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Old 04-29-2010, 09:02 AM   #71
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Well, I found the source of the fuse blowing... and the reason why the house battery was low when I got there today...
While I was fixing the shower leak, I suddenly noticed a smell I didnt like... a burning smell... I walked around sniffing, and narrowed it down to the shower again... I put my hand up to the shower vent fan grill... it was RED HOT! Seems the fan switch was on, but the motor was not spinning.
I pulled the fan apart and dropped the motor... It is seized, and also the fan cage is broken off. In fact when I first looked at it I thought someone had put a blob of white sealant on the motor output shaft, but in fact it was the melted remnant of the fan cage mount!
The toilet fan is also not working.
Looks like i willl need to replace both.
Anyone have a source?
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Old 04-29-2010, 02:54 PM   #72
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Looks like i willl need to replace both.
Anyone have a source?
I purchased replacements from Inland RV. I assume that any Airstream dealer (and maybe others) would have them. I must say these things (even when new) are noisy and don't move that much air.
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Old 04-29-2010, 03:45 PM   #73
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Our shower vent sounds like a banshee...that's after chemical spray inducement to lower the warble factor...I believe that many motor replacement options are available...just remember, when you request a replacement part, do NOT use "Airstream" in the request...take the motor and fan in, then lie if you have to...the use of "Airstream" requires a call to Jackson, a delay of at least two days, and then a price that will make you understand why I frequently issue this warning...the fan doesn't have to be as big as the original and the bracket is easily modified...the pull-down cover, however, might be another story...do you REALLY need the vent?...we use ours very rarely, and for only a short period of time...mostly, we fire up the generator and plug in a fan to dry the shower out...on sunny days, we can use the inverter and solar...m
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Old 04-29-2010, 09:42 PM   #74
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Oh, BTW...it is a P-30 GMC chassis, and a 354 engine...no more, no less..."Airstream" creates a mental block in most otherwise adequate mechanics...time=money=more delays...
This forums is a great site for solutions...another, relating to chassis problems is Barthmobile...same chassis...discussion ongoing seems to be P-30 vs P 32...you'll have to judge that one on yer own...P 30 has mostly worked for me, but I found a front hub out of Egan, Minnesota(2, actually) after a really frustrating 10 days at Freightliner in Kingman,AZ...I had to find it and Fed-Ex it overnight...well, I actually bought both in stock...I believe Murphy is alive and well, but no longer in Kingman...I, however, have the second hub in a storage drawer...m
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Old 04-30-2010, 05:22 AM   #75
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Often when looking for chassis parts using your serial number will help. You may have a P37... P32...P30 covers most parts needs.
I'm with Scrapy, aftermarket parts without the AS name can be had cheaper and adapted.
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Old 04-30-2010, 11:41 AM   #76
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Good info. I will look at other options, but cannot seem to see where the connector is for the motor. I will cut off the wire if I cannot see it.
Here are some pics of my shower pipe freeze, and repair.



All new pipes... I still need practice on my soldering!



Hre is the Motor..
The white blob on the end is the melted remains of the fan cage flange!
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Old 05-02-2010, 03:23 PM   #77
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Found a small moter and prop style fan on Ebay, and tho the fan blade is about 1/4" too big diameter I think I can adapt to fit.

I am off to the Outer Banks in NC for a week, and have to leave my project sleeping... but I will be thinking and planning!

Couple of thoughts...
Most of the External storage drawers have seen better days. The rear pass side one I ripped all of the wood flooring out as it was crumbled to dust.
I think POR15 is the favorite, but it did occur to me, that a Normal or maybe Smooth style Bedliner would work well on top of that to reduce drumming and protect the metal. The Battery tray drawer has some holes right thru, so that will need replacing.
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Old 05-09-2010, 09:34 AM   #78
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What do you guys call the plastic part between the bumper and the aluminum bodywork on the rear?
Mine are cracked/damadged and missing chunks. I plan to pull them off, fix them up and make moulds so I can make replacements. My front spoiler is missing the lip too, so I will make that too!
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Old 05-10-2010, 05:36 PM   #79
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Its been a while

but I think they are called banana wraps and they are available from airstream.
??400 each?? Did the research a few years ago so maybe not current.
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Old 05-10-2010, 06:32 PM   #80
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OK, thanks..
Will be making my own then!
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Old 06-02-2010, 10:50 AM   #81
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Its been vacation time...
But I am back and despite having a bunch of stuff to do about the house, I fixed some stuff... and found more to do!
Pass side rear compartment gas spring was dead, so I took it off and got one that matched off ebay for $22 shipped... It fitted great.. But one the door stayed up I had a chance to look at that whole compartment..
Under the good carpet, all the plywood lining is a mess, and delaminating. I tore most of it out, and will have to treat the surface rust on the floor and walls before I remake/refit it.
I moved on the the vent fan replacement, but due to the fact that the new fan is a fan style rather than a Mousewheel style I will have to mod the brackets to make it sit IN the tube, and thus, work better.. I will post pics later.
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Old 07-06-2010, 09:33 AM   #82
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Busy Busy...
So much to do... and moving house is getting in the way!
Mounted the airspring in the rear compartment... while I was up under there I see that there is an compressed air fitting up high at the rear of the compartment!
Is that stock?

I mounted the shower fan, and it works great.
Been busy with the whole engine smog thing too,
Been searching for areplacement fresh water tank, and I think the best I can do is to mount 2 x 40 gal tanks under the queen in an L shape.. fill into one and connect the lower pipes or maybe put a T pipe in the fill tube.
Is the stock tank an L shape cos there is not room under my bed for the huge 80 gallon tank in a straight line...
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Busy Busy...
So much to do... and moving house is getting in the way!
Mounted the airspring in the rear compartment... while I was up under there I see that there is an compressed air fitting up high at the rear of the compartment!
Is that stock?
If you're talking about an airline quick disconnect fitting for attaching an air hose, yes I believe that is stock. Our 84 310 has one just as you've described.

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Been searching for areplacement fresh water tank, and I think the best I can do is to mount 2 x 40 gal tanks under the queen in an L shape.. fill into one and connect the lower pipes or maybe put a T pipe in the fill tube.
Is the stock tank an L shape cos there is not room under my bed for the huge 80 gallon tank in a straight line...
PM being sent to you about your water tank.

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We had the 10K hitch installed by Spillar Custom Hitches in Austin...great job, and probably more weight than the 454 can handle in mountains, but the comfort factor of potential capability is...well...comforting...one of those 'if I ever win the lottery and can convert to diesel' kinda thoughts...having lost a toad to a failing brake system, I'm a little more aware of what could have happened, had the tow-brace system also failed...we have the Roadmaster tow system...Falcon-2 towbar...m
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