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Old 01-17-2008, 09:58 AM   #1
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Hi there.......I live in the uk and i have the chance to purchase an Airstream 280 with a 4ltr 6 cylinder isuzu diesel engine.The motorhome itself is in mint condition but the seller has advised me that the engine has been reconditioned and since being installed is not running well.Apparently its possible the timing maybe incorrect?Also the brakes are sticking on and she has been advised that maybe it will require new brake calipers.I was just wondering if anyone could give me some advice as to how easy it is to get hold of parts for these classic motorhomes?Obviously living in the uk i realise parts are not so readily available over here but are they still available in the USA so i could get them shipped over?Also the asking price is around 12,000 uk pounds.........is this a fair price?....as im not sure how much they go for.


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Old 01-17-2008, 11:48 AM   #2
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Hi there.......I live in the uk and i have the chance to purchase an Airstream 280 with a 4ltr 6 cylinder isuzu diesel engine.The motorhome itself is in mint condition but the seller has advised me that the engine has been reconditioned and since being installed is not running well.Apparently its possible the timing maybe incorrect?Also the brakes are sticking on and she has been advised that maybe it will require new brake calipers.I was just wondering if anyone could give me some advice as to how easy it is to get hold of parts for these classic motorhomes?Obviously living in the uk i realise parts are not so readily available over here but are they still available in the USA so i could get them shipped over?Also the asking price is around 12,000 uk pounds.........is this a fair price?....as im not sure how much they go for.


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We ship Airstream parts to the UK, weekly.

Can't help you with the Chevy parts.

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Old 01-17-2008, 12:00 PM   #3
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Thanks for that Andy....a big help.
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Old 01-17-2008, 12:10 PM   #4
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Hi purplehippy and welcome to the Forums.

Well you have heard from Andy about Airstream parts. He's a very large supplier here in the States. So you now have that aspect covered.

If I remember correctly the chassis for your Airstream is a Chevrolet P30 or P31. These are very popular here and used in a mryiad of light and medium delivery and service trucks. I'm positive you could order any brake, suspension or chassis part you needed online very easily.

Shortly people who know more than I will confirm or correct me as we have a large motorhome membership here.

Good luck.
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Old 01-17-2008, 04:15 PM   #5
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I live in the UK and we've recently bought an Airstream Motorhome. Potentially, 12k is a good price for this rig, but might not be so good if you need to replace the engine. It would cost you at least 18k to import one in good condition. Also, diesel turbo is an advantage in the UK as you will get better MPG (maybe 15?). You need to recognise that you have two key parts to this vehicle:
The chassis which is built on a GM P30 truck - standard and most parts are readily available in the UK. Tires can be more problematic. The coach (the airstream bit) is far more specialist and you would need to use Andy (Inland) or Toscano or another US supplier to deliver specialist parts. There are UK comapnies like Maybricks who might be able to help. Be aware that these are complex vehicles with multiple systems - air con, furnace, cruise control, LPG etc etc Lots to go wrong and will be pricey to fix. Before you buy, get someone who knows what they are talking about to do two audits - one on the chassis - engine, transmission, brakes, exhaust etc and one on the coach and all appliances. There is a useful Motorhome checklist on this site. Bottom line is 12k is very good if the coach is truly in mint condition, you want to live the dream, accept likely maintenance costs and there are no major mechanical issues.
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Thanks Goin Camping and Boom Sounds.........i really appreciate your help and advice.......its good to hear that alot of parts for these classics are readily available.That`s at least one thing off my mind.But 18k for a replacement engine?...wow...now thats scary.I am a mechanic myself so if i get the chance to go and take a look at the rig (its 190 miles away in Southampton)..i should get a better idea.But with sticky brakes and a power loss it maybe difficult to pinpoint the problem with the engine without further investigation.And 12k is a big risk to take.There is just something niggling me about the fact that the engine has been reconditioned(or at least the short block)and when its been built back up there are problems.Ive seen these cases so many times before through my work.Now is the garage that did the work a competent garage?This worries me even more as the woman selling the rig also told me that the garage in question has now gone bust.So i guess i will need to think on it and see what i decide.
Incidentally Boom Sounds,i was looking to buy this rig to live in on a full time basis.Are they really suitable for this?....e.g shower and facilities etc...or are they really just for holidays and vacations etc.


