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Old 12-28-2012, 07:46 PM   #1121
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I installed my mirrors because I'm a lazy bastard and I wanted to adjust them from the inside.
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Old 12-28-2012, 09:22 PM   #1122
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Never heard of that happening before. The main reason for the "mega mirrors" is because I found a really good deal price wise on ebay for the 18" Velvac's and figured bigger is better, right?! If I had to do it over again I would buy their 14" tall mirrors instead of the 18" tall ones. I'll post pictures, probably tomorrow, showing the partially blocked view of the passenger mirror. If I would have known that would happen at the time I bought the mirrors I would have opted for shorter ones.



I'm one of those who really likes to know what traffic is doing all around me. I hate being surprised by some idiot because I couldn't see them for some reason.



Are you sure it's not "mega mirror envy" like wxbouy

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Hi Brad, here is the mirror thread. http://www.airforums.com/forums/f238...ors-76697.html

It has 122 posts and I have to admit that I'm surprised at the number of people that think mirrors are no big deal.

I don't think I have mega mirror envy but I do admit to being cheap...er I mean frugal. I have more than a few miles driving an 18 wheeler so I have spent some time looking at mirrors. I replaced my badly deteriorated factory mirrors with these Truck-Lite - Catalog Product : Light Duty Truck Mirror Head 5-1/2''x7-1/2'' They have a 5-1/2"x7-1/2" mirror which is a larger area than the factory mirror. They are stainless so the look decent and cost about $15 each. They are also available in 7-1/2"x10-1/2" if you need the mega size. I did mount a 5" convex mirror on a post above the mirror so that it does not reduce the view of the main mirror. This added another $7 per side if I remember correctly. The whole set up is mounted on the Airstream factory bracket and post. Granted they are not remotely adjustable but I just set them once and they haven't moved since I set them, that is I haven't hit anything with them. Also they are not heated but then I have never driven a vehicle with heated mirrors so I don't really know what I'm missing.

You guys go ahead, like I said I'm just in a funny mood today.
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Old 12-28-2012, 10:06 PM   #1123
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I have to adjust mine most of the time, as I do with my daily driver Jeep. It seems I'm either taller in the morning and get compacted by the afternoon, or I will sit differently in my comfy Captain's chair which initiates a mirror adjustment. I like that I can do it from the inside.
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Old 12-29-2012, 06:34 PM   #1124
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I have to adjust mine most of the time, as I do with my daily driver Jeep. It seems I'm either taller in the morning and get compacted by the afternoon, or I will sit differently in my comfy Captain's chair which initiates a mirror adjustment. I like that I can do it from the inside.
I have that same that problem as well! The longer the trip the more often I have to adjust the rear and side view mirrors. I find the longer I drive the lower in the seat I get.

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Old 12-29-2012, 06:42 PM   #1125
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I have that same that problem as well! The longer the trip the more often I have to adjust the rear and side view mirrors. I find the longer I drive the lower in the seat I get.

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An electric seat solves the problem and is a lot easier on the back and butt. I have to say new seats with high resilience foam was a very good investment especially at 8 or 9 at night when you are trying to get to the campground.
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Old 12-29-2012, 06:47 PM   #1126
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An electric seat solves the problem and is a lot easier on the back and butt. I have to say new seats with high resilience foam was a very good investment especially at 8 or 9 at night when you are trying to get to the campground.
New seats are something I'm going to have to look into. My Argosy has the front bath which puts the bathroom wall right behind the drivers seat. In my opinion Airstream put the all to close because the seat can't be pushed back far enough to really get comfortable. I'm not sure if the seats are original or not. I'm going to look for some that have backs that are about half as thick as what's in there now.

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Old 12-29-2012, 07:03 PM   #1127
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New seats are something I'm going to have to look into. My Argosy has the front bath which puts the bathroom wall right behind the drivers seat. In my opinion Airstream put the all to close because the seat can't be pushed back far enough to really get comfortable. I'm not sure if the seats are original or not. I'm going to look for some that have backs that are about half as thick as what's in there now.

