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Old 04-23-2010, 09:42 AM   #57
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Old 04-24-2010, 06:44 AM   #58
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Yesterday, after leaving Grants KOA site, we headed south to the El Morro National Monument, passing over the Continental Divide at 8800'.
Engine pulled us up no problem, in fact I love that deep chested growl when the 4 barrels open wide!
Still learning the brakes tho and going steady.
I dont think its locking the Tag wheels but there is a "thump" from the rear end when the brakes are applied firmly, and from that moment you really feel the brakes working harder.
Lots funny small things I am finding out about....
We had a water leak from the recently replaced water heater... had to get access to the water fittings in the rear of it to fix that, now all good.
Last night, I noticed the water heater was not working, and also one of the overhead lamps in the aisle was out too... a search of the manual helped me find the fuses, and discovered a 20amp fuse blown, I had one spare, so we were all good again.
Opening the door to the fusebox, i find we have a central vac system!
At bedtime, I note the bedroom spots are not working, but were yesterday...
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Old 04-24-2010, 10:37 AM   #59
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Lots funny small things I am finding out about....
Yep...We've had our 345 about three years now and that sentence still applies. I've always figured that's why the outside storage spot (next to entrance door) is exactly the right size for a decent size tool box to carry.

Sounds as your your trip is going well overall, keep us posted.
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Old 04-25-2010, 09:28 PM   #60
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Arrived in Claifornia, after 1406 fun filled and pretty much drama free miles!
Mileage worked out at 7.3mpg, 7.89mpg, and 8.12mpg over the 3 fills.
Considering the Banks airfilter housing is in the storage box, and there is a Edelbrock open element pancake on, and the fan is a flexblade, solidly mounted, with no fan clutch, I thought that was good!
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Old 04-26-2010, 08:15 AM   #61
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Got it.
The lever moves proportionate to how hard I push the brak it seems, and below the lever I see a red LED that comes on when I brake harder..

I was picked up from the airport in a newer Majestic Class C and traveled in that for 2 hours.
After 200plus miles, both us us commented how the Airstream despite its 25 years feels better built and more "together" on the road!
I am lovin it!
Congrats on your '84 345. I also have a 345. My tag axle brakes were useless until I replaced the hydraulic control with an electronic control from NAPA and ALSO replaced the electric wheel magnets with more powerful magnets. Now, I can lay rubber with the tag axle wheels; of course, you do not want to do that but rather adjust the power until they brake efficiently. I don't believe these brakes ever worked due to the weak magnets.
I have done many things to my 345; I would happily share with you.

Good Luck on a magnificient machine!!

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Old 04-26-2010, 09:09 AM   #62
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Thanks Joe!
Did you post your mods anywhere?
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Old 04-26-2010, 06:23 PM   #63
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So, the 345 is tucked up in the storage now, so time to reflect on the trip...
Some trip pictures...
A strange little town I think in Texas...



Dust storm in New Mexico...


Wigwams and an Airstream...


Painted Desert and Petrified Forest National Parks...



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Old 04-27-2010, 01:52 PM   #64
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So, a days rest and a lot of thinking about things to fix and improve...
First thing is... the fuse I replaced blew again....
The fuse is the most rearward one on the chassis fusebox under the stove... I believe its Circuit A, and the things I know that are not working now are... water heater, rearward dome lamp in kitchen area, and all the reading spotlamps over the sofa and the rear bedroom.. Maybe others, but the manuals I have dont tell me whats on that circuit...
Anyone have an idea how to trace the problem?
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Old 04-27-2010, 03:32 PM   #65
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Here is my list of things to fix....
I cannot seem to get the search function to work for me here at all...

1/ Fuse blowing as described above..
2/ Voltmeter fluctuation... drops to 10v sometimes(Posted a q in the motor section)
3/ 12v outlets for driver not working, and the radio too. Could not get the radio out with the tools I had to check the inline fuse.
4/ Horn not working. There is pair of horns in the engine bay, plus an Airhorn on the roof, and the PO, said he tried to fix it but the 25a fuse in glovebox blows(maybe issue 3 also connected?)
5/ Windshield washers not working
6/ Pull out water hose is broken.. also, Someone replaced the 80g water tank with a 15g.... anyone care to post or direct me to a pic on how the tank should look and how it is mounted?
An help with any of this would be wonderful!
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Old 04-27-2010, 04:48 PM   #66
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Here is my list of things to fix....
I cannot seem to get the search function to work for me here at all...

