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Old 05-25-2016, 08:14 PM   #15
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Original stays original

Many of you will be happy to know I'm not going to take anything out of this 1988 Airstream 325. It's going to stay as is, but with exterior polish, interior cleaning and adding a new radio which is the only original missing part.

Any other needed work will be done to make this as good or better as new. Today new tires were put on, Tuesday I will finally see it.

It's being babied back from CA to TX via trailer.

I'm now actually looking to buy more of these, it's a Airsteam world and I'm happy to be a small part of it.
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Old 05-25-2016, 08:51 PM   #16
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Many of you will be happy to know I'm not going to take anything out of this 1988 Airstream 325. It's going to stay as is, but with exterior polish, interior cleaning and adding a new radio which is the only original missing part.

Any other needed work will be done to make this as good or better as new. Today new tires were put on, Tuesday I will finally see it.

It's being babied back from CA to TX via trailer.

I'm now actually looking to buy more of these, it's a Airsteam world and I'm happy to be a small part of it.
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Glad to hear that you decided to keep it original.
What kind of tires did you get for the 325?
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Old 05-26-2016, 01:56 AM   #17
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Many of you will be happy to know I'm not going to take anything out of this 1988 Airstream 325. It's going to stay as is, but with exterior polish, interior cleaning and adding a new radio which is the only original missing part.

Any other needed work will be done to make this as good or better as new. Today new tires were put on, Tuesday I will finally see it.

It's being babied back from CA to TX via trailer.

I'm now actually looking to buy more of these, it's a Airsteam world and I'm happy to be a small part of it.
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That's awesome man!
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Old 05-26-2016, 06:01 AM   #18
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Robert:

Let's start again.

It's not about keeping it all original, as my interior certainly isn't; what irked people was your eagerness to throw something away that wasn't broken or didn't need to be throne away. We relish people that will make changes to their coaches if it means they keep rolling down the highway.

A lot of people that purchase these vintage coaches and trailers, do so, trying in some small part, to save some more of hunanities crap from ending up in the local landfill. They recognized that Airstream, being built differently, means that they're not purchasing anything new, everytime something breaks with the one they have. Ironically, my little way of saving the planet is to keep something old.

I'm personally glad you decided to continue with this coach's life story and hope she serves you faithfully for many years to come. If you require any help to facillitate that happening, by all means ask for it and people on this site will be willing to help.

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Old 05-26-2016, 08:30 AM   #19
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Coin 12 ply B8 19.5 or something like that
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Old 05-26-2016, 05:23 PM   #20
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Sorry for the spelling and grammatical errors in my last post......It was sent very early in the morning and I didn't have my glasses on. Bad form what.


Robert

If you can stop putting the Double Coin tires on your coach I would. Many people have had balancing and wear problems with this Marque of tire.

Toyo M120z or Hankook AH-11 are a far better choice. It's just that a front tire blowout can be catastrophic in any motorhome and any tire blowing on a Classic coach can do more damage to the bodywork than a full set of Toyo/ Hankooks are worth.

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Old 05-28-2016, 06:16 PM   #21
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http://www.doublecointires.com/tire/rt600/

this is the tires I got, is this the one with issues?
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Old 05-28-2016, 07:04 PM   #22
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Here's my experience with Double Coin:

We bought our coach sight unseen, with the agreement that it would have a new set of tires. It came to us with a new set of Double Coin 8R 19.5's. We have driven it about 20,000 miles in seven years, and still have four of those tires on the rear axle without having had any issues. The front tires started to show some wear on the edges after about 15,000 miles, more due I am sure to worn front end components than a fault with the tires, so I replaced them.

I had not heard of the brand before we bought the coach, but they have served us well so far.
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Old 05-29-2016, 06:46 AM   #23
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Unfortunately my luck with Double Coin tires was just the opposite of Steve's.

Had a set of six 8R19.5 tires mounted on our 310 and driving from the shop to my place on the interestate revealed constant vibrations at just about any speed. Took it back to the shop and they rebalanced the tires with the same result. Took the 310 to a different truck shop that balances tires while spinning them on the front axles. They reported back that all six tires were out of round.

We got a refund for the six Double Coin tires and bought Hankook tires from a different dealer. Problem solved. This was back in 2007 so maybe their quality control has gotten better over the years.

YMMV


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Old 05-30-2016, 06:11 PM   #24
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It's here!

Got my Airstream today, late this afternoon. As this is my first, it's going to be quite a bit of exploration. First off, is a round of service, oil change, fuel filter change, Tag Axle clean and repack, new air filter, LP tank purge, rear suspension air drain and ....?

On the list to get is:

dry graphite
parafifin
light house hold oil
petroleum jelly
kool sealer

Any suggestions on what else I should do? It's been basically sitting in storage for the last 6-7 years.

It's a 325 1988 Airstream MH.

Thanks.

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Old 05-30-2016, 06:17 PM   #25
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By the way, the coach is a he, he is called Scotty in honor of the guy that helped me buy it.
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Old 05-30-2016, 06:24 PM   #26
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Getting a line of credit wouldn't be a bad thing to help you get started....

Congrats on bringing it home today!

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Old 05-30-2016, 06:45 PM   #27
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Congrats on your new rig, lot to learn. And you in good company here.
We are blessed to have some experienced owners here willing to share their knowledge with us here.


I'd go thru the brakes, change brake fluid, check flex lines to the wheels.

Change out the trans and rear end oils. Take a good look at the date stamp on the tires, they are probably old enough to be a risk.

No doubt more will come to light as you use your coach.
But do focus on the driving and stopping gear first.

Have fun and keep us posted.

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Old 05-31-2016, 05:37 PM   #28
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Took my new AS out for a ride

Well, after some help with AAA on the battery, took my new Scotty out for a ride to a service center to get all fluids replaced. The battery issue was caused by leaving the overhead door light on all night. It's a lot of switches to learn.

And the Cab A/C does not work. Here's goes the money out. Given the age what 's a good replacement vs fix?

And anyone know of good parts suppliers? I've already seen a few things I want/need to replace on the interior and exterior but am having not much luck in finding replacement parts.

I want to get a two new mirrors, full replacement for driver side, shell for passenger.

In the kitchen one of the drawers is missing it's front. And the spice rack rolling door is broken.

The original radio is gone, looks like there have been two different stereo's in this guy. Looking to add a in dash radio. Original speakers are still there.

A few exterior lights, other small pieces could be replaced. I do plan to get this cherry as good as possible without taking out a HE loan

And I have yet to figure out how or if the backup camera works - it's original - but the instructions on how to use it are in something called a owners packet. I don't have that. Any got that? Or knows how to turn this thing on? When "on" - no image - I see a list of feet on the screen in white letters, but nothing else.

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