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Old 05-28-2014, 07:19 AM   #1
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I am looking at buying a 1983 300. I have a 1965 26' Overlander so I'm familiar with Airstreams and their high quality, but you ride in a motorhome and that is another whole thing.

My main question is, "How do they ride?" I rented a Bounder a few years back and they are basically a school bus with a house on it. I felt every single bump. That is not good for our comfort but also it beats the rest of the motorhome as it goes down the road.

Can anyone comment on the ride? I see in the forum that they have front air bags. Do they have rear airbags too?



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Old 05-28-2014, 07:49 AM   #2
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Full air bag suspension is the way to go in a motor home. I have had 3 diesel pushers ranging in size from 33' to 40', and they all were super on the road. Anything else is a compromise.......

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Old 05-28-2014, 08:36 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reply.

So are you saying the 300 has full airbag suspension front and back and that it is going to ride a lot better than a Bounder or typical MH? I'm telling you that thing made me crazy.

Also, this MH has 4 bunk beds in the back. Does anyone know if that that came stock or if that has to be a retrofit?


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Old 05-28-2014, 08:44 AM   #4
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After installing new air bags, new shocks and new steering damper i am pleasantly surprised at how well my 310 rides now. Tire pressure will have some influence also. Ive seen different recommendations here on the forum and talked to my tire guy about proper inflation pressure. I am running 80psi in the front and 90psi in the rear. My wife even noticed the pleasant ride so its not completely in my head!
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Old 05-28-2014, 08:59 AM   #5
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'83 310 with air is very comfortable...

I also had my steering work done. Mine has air bags in back and in front there are air bags inside the coil springs. I think that was standard in '83.

A previous owner installed a leveling device on the back bags so that you can raise and lower or tilt your coach when parked. It 'levels' most of the campsite pads we go to and is a nice addition.

I have seen factory interior options for the 310 (you can find them on the Airstream web site if you have a lot of time and patience) and I don't think the rear bedroom had options other than center queen or twin beds.

for our needs the 310 is the perfect middle ground between the 280's and the 345's. We have just enough space in our back yard for the 310, no more; and the 310 has more usable storage space than the 280.

Unsolicited advice: There's a really wide range of condition for something this old, and careful shopping would save huge bucks in the long run. We actually travelled around and looked at three before we found ours in South Carolina.

Good luck!
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