Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 10-15-2006, 10:30 PM   #1
JBK
3 Rivet Member
 
JBK's Avatar
 
1986 34.5' Airstream 345
Grand Rapids , Up in the Nort' Woods of Minn.
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 120
We got her home in one piece. (Kinda)

We finally picked up my in law's 86' 345 today. I have been in love with this unit since my in laws bought it in 88. They can't use it any more due to poor health and were good enough to sell it to us. I have had two SOB's in the mean time, but they were nothing like this one.
I made it 180 miles of a 185 mile trip home when the high pressure hose to the brakes and steering blew. Limped it home and now I guess I have my day tomorrow pegged out for me. Clean and wrench. It hasn't been driven more than 200 miles a year in the past 5 years, so I'm sure there will be things to attend to.
Can't wait. Really.
Trying to come up with a name. How about "Chrome Dome"? Been used?

JB
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	photo001.jpg
Views:	133
Size:	37.9 KB
ID:	27048  
__________________

__________________
JBK is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-15-2006, 10:57 PM   #2
JBK
3 Rivet Member
 
JBK's Avatar
 
1986 34.5' Airstream 345
Grand Rapids , Up in the Nort' Woods of Minn.
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 120
Another view with the leak evidence on the driveway.

JB
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	photo002.jpg
Views:	120
Size:	34.7 KB
ID:	27053  
__________________

__________________
JBK is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-16-2006, 12:24 PM   #3
Naysayer
 
Boondocker's Avatar

 
1968 24' Tradewind
Louisville , earth
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 4,635
Images: 7
Send a message via Yahoo to Boondocker
Congratulations, it looks like a fine coach. If you get a chance, how about posting some pics of the inside? Im currious about that.
__________________
Rodney

Visit my photography page
and the
Favorite camp grounds project map
My Blog

(The artist formerly known as General Disarray)

Boondocker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-16-2006, 01:33 PM   #4
Rivet Master
 
juel's Avatar

 
1976 31' Sovereign
Currently Looking...
Chandler , Oklahoma
Join Date: Oct 2004
Posts: 1,770
Images: 24
Beautiful, classic MH. Needs a much better name than that. Use it a while and I bet a name will come from the adventures you have in "him" or "her". Looks like a "him" to me. Very sleep and masculine looking.
__________________
juel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-16-2006, 01:37 PM   #5
Rivet Master
 
ScottW's Avatar
 
2007 30' Classic
Hernando , Mississippi
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 759
Images: 2
JB;
She's a beaut! Presuming a family discount, the little maintenance you'll have to do to make up for lack of use will certainly be worth it. Interior pics would really make me envious.
Thanks for sharing with us.
Scott.
__________________
ScottW is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-16-2006, 04:21 PM   #6
JBK
3 Rivet Member
 
JBK's Avatar
 
1986 34.5' Airstream 345
Grand Rapids , Up in the Nort' Woods of Minn.
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 120
Thanks guys. It is really in pretty good shape for a 20 year old girl. Just some cosmetics and such. A couple of the bottom outside storage drawers have rusted, so that will be a project. I am thinking of putting Pergo on the floor. I did my house, so I know how it's done. The wife thinks it might be too cold on the feet. We will have to think that one over. There is also a pretty good dent in the curb side rear quarter that I will try to remove but it is creased so I think it will need to be replaced to make it right. I don't really know if I am that particular. Time will tell.
You are right. Chrome Dome sucks for a name. I'll come up with something better.
Once I get the interior cleared out I will post some pix. They pretty much left everything in it, so I spent the morning boxing their stuff up and this week will start the scrubbing. Not that it really needs it on the inside, but you know how nice it is to know that everything is cleaned without the "Stuff" of everyday use in the way.
Winterizing went pretty well, nothing broken.
The outside is caked with dirt, so if it ever quits raining and or gets into the 50's around here, I'll power wash her let her shine again.
Can you tell I'm pumped?
Oh yeah, the genset runs only if primed and then stops. How much fuel needs to be in the tank? Is it half or quarter tank? If it's a quarter, I may need a fuel pump.

