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Old 04-04-2010, 01:00 PM   #29
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We have a 345 up near LA, had our hitch upgraded to 10000 lbs by a local shop in Glendale. Enjoy your journey home. You may want to buy fanbelts and radiator hoses before you start back.



[QUOTE=Keyair;832684]Mmmm... I dont know!

When I get it back, I will mod the hitch in a similar way to what they did in Elkhart, but I want mine to bolt on, and also add some protection against impact with the ground on ramps, which i assume is a problem with that much rear overhang.
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Old 04-04-2010, 02:32 PM   #30
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Thanks for the info.
Assuming you were happy with the shop's work, can you post up who did it, and maybe some pics of their work?
Can you post or PM me what it cost?

I like to travel with spares, and belts/hoses are primary stuff, like fluids to have onboard. Since I will be flying in to KS, I cannot take much with me. I guess I am kinda lost with the spares and supplies bit... its not like you can walk into a Auto supply place and ask for hoses for an Airstream... or is it?
Is there a knowledge base that says the radiator hoses are from a 1984 Suburban 1 ton or something?

Plan to buy a Craftsman tool kit when I get there for the trip.
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Old 04-04-2010, 06:36 PM   #31
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The nice Earthquake we had here this afternoon makes me happy that I will have a "safe" place to go if or rather when a big one hits!
We were rockin and rollin!
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Old 04-04-2010, 07:09 PM   #32
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Thanks for the info.
Assuming you were happy with the shop's work, can you post up who did it, and maybe some pics of their work?
Can you post or PM me what it cost?

I like to travel with spares, and belts/hoses are primary stuff, like fluids to have onboard. Since I will be flying in to KS, I cannot take much with me. I guess I am kinda lost with the spares and supplies bit... its not like you can walk into a Auto supply place and ask for hoses for an Airstream... or is it?
Is there a knowledge base that says the radiator hoses are from a 1984 Suburban 1 ton or something?

Plan to buy a Craftsman tool kit when I get there for the trip.
Knowing your year model and that it is a P30 Van chassis is generally enough to get most driveline parts at the national auto parts stores.

Specialty items can sometimes be found at Millsupply.com in the stepvan catalog.

Airstream parts of course from your local, or not so local Airstream dealers.
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Old 04-04-2010, 07:15 PM   #33
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I use stock 20 " wipers on my MH. Available at any auto store. I didn't use any of the plastic clips that come with the blade. My old blade was attached with a nut & bolt. I just drilled the new blade & used new nut & bolt. Left photo is top view, Right is bottom view

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Old 04-05-2010, 08:33 AM   #34
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It was Heacock welding in glendale. I believe it was $600. Rainy here and moho is in storage so no pics today.

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Old 04-06-2010, 10:24 AM   #35
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When its home, I will give them a call, sounds like a good place!
At least the rain has gone!

Anyone know if there ever was a service or shop manual for this model and year?
Does it have air suspension?
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Old 04-06-2010, 02:05 PM   #36
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When its home, I will give them a call, sounds like a good place!
At least the rain has gone!

Anyone know if there ever was a service or shop manual for this model and year?
Does it have air suspension?
Yes to both. If you search here you should be able to get info on how to order. I think Brad (bkhaler) has the 84 MH manual in a pdf.
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Old 04-10-2010, 10:20 AM   #37
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Thanks Guy, made contact with Brad!
I fly out to pick up the MH on April 20th.
The PO, have replaced the fresh water tank, put new wiper blades on, and filled the Propane tank. They report all the heaters and A/C units, as well as hot water is all functional and ready for my drive.

I went to my nearest RV parking yesterday and surprised to see a 345 in there... sadly the tags were 2008, so clearly not used for a while. What was odd, was the whole lower was sprayed charcoal metalic and the upper was sprayed silver... both had the clearcoat peeling.
I looked under the rear to get a first hand look at the towhitch etc, and noticed a pair of tubular bars hanging down just rearward of the huge tank that is in the back to protect it.
Is that the gas tank?
Do all 345's have that protection?
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I looked under the rear to get a first hand look at the towhitch etc, and noticed a pair of tubular bars hanging down just rearward of the huge tank that is in the back to protect it.
Is that the gas tank?
Do all 345's have that protection?[/QUOTE]

Don't know if all 345's are the same but here's the gas tank and tubes to protect it on mine.
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Don't know if all 345's are the same but here's the gas tank and tubes to protect it on mine.
I don't know if that's factory, but a damn good idea!
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Bill, that is identical to the one I looked at!
Right down to the ground flats in the bends!
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Bill, that is identical to the one I looked at!
Right down to the ground flats in the bends!
Keyair, Ya know when I was looking at the picture this a/m is first time I noticed the flat spots, so I went back outside and sure enough...they're doing intended job. I do remember hearing them scrape, once, on a very steep driveway apron. They probably end up protecting more than just the tank.

Mike, my guess is they are from the factory. If all 345's don't have them it would be well worth making some.

Guy99, When I was reading about your repeat caster damage I got to wondering if this application would remedy that??
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