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Old 06-20-2016, 01:33 PM   #29
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Same story here. Only water heaters with gas/electric from Atwood come with engine coolant heating tubes. I just put aluminum tape over those pipes to so they don't become filled with crap and unusable in the future.


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Old 06-23-2016, 04:33 PM   #30
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Definitely get the electric option.
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Old 06-25-2016, 06:43 PM   #31
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Thanks everyone, I did some crawling around and found that the coolant loop was eliminated at some point. So I will just get a standard 6 gallon spark ignition for the time being.

I got a lot done today on the 345! I installed new front air bags. Got the rear air bags working and removed the faded wood grain stripe.Click image for larger version

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I still have a couple more passes to do to remove the last of the adhesive but it's looking better.
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Old 06-26-2016, 06:18 AM   #32
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I'm curious as to what method you used to install the front air bags. I'm always looking for faster, easier, smarter ways of doing things and the front air bags can be quite the challenge

Oh yeah, good deal on getting your rear air bags working. They are one of the more important parts of the suspension system.

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Old 06-26-2016, 06:34 AM   #33
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. Got the rear air bags working... .
Bob,
Did you measure the Airbags from bottom contact to top frame contact? AT ~100 psi it should measure between 9-10", some people like to run them even a little higher to get the rear end of the ground.
The tire size matters too, since 225 are at 1" shorter the the original 8R19.5
The leveling valve(s) alllow for adjustments.
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The front air bags were a royal pain in the A!

1) I used the leveling jacks and heavy duty jack stands to get the load off the front suspension.

2)Then a knife to cut the old bags in between the springs.

3) With a 1 inch hole saw I cut out the bottom of each bag to remove the fill valve.

4) Used a strong set of channel locks to basically rip out the old bags.

5) Ran hot water over each new bag to soften it up (making sure water didn't get in)

6) Folded the bag into itself at an angle to make it as small as possible, the key was to make the rib in the middle of the bag into a spiral so you could get it thru the hole not all at once.

7) Used some soap and jammed them back in the springs cutting each zip tie as it got to the hole. Install top spacer as the bag makes its way in.

8) inflate to 55

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Peter,

I did measure I'm at about 9.25. The new tires I put in are the old style 19.5-8r.
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The front air bags were a royal pain in the A!

1) I used the leveling jacks and heavy duty jack stands to get the load off the front suspension.

2)Then a knife to cut the old bags in between the springs.

3) With a 1 inch hole saw I cut out the bottom of each bag to remove the fill valve.

4) Used a strong set of channel locks to basically rip out the old bags.

5) Ran hot water over each new bag to soften it up (making sure water didn't get in)

6) Folded the bag into itself at an angle to make it as small as possible, the key was to make the rib in the middle of the bag into a spiral so you could get it thru the hole not all at once.

7) Used some soap and jammed them back in the springs cutting each zip tie as it got to the hole. Install top spacer as the bag makes its way in.

8) inflate to 55

-Bob
That's pretty much the same approached I used years ago on my old 310. On my Argosy I opted to install the bags while I had the suspension totally dismantled. That was a LOT easier!
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Old 06-26-2016, 09:17 PM   #37
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The front air bags were a royal pain in the A!

1) I used the leveling jacks and heavy duty jack stands to get the load off the front suspension.

2)Then a knife to cut the old bags in between the springs.

3) With a 1 inch hole saw I cut out the bottom of each bag to remove the fill valve.

4) Used a strong set of channel locks to basically rip out the old bags.

5) Ran hot water over each new bag to soften it up (making sure water didn't get in)

6) Folded the bag into itself at an angle to make it as small as possible, the key was to make the rib in the middle of the bag into a spiral so you could get it thru the hole not all at once.

7) Used some soap and jammed them back in the springs cutting each zip tie as it got to the hole. Install top spacer as the bag makes its way in.

8) inflate to 55

-Bob
Excellent, and thank you for sharing the process. Which replacement airbag did you buy? I'm considering the AIR LIFT 80537 1000 Series Front Air Spring Kit. I just want to be sure to get the correct parts.
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This is what I got from
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Looks like Air Lift 1000
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Thank you! I searched the AirLift site and saw the same number, then had doubt when the Amazon listing said they were for rear fitment. Knowing that the 81560 worked for you is a confidence builder.

Next step - Installation. My right front airbag won't hold air. It has massive leaks where the airbag and spring rub.
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Installed and tested the new hot water heater today, and a new Sure Flow pump. Both make a huge difference. I think we are going to try and have her "camp-able" by Monday for a quick July 4th trip on Lake Erie. Attachment 265582

Peter the old control board will be on the way to you tomorrow.

I have one small issue... I can't seem to find a sewer cap that fits? Are they a special size?
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I have one small issue... I can't seem to find a sewer cap that fits? Are they a special size?
I bought a new Rhino-flex hose last year and the new bayonet fitting was too small for my sewer fitting. I think they have changed the size sometime between when our motorhomes were made and now. I checked Amazon and did not see any indication of which caps may fit. You may need to visit a dealership or CampingWorld - they should know the correct size for our vintage.

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Installed and tested the new hot water heater today, and a new Sure Flow pump. Both make a huge difference. I think we are going to try and have her "camp-able" by Monday for a quick July 4th trip on Lake Erie. Attachment 265582

Peter the old control board will be on the way to you tomorrow.

I have one small issue... I can't seem to find a sewer cap that fits? Are they a special size?
Thanks!
on the sewer cap, you can get this adapter to use valterra caps and hoses on thetford systems
http://www.vintagetrailersupply.com/...-p/vts-240.htm
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