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Old 01-27-2013, 09:31 PM   #85
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Yup...
These are mine...

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Old 01-28-2013, 09:10 AM   #86
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Steve, I noticed in your pictures that your rear levelers seem to be awful close to the air ride suspension. Can you get a better picture of the mounting frame the levelers are bolted to? I'd like to see if it is different than the one I took of the 86 345. If my memory is correct the levelers were mounted forward of the differential on mine.

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Old 01-28-2013, 11:21 AM   #87
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Yes Brad, they are between the tag and drive axle...
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Old 01-28-2013, 11:52 AM   #88
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Here are a couple of pictures of the the underside of the 345. Not the best pictures but it should give you an idea of where they are located. I believe mounting in front of the differential is the better location as it would help prevent flexing of the frame. Especially if you relocate the front mounts.

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I'll take a picture or two of the rear mount assembly that I have. If it's different or better than what you have I'm sure we can work something out of you're interested.

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Old 01-28-2013, 12:52 PM   #89
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Here are a couple of pictures of the the underside of the 345. Not the best pictures but it should give you an idea of where they are located. I believe mounting in front of the differential is the better location as it would help prevent flexing of the frame. Especially if you relocate the front mounts.

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I'll take a picture or two of the rear mount assembly that I have. If it's different or better than what you have I'm sure we can work something out of you're interested.

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Brad and Steve if you go to this HWH file http://www.hwhcorp.com/ml10049.pdf look at pages 16 through 21. It shows the brackets and mounting location for rear jacks for several P-30 Chevy variations. They all show the jacks behind the rear axle.

It looks like your 345 had some kind of cross member set up to mount the jacks. That might make a difference. I jacked my coach up one time and placed jack stands ahead of the axle and it bound the door so bad I couldn't get it open. Last time I did that.

I bought my brackets from HWH and they were actually reasonably priced, and fit well. I think they were around $35 to $40 a bracket. The only problem is the older chassis don't have all the pre drilled holes. Lots of fun drilling those holes.
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Old 01-29-2013, 11:26 AM   #90
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Brad and Steve if you go to this HWH file http://www.hwhcorp.com/ml10049.pdf look at pages 16 through 21. It shows the brackets and mounting location for rear jacks for several P-30 Chevy variations. They all show the jacks behind the rear axle.
Which would explain why it's so easy to bind the door on the 310. The levelers are forward of the rear axle and in front of the front axle.

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Old 01-29-2013, 12:48 PM   #91
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Which would explain why it's so easy to bind the door on the 310. The levelers are forward of the rear axle and in front of the front axle.

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Brad I agree the rear of the frame seems to have the most flex. HWH does mount the front jacks behind the front suspension but I was talking to the owner of a good sized tow truck company and he said one of the strongest points on a P-30 frame was the Y's at the front of the frame rails. They have special fixtures to lift the P-30 at that point when they tow. Maybe it's because of the heavy cross members that mount the engine and suspension. Another possibility might be that a trucks payload is carried on a bed or in a box that has it's own structure so that the rear of the frame is designed to work with that extra structure. I'm not an engineer, just thinking out loud.
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Old 01-29-2013, 08:58 PM   #92
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... I'm not an engineer, just thinking out loud.
You should have said "I'm not an engineer, but I did sleep at a Holiday Inn Express last night"

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You should have said "I'm not an engineer, but I did sleep at a Holiday Inn Express last night"

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Why would I sleep at Holiday Inn when I have an Airstream?
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Old 07-18-2014, 03:57 PM   #95
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I know that this is an old thread, but would like to know just how you were able to get to the top bolts on those air bags. Seems like not much room to get to those.
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Old 07-18-2014, 05:34 PM   #96
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Yep, not much room at all. From what I can remember the air fittings have to be removed first which means removing the airlines as well. I don't remember the wrench size used for the airlines but I know it was real slow going due to only being able to turn the fittings 1 flat at a time.

As far as the two bolts that hold the air bag to the top frame I'm pretty sure I used a 9/16" Craftsman combination wrench and again it was really slow going one. I think breaking the bolts loose was probably the hardest part due to no real leverage point available.

Sorry I can't give you any better advice other than it's slow awkward work
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Old 07-18-2014, 08:05 PM   #97
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Yep, not much room at all. From what I can remember the air fittings have to be removed first .....
I swear, in some of these Motorhomes the airbags were installed prior to dropping the body on the frame.
In the case of the 87 345, I was not able to remove the air fittings, since they had "T" fittings with no access to the lines from above. Instead, after slooowly removing the top bolts, I dropped the bag down enough to put a wrench on the T fitting and then rotated the bag to unscrew the air lines. Installation was the reverse procedure.
I suppose that's why some people cut access holes in the floor above the air bags...
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Thanks for the help guys... Seems like just another typical motorhome repair nightmare.
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