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Old 03-21-2011, 01:16 AM   #15
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Woke up to a little surprise this morning! Power was also out on the mountain all day so got to use the GenSet.
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Old 03-21-2011, 01:41 AM   #16
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It was a busy weekend at the MH doing some more maintenance work. Finished plumbing on the bath sink. Installed a new alternator. Motor kept eating alternator belts and had a nasty squeal. Didn't know if it was a water pump or alternator issue. After much research including Airforums, discovered folks are replacing alternators ahead of their time due to high amp loads burning out alternators. Current alternator was a 105 amp. I replaced with a 220 amp unit. Yes it was expensive. Installed heavy charge wire and fuse as well. Will also be replacing the current 95 amp isolator with a 220 amp isolator. Will need to install larger cable to auto battery as well...looks like cable to coach batts is probably ok. As with most things Airstream, it ISA bit difficult figuring out what replacement parts to use. The alternator I replaced was a CS130 type which was used around 1989. The original for '82 was supposed to be a SI type looks like at some point my AS was resided from the 2 pin SI connector to the 4 pin CS type. When replacing the alternator, make sure you understand the "clocking" of the case. Clocking is different on the new alternator, but figured that was ok...cables will still fit, but bolt hole for the bracket support was different. I had to rig up a extent ion for the bracket.

Also replaced the Q-Jet with a rebuilt. I love working on the old engines...so simple. The 454 started right up and ran great. Idle was smooth and engine rev'd up nicely.

I'm very happy with the alternator and carburetor replacements.
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Old 03-21-2011, 01:48 AM   #17
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Great job on keeping your Dad's, & your toy alive.

Love the vessel sink in your bath. We have been thinking of doing that on our 310. Did you lower the counter top or leave it the same height? If you did keep it the same height, does it feel like it to high or just right.

Great job and look forward to more of your projects on Dad's toy.
Didn't change the height. Original sink was too low and small to be useful. With vessel sink sitting above counter top, it is now at right height to be usable. I used a 16 inch sink. I couldn't find a 14 inch. 14 inch would probably be a better fit, but I'm happy with 16 inch.
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Old 03-21-2011, 06:13 AM   #18
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If you haven't figured it out already - you seem pretty handy - the alternator can be re-clocked. Just split it apart and dial it in to where you need it.
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Old 03-21-2011, 08:17 PM   #19
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If you haven't figured it out already - you seem pretty handy - the alternator can be re-clocked. Just split it apart and dial it in to where you need it.
A local parts guy had said that could be done. Guess I didn't feel easy about cracking open the new (and expensive!) alternator.
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Old 03-21-2011, 11:41 PM   #20
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Why? Why? Why? If you are going to fix it...fit it right! The hack job continues down the line as well. This kind of crap won't stand up to 115 degree summers and snow conditions in the winter. Bathroom carpet is flooded and of course no room to get two hands in to fix ;(
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Old 03-23-2011, 12:23 AM   #21
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I'm looking for advice on shocks and tires. Bilstein or KYB? Michelin or Goodyear?
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Old 03-23-2011, 12:57 AM   #22
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I'm looking for advice on shocks and tires. Bilstein or KYB? Michelin or Goodyear?
You have a great looking coach. Did your folks add the accents around the windows and the lower trim stripe? Or '82 280 only has the wood grain stripe below the windows. We got our coach from the wife's folks, her dad is still around but is in pretty bad shape with Alzheimer's.

I'm running Goodyear RS646 and am very happy with them. I talked to several tire dealers in the area and they seemed to agree that Michelins have more aging and thread separation issues. By the way the Goodyears are the only 8x19.5 tires that I have found that are mud and snow rated. We have been in the slush a few times but have yet to chain up.

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Old 03-23-2011, 01:20 AM   #23
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You have a great looking coach. Did your folks add the accents around the windows and the lower trim stripe? Or '82 280 only has the wood grain stripe below the windows. We got our coach from the wife's folks, her dad is still around but is in pretty bad shape with Alzheimer's.

I'm running Goodyear RS646 and am very happy with them. I talked to several tire dealers in the area and they seemed to agree that Michelins have more aging and thread separation issues. By the way the Goodyears are the only 8x19.5 tires that I have found that are mud and snow rated. We have been in the slush a few times but have yet to chain up.

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Thanks Dan. In '97, my dad had the coach painted and clear coated. He had it done with the '90s paint scheme. If i remember right the '82 came with a blue stripe. I must say I like the '90s scheme a lot better. My dad used to tell folks the MH was a '94 instead of a '82

The clear coat on the top is shot...in fact it may have actually been painted. The weather conditions in the far northern area of California...snow in winter and 115 degrees in the summer has really done a number on the clear coat over the last couple of years.

The coach has Goodyears on it now with good tread but I'm afraid they are now just too old. On my SUV I am totally sold on Michelins. Lots of different thoughts on this forum as to which tire and which size so I'm really confused as to what to do.
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Old 03-23-2011, 01:42 AM   #24
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Thanks Dan. In '97, my dad had the coach painted and clear coated. He had it done with the '90s paint scheme. If i remember right the '82 came with a blue stripe. I must say I like the '90s scheme a lot better. My dad used to tell folks the MH was a '94 instead of a '82

The clear coat on the top is shot...in fact it may have actually been painted. The weather conditions in the far northern area of California...snow in winter and 115 degrees in the summer has really done a number on the clear coat over the last couple of years.

The coach has Goodyears on it now with good tread but I'm afraid they are now just too old. On my SUV I am totally sold on Michelins. Lots of different thoughts on this forum as to which tire and which size so I'm really confused as to what to do.
Your dad did good with the paint colors. I think some of the '82s had the blue stripe and some models had the wood grain. I think I read somewhere that the wood grain was only used for two or three years.

Yeah tire opinion is everywhere. I've run Michelins on cars with no problems. I think the difference is on your car or suv you wear the tires out, most RV's don't put on enough miles to wear a tire out, they just kind of fall apart from age like we do. When I was shopping for tires the last place I thought to look was Camping World and I was shocked as they beat everybody else by $175 for two tires. A sale was on at the time but money is money.

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Your dad did good with the paint colors. I think some of the '82s had the blue stripe and some models had the wood grain. I think I read somewhere that the wood grain was only used for two or three years.

Yeah tire opinion is everywhere. I've run Michelins on cars with no problems. I think the difference is on your car or suv you wear the tires out, most RV's don't put on enough miles to wear a tire out, they just kind of fall apart from age like we do. When I was shopping for tires the last place I thought to look was Camping World and I was shocked as they beat everybody else by $175 for two tires. A sale was on at the time but money is money.

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Dan, you were correct. I found some old photos of the MH before my dad had it repainted. It did have the wood grain stripe!
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Old 03-26-2011, 06:49 AM   #26
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Three years ago we made the trip from my Dad's house in Oregon to the MH's new home in northern California..
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Old 03-26-2011, 06:54 AM   #27
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A few additional things I did awhile back...

Replaced converter
Replaced fuse panel
Installed a couple of heavy duty 12 volt circuit breakers
Replaced smog air pump
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Old 03-26-2011, 07:47 AM   #28
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Looks good

thank you for the Pictures

where did you install the H.D. circuit breakers. and where in Line.

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