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Old 07-05-2016, 10:23 AM   #99
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Fellow Spartan owners...I always wonder if perhaps my rear springs are sagging? The rear org my Airstream always looks low to me. Have you had any similar issues?
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Old 07-05-2016, 05:17 PM   #100
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Driveshaft alignment is probably the most important consideration. Since it so short the angles change pretty radically if the springs sag or you jack it up with helper springs.

My 94 has issues with the airbag leveling valves. In the short distances I've driven it, it will start to shudder if the valves let it sag.

Since it's a single cardan joint shaft it has to run real close to straight to run smooth. CV or double Cardan joints would be nice but it would be a challenge to fit them in that small space.

Picture is the 95.
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Old 07-05-2016, 11:50 PM   #101
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I must say that the level of knowledge of my fellow Airstreamers is astounding. I will get a measurement between two fixed points to compare.
Kota, do you think the springs sag over time?

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Old 07-29-2016, 08:39 PM   #102
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Here is a picture of our 94 , it looks about the same as yours. We had it at the Spartan factory last year and the chassis was inspected, and there was no mention of any problem with the springs. Also here is the cabinet that I built for where the TV went in the dash. It holds our tire pressure readout, brake controller read out and plenty of USB charging outlets. We currently have ours in for brakes all around for our trip to Kentucky next month. We are thinking of getting a exhaust brake before we hit the Rockies next year, any advice on that ?

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Old 07-29-2016, 11:20 PM   #103
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Thanks for the pic and note on springs. Great job on the center console! I have stereo amps in that space, and I'm planning to redo the whole dash cover as one piece as the updated led backup camera and a couple other things are not a nice fit.
What brand of tire monitor did you go with?
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Old 07-29-2016, 11:34 PM   #104
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Regarding the exhaust brake, it's the best thing ever! We took the Duffey Road out of Vancouver last summer over some crazy mountain pass...one of those roads you see ahead of you way down in the valley. With the Allison 6 speed and exhaust brake you just flip the switch, gear down to a speed where you hold constant, and enjoy the view...no food brake at all. Roads like that would give me nightmares in my P30 based Airstreams of past.

You may need to upgrade your valve springs.

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Old 07-30-2016, 06:02 AM   #105
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Regarding the exhaust brake, it's the best thing ever! We took the Duffey Road out of Vancouver last summer over some crazy mountain pass...one of those roads you see ahead of you way down in the valley. With the Allison 6 speed and exhaust brake you just flip the switch, gear down to a speed where you hold constant, and enjoy the view...no food brake at all. Roads like that would give me nightmares in my P30 based Airstreams of past.

You may need to upgrade your valve springs.

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Before things got busy with the move across the country, building a shop, and caring for my parents, I installed a PAC brake (exhaust brake). All I have to do is change out the exhaust valve springs. I've spent 5 years and have run it across about every pass in the Rocky Mountains. Some on dirt roads like Kebler pass. All the time lusting for an exhaust brake.

Doing your own brake maintenance really makes you appreciate proper use of brakes and cringe when other drivers of your vehicles ride them, don't think far enough ahead to limit brake use, and hit them to disable cruise control. They are incapable of comprehending the expense and work involved in replacing rotors and pads. Ann eats them like peanuts on the explorer. I don't let her drive the AS in the mountains.
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I bought the TST brand, they can be a little tricky to put on depending on where the wheel and the valve stem are. What brand of exhaust brake would you recommend?

SebasSF I was going to get a hold of you last October when I was out there but just didn't have the time. I have been coming out every year to see my son in Sunnyvale and get to the Bridge School Benefit, but he will be here this year. I like your idea of doing the whole dash, will start coming up with ideas, for ours. Did you ever figure out where to put your speakers ?

Kota - We are planing a trip to southern Colorado next year any recommendations on a nice place to camp ?
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I bought the TST brand, they can be a little tricky to put on depending on where the wheel and the valve stem are. What brand of exhaust brake would you recommend?

SebasSF I was going to get a hold of you last October when I was out there but just didn't have the time. I have been coming out every year to see my son in Sunnyvale and get to the Bridge School Benefit, but he will be here this year. I like your idea of doing the whole dash, will start coming up with ideas, for ours. Did you ever figure out where to put your speakers ?

Kota - We are planing a trip to southern Colorado next year any recommendations on a nice place to camp ?

I bought one of these after a bunch of research. But haven't had a chance to use it yet.

http://www.thoroughbreddiesel.com/pa...FUYaaQodZioMCg

Tons of places to camp. Our idea of camping is generally a bit different than the traditional 65 going on 90 motorhomers!

Let me know what you are looking for. We usually head for the more remote places. More than once we got the "you drove that up here?!" look of disbelief. About once a week we head for a full service campground to do laundry and resupply.
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We are not a fan of the "RV PARK" , but still a little scared of curvy-narrow roads. My brother is coming from N. Carolina and my cousin from LA, they both have trailers.
Any recommendations would be great
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We are not a fan of the "RV PARK" , but still a little scared of curvy-narrow roads. My brother is coming from N. Carolina and my cousin from LA, they both have trailers.
Any recommendations would be great

PM me with your planned route and approximate date. Big difference in seeing Colorado when the wallyworld crowd is out vs when kids are back in school.
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SebasSF I was going to get a hold of you last October when I was out there but just didn't have the time. I have been coming out every year to see my son in Sunnyvale and get to the Bridge School Benefit, but he will be here this year. I like your idea of doing the whole dash, will start coming up with ideas, for ours. Did you ever figure out where to put your speakers ?

Drop by any time if you are out this way.

My list of major projects is:
Finish new Magnum MS 2012 inverter charger install.
Replace chair next to door with mini love seat like the 95's.
Replace headliner and add new led puck lights to replace all fluorescent fixtures as well as install speakers in the ceiling.
Replace bottom panels on cabinets with smoked plexiglass with LED lighting under the glass, all lighting in warm white with dimmers...
Then perhaps the dashboard, and there is always the exterior...

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I used half do a Flexsteel dinette to replace the single chair...looks fine.

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Spent the week of New Years down in Big Sur with no reservations or destination...that's the way to do it. Had a blast, met some great folks and enjoyed the Airstream lifestyle in style!

On the way out...the Allison shifter keypad and the starter solenoid.

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