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Old 01-10-2011, 06:51 PM   #15
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This switch was mounted through the hole in the dash that you can see in the photo. I wasn't aware that this vehicle was equipped with cruise control. There don't appear to be any other control systems that you would use to engage/accelerate/disengage.

Did any of these early '80s AS come with cruise?
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Old 01-10-2011, 06:56 PM   #16
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Mine is an 86 and had cruise control. It looks like what I have but it could be something else. Anyway that was my best guess.
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Old 01-10-2011, 07:50 PM   #17
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This switch was mounted through the hole in the dash that you can see in the photo. I wasn't aware that this vehicle was equipped with cruise control. There don't appear to be any other control systems that you would use to engage/accelerate/disengage.

Did any of these early '80s AS come with cruise?
Mine has a cruise control switch on the turn signal lever. It is a diesel and the start assist solenoid is automatic unlike the manual switch on the gas units. No mother-in-law eject option on my coach.

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Old 01-10-2011, 08:07 PM   #18
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Mine has Cruise(not working tho), and its the same stalk and function as the one on my 1987 Chevy Suburban... On that, there is no other switch or anything. the stalk does it all.
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Old 01-11-2011, 01:38 PM   #19
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I agree with Menes. It is the disengage for the cruise control that is actuated by pressing the brake pedal.. It combines an electrical switch for the cruise control and a safety override to dump the vacuum, IIRC.

Same thing is on my 82 FFC.

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Old 01-11-2011, 05:30 PM   #20
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If that's the case, then why was it mounted through a hole in the dash? And why do none of my stalks have any controls for cruise?

I like the theory, but I'm not sold...

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Old 01-11-2011, 05:36 PM   #21
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By the way does anybody have two horns? My steering wheel button operates the air horns.
My MH has 2 horns. There is a 2nd regular automotive type mounted near the radiator. Both horns are operated by the steering wheel button.

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My MH has 2 horns. There is a 2nd regular automotive type mounted near the radiator. Both horns are operated by the steering wheel button.

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Mine has the same setup. I decided I liked the airhorn sound more, so I disabled the automotive horn. But both were initially set to trigger off the steering wheel horn button.
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Old 01-11-2011, 07:25 PM   #23
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Mine has the same setup. I decided I liked the airhorn sound more, so I disabled the automotive horn. But both were initially set to trigger off the steering wheel horn button.
Do they operate together or can you switch one or the other?

On the cruise control the switch is on the turn signal lever. You can disengage by sliding the switch to off or tapping the brake which disengages electrically when the brake lights come on. If you don't have the switch it probably never had the cruise control or somebody removed it.

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Old 01-11-2011, 08:07 PM   #24
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No switch on any of the stalks. See attached high rez pic...

I suppose it's *possible* that someone removed it, but that seems so unlikely. and if it wasn't equipped with cruise, then why would it have been equipped with a cutoff for cruise?

Mysteries abound...
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Old 01-11-2011, 08:47 PM   #25
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No switch on any of the stalks. See attached high rez pic...

I suppose it's *possible* that someone removed it, but that seems so unlikely. and if it wasn't equipped with cruise, then why would it have been equipped with a cutoff for cruise?

Mysteries abound...
I agree I don't think yours ever had the cruise. Do you have a spot light? Mine has the spot light control on the left panel below the window. My steering wheel is also different, it has holes rather than slots in the spokes and the horn button ring is a different. Strange things Airstream did.

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Old 01-12-2011, 08:56 AM   #26
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We have the airhorns on the roof, but an extra set of plastic horns under the hood...go figure. Our cruise control is on the left signal stalk...hmm, maybe I'll activate it and go make myself a sandwich...the spot/search light control is on the cabinet above the dash.
We do have an add-on fuel pump switch on the right of the steering wheel, about where your ignition switch is(ours is to the left of the steering wheel, on the dash). The spring switch for the extra horns under the hood is also located to the right of the steering wheel. The mother-in-law switch is located right next to the axe handle.
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Old 01-12-2011, 09:02 AM   #27
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Ya know, I just looked at another AS Moho forums site...AS 280 airbags...and got to wondering...?
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Dale, your dash (but not the steering wheel) looks a lot like my '81 Excella. Mine has cruise control on the turn signal (or next to it, I forget), but no special button to "turn it off." To the left of my ignition there is a Mico Brake Lock that I don't see on my '82 diesel 280, and didn't see on my '83 310. I realize I've just identified myself as an AS motorhome fanatic, but I guess that is the group to which we belong. No guess what your button is for, but perhaps they made the hole for something like this Mico Brake Lock and later tried to put anything useful-looking in it. I'll attempt a pic.
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