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Old 12-23-2012, 08:55 PM   #1
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1991 Classic 350 LE

Well, we finally did it! Picked up the classic moho on Friday afternoon after months of back and forth with the sellers. It is in fair conditions cosmetically, but appeared to be in above average condition mechanically. Has a cummins 6BT diesel engine (front) with 35K original miles and less than 300 hours on the generator (propane). Both seem to be purging like kittens.

Short term goal is to get it the 1200 miles home! Than we have 5 years to get it ready for out working retirement on the road.

We will be leaving NJ with it on Wednesday enroute Memphis TN. Workied picking it up into our Christmas trip to see the family

Will get some good picks of it later when we have had a chance to take some.
Here are two. One of the rig parked outside the in laws and the other of me driving it in rush hour NJ traffic. Was not thrilled with the crazy drivers here!

Vacillating between what have we gotten our selves into and grinning like an idiot!
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Old 12-23-2012, 09:16 PM   #2
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Congratulation on your find. Looks like you have a nice project ahead of you.
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Old 12-24-2012, 04:17 PM   #3
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Hey!
Been waiting for this moment!

Congrats and relax and enjoy the drive...

The grin will not go away...
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Old 12-25-2012, 02:02 PM   #4
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Yeah Key so have we! was out in it for an hour today getting it ready to head home tomorrow. ran the generator and engine. Also got out the manual and learned what all the different switches on the dash did. Hopefully the trip will go smooth. I budgeted 5 days to go 1200 miles.

Will try and do some posts from the road. the 15 minute drive to where it currently sits went well as did the test drive 2 months ago. I have a full tank of diesel and we hit the road in the morning!
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Old 12-25-2012, 04:07 PM   #5
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Cool stuff!

We did 1600 miles in 4 night 5 days without stress, so you should be fine!
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Old 12-26-2012, 02:23 PM   #6
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277 down 773 to go

Stopped for the night in Martinsburg, WV. After 7 hours only made 277 miles. Started to snow around 10:30, and just got worse. Barely making 25 mph due to traffic. Roads were horrible and we were looking for a good spot to stop for the night. Stopped on the southern end of the front. Hopefully it will stop snowing this evening and they get the roads clear tonight.

The stream ran like a champ and handled very well in the less than ideal conditions. While it was clear this morning was able to climb through the Appalachian mountains with no issues at all and power to spare. Granted there is nothing in the tanks and no personal gear, but still stayed at 2200 rpm even on the steepest hills. Never down shifted. I was trying to see what the turbo and boost were running, but to much else was going to really read the gauges. Still need to figure out what each actually means as well.

Will definitely look at renewing the bell cranks and stabilizers in the coming months. A little tired and sore from steering all day. Most likely due to the conditions, but there was a bit more play than I would like.

Hopefully the picture of us parked at Cracker Barrel will upload.
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Old 12-26-2012, 03:07 PM   #7
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Perfect... great pic!
Go steady and enjoy the rest!
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Old 12-26-2012, 05:42 PM   #8
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Love to know how your Classic is holding up to snowy temps. Are you running both furnaces at night? Do you have auxiliary heater from engine for coach? Good luck with your travels. Take lotsa pix of your travels and share with us
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Old 12-26-2012, 05:55 PM   #9
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Derek,

I have the auxiliary heater and am running that and the front heater low (65f) for driving. It is winterized and frankly a bit of a mess inside. Since wife and daughter are on this trip as well, we are staying in hotels at night. I can sleep in anything, they won't

I am sure it would do just fine but worth the $$ to keep momma happy with a hot shower and warm bed. Not to mention the tv for the latest weather reports!

Looks like tomorrow will be a much better day weather wise.
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Old 12-27-2012, 01:42 PM   #10
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556 down 497 to go

End of day two. Left a little after 0600 and stopped at 3pm today in Bristol, TN where my daughter goes to college. Switched out cars and her stuff since she will be flying back from Memphis at the end of her Xmas break.

Very windy today. 25 to 35 mph the whole way down 81 and the mountains. A little sore from the steering, but she held her own better than most cars on the road and all the trucks! Had no issues at all on the steep grades. Kept having to slow down due to traffic ahead having issues going up. Easy 60 mph at 2200 rpms, with lots of power to spare. Than on the back side I just took my foot off the gas and it never got above 55 going down the steep grades. Rarely had to use the breaks. Did okay on fuels. For the first 400 miles going across pa and down rt 81 (very moutanous) and the 3 hours of 5 to 20 mph yesterday in the snow was still able to get 11.7 mpg. Which I am quite happy with.

I attached a picture from this morning before I took off. First thing we are doing when we get back is give it a good bath top and bottom to get all the dirt and any road chemicals off.
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Old 12-27-2012, 02:09 PM   #11
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Wow, quite the adventure!

Nearly 12mpg in such conditions sounds very promising to me!
Best we did was 8.4mpg in steady freeway stuff.
In better conditions, I bet you will be knocking on the 15mpg door!
This info vindicates my mental direction for a BT6 in our 345.
Our 345 did better than I expected in crosswinds, but, did you check the pressures in your front airbags?
I had none in during my 1600 mile maiden voyage, as I was green and unaware I even had them! They make a difference I heard.

How does it feel sitting out there over the front wheels? LOL... it felt odd to me for the first 500, then I started to really enjoy the panoramic view and began to feel like the King Of The Road!

Keep the pics and stories coming please!
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Sure you're having a great trip in your "new" Airstream Classic motorhome. Enjoy the drive, be safe. Thanks, Derek
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Old 12-27-2012, 05:54 PM   #13
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In the bag

key,

Finally had a chance to check the front ones out today. I was really worried about the back ones from the look of them. They appear to be loosing air overnight and are on the short list of things to fix before the next outing in march/April. Front ones had only a few pounds. Filled them to 55lbs. Will let you know if there is any difference tomorrow. Road great though even with out the air in them. Didn't feel like it was hitting the stops but like you on your first trip, how would I now.

I am going to start an airstream classic buyers ride along program. Newbies can ride along for a day with an experienced owner and learn what they are looking at before they buy. Kinda like a mentoring program.

On the bright side the DW decided she wants to forgo vacations and such and put all the money into fixing up the stream!

Going to try and post 2 picks tonight. Have only been able to post one in the past. Too tired to try and figure it out!
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Old 12-27-2012, 05:58 PM   #14
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Dave,
Clearly the woman has great taste... not only proven by choosing you... but in deciding that the Airstream Motorhome will be her project too!

Rest... and post more when you can... we are with you in spirit!
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