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I have to think that is not an unusual situation. I have a friend with a Pleasureway and his seat is the same way. His knees are jambed up against the dash when the back is against the bathroom wall. Also the back of the passenger seat extends several inches into the side entrance door. You have to kind of turn sideways and lean back to get in the door. Not my idea of a good design for the money they get.

I don't advocate looking for chairs with thin backs. To me a proper chair while driving is mandatory. Maybe a more upright seatback position would work. Go by a Peterbilt, Kenworth or Freightliner dealer and check out what the guys who live in their seats use.
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Old 01-03-2013, 10:35 PM   #1128
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A little progress... but I just seem to uncover more bad news every step..

Pulled off the front bumper to get it polished and also to get at the front fairing for repair...


Its a mess, but the most shocking thing is the front levelers...
I knew based on other owners, that our install was odd, being way forward, and ugly, sticking out under the front bumper..
But come on... leave the tops of the mounting open and no drain hole???
I want to punch the idiot who did this...
They are full of water, and have been for some time... the metal is badley spalled and putting a screwdriver down into the abyss, reveals about an inch of sediment at the bottoms...
Pics tell the grim story...



The rust looks fit to make them fail... kinda glad I found it!
The only good news is they were freeking UGLY sitting out there, plus they are mounted too low, and hit the ground regularly, stopping me using them..
Cutting this mess off, and reinstalling them further back and higher will cure it all.


Hood, and grill are on my bench for pretty work now!
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Old 01-04-2013, 09:37 AM   #1129
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I think in the end you will have a far superior product and better functioning. At least there is no debate that they have to be redone/moved. Do you need pics or measurements if where/how they are located on others?

Cant wait to see your grill! that is going to be the first thing I do on my exterior. Want to start small and doing the front will be a good indication of whether I have what it takes to do the rest!
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Old 01-04-2013, 09:46 AM   #1130
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Steve,

I know I have the mounting brackets for at least one of the front levelers and possibly both sets. If you're interested send me a PM.

These would mount them in the proper spot.

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Thanks Dave, yup, there is no doubt it will be better, its just frustrating...
It seems that everything I touch takes me back 5 steps...

Yes Brad, interested in your mounts, even if you only have 1...
Are they bolt on and where do they mount???
Bolting them on to an existing hole or something would be awesome... I just dont have any access to equipment that could cut/shape/weld the heavier stuff like this..

Do you guys see where my Leveler pump and tank is mounted???
Yup, that is it on top of the engine oil cooler frame...
I guess that makes it easier to fill!

I pulled the front bumper to get at the fairings, that are all broken and distorted, and now I know why...
The front bumper is mounted to the frame horns with some slotted brackets, which allow about 1" of fore/aft adjustment..
The bumper was tweeked and pointing skyward, and looking at the scuffing and missing overrider rubbers, I bet it was done when it was towed sometime.

This weekend I will clean up the bumper, and see if I can sand out the scratches..
The grill is shockingly heavy... all the frame and bars are castings... I bet it weighs 30lb!
Not had great success with polishing these casting so far...
Will take some pics later... but planning to strip off the old paint, polish the front faces, then repaint the details black... gloss or satin?
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Brad,
Derek sent me a pic of his front mountings...
They look like these...
http://www.hwhcorp.com/mi251100.pdf

If that is what you have, I am in!
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I do believe I got you covered

I removed the bracket from the leveler that I sold and the 2nd leveler is being saved as a spare for the 310.

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I'm guessing they are a direct bolt on to the frame using existing holes. Hopefully someone with a 345 can give you the exact location of the mounting holes as I no longer have the frame laying around.

Our 310 has the front units mounted close to where yours are at the moment. Later today I'll post some pictures of the pump mounting and the leveler mounting.

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According to HWH the holes are designed to use predrilled holes in the frame to simplify installation. This may be true on later frames but not so much on the early frames. On my 82 I had to drill more holes than not. It's not fun but some things you just gotta do.
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