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Old 08-08-2015, 10:08 PM   #1457
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This motor home has been sitting in the storage lot at the ranch for a very long time. Not an Airstream, but I think it would be a fun project to work on. Usually this stuff sits there until the owners die or move away and then we have to spend money to get the crap hauled away.
Just not the same working on some SOB, Dean. I have done it a couple of times and I missed not being able to share the joy and misery with the people like yourself and all the other fine folks on this forum. Despite all the issues and problems we have with these Classic Airstreams, once you dig into some other coaches 30+ years old, you wish you were working on an Airstream.
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Old 08-09-2015, 05:25 AM   #1458
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Apparently they were built on a Dodge chassis, a tank for sure
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Old 08-21-2015, 07:00 PM   #1459
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I picked up a couple of shiny "aluminum looking" things for the motor home!
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Old 08-21-2015, 07:25 PM   #1460
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Sweet looking accouterments! The fact that there is wine involved 10+!
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Old 08-21-2015, 07:37 PM   #1461
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The wine, sold separately, is "The Prisoner", to be served only to your finest guests!

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Sweet looking accouterments! The fact that there is wine involved 10+!
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Old 08-22-2015, 09:37 AM   #1462
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I picked up a couple of shiny "aluminum looking" things for the motor home!
lucky guy, my shiny "aluminum looking" things always end up looking a lot different
Must be nice to have a perfect MH
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Old 08-22-2015, 11:51 AM   #1463
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lucky guy, my shiny "aluminum looking" things always end up looking a lot different
Must be nice to have a perfect MH

It's all that "hard" work I put into it! Wink wink!


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Old 08-22-2015, 06:57 PM   #1464
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Had my first flat tire ever today...driving down the freeway...at 70mph...in my truck!

Ok, ok! It wasn't in the motor home. Yup, I've had plenty of flat tires, just never at highway speeds. Glad I had a working spare. Ok, and I'm never going to smirk at those folks ever again on the side of the highway changing a tire...since that was me today.

Actually headed to the ranch. I was going to take the MH out for a night or two, but maybe just one night now that I have to get a new tire on Monday.

Point of my story is I have not carried a spare for the motor home since I've had it and my dad removed the space "decades" ago. Should I put that monster spare back on the rear bumper?
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Old 08-22-2015, 07:54 PM   #1465
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I would...if you have it, you will never need it, plus it looks good as it is original equipment !
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Old 08-23-2015, 07:32 AM   #1466
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Had my first flat tire ever today...driving down the freeway...at 70mph...in my truck!
Makes for an exciting event doesn't it!

Back in 1977 I had a rear flat on my Harley at 75 mph. Freaky situation. I finally got slowed down and in control just inches away from hitting a barbed wire fence running along the highway. Hope to never repeat that event

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Point of my story is I have not carried a spare for the motor home since I've had it and my dad removed the space "decades" ago. Should I put that monster spare back on the rear bumper?
I plan on carrying a spare on my Argosy and I'm glad we had a spare on the 310 as the first trip bringing it home it had a rear dually flat. Had to have a service truck come and swap tires but that didn't take long. Also had a flat on a 83 Winnebago on the rear inner dually. I had an electric impact with me and a jack so I was able to change the tire that night (11 pm) and was back on the road in under two hours.

Yeah, I think a spare is a good idea!

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Old 08-23-2015, 08:23 AM   #1467
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Oh yeah, and by the way don't forget a good 8 ton bottle jack and a cordless impact gun!
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Old 08-23-2015, 10:28 AM   #1468
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Oh yeah, and by the way don't forget a good 8 ton bottle jack and a cordless impact gun!
Just be careful as not all cordless impact guns are created equal and being that someone told me the torque settings are 175 ft/lbs (this maybe incorrect but it's the shop I do work with that told me this) for our wheels, knowing what final impact torque the gun puts out will be important as you don't want to under or over tighten.

I do believe Ingersoll Rand makes a very sweet impact gun but.....pricey.

I decided to do the opposite and bought a cheap workable corded impact gun I can run off the generator with a cord and spent the rest on a very good torque wrench.

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Old 08-23-2015, 10:41 AM   #1469
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to torque the lugnuts is one thing to untorque them a whole different story.
A section of a fencepost has worked for me in the past
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I carry good spares on both mine. I was able to replace both spares with two year old tires when I replaced all 6 with Michelins. The front tires had just been replaced. The rears looked like something you would see on an 80 year old manure spreader sitting behind the barn.

A carry a bottle jack suitable for the load along with blocks. Generally I can lift it with the HWH and block it up. I have a good 3/4" breaker bar and a 4 foot piece of DOM tubing for a little extra Archimedes action. I've never had a problem breaking them loose. I also have a line painted on the tub at 2 foot. My 200 lb butt at 2 foot = 400 ft lbs.

After watching Cletus attack my 94 with an air impact, I'd rather break them loose and torque them myself.
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