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Airstream 280 with a 4ltr 6 cylinder isuzu diesel engine.The motorhome itself is in mint condition but the seller has advised me that the engine has been reconditioned and since being installed is not running well.
I have the diesel. 6BD2. It will get very good mileage when tuned properly. Does the sellor have reciepts for the rebuild on the engine?? It is posible that the valves need to be adjusted. That is one thing those engines like.

We live in ours for two months at a time some winters. I wouldn't want a family of four or five in there, but my wife and I and our dog and cat do fine.
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Old 01-18-2008, 10:01 AM   #8
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Most classic motorhome owners find that the purchase price is only a down payment. We have traveled 60,000 + in ours and I would guess we have spent 1.5 to 2 times the purchase price on repairs and upgrades. This doesn't include fuel, oil and maintenance items. We consider it a good 'investment' because of the use we get from it.

If the purchase price is giving you heat burn I'd suggest that you inspect it very well and have a person knowledgeable about RV systems give you a hand. On the mechanical side, in addition to the engine and transmission, you need to consider the front and rear suspension (and associated air bags and compressor), the tag axle, the brakes, and the steering.

On the RV side be very careful about leaks, check all the appliances for proper operation. Be sure to pressurize and leak check the plumbing. Broken windows can be hard/expensive to replace.
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Chuck here in Dorset, not far from Sotton.
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Need any help just call, I have just moved into a new bigger workshop, so not much in the way of facilities yet, but any excuse to play.....!
What I have realised is, the term "rebuild" can sometimes mean a major service or something like a decoke. In otherwords don't be too despondant. Where are you? I could if you wish do a reccy with photos etc for you.
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Old 01-18-2008, 12:45 PM   #10
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HI I bought one of these rigs and drove across the southern states of the U.S they are great for living in the U,S where you can park pretty much anywhere and campsites are resonably priced much better their their european counterparts the campsites and the vans.And I am sure you can get an engine cheaper than 18k but they are not cheap to keep good luck
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Thanks Goin Camping and Boom Sounds.........i really appreciate your help and advice.......its good to hear that alot of parts for these classics are readily available.That`s at least one thing off my mind.But 18k for a replacement engine?...wow...now thats scary.I am a mechanic myself so if i get the chance to go and take a look at the rig (its 190 miles away in Southampton)..i should get a better idea.But with sticky brakes and a power loss it maybe difficult to pinpoint the problem with the engine without further investigation.And 12k is a big risk to take.There is just something niggling me about the fact that the engine has been reconditioned(or at least the short block)and when its been built back up there are problems.Ive seen these cases so many times before through my work.Now is the garage that did the work a competent garage?This worries me even more as the woman selling the rig also told me that the garage in question has now gone bust.So i guess i will need to think on it and see what i decide.
Incidentally Boom Sounds,i was looking to buy this rig to live in on a full time basis.Are they really suitable for this?....e.g shower and facilities etc...or are they really just for holidays and vacations etc.


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Hi,

The 18k (Sterling) was to import an entire Motorhome!!!!! in equiv condition with import tax, shipping etc. I'm guessing that a new engine would be about 5k in the UK (lthough Chuck would probably know better). As Chuck says the engine may just need an overhaul. Is it the vehicle on Ebay?
Re:living in it. You need to recognise that the weather in the UK is much wetter than most of the States. If you do buy it, make you sure have all the seals and sill, drains sorted. Are you planning to drive about in it? You need to be sure you have the cash to deal with maintenance and running costs. Do not underestimate these. On the upside, there are lots of nice people who can give you free advice.

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Hi Boom Sounds......So 18k to import one....thats sounds better than 18k for an engine....phew.......As far as living in it full time, i realise that i would have make some changes to adapt to living in a motorhome...not exactly like living in a house.Im trying to find a simpler way to live and hopefully a less stressful and less expensive way too.If i buy it i dont plan on driving it about on a daily basis.In the uk that would be way too expensive.I plan on hopefully finding a place to keep it where i can live in it(i know friends etc who would be willing to help me out on this issue),and then using another vehicle to run about in.And yes Boom i think we are talking about the same rig that is on ebay.What do you think about it from the pictures etc?

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Hey Chuck.......thanks for the advice and the offer of maybe taking a look at it for me. Have you alot of experience of these motorhomes?

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As far as living in these motorhomes full time.......im assuming that the on board generator is lpg powered? If not hooked up to a 240v supply is this generator sufficient to power everything in the motorhome?...and if so for how long.Obviously that is gonna depend on what is being used i know.....but with appliances like shower,cooker,heater etc being used on a daily basis,i was trying to work if the generator would be good enough for long stays without 240v.

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