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Old 10-31-2002, 01:57 PM   #15
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Just tell her that if your door lock ever breaks and you need spare parts, it will have paid for itself!

Parts for these aren't cheap!
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Old 10-31-2002, 03:11 PM   #16
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Thumbs up Thanks All.

I agree, it is a bargain. I thought it would go higher, figured a few of you were watching that auction, that's why I waited til the last minute (literally) to bid. It didn't seem to get as much attention as the 345's that ended a few days earlier probably due to lack of good pics and the fact that the coach needs work. I talked to the owner - Bob- a couple of times before bidding, he seemed like a stand-up guy and the type of guy that taks care of his gear. Besides, after remodeling two houses in the past 5 years while living in them, I'm not afraid to tackle a motorhome. My friends all say I have "the Sickness"- always need a project. My Fiance and I are planning on full-timing for up to a year after the wedding next May, so I've got 7 months to get it ready. I'm sure I'll be back with lots of dumb newbie questions. I'll post pics as the project continues and from the road as well.

Thanks again for all the info and assistance, I feel like I just joined a huge family. . . or maybe a cult
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Old 10-31-2002, 05:18 PM   #17
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I'm jealous! I would love to fulltime for a year after getting married. The only problem I have is that I would have to get a divorce first and my wife wouldn't stand for that!
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Old 11-02-2002, 11:45 AM   #18
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Got a flight!. Going next weekend to pick it up!!! Taking it to the Grandfather-in-law-to-be's place in Nashville, where it'll stay 'til x-mas. He's an old hot rodder from way back and will check the engine top to bottom for me. Might even get the top panel fixed at his friends body shop. We'll drive it out here after the holidays and I'll start on any interior restoration/remodelling.

I can't wait!

At this point it looks like we'll do a straight shot on the I-40, but you never know, maybe we'll change our minds and hook south. In that case Peter, you just might have yourself some guests.



P.S. hope I didn't offend anyone with the cult comment, was trying to make a joke, sometimes that gets lost in the typing.
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Old 11-02-2002, 04:13 PM   #19
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from Webster's Dictionary-
cult: a devoted attachment to a person, concept, etc.

guess we could all be considered a cult of some sort. Just don't serve Kool Aid at our next rally.
If you are able , maybe you can make the rally in April...
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Old 11-02-2002, 09:41 PM   #20
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Strange, I stopped by Cullum & Maxey RV in Nashville yesterday for a couple 50 amp elec. fuses and what was pulling out of the parking lot but a nice Airstream 310 MH. I say dozens of MHs with AL. license plates then remembered that Alabama was playing Vanderbilt on Sat. I'm not sure where the 310 was from but it was nice.
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Old 11-06-2002, 01:17 PM   #21
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Solar??

More Questions,

Thinking about installing a solar system, visited RV Solar Electric, Found lote of interesting info, but none specific to Airstream MH's. Found a post (quoted below with corrected URLs) that mentioned Uni-solar's flexible panels. It seems those would best suited to the AS's sleek lines - less wind resistance, etc. Does anyone have any experience with these or any other solar installs on an AS MH?


found in thread:
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I do a lot of research on renewable resources. One magazine I really like is Home Power. They have a section called "Guerrilla Solar" where they showcase various setups including taking a small wind turbine with you!

I also have a Bambi and have been looking into solar.

Uni-Solar has a flexible panel that might work nice on the curved roof area.


