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Old 08-03-2007, 01:44 PM   #15
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May I suggest one additional thing under the hood? Replace all the hoses, including the heater hoses. Brake lines and new fluid would be good too.

Looks like a solid plan. You might consider stripping, polishing, and clear-coating.

Keep us informed. Interesting project.

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Old 08-04-2007, 11:36 AM   #16
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Check out the moho section on the http://www.airforums.com/forums/ page.

This is a blank slate but honestly not any bigger a job than what people face with full rehabs. Water & waste. Electrical. Heat. Cabinetwork. Just be sure to keep the weight down on the latter -- do you have the GVWR numbers for your Beast? I'd suggest getting to a rally and figuring out how much material went into the cabinets on a trailer about your length.

Here's a comprehensive restoration thread: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f142...ler-11687.html

I recall some others. But can members please post their favorite comprehensive full rehab threads? Thank you!
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The above 'A 63 for me' thread is by member uwe.
You will want to browse many subsystem areas in the forums link in my last post. The search function is quite capable but takes some practice.

Here are a couple more --
SmokelessJoe - http://www.airforums.com/forums/f227...ase-18448.html. This is a thorough modernizing and reinstallation of all systems onboard.
A-Merry-Can - http://www.airforums.com/forums/f4/s...ent-17197.html. Maybe more structural than you'll be doing but an excellent thread.

Anybody have others they've liked?
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Old 08-04-2007, 07:51 PM   #18
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My wife would love you - she makes lists - then makes a list of the lists.

Good luck with your project....
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Old 08-05-2007, 01:30 AM   #19
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Thanks gang!

I'll check out the archives! My main goal right now is to figure out the logical order of steps - i.e. remove the floor and then do the plumbing, remove interior panels then replace electrical, flooring and then cabinetry, exterior stuff last, etc.
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Old 08-06-2007, 08:53 AM   #20
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No Generator - Is it worth the effort?

Need some opinions from the pros. My AS MoHo was custom built in '86 as a mobile computer lab. They configured the wiring for a diesel generator on a tandem axle trailer. So, it has never had a traditional MoHo generator...

Where are these typically installed? Do they take up a lot of interior space?

Gas, propane or diesel? My MoHo is a gasser?

Is the electrical subsystem complicated/expensive? I.E. is this a D.I.Y. project?

Guesstimate on what the total cost would be to install a generator?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 08-06-2007, 11:02 AM   #21
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New---I don't have any input for you, but someone will come along soon who does. In the meantime, inquire at the AS factory for their ideas on this topic. Good luck.
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Old 08-06-2007, 12:45 PM   #22
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Most MoHo's I have worked on have a gen of some type. The fuel source is really up to you. Gas is a PIA because you have to continually exercise them or they gum up and won't start.

LP is a nice alternative as most MoHo's have an LP system, and it wouldn't be hard to add one onto your clean slate. They run well and don't require any of the maintenance that a gasser does.

Diesel is also a great alternative, but only if you had a diesel tank and diesel engine.

I would go with LP if I was in your position. Onan makes a bunch of nice LP gens designed for RV use. Honda also has a model for RVs. They are usually placed in a basement compartment with an open floor for venting.

Let us know if you need any other info..................
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Old 08-06-2007, 01:23 PM   #23
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New2it,
Welcome. The generators in the 345 (looks like your might have been based on the 345) were located under the sofa/dinette. The genny compartment is on the driver's side with about 1/2 below the floor and 1/2 above.

They had gas or lp fueld Onan 6.5 NH-RV generators (some had Kohlers). Even the deisel powered motorhomes had lp generators.

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Old 08-06-2007, 02:06 PM   #24
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It looks like a 345 with no windows. Check out fred's site (Fred's Airstream Archives - Airstream and Argosy Travel Trailers and MotorHomes) for pics and floorplan of similar year/models.

While it doesn't have side windows, it doea appear to have vista views installed (which is pretty cool). Windows can be added (by you or an Airstream dealer or even Airstream).

A lot about this project will depend on your budget and what you want our of a motorhome. If you want a "stock" 345 then you need to start thinking about not only floorplans, but plumbing, eletrical, holding tanks, generator, fridge, kitchen, bulkheads, etc.

The big question is - how do you plan to use it? Obviously the longer your trips (a month, full time, etc) the more "RV" stuff you'll need in there. The shorter your trips (weekends, concerts, tailgating) the less RV specific equipment you'll need.

Another option would be to look for a "junked" 345/325 out there and use it as a donor for this one.
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I should also point out that it's worth the effort depending on what you plan to do with your project. Running the roof airs in the Tulsa summer is the only way to cool the coach, especially when underway. This generator will power two or your five (remove three, keep one spare and sell two)...it's also handy if you travel longer distances and want power in a wal mart parking lot at 12:30am.

As I mentioned in my other post, what you plan to do with your motorhome will drive a lot of these decisions for you.
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Thanks.

Ok, that makes more sense. My 345 doesn't have a "basement" w/exterior access. It only has extra trays (about the size of the battery tray) - it has 3 or 4 in addition to the battery tray.

So, this would be a fairly big undertaking - requiring a custom exterior/vented door.

I think I'll have to put this on the back burner for right now because a buddy of mine (who is a custom cabinet maker) is about to tear the entire floor out and I can't find any info about doing this on a MoHo. I'll post this in a new question and come back to the generator questions...

Thanks again!
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MoHo Floor Repl. - About to Make a Mistake...

I have some really rotted spots around the wheel wells and at the very back. The floor and metal underlayment are rotted completely through around the wheel wells (you can see the axle/ground).

Anyway, I have a buddy (cabinet maker) who is going to rip the whole floor out tomorrow. From what I can tell, this is a huge undertaking with a trailer - you have to lift the shell off. Am I getting ready to make a big mistake by telling him to go ahead and rip out all the old OSB?

Also, is there a consensus on the width of plywood and/or use of marine grade plywood? I'm thinking either hardwood laminate or cork flooring over the sub floor.

Sorry for switching gears - just felt a little stressed when he said he was going to do this tomorrow...
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You might even consider a custom van conversion company. They can often do nice work on RV's. It all depends on the company and their skill level. If you are not a good carpenter or have other skills necessary, you might consider a custom coach company and just give them a limited budget and see what they can do. The sky and price tag is the limit. But your budget probably isn't so just have them scale back to fit whatever it may be. Considering the paint job, even if you found a donor, you wouldn't be able to get back to stock, so you might as well enjoy having a truly unique 345!
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