1/ Fuse blowing as described above..
2/ Voltmeter fluctuation... drops to 10v sometimes(Posted a q in the motor section)
3/ 12v outlets for driver not working, and the radio too. Could not get the radio out with the tools I had to check the inline fuse.
4/ Horn not working. There is pair of horns in the engine bay, plus an Airhorn on the roof, and the PO, said he tried to fix it but the 25a fuse in glovebox blows(maybe issue 3 also connected?)
5/ Windshield washers not working
6/ Pull out water hose is broken.. also, Someone replaced the 80g water tank with a 15g.... anyone care to post or direct me to a pic on how the tank should look and how it is mounted?
An help with any of this would be wonderful!
Just in case this might help I'll share with you some similar problems/fixes I've had with my 1990:

1. I'm not sure the water heater and any lights should be in the same circuit. On mine the water heater is a dedicated circuit protected by a GFI breaker. Maybe a PO modified yours or two seperate problems?
2. Some things to check are posted in your motor section thread.
3 & 4. If your referring to the 12V cigarette lighter outlet's those and the air horn solenoid are amoung the items protected by a 20A fuse in glovebox(on mine). Of the many wires involved here, one easy spot to check is the wire going to the mirror/light on passenger side visor, at the visor. From the years of visor being pulled down and twisted that wire's insulation wore through and whenever the wife would try and use visor that fuse would blow. Might save you a lot of troubleshooting if yours happens to be the same way.
5. Never messed with my windshield washers.
6. Does yours have twin beds? Mine does and the water tank is mounted under driver side bed w/fill hose going driect to fill door. If yours is suppose to be same let me know and I'll be glad to go take some pic's for you.
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Old 04-27-2010, 05:30 PM   #67
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Bil,
Mine has a queen, but its offset to the drivers side, so a pic would be a help when you get a moment!
Yes, maybe we have 2 seperate probs here... but you are not gonna believe it when I tell you that the pass side mirrow wire is broken... could be it!
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We have those on ours...once in a while you will hit the ground with these...and protect your fuel tank..
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Bil,
Mine has a queen, but its offset to the drivers side, so a pic would be a help when you get a moment!
My moments are getting more often referred to as 'senior moments', ha, here's a couple pics showing fill hose & vent then tank looking from back to front.
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Awesome, thanks. Now I can see how the tank should sit and with the dimensions I can take I can start looking for a bigger tank!
I went to the Airstream yesterday and am making progress...
What I thought was a blown muffler on the Genset, turned out to be one side of the muffler had blown off the downpipe on the inboard cylinder...
There is an oil leak on the genset too, and it looks like the filler pipe/dipstick tube is loose... will investigate more today, but at least it runs quieter now. I noticed the sound proofing is minimal/gone in the genset enclosure... and the door to the generator is just a piece of pressed aluminum... anyone relined the compartment, and if so with what? Also, maybe lining the door with Dynamat would work if I mould it around the the louvers i think...

I moved on to another issue... a leak in the shower..
On the trip I ran the shower briefly and saw water dripping under the Airstream... I was also puzzled by the floor safe being full of water!
Running it yesterday I saw water on the floor in the bedroom wardrobe... I pulled the wall apart behind there and found a split copper pipe... a classic expansion freeze burst. The PO had not winterized it and lost the water heater to freezing too. I will repair the pipe today hopefully, and post pics!

I didnt get fuses yesterday, so didnt get to that last night, but I did pull the radio out looking for the inline fuse, but couldnt see it. I will take my multimeter and check for power on the leads and take a look at the fuse issue too.

Added to my list of fixes is the aux heater under the sofa... fan is not working from the dash switch and the heater valve is seized and will not move... I think I should replace the coolant pipes while I am in there too.... it would be good to have that working to backup the engine cooling on long climbs and in traffic as well as its original function!

I am a big believer in pictures... just want to check that you all can see what i have posted?
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