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Old 03-11-2010, 10:02 AM   #43
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We saw a 345 with new shades...they removed the valances and side boxes...replaced with drop-down blinds held in place with thin cables on each side, instead of the box ends...looked really sharp, and it was surprising to see how much more light was afforded...
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Old 03-11-2010, 10:36 AM   #44
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Thanks for your input ScrapIrony-2. We are up in that area part of the year in Centennial and we have been going to Fun Valley at South Fork every year since 1969! Our kids usually meet us there. Great for families.
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Old 03-11-2010, 10:45 AM   #45
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We saw a 345 with new shades...they removed the valances and side boxes...replaced with drop-down blinds held in place with thin cables on each side, instead of the box ends...looked really sharp, and it was surprising to see how much more light was afforded...
Our rig didn't/doesn't have side boxes - don't know if it ever had any. The thing I like most about the new shades is that they disappear into the valences.

The old wicket shades stuck down 6" when fully open, this made me feel that I had to bend to see out and created a claustrophobic feel.

I really like the new blinds.

Be sure you order "blackout" cloth on the night portion of the blind (if you want it) we didn't and ended up paying to send them back and have them redone.
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Thanks Guy 99. Where did you order them from? How much?
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Old 03-11-2010, 07:03 PM   #47
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Thanks Guy 99. Where did you order them from? How much?
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I can't remember the name of the place we ordered them from and we are 900 miles from home so I can't look it up. If you call: United Shade, LLC :: Home, they can give you the name of a company in Elkhart who takes retail orders.

I think ~$50 per blind.
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Old 03-15-2010, 08:48 AM   #48
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So much to do, so little time. I am thinking about changing the name on our rig from the Silver Queen to "The Silver Hornet". It reminds me of Inspector Clouseau's car. Seems like when one thing is repaired, I find three more things that need attention. The PO had spray painted the wheel liners rather than polish the chrome. Now I have to remove paint and rust but the chrome looks good once polished. Pics to follow.
Finally got all the clearance lamps working, then got after the driving lights. Now the Silver Hornet is properly illuminated. Headlamps must be aimed to give light on the road though.
I have got to get the driver and passenger sliding windows so they will work as intended, as well as replacing all the weatherstrips on them. Right now. I can't get the sliders to move at all. Suspicion the PO sealed the sliders with silicone to stop leaks. Makes it more fun to get them open.
Haven't had the time to get the exhaust repaired, but that's coming.
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Old 03-16-2010, 03:46 PM   #49
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Shades - we bought "cellular" shades from Lowe's Home Improvement - they get them cut to ordered size - made by Bali - no "night" portion - took the side things off altogether. The new shades disappear into the valences and stay where you put them; up, down, or in between. Very happy wife, and cost lots less than custom work.
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Jamie, thanks for the info about the shades. We are still debating what to order for the Silver Hornet at this time. Getting Day/Nite shades seems to be the issue. We want the D/N feature and so far the only source we have found is Camping World. Still looking though.
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Old 03-17-2010, 10:32 AM   #51
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... so far the only source we have found is Camping World. Still looking though.
Have you tried these folks:United Shade, LLC :: Home
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Old 03-17-2010, 11:25 PM   #52
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Well, it warmed up in Lubbock today and the outdoor stuff was on the agenda. I got a great welder to come by in his welding truck and we got the hitch up to a respectable specs so I can haul my toad. Even by 1984 standards, having a hitch that would only be good for 2000# is weak. More steel, welding rod, and a little time fixed that. The welder did a beautiful job and was very reasonable. Sealed more potential leaks with Parrbond too. Undercoated the roll out drawers (more water protection ) and the battery roll out tray.
Since it warmed up I opened the vents all around. The vent in the bathroom has the plastic handle broken so I am handling it with kid gloves. I closed the vent in the shower and that handle broke. What is the fix for these broken handles?? Looks like metal replacement would be in order. More repairs to the Silver Hornet.
The wife has new privacy curtain and new curtains for the wrap around windows in the bedroom. Not sure, but price of these curtains could be a divorce. She is really tires of AS curtains. The Roman shades still haven't been replaced, but that day is coming.
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I also had a broken plastic handle to vent. Cut a piece of med gauge alum to match the L & W of the handle. Held it to the back of the handle and drilled two evenly spaced holes between plastic and new alum backing. Pop riveted the new assembly together. Works and looks OK.

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Thanks Pat, that seems like a logical and long term fix for something weak. Did you notice that I changed the name of our rig? I may be gaining a little on all the stuff to do. Today I found a replacement rebuilt Alternator for the Silver Hornet at NAPA. Took a little looking, but we found a rebuilt that is the same configuration and puts out 96 amps rather than 105. It will put out 105 at 6000 RPM but I don't think I'll be running the BB Chevy that hard. Tomorrow morning I am going to get the exhaust seen about, and with that repaired , we will be heading to Abilene for the test run. The FO told me it was ready for the road, but I found tire pressures from 30PSI to 95PSI and the front airbags were 70 and 30. Ready to kill ya on the road would have been more like it. I probably will have trouble believing it;s the same M/H with correct inflations all around. We'll see.
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Old 03-19-2010, 11:06 AM   #55
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I also had a broken plastic handle to vent. Cut a piece of med gauge alum to match the L & W of the handle. Held it to the back of the handle and drilled two evenly spaced holes between plastic and new alum backing. Pop riveted the new assembly together. Works and looks OK.

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That handle is available as a replacement part.

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Come on Andy! Anybody can buy a replacement part.
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