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Old 08-30-2016, 06:57 AM   #1
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Rivet My Classic MH is so freaking cool, but..

We do need a place to vent, because sometimes I get really ticked off what I put myself through, owning a shiny breadbox with ancient technology.

1. I just hate that oil dipstick, its soo impossible to get back in....
2. I really enjoy driving it, but enjoy it even more when I pull back in the stable without breaking down
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Old 08-30-2016, 07:00 AM   #2
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Old 08-30-2016, 07:53 AM   #3
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It's all largely state of mind, Mike.

I think all the rain may be getting to our friend in Austin.

Just think what Tap is going thru these days.

See, it could be worse Peter.

No offence meant Tap, hang in there brother. You have better days coming.

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Old 08-30-2016, 07:58 AM   #4
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We do need a place to vent, because sometimes I get really ticked off what I put myself through, owning a shiny breadbox with ancient technology.

1. I just hate that oil dipstick, its soo impossible to get back in....
2. I really enjoy driving it, but enjoy it even more when I pull back in the stable without breaking down
3.
4.....
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Are you referring to that 35-year-old ancient technology... in your 1983 model?
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Old 08-30-2016, 08:52 AM   #5
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We do need a place to vent, because sometimes I get really ticked off what I put myself through, owning a shiny breadbox with ancient technology.

1. I just hate that oil dipstick, its soo impossible to get back in....
2. I really enjoy driving it, but enjoy it even more when I pull back in the stable without breaking down
3.
4.....
96...
3. It takes 20mins to refuel....partly because the pump keeps shutting off, and partly because I have to give guided tours of the inside everytime I stop!
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Old 08-30-2016, 10:10 AM   #6
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I wonder if ANYONE, at Airstream or the customers, had any clue that these rigs would still be on the road 30+ years after they were built? Airstream had a long history with trailers before they started building motorhomes, so the design engineers had some idea of life expectancy with pull behinds. But not so with these self propelled beasts. With that in mind, us crazies are constantly trying to gain access to areas, for repair/replace/maintenance, where little if any consideration was given by the design teams. ACCESS is the most frustrating thing to me. That very well may be "just the way it is" with all motorhomes, dont know. But who knew that 35 years later someone would be trying to replace the very well built door hinges on one of these. Or maybe trying to replace the master cylinder let alone just checking the brake fluid level. Or actually trying to sort out the wiring behind the dash......good god NOOOO!

But, for me so far, the good out weighs the bad by a long shot. We've had sooo much fun with our 310 and look forward to many many more adventures, god willing.

So today Im going to try and see how to gain ACCESS to the top and behind the fridge to give it a good cleaning. Fridge is working fine but I bet its pretty dirty behind there.

(they sure are fun to cruise down the road in!)

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Old 08-30-2016, 10:19 AM   #7
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I own a 2014 SOB trailer, and, we come back from EVERY trip with a list of to-dos. I can only imagine that owning a 40yo MOHO with an engine only amplifies the problem.

I ask everyone that talks to me and says, "we've thought of getting a camper" that, unless you like to fix stuff, don't bother.
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Old 08-30-2016, 10:25 AM   #8
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Old 08-30-2016, 11:18 AM   #9
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I had a love hate relationship with my 280 Moho. Once I got to where everything was fixed, it was a wise decision to sell. I did enjoy the time I had with it though.
Seems a trailer works better for us.
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Old 08-30-2016, 11:52 AM   #10
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I'm adding complaining about a classic vintage RV to the list of known first world problems.

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Old 08-30-2016, 12:45 PM   #11
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Our experiences may differ slightly.

1. The dipstick is easily reinserted. Just open the door, walk in, close the door, and make your way to the drivers seat. At least that is how it works in my classic mh. Oh, the oil dipstick. I see. That is not a problem either. Just have your paper towel handy to help guide the end into the tube without getting oil all over your hands.

2. We have only broke down once. That was when the "Gauges" fuse blew. Who knew this powered the alternator? I made it 10 miles before the battery died and I was stuck on the side of the road. The push button in the glove box was too long a reach while driving and I could not keep the generator running that day.

As mentioned before, we come home from every trip with a list of things to fix. Some are critical, some are minor and have been on the list for a while now. It is still a fun old motorhome, much better than the 1977 Dodge chassis SOB we used to own, so I think I'll keep her.
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Old 08-30-2016, 12:54 PM   #12
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I love this post. Hardly a day goes by when i don't think of our beloved 280 turbo diesel. They really did use an Isuzu tug boat engine, I know I had to replace ours. I try and think of the good times and not the many hours sitting beside the road, or our depleted bank account.
There was the time I rolled into a repair shop in rural Georgia using the parking brake and transmission to stop. The owner spent about an hour in the back room and comes out dusting off several boxes telling me he had the new brakes in stock. Then there was the night driving through Chicago that the dash board exploded leaving the interior full of smoke as every wire melted. Then the camping trip we tore apart our bathroom searching for the water leak. I can go on for hours but easier to list the tools I always had on-board.
1.A rivet gun
2. Volt Meters
3. spools of wires.
4, Fuses
5. pipe wrenches
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7.Vise grips.
8. drill bits
9. power driver with extra batteries.
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Alan- I hear you, I miss the MH but love my trailer.
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Old 08-30-2016, 12:57 PM   #13
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Doesn't have to be 35 years old to be frustrating. I have owned three Jeeps a '47' a '94' and now an '05' the Germans "improved" the Wrangler and now you cannot fill the gas without spilling on the ground. The first two had not been improved and filling the fuel was NP. :-)
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Old 08-30-2016, 02:05 PM   #14
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Vintage versus reliability and thoughts about Jeep fueling

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...the Germans "improved" the Wrangler and now you cannot fill the gas without spilling on the ground.
Grins, the only time it pays to be in California for a gas fill up is in our Jeep Wrangler. Thanks to California's vapor recovery bellows, the Jeep doesn't regurgitate that last pint of fuel.

Regarding the old motorhome blues, our classic motorhomes (mine's a 77) should probably be treated more like classic cars and not touring motorhomes. I couldn't imagine driving a 77 Trans Am towing a big trailer a thousand miles or into the wilderness. Long trips and reliability are the domains of new equipment. Retro coolness and pride of ownership are the domains of our vintage classics. I'm still not sure I would travel more than 300 miles in my old beauty; it's great for a day at the local beach however.
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