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Old 12-31-2011, 12:04 PM   #1
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How many motorhomes?

New guy here, still shopping for a 345 or larger MH. I hear that there are not very many Airstream Classic motorhomes but nowhere can I find out how many were built. Does anyone know? How many 345's? There seem to be more 345's for sale than anything else. We have our eye on a very nice 1986 but can't view it for a while. If it proves to be as advertised, we will be driving it home. I'm a previous GMC MH owner and know what to look for in general but what specifics should I watch for in the Airstream? The dash air does not work and this is important to us. The owner says it needs a new compressor but I suspect that it might be a couple grand to get it working. Any comments? I would also like to put a full set of awnings on it and it currently has only the patio awning. Anything used out there? I know I can go to ZipDee and get them new but wonder if anyone is parting out a coach. Also, can anyone tell me the width of the dinette area from cushion back to cushion back? Thanks for the help.
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Old 12-31-2011, 02:28 PM   #2
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Here is my quick opinion...
From what I know, nobody knows how many of any year were made... Least of all Airstream themselves!
The 345 was the most popular.

Dash air is not tricky to fix, not should it cost $2k...
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Old 12-31-2011, 03:06 PM   #3
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Our 310 ceased in 1984. From (the little) I could get from AS, they built a 29 and a 32 until 1990 and a 30 footer in 1991. Every other coach they made, from '84 on, I'd assume, would have been the 345 except the 36 footer, which was introduced in 1994
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Old 12-31-2011, 03:38 PM   #4
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Also, can anyone tell me the width of the dinette area from cushion back to cushion back? Thanks for the help.
Yep, On my 1990 345LE it measures 5' 10 1/2".
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Old 12-31-2011, 06:14 PM   #5
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They also built a 370, and a 350....
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They also built a 370, and a 350....
Are we talking Classics?
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Old 12-31-2011, 06:45 PM   #7
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Didn't SteSpot just purchase a '90 250? Check out the Airstream.com website as far as models produced, but I don't think anyone has any idea of how many Airstream Classic motorhomes were produced.
Seems at one time, there was a thread here on the forum, asking for those of us who own Airstream Classic motorhomes to list them. Have a feeling it really never took off, most were leary of posting their VIN #'s I'd have to say.
Even if everyone posted their rigs, I've seen photos of Classics just sitting in farm fields, that I'm certain would never be listed.
Dash A/C, check around locally in your town for a good mechanic, but I'll tell you this, if you're thinking that dash A/C will keep rig cool going down the road, I've got a bridge in Brooklyn for sale.....
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Paula(stespot) bought an '82 24'.
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http://www.airstream.com/files/libra...ae6e9853dd.pdf

Knew I've seen this somewhere.
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Old 01-01-2012, 07:56 AM   #11
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Thanks everyone. When I owned my GMC, their forum was also very helpful. Among the GMCers was one guy who kept track of every owner he could locate. He was fanatical but determined that there were over 8000 GMC's still on the road from the over 12,000 manufactured from 1973 to 78. Can't wait to get behind the wheel. One more thing; the coach I'm looking at needs a new rotary switch. Where can I get one?
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Agree with crazeevw, When running, run the gen with roof air. I'm told the fuel consumption is less without the power drain.
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Old 01-02-2012, 09:33 PM   #13
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A clear shower curtain suspended from a spring rod can be used to contain areas for cooling or isolating...and it really looks tacky and trashy, but it works quite well...
A common problem with dash Ac is that the slide control on the dash that moves from heat to cool will look like it works and feel like it works, but if you go under the hood and check the OTHER end of that cable, you might find that it isn't switching. I have to do this manually when I need to change from heat to cool, but it beats running the heat in 100 degree weather...
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Agree with crazeevw, When running, run the gen with roof air. I'm told the fuel consumption is less without the power drain.
On my 1994 34' LY the best fuel consumption I ever had (10.1 mpg for 400 miles, average being 9.2mpg overall - Dontcha love that 4L80E and TBI !) was driving north over the Crowsnest Pass then through Calgary to our home nw of Edmonton in 88+ degree temperatures. The dash air was not functioning at the time (that's another story) and I said to my wife, what the heck, we'll run the roof AC. We were driving 68-72 mph where possible the whole way. I was amazed, expecting to see 7 or 8 mpg. Of course the "new" 345 is a totally different story on the fuel consumption front... ouch! But I still love it, and maybe I can improve on 5.8mpg at 55 mph
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