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Old 09-19-2016, 09:00 AM   #99
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First, my best wishes for quick recovery to Protag just the same! Looks like he applied the principle of preventative maintenance to himself!

On that front, do I wait to have my first oil change at 20,000 or whenever the dash says or do I do it earlier? When I have leased cars, I have followed the dash. When I have owned them, I did them earlier. I own the AI. What should I do?
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Old 09-21-2016, 11:19 AM   #100
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I just had the sewer valve on my Interstate replaced for the first time, and have found my Rhino hose can no longer be connected within the very limited space under these older Interstates.

Going to have to get something modified, somehow.

Just a word of caution, lest owners of older rigs pull into a dump station...like I did...to find they cannot connect their hose to dump their tanks.


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Old 09-21-2016, 06:32 PM   #101
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Thanks, All! I'm sore all over more than anywhere else, of course, I have new and interesting scars held together with medical superglue, and I itch all over from having every body hair from the throat down shaved off for the surgery. At least they didn't touch my beard!

The cardiac rehab folks at East Jefferson General Hospital said that my in-patient progress was nothing short of remarkable (for anybody, let alone a diabetic). Maybe they were saying that to boost my confidence but I'd like to think they were telling the truth. After all, for the first time ever after surgery, they allowed me to walk out of the hospital under my own power instead of plopping me into a wheelchair to be rolled out the door like usual.

For my own account, I'm just glad the problem was discovered through Lexiscan testing and not through a stroke or heart attack, so I went into the procedure already as healthy as a diabetic can be. I figure that gives me a leg up on the recovery.

And now back to your regularly scheduled "Interstate Maintenance and Upkeep" threadů

Welcome back

Glad your feeling better.

I noticed wasn't seeing your name in the posts and something was wrong.

Your knowledge and input is always educational.




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Old 09-21-2016, 08:55 PM   #102
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Welcome back. Your wisdom was missed
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Old 09-22-2016, 07:05 PM   #103
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Welcome back protagonist from a newbie it's always nice to see your responses on a thread that I have the same question but someone else already posted
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Old 09-26-2016, 08:10 AM   #104
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Sikaflex 221 is what Airstream uses, available on Amazon for $13 per tube.
Reading the owner's manual in advance of delivery, I noticed that Airstream specifies the appropriate sealants, including but by no means limited to Sikaflex 221 (page 9-4 in the 2017 manual):

Acryl-R Seam Sealer (PN - 28430W-01 [16 oz can- Gray]) - Use anywhere a fine bead of gray sealant is required�
Acryl-R Seam Sealer (PN - 28430W-04 [16 oz can- White]) - Use anywhere a fine bead of White sealant is required�
Acryl-R Seam Sealer (PN - 28430W-06 [16 oz can- Clear]) - Use anywhere a fine bead of Clear sealant is required�
AdSeal Premium Quality Sealant Adhesive (PN - 365330-01 [10 oz tube-White]) - Use anywhere a thicker bead of White sealant is required�
AdSeal Premium Quality Sealant Adhesive (PN - 365330-02 [10 oz tube-Gray]) - Use anywhere a thicker bead of gray sealant is required�
AdSeal Premium Quality Sealant Adhesive (PN - 365330-04 [10 oz tube-Black]) - Use anywhere a thicker bead of Black sealant is required�
Sikaflex 221 Multi-Purpose Polyurethane Sealant (PN - 360180-04 [10 oz tube-Black]) - Use to seal below the rubrail, or anywhere a thicker bead of black sealant is required�
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Old 09-28-2016, 05:53 PM   #105
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Fuel Filter Question

Saw where clogged fuel filter would cause issues; and was hard to get so given I have a 'Go Bag', 'Special Force Medical Kit', Defibulator & every other item anyone might need any any situation (yes dry food & ammo also); I decided to add a fuel filter to my rear under deck storage area (spare wipers are in the overhead).

The FF170 Hastings filter that Amazon says was correct for my AI doesn't have the electrical sensor on it like the MB one does.

Question: can I use the old one, or does it need replaced?

In this video the installer changed it at 32,000 miles; is that about right? is it part of scheduled maintenance (i'll look at manual later).

Vid of Fuel Filter change: https://youtu.be/PuRgKsTKWfg

Vid of Oil Change: https://youtu.be/WWM7NyTWc6A
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Old 09-28-2016, 07:02 PM   #106
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Not sure why he didn't reuse the factory clamps unless they are a single use but I read somewhere that one should not use the worm drive type like he did because they have a pressure point under that and will fail in higher pressure applications. That being said, I've never seen that happened and have used that type of clamp a lot in the past.
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Old 09-28-2016, 07:36 PM   #107
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Saw where clogged fuel filter would cause issues; and was hard to get so given I have a 'Go Bag', 'Special Force Medical Kit', Defibulator & every other item anyone might need any any situation (yes dry food & ammo also); I decided to add a fuel filter to my rear under deck storage area (spare wipers are in the overhead).

The FF170 Hastings filter that Amazon says was correct for my AI doesn't have the electrical sensor on it like the MB one does.

Question: can I use the old one, or does it need replaced?

In this video the installer changed it at 32,000 miles; is that about right? is it part of scheduled maintenance (i'll look at manual later).

Vid of Fuel Filter change: https://youtu.be/PuRgKsTKWfg

Vid of Oil Change: https://youtu.be/WWM7NyTWc6A
The problem with both video is that they are for a 4-cylinder engine. The V-6 in our Interstates is very different.

The fuel line clamps used in the video are OK as they are not the worm drive type. He explains the difference in the video. The factory clamps are single use.
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Old 09-30-2016, 01:02 PM   #108
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I ordered a set of these today, in this same steel grey, from AutoAnything, as my front seats are showing wear on the driver's side, also the passenger side from Miss Lily.

I like that they cover the seats, rather than lay on them, are of sturdy Carhart fabric, and can be removed to be washed.

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On that front, do I wait to have my first oil change at 20,000 or whenever the dash says or do I do it earlier? When I have leased cars, I have followed the dash. When I have owned them, I did them earlier. I own the AI. What should I do?
Earlier than recommended oil Change can never hurt anything- just possibly waste oil and $$.

That said, the recommended is generally under ideal conditons (engine running for extended periods, not too dusty, normal loads)

I'm a big proponent of early oil changes for the first one at least. Parts are 'wearing in' and depositing metals in the oil. Changing gets rid of those.

(I do not own a Sprinter {yet} but that has been my methodogy for many years on other various vehicles)

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Old 10-01-2016, 04:06 PM   #110
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Thanks Lotus. I certainly feel "guilty" waiting until 20000 to change the oil so likely will do an interim one. Alternatively I am hoping the maintenance light will come per real use rather than dumb mileage.
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Question regarding oil filter/maintenance:

How often does the oil filter housing (the thing that the new actual oil filter attaches to) need to be changed, if ever?
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Question regarding oil filter/maintenance:

How often does the oil filter housing (the thing that the new actual oil filter attaches to) need to be changed, if ever?
The new filter element drops in the canister after you remove the cover and the old element. Never has to be replaced unless it were to get damaged.
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