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Old 08-04-2012, 04:18 PM   #1
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345 Interior views you normally don't see (warning graphic pictures)

As some of you probably know I've been dismantling a wrecked 1986 345 that we bought as a source of replacement/spare parts for our 310. I have to remove the fridge cabinet, toilet area and drivers side bedroom closet and that will pretty much empty out the interior.

After that it will be time to remove all of the windows and then I'll start cutting the shell up, saving various sections for spares.

The following pictures probably aren't for the faint of heart

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I'll be posting more pictures as I remove the windows and then the shell. The final result will be having the miscellaneous metal components that aren't worth saving hauled off to a scrap yard.

One thing that I found very interesting was when I removed the shower stall and the passenger rear closet I realized that just about ALL of the interior rivets for the inner skin had been sheared. From the wear patterns on the wall it's pretty obvious the shearing was caused by movement of the interior components while the motorhome was in motion. This is something you would never see unless the interior components are removed. Sort of makes me wonder just how prevalent this is and what the long term ramifications are for our motorhomes.

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Old 08-04-2012, 04:27 PM   #2
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What are you planning on doing with the exta parts?
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Old 08-04-2012, 04:33 PM   #3
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What are you planning on doing with the exta parts?
The parts that we aren't saving or using on our 310 have been posted for sale in the classifieds. 1986 345 - parting out - Airstream Trailer Classifieds
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From the list I'm assuming that the two front captains chairs are sold.
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Old 08-04-2012, 09:07 PM   #5
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From the list I'm assuming that the two front captains chairs are sold.
Yep, wish I had more of them to sell.
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The following pictures probably aren't for the faint of heart
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Wow, you have been busy. The third picture reminds of craigslist ads I see sometimes...."Nice exterior, interiors needs a little TLC"
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Great pics! Very helpful, keep 'em comin'!
I have been thinking about revealing the aluminum interior walls if at all possible. Are you planning to attempt that at all? Have you tried to separate the wood from the aluminum?
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Wow, you have been busy. The third picture reminds of craigslist ads I see sometimes...."Nice exterior, interiors needs a little TLC"
Peter, you definitely have craigslist figured out

Yeah, I've definitely been busy. Tonight I should be getting most of the windows removed and then it just walls and floor to tear down.

More pictures when I have time.

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Great pics! Very helpful, keep 'em comin'!
I have been thinking about revealing the aluminum interior walls if at all possible. Are you planning to attempt that at all? Have you tried to separate the wood from the aluminum?
The wood is not attached to the aluminum. What airstream did is build the normal shell with aluminum panels inside and then in the places they wanted wood they found ways to fasten the wood in hidden areas. If you look at the pictures I've included you should get a good idea of how the wood is attached. I would think it wouldn't be difficult to add wood paneling to the interior. The only problem I can see is if you tried to add wood paneling around the the door opening. You would likely have to trim the aluminum paneling away from the door opening so you could slide the wood paneling underneath the trim.

I'll try and get some better pictures of how the wood is finished around the door opening.

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I could use a picture of the door bolt servo/actuator you show in the second picture. I need to replace mine and I would like to just cut an access hole instead of removing the whole kitchen and then removing the wall. Where exactly is the servo located and how is it fastened to the wall. I suspect it is riveted to the rib near the door. More pictures when you remove the inner wall would be perfect. I thank you in advance. Steve
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I could use a picture of the door bolt servo/actuator you show in the second picture. I need to replace mine and I would like to just cut an access hole instead of removing the whole kitchen and then removing the wall. Where exactly is the servo located and how is it fastened to the wall. I suspect it is riveted to the rib near the door. More pictures when you remove the inner wall would be perfect. I thank you in advance. Steve
Steve,

No problem. I should be getting to that soon. I've been wanting to document the whole door lock mechanism and pictures like you've requested are going to be included.

Are you 100% sure the servo is the problem? I thought the servo on our 310 was bad or weak and it wasn't until I removed the dead bolt assembly from the 345 that I realized the problem was in the dead bolt mechanism. The dead bolt is made of up two parts, the first part is the lock mechanism in the handle and the second is an external box that has a deadbolt inside. The problem was/is inside this box. On our 310 you could rotate the dead bolt from inside using the internal handle but you couldn't rotate it using the key nor would the servo move it either. You could hear the servo try but it wouldn't budge.

Turns out there is a little strip of spring steel inside the deadbolt box that breaks and causes a binding point for the rest of the mechanism.

I'll see about posting something on this issue in the near future.

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What I plan on doing with this thread is to post as many pictures as I can of how the Airstream motorhome is constructed. As I continue to dismantle the 345 I'll take pictures of anything interesting that I find.

If anyone has an area they would like a picture taken let me know and I'll try and accommodate you. Keep in mind that 90% of the interior furniture and appliances, etc have already been removed.

I will be removing a good portion of the interior skin panels and removing the insulation so I should be getting some good pictures of how the wiring and plumbing is routed inside the walls.

Needless to say it's been an interesting process so far.

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Wow that would be great. My dead bolt works from the inside and from/with the key side. I do get power going to the servo from the control box when you dial the combination but the servo doesn't move the dead bolt. When you turn the knob to lock the dead bolt I can hear and feel the gear in the servo. I look forward to your post and I thank you for your service to this community.
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Just curious as to why the 345 was being parted out? I understand that you needed parts for your 310, but what was so wrong with the 345 to make it a parts only MH? I'd love to have a 345 some day. Don't get me wrong, the 92 LY I have now is OK, but the idea of a later model aluminum can 345 makes me excited.
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