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Old 02-24-2007, 05:28 PM   #29
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Hi there! This is Susan with her own account! Poor Brad was always saying, "Did you post in such-and-such a topic?" and "You have a PM," that I thought I should go ahead and do it to give him some relief!

We just had a toad-strangler of a rainstorm here and checked Big Al for leaks. Unfortunately, it looks like the rear a/c seal has let go and there was water all over the back where it looks like it ran along the aluminum inner panels and dripped at the seams between the a/c and the back window. One of the dinette windows has a leak as well, but only a few drips got in there. And Brad has found that now he has fixed the door handle mechanism, the entry door is now not aligned with the rest of the coach, and it looks like he will probably have to replace/redo the hinge pins.

We get all these minor (and not quite so minor) details fixed and Al will be a (more) awesome coach!

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Old 02-24-2007, 05:34 PM   #30
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I love to see titles of posts like "carting home a classic" or "new to us". Congratulations.

I'm really sorry about your dog. That was very sudden.
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Old 02-25-2007, 09:43 AM   #31
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We use the city water filter because we wash dishes with it, boil water from it, brush our teeth with it, etc. A quick fix for the hinge pins is to use a 1/4" nylon washer and cut a section out so you can slide it around the pin at the bottom of both hinges. You can lift the door from the bottom to create the gap and shim with as many as you need. Also soo sorry to hear about your pup. Our dogs and cat love to ride in the MH.
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Old 02-25-2007, 09:50 AM   #32
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Thank you all so much for your condolences--it really helps to have the pain shared! Pet all of your fur people for me!

And str8strm, thank you for your tip about the washers! I will pass it on to Brad (he's down there right now looking into the issue).

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Old 02-25-2007, 09:03 PM   #33
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We use the city water filter because we wash dishes with it, boil water from it, brush our teeth with it, etc. A quick fix for the hinge pins is to use a 1/4" nylon washer and cut a section out so you can slide it around the pin at the bottom of both hinges. You can lift the door from the bottom to create the gap and shim with as many as you need. Also soo sorry to hear about your pup. Our dogs and cat love to ride in the MH.
I just got done checking out the door and it appears your trick of using a nylon washer will work although ours only needs about 1/8" thick washer. I pulled up on the door while closing and it slid smoothly into the lock guide on door jam. I'll check out the local hardware store this week to see what they have available in nylon washers.

Thanks for the tip

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Old 05-04-2008, 12:04 AM   #34
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Hello! My wife and I bought our first motor home last month...a one-owner 1982 28' Diesel AS MH which unfortunately had not been used in several years; of course it needs a lot of TLC. I am so happy to have found such a great place to find information on my new investment!!!

It's in the shop now having a mechanic give the chassis a good look over. Since it's been in the shop the driver's seat back is now laying back all the way...the wire leading to the seat back recline lever (right side of seat) has become disconnected. My inspection shows the wire leading to the release lever currently has what appears to be a 'hydrolic shock' and a small washer, a hex nut, and threads (it appears a washer and nut may be missing--which connected the wire to the chair-side lever...but I couldn't find any parts on the floor; again it's at a repair shop...and this occurred since I dropped it off...).

Does anyone on the forum know/have experience regarding this type issue? I did a search and found nothing relevant. I will need to have this repaired before it can pass the safety inspection or I can drive it home. Because it's at the repair shop I could'nt really take my time to evaluate the entire situation and/or use any tools, but I couldn't get it to work...even a little...when I put things back together and held them in place. I'm not sure if the wire is broken or I only need a couple of parts (e.g. a nut & washer?) to make it operational again; or might I need a new 'seat back release assembly' if they are even available today (and where would I get one?), or do I need to just replace the captains chairs and be done with it? AND, if I should replace the captains chairs, will that negatively affect future resale should I ever decide to sell her? I would like to keep her as original looking as possible. Any suggestions or thoughts would really be appreciated!!
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Old 05-04-2008, 12:16 AM   #35
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Investment! Gosh I love that kind of talk. We've got two 345s and sure hope they are investments. But being realistic, I don't think they are. But we love them just the same. We have found, like most others, our initial purchase price was merely a down payment. But now that it's all dialed in; heaven. Haven't had the seat problem that you have, but it doesn't sound like to tough a fix. If you have to replace the seat, I don't think it will make a huge difference, if you are concerned about value. You can probably find something very similar anyway. Have fun with it. They're great coaches. Ron
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Old 06-07-2008, 03:52 PM   #36
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Brad & Susan - Thanks for sharing your story, pics, and learnings. We have an almost-twin '84 310 which we've used for 15 years now. Anything that comes up that puzzles you, please ask. The best most wonderful upgrade we have done was LED lighting throughout the interior. Now our batteries last and last and last ...
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Old 06-07-2008, 04:23 PM   #37
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My wife has just persuaded me to retell the story of our trip home with our prize. We bought the '84 310 sight unseen, in California, and flew out to pick it up. This was years ago when you could still carry bundles of kitchenware and clothing and bedding and etc... on the airplane. We left about noon the next day for the 3-4 day drive home, and got a whole 12 miles before noticing the engine temp gauge reading off the top. Inspection revealed a plastic "Tee" fitting in the cooling fluid hoses (where the heater core gets its heat) had been replaced with el cheapo non-automotive stuff which melted! If it hadn't been a Sunday ... but of course it was. Found a Ma-and-Pa garage open and got a part, installed it, refilled the radiator ... now it's dark so we stayed right there overnight. Next day off again watching gauges like a hawk. Nothing spectacular, except it was now Christmas Eve and we were crossing New Mexico instead of sitting at home with the family. Long story short, we got nearly home before discovering the next "goodie" which was a propane leak. Turned it off at the tank and went home to bed thinking of looking for a buyer. Morning makes all things seem better, though, and now it's fifteen years later and umpteen repairs/fixes/upgrades and we still love the darned thing. Hope you do too.
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