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Old 12-15-2015, 09:34 AM   #57
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You're not the only one who suffered from extremely sloppy steering on their maiden voyage. My old 310 was difficult to keep in between the yellow and white stripes due to the slop in the steering components. Start by replacing your bell crank pivots with Super Steer components and you'll be on your way to better steering.

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Old 12-15-2015, 09:52 AM   #58
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^^. That and check the steering gear box at the bottom of the steering colum .
An adjustment there took almost three inches of free travel out of the wheel.
I did that adjustment in the P Os driveway and he was blown away at the improvement .
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Old 12-15-2015, 09:54 AM   #59
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Awesome!
Relax, enjoy the ride, and keep the updates coming!
The most odd feeling is not only being out over the front wheel, but the see-saw motion over rolling bumps... You get used to it, and its part of the experience.

Burning oil smell is probably a oil seal or gasket that went hard while it was sitting. My geuss would be valve cover, as it weeps and drops right onto the exhast manifold. try just tightening the bolts a little?

The slack steering is common, but check your front tire AND front air spring pressures first. Mine was both, and runs pretty true after I adjusted those.
After that, it's slack in the steering at the column rag joint, in the wheelarch, in front of the wheel, on top of the steering box,. Or slack in steering components, from wheel bearings, steering box, track arms, idler arms, and steering damper.
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Old 12-15-2015, 07:33 PM   #60
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Got on our way. Click image for larger version

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ID:	253930 we were on the highway and going uphill or down the motor lost power. Stopped and took the cover off. Have to buy tools to check the filter but a bunch of vacuum hoses were broken and disconnected from the carb. I got those reconnected. Gonna get a set of wrenches from target and an inline filter. Hope it works...
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Old 12-15-2015, 07:47 PM   #61
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Bummer

There are likely one or two fuel filters along the passenger side frame rail that could be plugged as well. If you decide to replace them get filters for 3/8"hose.

Good luck!

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Old 12-15-2015, 07:52 PM   #62
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Is your rear electric fuel pump working it is right in front of the tank and should have one filter in line next to the pump.
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Old 12-15-2015, 08:05 PM   #63
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Hans is correct, plus there is normally another small inline filter on the inner chassis rail about where the entrance step is, and another in the carb inlet... and sometimes one between fuel pipe and carb in the intake manifold.
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Old 12-15-2015, 08:10 PM   #64
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Your pic is awesome... enjoy the moment, even tho it was not all positive!

here was me driving mine home, stopped at an outpost of the Painted Desert in NM, looking for a water leak!
Turned out to be a water heater pipe loose.
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Old 12-16-2015, 01:07 AM   #65
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Grrr. So here we are. Still north of Phoenix. I decided insist want to tackle the mountains in the dark... We drove around checking everywhere we could think of to find fuel filters. Finally found an advance auto that was open till eleven. I got the old filter by the fuel tank off (along with an unleaded bath) and replaced with new. The fuel pump is very noisy. The old filter rattles when shook. I got on the 101 briefly and no sputtering! The true test will be trying to tackle the mountains tomorrow. Wish me luck! Almost forgot. We found an extra stay that is letting us park for the night on their land. Huzzah!!!
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Old 12-16-2015, 04:51 AM   #66
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Good job!
Grab a couple of those filters and some fuel hose shutoff clamps. Clamp the fuel line either side of the filter Those will minimise your bath! I noticed my rear fuel pump is noisier when its struggling against a load. Having just rebuilt my fuel system from tank to carb, I know it well!
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Old 12-16-2015, 06:25 AM   #67
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Just because the electric fuel pump sounds as it is working it may not be. I found this out when I purchased and picked up my motorhome in Florida; it would loose power going up hills, backfiring etc.. I even took the carburetor apart at midnight on the way home thinking that was the problem. When I got home I took off the fuel line from the electric pump going to the mechanical pump and turned on the ignition, found that the pump did not pump any fuel even though it sounding as if it was running properly. Replaced it and solved all of my fuel starvation problems.
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Old 12-16-2015, 07:20 AM   #68
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Exciting to be under way Kreimer!
Did you have the tank drained and flushed?
After hibernating like that and then starting to rumble along
Any sediment in the bottom of the tank can become a problem.
Good tips above, get extra filters, those clips to block the hoses will come in handy.
Oil burning smell right after service is not unusual. Hopefully will stop shortly.
Keep an eye on the oil level as you go.

I'm still trying to figure out what all of the switches are for :-)

Finding all the disconnected vac hoses does not bode well for the quality of work done by the shop guys unfortunately, do the brakes feel ok? Are your leveling jacks working? If so you may be able to get the front wheel off the ground to see if the brakes are working there, same can be done for the tag axel.

I have not seen my drive wheels off the ground on the levelers.

Perhaps if you still have power issues after trying to sort the fuel issues, it would be a good idea to drive the toad up big climbs. Give the coach a little less to be hauling.

The first trip is an exciting adventure and bonding experience. Keep in mind the the reawakening may take some extra effort on your part but it will be so worth it.

Looking forward to your ongoing trip reports.

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Looking forward to the next installment on your big adventure - trip home. Every time we take our 345 out there is a potential for an adventure. It is just the nature of having a 27 year old vehicle.

Brakes - Ours have required a lot of effort to stop the rig since we bought it 10 years ago. I turned the front rotors, repacked the front wheel berrings, and add installed new pads a couple of years ago. Last time out in 2015 I noticed it wanted to pull left a bit when I first hit the brakes, then no pull if I released and pressed again (pumped). I suspect some air in the system someplace, so a full brake bleed is in order. Probably best done before a brake line rusts through from the inside. Please let us know what you find when you tear into your brake system. I'm hoping to improve the brakes on our 345 to the point where my will will drive it one day.

Steering - Our 345 wanders a bit. Not too bad, you just have to pay attention to make sure you are not drifting too close to the lines. I'm considering a set of SuperSteer bell cranks for spring maintenance. Tightening the steering box is also something to consider. Not too tight - the GM steering system does not want to return to center when adjusted too tight.

Burning Oil - Every time our 345 sits too long there is some oil that need to be burned off. It leaks... like an old Chevy. I know I have one or more engine oil and transmission fluid leaks, but it does not leak much so I keep it topped off. If the transmission won't go into lock-up (running about 200-300 rpm too high at 60mph) you may be a pint low on transmission fluid. When towing a car I would think it is even more important that the transmission is full of clean fluid.

I hope that helps. Compared to many on this forum I am a rank novice at maintaining these vehicles. We camp 4-5 times a year and travel around 700 miles a year (mostly in state). All things considered our 345 has been very trouble free over our 10 year ownership.
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So. Got up this morning. Filled up with fuel. Leak underneath. I take it to an RV dealer to just get it fixed and it has turned into an all day affair. Another night stuck in Phoenix. Now they are gonna replace electric fuel pump all filters, and get the propane and furnaces working so we have heat tonight. Last night was cold. And I got bit by a dog...Click image for larger version

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It is taking longer than I like to get home but at least stuff is getting fixed...
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