My biggest concern is finding the most non-evasive way to mount them. What do you think?
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Old 11-06-2002, 01:29 PM   #22
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I discovered the rvsolarelectric site about a year and half ago so I asked for their pamphlet. It has some good material in it and if you don't have it yet, ask them. I like the idea of panels that can be tilted to take advantage of the sun when it is low on the horizon and for cleaning and waxing the top of the trailer underneath. Others think that panels mounted at angles on the trailer will take care of capturing the sunlight whichever side the sun is on. I have not ordered a system yet and will wait until I buy a shorter Airstream. I will probably go with a 120 watt single panel or two 75 watt panels. I believe there are several forum members with panels on their MH now. I've used a 5 watt Solargizer panel to keep the batteries topped off.
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Old 11-13-2002, 12:48 PM   #23
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Well, I'm back to looking for a Motorhome. I flew in to Nashville Saturday, then drove down to Alabama on Sunday to inspect my new MH. Since it's now re-listed on ebay, you can all guess I was dissapointed. It had more body damage than I was made aware of. The clear coat is peeling, The interior is going to need new upholstery and carpet. The engine had a few suspicious noises and both valve covers are leaking. I wasn't expecting a pristine coach for 10 grand, but this was too much of a project for a first timer like myself. It still might be an OK deal for someone with more experience and money. I can't be too hard on the seller since he refunded 90% of my deposit. Perhaps he'll learn from the experience and disclose everything he knows about the rig before someone else flies 1500 miles for it. Here's the listing for any more adventurous restorers. (he's reduced the starting bid) 310 MH

As it turns out it was a blessing in disguise. On the way back we ran into some pretty severe weather. My Father-in-law's car was totalled by 3 inch hail in middle Tenessee, I'm sure the motor home would have been also. We found out later that tornadoes had been reported within miles of where we were hit and had done severe damage in the same county we were in. I'm very glad I wasn't driving the MH through that weather, the hail was accompanied by strong winds and zero visibility at times. I'm a good driver, drove 40 foot school buses for a couple of years, but I'm not confident I could have avoided being blown into a ditch or worse.

As I said, I'm still looking, so if anyone sees anything out there, give me a shout
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Old 11-13-2002, 01:13 PM   #24
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If all else fails.....

Spinolio,

I see Airstream and Argosy MH's in the recycler all the time. You might take a look at www.recycler.com and browse through the motor vehicle section, all you need to do is enter "Airstream" in the search window, and sometimes there are 4 at a time in there. right now there is an Argosy Motorhome for sale, but i don't know if that's what you're looking for. I am sorry you wasted all this money and time to find one out of state.
Good luck to you, and remember that everything happens for a reason, so your patience and wise decisions will likely pay off in the long run.
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Old 11-13-2002, 04:44 PM   #25
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Motorhome has 48,000 mile, two rooftop air conditioners, rearbath, onan generator 454 gas engine with new carb and fuel pump.Good orignal condition inside and out just needs TLC. All paperwork since new, including owners and shop manuels. The coach runs great and has just completed a 5000 mile trip! I have taken an overseas job during the summers, and will not be able to use it for several years and I don't want it to sit! Asking $15,000
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Old 11-13-2002, 06:47 PM   #26
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Thanks for the tips!

I spoke to Greg Kincaid a couple of weeks ago, nice guy, and his MH sounds like a nice one, unfortunately for us it has side twins. We'll be newlyweds when we start full-timing next year and, well . . .

Recycler is a great source, I even paid 14 bucks for early access in case something great comes up in it. I usually search for "Airstream", "Argosy", "Air Stream" and "Air-Stream". I even found one once listed as "airsteam". Since most of their ads are taken over the phone, you never know how it's going to get entered.

Being that a rear full or queen is a pre-req, I think that limits us to a 345 or 310, doesn't it?. . . Fred??
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Old 11-13-2002, 08:31 PM   #27
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Spinolio,
A wise move to turn the 310 down.
I am curious to know which panels need replacing.
I had a brief email exchange with the seller, in
which he stated that 3 additional panels besides the upper left rear needed replacing. Beyond that, I have not been able to get further information from him, even though he told me that he would send me pictures.
Unfortunately, if someone is knowingly not disclosing the real damage, one can expect any other information (mileage, tires, generator, motor) to be questionable, to say the least.
It probably would take 12 to 15K to bring this 310 back around. From an insurance point of view, its a total loss and would maybe fetch 2500 on the auction block.
Good luck on your hunt!
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Old 11-14-2002, 06:29 AM   #28
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The 325's and 345's have either a rear corner full (84,85) or an east west full/queen (87+).

SOME 310's have a rear dinette that converts to a king sized sleeping area. I don't have any photos of that arrangement and would love to have some if someone could send me some.

Most of these units were bought by retirees that wanted Ricky and Lucy beds! Later generations all prefer to sleep Brady style!
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