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Old 07-24-2015, 11:48 AM   #15
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Clear liquor in plastic bottles? (So they dont break when you throw em)
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Old 07-24-2015, 03:02 PM   #16
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The heat down south is one reason why I live in the northwest. We had a record setting heat wave a couple of weeks ago, we saw a 85 degree high.

Mix up a brew of 50% acetone and 50% ATF (auto trans fluid) and liberally soak stuck fittings and fasteners. Soak then return to your normal life, soak and return to normal for several cycles and removal becomes much easier.

Years of busting knuckles and getting greasy will help you amass a collection of strange and unusual tools and contraptions to make jobs easier. As an example I was working on my Onan yesterday checking the points. The instructions are to rotate the crankshaft by using a socket on the bolt on the end of the crankshaft. What they don't tell you is there is a small hole in the cover plate to access the bolt and that hole is right behind the exhaust pipe. No normal tool will fit behind the exhaust to reach the bolt. Now it happens the back in the day of knuckle head, pan head, and shovel head Harley Davidson they made a head bolt tool that had a very short bend on each end that allowed a 3/8" drive socket to reach the head bolts. Without this tool you almost had to remove the engine to get the heads off. This same tool with a 3/8" drive 5/8" socket makes it very easy to rotate the Onan crankshaft.

You found a creative method to complete the task at hand and for that I offer you congratulations. I hope your efforts result in a trouble free and comfortable ride in your coach for many years. Now once you recover from the mental and physical trauma you can move on to the next task.
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Old 07-24-2015, 06:17 PM   #17
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.... "Selling Point" to an unknowing future owner (s)
My offer just went up by $75.-

Looks like you earned a few Rivets, because around here only blood, sweat and tears count..
Congrats on the completion of a very urgent safety issue!!!
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Old 07-26-2015, 08:08 AM   #18
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A few other comments:
Before I cut access holes, trying to remove the airbag I managed to shear-off the base of the "T" pressure fitting (thinking that I could source a replacement)..no way! Despite a world wide search, I ended-up getting the remaining "T" head bronze brazed onto a new nipple. Don't know if anyone has sourced the fitting which seems to be an odd compression thread size. Don't even suggest up-dating the hoses!
I need to catalog the shocks I installed as the Bilstein's for the tag axle were wrongly specified and I eventually replaced with Munroe.
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Old 07-26-2015, 08:29 AM   #19
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A few other comments:
Before I cut access holes, trying to remove the airbag I managed to shear-off the base of the "T" pressure fitting (thinking that I could source a replacement)..no way! Despite a world wide search, I ended-up getting the remaining "T" head bronze brazed onto a new nipple. Don't know if anyone has sourced the fitting which seems to be an odd compression thread size. Don't even suggest up-dating the hoses!
I need to catalog the shocks I installed as the Bilstein's for the tag axle were wrongly specified and I eventually replaced with Munroe.
This is an issue it tried to make Chris aware of, but understandably he was totally consumed with reaching the upper to bolts.
This is how I dealt with the T-fitting on top of the bags:
After you removed the upper 2 bolts, the bag will drop enough to reach the T fitting AND slide an open end wrench on it. Then we turned the airbag its self to unscrew the fitting. After clean up and Teflon tape, installation was the the reverse (holding the fitting with the wrench and turning the new bag to tighten).
This picture shows the T-fitting dropped down after the bag was removed.
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Old 07-26-2015, 09:59 AM   #20
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I guess I should consider myself lucky. When I replaced the airbags and leveling valve on the 310 I didn't have that difficult of a time. Yeah it was a pain in he backside to reach up in there with wrenches but overall the job wasn't all that bad.

But let me make one thing clear, I did NOT enjoy the job

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Old 07-26-2015, 10:39 AM   #21
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I guess I should consider myself lucky. When I replaced the airbags and leveling valve on the 310 I didn't have that difficult of a time. Yeah it was a pain in he backside to reach up in there with wrenches but overall the job wasn't all that bad.

But let me make one thing clear, I did NOT enjoy the job

Brad

310 is easy, 345 and up they first put the airbags on the assembly line and then came the rest.......
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Old 07-26-2015, 06:08 PM   #22
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You might be right. I vaguely remember not being able to get to the air bags on the 345 that I dismantled.

Something to be said for the simplicity of the Argosy suspension
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