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Old 12-29-2012, 12:25 PM   #29
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Key,

As always you are right on the money! Part of the washing today is to put enough water on it to be able to look for any signs of leaks inside. I know I will have to get the vent cover gaskets a looks ASAP! I see some signs of a water leak in the curbside closet where I believe the vent piping through hull is. Will keep you posted. You thread was/is a wealth of knowledge!!

If you enjoyed the trip down, some day I will have to give you the "unedited version" LOL!

Well off to wash her and take a better look at what we have gotten ourselves into!
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Old 12-29-2012, 02:27 PM   #30
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Yup, ask me how I know!

You have just driven a long way in snow... you should be able to see any leaks as fresh!

From what I see on our 345, here are the Hotspots... or is it the Wetspots!

1/ Both holding tank vent gaskets... look rearward of toilet and rearward of shower... Also I found a leak in my shower mixer pipes.
2/ Around rear of MH, in bedroom corners... Leaks from roof and rear cap joints, and tail lamp areas. Also check Fuel filler area, and any openings like access door under bed. While you are there, check freshwater tank and pipework...
3/ Along interior whole length of Awning rail, and particulaly around any mounting points(see my recent post on my thread). The Awning rail is flat front to rear, and any water rolling off roof sits in there like a gutter...
4/ Cockpit leaks, from roof joints, windshield gaskets and side window gaskets... look under carpets for floor stains or soft spots.

Good luck!
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Old 12-29-2012, 05:35 PM   #31
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One problem solved; lots more popping up!

Key; Thanks for the list! Checked most of those. No overt signs of leakage, but will be resealing as soon as weather permits anyway.

Well the mystery of the slow start is solved; There was an interstate group 27 deep cycle marine/RV battery with only 600 CCA for the start battery! Cummins recommends minimum of 950 (more if cold). There were also 2 Nappa group 27 deep cycle batts as well with 700 CCA. So my plan to start the beast if the start battery failed was to through the "auxiliary start switch" in the glove compartment that ties all three batts together for a starting. That was a well thought out addition from airstream!

Need to get a new start batt now before the first trip with it.

Figured out horn(s) don't work I was so looking forward to that!

Found Original CB, need to plug it in tomorrow and give it a check.

Found original aft camera housing. Will rehab with modern camera and put back up. New version on back doesn't fit in with style (or lack there of! LOL!)

Inside/outside temp display doesn't work

heaters are acting finicky. Finally got front one working, but the back one nodda. Worked great when I inspected it in Oct and on trip back.

Entrance door is slightly askew. Top hinge seemed loose. Tightened but didn't really fix. also small gap at bottom.

water tank appears to be clean and never used.... Will take closer look tomorrow.

Figured out the keypad lock. Funny story. At our last sto pon the trip home, the wife asked what the key pad did. I told her it locked/unlocked the deadbolt. She off course asked what the number was. So I told her (having read it in the manuals margin) Sooo before I know it she punches it it and yup it locked the dead bolt! Well, cool... But when she put it in again, it didn't open!! So after a few minutes of panic and repeated trying the number, the keys and everything else... It finally clicked open! So with a sheepish smile Felicia just said " I am going to go back to the car now." LOL!

Took down all the curtains so they can be dry cleaned. They are not to bad, so we will see what can be done. Luckily no prior smokers.

I also seem to have a unique floor plan. My manual shows the corner queen, east west queen and twins for the 350. Mine has a middle fore aft queen with walk around on both sides. There are no external access doors in the bedroom.

Still need to look into the belt squeal on the engine. The truck shop that went over it before I picked it up replaced the alternator, and tension pulley. The new belt they claim is the correct one, but stated the splines are mismatched. It is either a 6 or 7 ribbed belt and doesn't quite match right.

When they replaced the tension device with a new one from cummins, the bracket was reversed by cummins so it rubbed the A/C belt. They took the A/C belt off. Not to worried about it but would like to get it figured out.

Here is a pic after her bath today. Did the outside and spent a good amount of time underneath spraying down everything with clean water. got all the road grip and chemicals off the running gear etc!

Now we just have to name her!
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Old 12-29-2012, 10:22 PM   #32
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There may be no external doors in the bedroom but you can bail out the rear window if you have to. I've actually practiced that a couple of times. Not as easy as I thought it would be but would be handy if you wake up and there's a fire.
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Old 12-29-2012, 10:30 PM   #33
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I thought I would share this product with you since you have the original manual for your Airstream. I got this to protect the binder since I often carry it to and from the motorhome. http://www.hoggans.com/canvas-produc...ail.asp?id=40A it fits it perfect even with extra pamphlets and the sort. Steve
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Old 12-30-2012, 02:27 AM   #34
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Thanks Steve, will be ordering one myself. I need a spot to start keeping things organized.

I don't have the original manual but a print out of it anyway (actually 2 copies in one big a$$ binder). When I get a chance I an going to put it in the scanner at work if anybody wants/needs a PDF copy of it.

Anyone have an idea of how the wood flooring is installed? nailed, screwed, glued.... We want to rip out the carpet and wanted the same type floor from front to back. All of my tools are at our house in Southern MS since we are working in Memphis and staying in a small rental. So next trip home I am going to bring back just what I need.

Thinking about a floating floor... The carpet get's way to dirty way to fast with our in and out.
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Old 12-30-2012, 10:16 AM   #35
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Good info!
I wanna see lots of pics!
Very interested on how that BT6 fits in there, what trans you have and a million other questions!
I suggest you get a photobucket account, as I personally prefer the way the pics appear in posts... larger format without having to click on them... but maybe its just me!

I think the loose door hinge is common and I am sure I have seen posts about it before.

Glad you are looking watertight!
If/when you need to do your sewer vent stacks, I suggest you take a look at the mods I did to mine...
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f455...ons-82910.html
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Old 12-30-2012, 11:18 AM   #36
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Key

Will get picks of engine later today. will also get photo bucket account. I copied the section about the stack gaskets from ur thread months ago just incase! u are a wealth of info !

Let me know what picks u want and from what angle. I have the 6 BTA. b series. turbo charged with after cooler. I was told it is the Allison tranny but need to check myself first.

checked all the lights at O-dark-thiry this morning. spot light is killer! I pointed it forward when I secured it for better aerodynamics!
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Old 12-30-2012, 02:54 PM   #37
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Engine for Key

Key,

Here ya go. A picture of the 6BTA. Needs some cleaning and some paint, but runs like a Banshee! I am going to pull it out the next nice week-end and change all the fluids and filters as a precaution/ starting point. And I crawled under it as well. It has an Allison tranny!
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Old 12-30-2012, 03:16 PM   #38
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Can you measure length of your 'doghouse' cover? Indenting if modifications would have to be made to my engine compartment and doghouse cover if I were able to find a Cummins motor.
Thanks, Derek
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Derek,

Sure thing. Need to go back over to check something else out. Will post when I get back.
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Derek,

The dog house is approximately: 33" fore to aft, 29.5" side to side and 12.5 high.
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Dave and Felicia,

Congrats on your purchase and successful maiden voyage! I think you may have just about the nicest combination of body style, floor plan, and power train that was ever packed into a Classic.
I was thinking fairly seriously about buying that coach, but figured I ought to finish work the one that I've already got first. My 325 has the same engine/transmission set up with the addition of a Gear Vendors overdrive behind it.
Best of luck going forward for the New Year. Your life will never be the same.

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Wow Dave!
That is a stunning 'Stream!!!

We gotta do a camping weekend so I can check it out...
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