boxed and built in house specifically for each model. They did use wood in the walls and that can be a good thing and a bad thing. The walls were laminated using a giant press and are very strong. Ours has been pretty much flawless.

The downside is leaks. Not good for any rv but the wood framing is susceptible to rot. If the roof and seams have been properly maintained you are probably ok. Be sure to check slide walls and look for soft spots. I feel they were one of the best built for the money but just do a thorough inspection.
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Great responses and information! Sounds like a good platform provided it's dry and the slides function properly.



The roof and top of slides have the typical black mold spots. Does this require replacement or just a thorough cleaning?
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No need to replace the roof. The black can be cleaned with a stiff brush and Dawn, a EPDM roof cleaner or a high pressure washer. If you use a high pressure system keep the tip at least 12" away. Be careful on a wet roof!
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If you decide to go for this one there is an Excel owner's forum on this site that is occasionally active but is monitored by several knowledgeable members. It's a good place for Excel related questions.
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Thanks rarebear!
And JDT while you're on the line... Is your roof noticeably soft between the joists? This one depresses under foot and is visually wavy between joists. The owner says it has always been that way. In contrast, it's not that way on my 95 class C, but it has aluminum framing.
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It's been a while since I've been on the roof so can't remember if there is any give or not. I don't think there is but I can't check it because it is stored inside and it will be a few weeks before I get it out (knee surgery this week). You might want to ask the question on the Excel owners forum.
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Thanks for sharing! Good luck with the knee!
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