JB
__________________
JBK is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-16-2006, 04:28 PM   #7
Retired Moderator
 
john hd's Avatar
 
1992 29' Excella
madison , Wisconsin
Join Date: Aug 2002
Posts: 4,644
Images: 40
Quote:
I'll power wash her let her shine again.
you might want to skip that step! power washing may remove some of the decals! (don't ask me how i know!)

a nice soft bristle brush on a handle and lots of suds might be safer!
__________________
you call them ferrets, i call them weasels.
john hd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-16-2006, 04:46 PM   #8
4 Rivet Member
 
bobchevy89's Avatar
 
1977 24' Argosy 24
Inverness , Florida
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 264
power washing will get you in trouble every time. Glad you got home safe.I'd change all the belts ,hoses ,antifreeze , thermostat. flush the brake lines.before going out with it.check the gen fuel pump.. have fun and post pictures.. Bob
__________________
bobchevy89 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-16-2006, 05:39 PM   #9
Well Preserved

 
1993 21' Sovereign
Colfax , North Carolina
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 20,192
Quote:
Originally Posted by JBK
Trying to come up with a name. How about "Chrome Dome"? Been used?

JB
How about "Chrominum"?
__________________
Meddle not in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy, and taste good with ketchup.
Terry
overlander63 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-16-2006, 05:40 PM   #10
Rivet Master
 
sd90mac's Avatar
 
1974 31' Sovereign
Colfax , North Carolina
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 739
Very nice coach. Do not power wash, like it was said, use gentle brush and soap and water. I hope you have a ball with your coach, and best wishes.

Marie
__________________
When people lie to you, and refuse to honor their word, don't regret trying to follow a dream, new adventures and friends await you.
sd90mac is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-16-2006, 06:25 PM   #11
RivetAddict
 
swebster's Avatar
 
1986 34.5' Airstream 345
Louisville , Kentucky
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 1,861
Images: 4
Nice coach! Welcome to the club! The genny needs at least 1/4 tank to run. You may find that carb cleaner is your friend in this area. Pergo on the floor is great, looks good, easy to keep clean and it's not bad on the feet in the morning. We installed ours in a weekend. One of the fun projects when restoring a 20+ year old coach.
__________________
Steven Webster
1986 Airstream 345 Classic Motorhome
AIR 1760
swebster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-16-2006, 06:30 PM   #12
JBK
3 Rivet Member
 
JBK's Avatar
 
1986 34.5' Airstream 345
Grand Rapids , Up in the Nort' Woods of Minn.
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 120
O-K. No power wash. I hate to think of scrubbing three years of grub off of her, but you are right. She needs a gentle touch. (Man, am I sick or what? It's a damned machine! ) Oh well, I'll get it cleaned up and post some pix in the next week weather permitting.
The wife is already talking about a porch setup for the awning!
Oh, where is the button for the air horn?

JB
__________________
JBK is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-16-2006, 07:07 PM   #13
Rivet Master
 
Fyrzowt's Avatar
 
2000 25' Safari
West of Fort Worth , Texas
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 6,697
Images: 8
We have laminate flooring in our trailer, we had carpet in our last one. I much prefer the laminate. We find that it's easier to clean - just sweep whether you have 110 power or not. With the carpet, it seemed like the forest always migrated into the trailer and stuck to the floor.
The laminate floors can be cool/cold but we use throw rugs which help greatly, and can be taken outside and shaken.
Dave
__________________
Fyrzowt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-16-2006, 07:14 PM   #14
4 Rivet Member
 
2007 25' International CCD
Arlington , Virginia
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 323
Images: 5
I agree with all the others, very nice coach indeed. At the risk of beating a dead horse, when you get a chance lets see the inside! She/he looks like a long MH - maybe about 35'?
__________________

__________________
Streamer1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Wish AND FIX UP list for MH PeterH-Airstreamer Mechanics Corner - Engines, Transmission & More... 35 07-25-2009 10:49 AM
Permanent home? DGR160 Our Community 12 04-23-2003 11:49 AM
New Forum Home Page! Andy R Our Community 8 10-31-2002 05:44 AM
Early Prototype Motor Home BobbyW Off Topic Forum 4 10-27-2002 09:04 AM
seal the bottom edge trim pieces? cindy Leaks - Weatherstrips, Gaskets, Caulks & Sealants 8 10-23-2002 10:18 AM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 03:09 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.