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Old 05-22-2014, 05:20 AM   #15
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Hey guys..I have been working n this beauty and I will post some pictures today if I can..Dave my Queen size bed doesnt have the lift arms like yours it just has two pieces of plywood with screws in it and I didnt see anything under there of course I could have missed it...I got the generator up and running great it works from inside both buttons etc! The rain held me up yesterday today I will further look for the compressor and I will look in the generator compartment.. I found the air tank in between the back axles underneath.. and on the passenger side in the back compartment there is a fitting like thing where u hook a air hose in which if my compressor is in the rear I would think it would be on that side looking at daves pics! you guys are the greatest stay tuned...
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Old 05-22-2014, 05:39 AM   #16
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Also what is the best stuff to use to shine this girl up? It is actually pretty clean but I would like to wax it or shine it up...
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Old 05-22-2014, 09:16 PM   #17
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Here are pics of the air compressor location under the east-west queen bed of our '87 345. The compressor and the fresh water pump are located together under the rear most curb-side corner of the bed panels. Shown here are the areas under the bed panels, the large black box is the storage compartment where you found the air connection, mounted on the end of the box are the various air compressor switches, and finally the air compressor and water pumps together. We still have the original dual piston Dana compressor that was also used on the GMC motorhomes in the '70s. It's very easy to rebuild, http://www.gmcmotorhome.com/tech/compressor/index.html
For general exterior cleaning we use a mix of warm water and white vinegar (1/4 cup vinegar per gallon of water. This does a great job of removing mold and other organics. We then use an extendable soft truck washing brush connected to a hose, along with Kit Car Wash with Wax to do the final wash/wax in one step. Wash with the aluminum grain to avoid scratch marks, do a very thorough plain water rinse, towel dry.
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Old 05-22-2014, 10:55 PM   #18
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Thanks Buckwheat! I found my compressor today it was underneath the dresser drawers on the far left passenger side of the vehicle... had to move the mattress so i could get the drawers out an then i opened up the bigger door to the right and there was a wood cover over it... i jumped it across the solenoid and the pump started running ... tried to upload some pics and couldnt figure it out so if someone will tell me how I will post some pics in case anyone else has this problem... I think i found the pressure switch aso
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Old 05-22-2014, 10:56 PM   #19
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also i mean... and thanks to Dave for speaking with me on the phone and walking me through everything
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Old 05-23-2014, 08:07 AM   #20
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Used the "Go Advanced" button on the "Quick Reply" box to do your message, scroll down to the "Additional Options" and find the "Manage Attachments", from there you can select files on your PC to upload.
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also i mean... and thanks to Dave for speaking with me on the phone and walking me through everything
Glad I could help! Gosh knows others on this forum have walked me through many projects.
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Hi TLHolley, and welcome to the Airstream Forums!
The back axle not going down is an issue not related to the air compressor but rather the leveling system not releasing pressure from the rear air bags. The system is designed to keep the bags inflated from 70 psi (cut in psi) to 80 psi (cut out psi). A good system will stay inflated for days. If you need to manually add or release air bag pressure, look for a small schrader valve located on the right side just forward of the rear wheels (mine is directly above the right exhaust pipe).
The air compressor is located at the right rear of the coach under the mattress, you will have to remove the support paneling to get to it. The compressor will turn on automatically when the key is in the ignition position, you will see a red air pressure light come on (left side of the dash) when the compressor is running. The pump stops automatically when the bags reach 80 psi. Your front bags are manually filled, keep them at 55 psi when driving.
Sorry, can't help you with the Coleman generator, these units came with Onan 6500 generators, your owners manual will have the interior switch wiring to remotely start the generator (one switch is on the dash, the other on the control panel above the galley sink). You should also be able to start the generator locally from inside the generator bay.
Good luck, I have manuals on everything that came with my 1987 345, many are on the forums in PDF format, let us know if you need help with anything!
Actually, the 1985 Classic 345s came with a 7K Kohler generator. It's extremely difficult to find either parts or technicians for these, so we replaced ours with a Cummins Onan 7K. (They are finally making one that can fit into the 85 345 generator compartment without cutting the frame.) Much quieter, more efficient, and easier to service than the original Kohler, too, though the cost involved may make you a bit weak in the knees.
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