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Old 05-20-2005, 07:43 AM   #29
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Obsession is being fed....

LOL Fred, I called the current owner last night with the same question, he was going to look today. I am going to look at it on Sunday. You all moved?
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Old 05-20-2005, 08:06 AM   #30
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That sure is pretty...but wow is it spendy! Someday my 360 will come...someday my 360 will come.
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Old 05-20-2005, 01:59 PM   #31
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Seller reports Airstream told him 4000# with a 400# hitch weight for the 1995 360 DIESEL PUSHER model.

Yes, I did get moved and my PC working. I now have a VERY LONG list of home repairs. Nice sturdy older home for a good price in a strong re-sale area. (almost sounds like a Airstream classic motorhome).
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Home repairs!?.... oh my, well hurry up!

So you can resell the house and get the next airstream on the profit!!!!

LOL, Airstream replied to me today with the same figures. Spartan wanted the chassis VIN.

I am very interested in the differences in the chassis/ aft frame and the steering hardware!

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Classic Diesel Pusher in GA

We looked at the 360 that is advertised on Fred's site and airstream.com, etc.
It is a whole different feel inside and ride. There is very little noise, up front on the road. It drove beautifully at 75mph (approx 2300 rpm). It seemed to sit higher and I did not think to measure it. Super clean inside. Very clean underneath as well. I know next to nothing about the Spartan chassis and its attendant weak points/strong points... Very different ride on steel leaf springs.
I believe it needs shocks(there was a bit of "wiggle" going over bumps, felt like toward the passenger front), although I did not see any external leakage on the shocks. It made a clattering squeaking noise on hard bumps. This could have been the leaf springs loosening up. I could see some fresh "rusty dust" from between the front springs after we drove it. It appeared well greased. The owner has extensive records. Coach shows no apparent UV damage and is garaged now.

The only concerns I found mechanically (given my lack of experience with this chassis, etc) are as follows:
There is a seeping leak on a front caliper.
The cruise does not work. (Owner stated he was told the Eco Cruise was no longer manufactured) and I would have no idea how to install something else.
I wonder if something could be adapted from a Dodge with the Cummins in it... or a salvage unit from another Spartan chassied{new word?} RV?
And the only real concern:
An oil leak on the oilpan at the bellhousing. Was definately Engine oil, not Diesel or Trans fluid. I will be searching the forums and my local mechanics to see if there is a rear main issue with the B5.9's. Engine was clean and strong otherwise.

This coach seemed almost new inside and out, with only 23k on it and 14k of that in the last 3 years, it sure does appear to be a real find! I will post more pics of it (Terry, the owner, encouraged this ) of the underside and the suspension and engine compartment.

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Old 05-23-2005, 07:02 AM   #34
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A couple of points from someone who has ZIPPO experience with a Spartan chassis...purely generic observations.

A few bucks spent at a CAT scale or similar might tell you a bunch about what is going on with the front end. Most scales have enough room to place one wheel at a time (right and left) to get a weight on each individual tire (dually) support point. Cost of most CAT scales I have been to are about 10 bucks for the first weighing, and then only a dollar or so for each immediate subsequent weighing....you can get a LOT of info for a 20 dollar bill. For a few Dinars and a couple of hours (or less) you might have a better "feeling" of how the chassis is loaded (front to back and right to left), and, more importantly, how close to being maxed out the chassis really is.

New shocks (and steering stabilizer) on my 345 certainly went a long way to improve the handling. I went with Bilsteins all around and will again should the need arrive....I have been very happy with them.

Is there a "bag" type suspension in the front end? If there is, make sure to check the pressure - 80 psi is a good starting point...you don't want too much or too little. New bags for the P-30 series run about $100 for a pair, but some are a real bugger to replace.

Please share your findings with the Forum.
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Suspension/weight(s)

Dennis,

Thanks! The owner volunteered to weigh it this week (said he had a friend in trucking with a certified scale). I will call him and ask for a detailed weighin if possible.

The front suspension is a U-shaped mono beam on steel leaf springs. The shackles to the rear and frame mount to the forward end. Reversed shackle set ups tend to soften the ride at the expense of a bit more front end dive on braking (at least they do on old Jeeps and Ford trucks we have put them on).
I will post a pic as soon as I figure out how of it. (edited text: The unit did not list(tilt) to either side when I got to walk around it at a nice level truck stop parking lot.)

I don't remember anti sway bars front or rear... will peruse the pics I took for evidence of them.

Having read your experiences and others..... No engine is bulletproof, nor transmissions... but, oh man, the debate against/for the diesel (initial expense vs operating cost/power/mileage/replacement cost/longevity) oh my goodness one could rationalize this Sooooooooooooooo many different ways...

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Lost link

There were two AS MH Classics for sale in Leesburg Fla. One diesel '94 and one gas 345. I lost the link to the diesel, any of you folks looking have that link? All of my re-searches have been in vain. Dang it! If memory serves it is listed by the sister of the owner.... But that may have been one in CA.... (edit: yeah, the sister's coach is in CA)AIIIGH! I go to sleep at night comparing relative repair lists with intial costs... my gf thinks I have gone off the deep end with the amount of details I compare... but I figure to be stuck with this thing for life...

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3rd attempt at pic....

http://www.airforums.com/photo...age.php?i=8874

testing, testing, testing, buehler?
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Towing capacity of 360DP

Spartan says:

"...coach has a 5,000 lb towing capacity.
If you have further questions, please advise."


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