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Old 06-15-2016, 11:45 PM   #43
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Bob,

When I (try to) look at my two deeply buried non-functioning heaters, and similarly buried water heater, the idea of creating exterior access panels makes a lot of sense. Maybe your 370's previous owner came to the same conclusion.

I will look seriously at doing exactly that before I undertake disassembly of the entire bank of kitchen cabinets (with the possibility of damaging the continuous Corian counter top during the process). Cutting open the outside skin might seem drastic, but it can be nicely resealed with Olympic rivets (or oval head stainless screws to allow for future access).

Here's a pic of the relocated heater vents on my 325, and the patch that covers the original vent holes. I actually like the look of it. And isn't an Airstream all about the rivets???

No surprise that your storage compartment will be affected by the dinette conversion above it.
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Old 06-16-2016, 04:34 AM   #44
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Gee, that patch on your 325 almost looks like it belongs there.....did you see the patch on my 325 that the previous owner had done ??? It was terrible and took me 3 months to TIG a new patch in, thank goodness it was within the paint lines of the side. The 370 additional photos have been E-mailed to me and as soon as my wife wakes up I will ask her to help me transfer them so I can post them here for you to see. I plan on being in North Carolina looking at the 370 for about 6 hours on June 28 or 29th. Regards, Bob
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Old 06-16-2016, 04:52 AM   #45
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I wish I had spent more time underneath your 370 at the "get-together" (Dam Rain)... and I didn't want you to think I was weird or something....I have been accused of worse, trust me. One question on the Gillig chassis???did they make provision to dump the air bags when you got to your campsite like the diesel pushers have to lower the body onto the frame before you use the stabilizers ?, a nice feature. Regards, Bob
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Old 07-05-2016, 06:50 PM   #46
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Just a question for you Charly, what speed were you most comfortable driving back and forth from the Get Together ? P.S. I love the automatic parking brake...need to really understand how that works when I get it home. Regards, Bob
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Old 07-06-2016, 05:03 PM   #47
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Bob,

Glad things are moving ahead.

My highway cruising speed is 60-65 which is 3000-3300 RPM. Beyond that, the temp climbs 10-15 degrees.

The parking brake needs adequate pressure to release when getting underway. It is activated by linkage and valve from the shifter, and manually by a lever on the floor to the left of the drivers chair. Other than that, the Gillig manual indicates that the only other air function on a tag axle chassis is to maintain ride height via the front air bags and leveling valve.

I believe there is means to override a looked parking brake in the event of compressor failure.

I've attached a pic of my reels.
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Old 07-29-2016, 06:56 AM   #48
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After alot of time considering diesel options for the 370LE, I have decided to go with a supercharged Detroit Diesel/Allison conversion. The transmission will be geared for a max speed of 70 MPH. Right now I am trying to find a small diesel generator that will fit into the original compartment that the Onan 6500 resides in currently. Any info on the generator will be greatly appreciated. More details on the diesel to follow. Debbie, kids and I are currently in Bowmansville, PA on vacation...we leave Aug. 8th to pick up the 370LE.
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Diesel Generator to replace Onan 6500

I am interested in what you find regarding the diesel generator. I would also like to consider replacing the Onan propane generator with a diesel generator.

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Old 07-30-2016, 01:47 PM   #50
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I am currently looking at an Onan 7500 SD commercial open frame. About 490 lbs. twice what the existing 6500 weighs. I need to figure the 31" length for installation. Hanging the additional weight off the Gillig chassis won't be a problem either. Heck....it's like taking my mother in law along for a ride ! LMAO !!!!
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I am currently looking at an Onan 7500 SD commercial open frame. About 490 lbs. Heck....it's like taking my mother in law along for a ride ! LMAO !!!!
Ouch! Better than my father-in-law at 650lbs; had to find an oversize coffin for him to fit. Ever tried to go through a standard set of double doors, two guys and an oversized coffin? Mother-in-law INSISTED we carry him up and down two flights of stairs into, and out of the church and not use the perfectly good elevator. Three doctors with delicate hands who had never lifted over 50 lbs, myself and two pretty stout bother-in-laws were pall bearers. Guess who did most of the heavy lifting..........Didn't help when the funeral director decided to help lift my end, tripped and landed on the coffin as we were heading down the stairs; popped both nuts keeping my father-in-law from kissing the ground.

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Ha,Ha,Ha....LMAO....That's an awesome story
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After alot of time considering diesel options for the 370LE, I have decided to go with a supercharged Detroit Diesel/Allison conversion. The transmission will be geared for a max speed of 70 MPH. Right now I am trying to find a small diesel generator that will fit into the original compartment that the Onan 6500 resides in currently. Any info on the generator will be greatly appreciated. More details on the diesel to follow. Debbie, kids and I are currently in Bowmansville, PA on vacation...we leave Aug. 8th to pick up the 370LE.
Hi Bob,

When I think Detroit Diesel, I think big rig. What size engine are you looking at?
Limiting top speed to 70 MPH seems slow. Going to stay with the standard rear end?? Thinking overdrive at all??
Be sure to keep us updated on the maiden voyage.

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Ouch! Better than my father-in-law at 650lbs; had to find an oversize coffin for him to fit. Ever tried to go through a standard set of double doors, two guys and an oversized coffin? Mother-in-law INSISTED we carry him up and down two flights of stairs into, and out of the church and not use the perfectly good elevator. Three doctors with delicate hands who had never lifted over 50 lbs, myself and two pretty stout bother-in-laws were pall bearers. Guess who did most of the heavy lifting..........Didn't help when the funeral director decided to help lift my end, tripped and landed on the coffin as we were heading down the stairs; popped both nuts keeping my father-in-law from kissing the ground.

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Hey Bob:

Thanks for the information on the diesel generator you are considering. I will look into this further. I was thinking that the Cummins RVQD 8000 would be the model to install. I have to do some figuring , but I also thought that the height difference would be the problem, not the length.

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This is my Onan QD5500 located where the spare tire went. Works great and is very quiet. No way to get one in the original location.
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