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Old 02-23-2012, 11:26 PM   #15
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I like the idea of natural cork for the walls. great insulation. Have fun and post pictures of your progress.
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Old 02-23-2012, 11:29 PM   #16
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Solar: AGM batteries, good controller, whole-house inverter(plan space for more batteries)...AC filters may need a change to something more like HEPA...shower: a venturi-type shower head will reduce H2O consumption and still feel like a real shower...replacing the doghouse insulation and seals should reduce the noise level...
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Old 02-24-2012, 12:23 AM   #17
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We'll see if it's in the budget to use all aerogel spaceloft insulation. If we can use a couple inches of it, we could get an r-value of 20! Any idea about how many square feet of insulation would be needed for the 310?

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Old 02-24-2012, 12:24 AM   #18
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Another idea would be to do a layer of Iceynene spray foam, and a layer of spaceloft. The spray foam is just so good at sealing out any drafts.
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Old 02-24-2012, 06:20 PM   #19
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I took the 310 to Rv Pro Service yesterday, and wasn't impressed with their level of enthusiasm. Im sure they do good work, but as I was getting excited about the mods, the head tech didn't seem to care too much or get into it himself. Considering we're gonna invest somewhere around $50k into it, they better be doing jumping jacks, if not backflips.
I decided to give George Sutton Rv (in Eugene) a call. I'd tried to get a quote from them previous to buying the 310, but had difficulty getting in touch via email. I managed I do just that today, and things are looking much more promising! I spoke with Tom the service manager, and he sounded enthused to work on the project. They are the biggest AS dealer in the west, and they really know their stuff! Tom said they even restored Eddie Vedder's AS I'll let you know how it goes. I'll have rv pro do some work on the chassis, like springs up front, and have them install an engine battery, so it's easier to drive down to Eugene. Other then that, it makes much more sense to have an AS pro do the work.
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Old 02-24-2012, 08:10 PM   #20
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Old 02-24-2012, 09:37 PM   #21
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It sure is! I can tell for sure by the faint chalk paint in the window that says "diesel".
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Old 02-24-2012, 09:42 PM   #22
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I took the 310 to Rv Pro Service yesterday, and wasn't impressed with their level of enthusiasm. Im sure they do good work, but as I was getting excited about the mods, the head tech didn't seem to care too much or get into it himself. Considering we're gonna invest somewhere around $50k into it, they better be doing jumping jacks, if not backflips.
I decided to give George Sutton Rv (in Eugene) a call. I'd tried to get a quote from them previous to buying the 310, but had difficulty getting in touch via email. I managed I do just that today, and things are looking much more promising! I spoke with Tom the service manager, and he sounded enthused to work on the project. They are the biggest AS dealer in the west, and they really know their stuff! Tom said they even restored Eddie Vedder's AS I'll let you know how it goes. I'll have rv pro do some work on the chassis, like springs up front, and have them install an engine battery, so it's easier to drive down to Eugene. Other then that, it makes much more sense to have an AS pro do the work.
My parents lived in Eugene for 25 years. My dad may have even bought the MH from Sutton. About 6 months before my dad died, he had them replace the black and gray tank waste valves...they still work! Never heard anything bad about them, but then never really heard anything about them. I don't know if my dad had anything else done there. As Airstream dealers go, they will be expensive! When my dad passed away, my brother and I drove the MH to Sutton to see what it might be worth. He remembered my dad. They took a 5 min look at the MH and came out with eyes wide open and offered me $5000 cash on the spot...of course I said no thanks. I would check around more.
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Old 02-24-2012, 09:52 PM   #23
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Check out Flyte Camp. They are out in Bend. Saw them on Extreme RVs last week. They do some nice work.

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Old 02-25-2012, 03:01 PM   #24
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I calculated my average mpg. It came out as 9.25. Here's the route I took-
Collins, MS to Portland, OR - Google Maps

Not too bad considering I kept up with traffic the majority of the time. I did some mild drafting with the semi's for maybe 700 miles of the trip.
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Old 02-25-2012, 03:02 PM   #25
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Lil Berk found his favorite spot already. He would have loved to come on the trip
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Old 02-25-2012, 03:05 PM   #26
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Nice looking rig!

I have dealt with RV Pro and found them to be good folks. It's a family owned business, and you'll often be talking directly to the owner. They put the axle on my Caravel a few years ago, along with replumbing it with new LP lines, and doing a few other odd jobs I didn't feel qualified to do. I was very happy with their service.

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Old 02-25-2012, 07:08 PM   #27
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Thanks for the info Stephanie!

Here's a more updated list of mods. Once again, I'd love everyones input!

CHASSIS
Replace springs and Shocks
Remove/treat surface rust
Inspect rear axel
Service/Upgrade Brakes
Service/Replace steering box and power steering
Replace LP lines if needed
Replace or fix existing wiring
Replace existing steel rims with alloy?

ENGINE
Turbo or Intake kit
Bio Diesel or WVO conversion
Cruise Control
Replace coolant overfill bottle
Replace Fuel filter
Check/Replace glow plugs
Exhaust brake install?

CAB
Dash Rebuild with new gauges
Insulate engine compartment for sound/heat
Stereo install
Storage cabinetry (cupholders, ipod holder, music storage)
Replace captains chairs
Fix/Rebuild turn signal switch
Fix spotlight controls
AC and fresh air filter install


EXTERIOR
Replace all window seals
Fix dents
Delete rear window for bedroom privacy
Backup camera install
Solar panels
Ladder to roof (removable?)
Polish and clear coat skin
Lockable Roof Storage (could also act as shroud for ugly AC unit)
AC removal/replacement (maybe only 1 unit is needed?)
Rainwater recycling system
Awnings
Hitch
Bike Rack
HEPA filter mounting system for the windows for desert excurions
Fold out seating
Electrical outlets
Headlight upgrade including fog lights
Custom grill and bumpers?
Larger stainless mirrors
Replace signal lighting with LEDs
Fix broken signal lenses


ELECTRICAL
Battery array
New inverter
Solar array and charger
Wind Turbine and charger


INTERIOR
Strip inside to metal for re-insulation and re-covering.
Strip old floor out and replace
Recover walls and ceilings
Install new cabinetry
Install LED lighting (RGB and brightness control?)
Install wood stove?
Replace sofa
Remove ice maker and microwave



WATER/SEWER
Green fresh water tank. Steel or plastic?
Redo plumbing with bpa free pipes
Replace P traps with new style
Replace showerhead with high efficiency high pressure model
Replace Fixtures
Replace sinks
On demand water heater install
Replace toilet? (snug fitting seat required)
Replace or build custom shower shell?


BEDROOM
Separate stereo?
Reading lights
Extra sound insulation
Solid door
Wardrobe
Hidden safe
Bedside storage
Tie downs for large items during travel

LIVING ROOM
Dinner table for 4
Condiment/napkin/utensil rack on wall next to table
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Old 02-25-2012, 08:17 PM   #28
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Couple of thoughts or ideas for ya...

Get the motorhome corner weights checked.... that IH V8 is a heavy sucker, and having the front weighed will enable you to select your springs and get it dialed!
These guys have a good website..
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The engine stuff I think we have covered on your engine thread...

Cruise control... keep your eye on Ebay for a Zemco unit. They are aftermarket, stand alone, and use magnets on the driveshaft to read speed...
Although I think they need a Vacuum source, and I know on a Diesel, that might not work on second thoughts...
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