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Old 12-23-2015, 09:33 PM   #71
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Ah... Made it home with no major problems. I will say that today was a driving challenge, heavy rain at times and winds gusting to 40mph, felt like steering a canoe through rapids with a spoon. Steering is high on my list.

Like Kreimer, I have also stored mine in a cave here in KC. There are literally millions of SF underground here that are old and some active limestone quarries. There are warehouses, businesses, etc. that occupy them, even the Ford plant here store new vehicles in them. The nicest thing is the temp is a constant 55-60 degrees. They can be dusty though.

Here's what I've learned so far: Mechanically the rig seems in very good condition, temps never over 200 and mostly around 190, 180 after a hard run and idling for a few minutes. The electric fas seems to work well. Oil pressure 70psi at cruise and 35 hot idle. Shifts great. No tire balance issues.

Coach for the most part working except for a few things. Shower fan was working but quit part way through. Heater valve for dash heat needs replaced as well as the under sofa unit. Both blew air fine.S stove, furnaces, water heater, fridge, interior lights all good. Head working. Levelers working. Searchlight working (came in handy last night finding our spot).

I have to trace a few things down: Rear airbag system leaking somewhere, front airbags need replaced, STEERING - 3 inches of play at speed at least. I think the tag axle needs attention (tires are new, so not enough wear to tell, but they are clearly not completely vertical, they will wear). Alternator not up to snuff, charging, but not enough.

Someone has put an MSD manual advance unit on it. I am not familiar with them, but seems to be a formula for disaster. I messed with it a bit, didn't seems to make a lot of difference. The only way I can figure out if you've advanced it too far is if it's pinging, I don't like that much. If anyone knows these and thinks they're great, I'm all ears for proper usage.

I'll think of more. Appreciate all the comments!!

Glad to see Keimer make it back, we'll have to meet sometime and compare notes.

Congrats for making it back without issues! I see that you copying part of my list I posted prior to your departure . It seems we all share a lot of items on that list.
I find it amazing that you and Kreimer would go get a 345 some thousand miles away to store them in the same underground cavern within a couple of days. And did you said, you don't know each other?
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Old 12-23-2015, 09:42 PM   #72
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Keimer and I have never met, and funny enough the day he arrived in KC, his rig was parked less than a block from my son's home (my son sent a pic). He and I will have to meet up soon though. Interesting coincidence for sure.

He's storing his in a different location than mine, there are several of these old Quarries around KC. The one I'm at still quarries limestone in a different part of the property. They are quite extensive. I know people that have never winterized boats or RV's because they store them in the caves.

All said, 1,150 miles for me, a bit further for Kreimer. While there are some things I need to attend to, it is about what I hoped for, and a lot less than it could have been.
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Old 12-23-2015, 09:57 PM   #73
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Nice conclusion to your maiden voyage DHC1. Funny coincidence for sure.
You guys and your caves, too good.

We just had a good thread on replacing tag axels on our classics. But it's not coming up in my search. Maybe someone else can find it. They are available complete from Inland RV in Ca. or naked from a restoration guy. Colin Hyde I think.

Ay any rate congrats, go enjoy the holidays. And touch in when you are back at it with you coach.

Cheers Richard.
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Old 12-23-2015, 10:10 PM   #74
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Thanks Richard, I'll have to research the tag. I am sure I'll talk to Inland, if I'm going to do it, I really want it right the first time. I haven't looked at them in any detail, hard to imagine they're just done. I would have thought with new bushings, etc. they could be repaired. They must be more complex than I am imagining.

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Old 12-23-2015, 10:18 PM   #75
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Thanks Richard, I'll have to research the tag. I am sure I'll talk to Inland, if I'm going to do it, I really want it right the first time. I haven't looked at them in any detail, hard to imagine they're just done. I would have thought with new bushings, etc. they could be repaired. They must be more complex than I am imagining.

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All the 345 I have seen and the one I owned had that slight off set of the tag axle wheels and tires. Our friend Roquefort (Marcus) recently commented about his 345 having X legs. I dont know the degree of yours, can you post a picture?
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This is right side, left has less lean
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Old 12-23-2015, 10:51 PM   #77
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This is right side, left has less lean
That is more than I have seen on other 345's.
I would inspect everything around that drum and axle shaft soon. The tag axle gets damaged from being towed incorrectly.
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Thanks Peter, that's my thought as well. Which leads to another general question: where have people found the best place to go for this type of work, a truck repair facility or RV repair?
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I've had a little work done at a truck repair place. Worked out well.
The RV places I've checked out reminded me of yacht chandleries, shameless about pricing, iffy competency.
The Tag axle is not standard P 30 gear tho. I'd start at truck places to see if they are up for the job.

And yes that wheel looks pretty far out of line. Could be an issue in the hub, spindle, bearing area.
Did you check for heat after long runs?

Sure was good to learn recently that new axles are available now. Not always the case. This was a big red flag against the 345s at that time.

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There is a place that services class a motorhomes up by Parkville. I don't know much about them unfortunately. We definitely need to get together and race sometime... haha! and by race I mean drink vodka under the awnings... Glad you made it home! Are you in the Innerspace caves or Subtropolis? I guess there is the Interstate caves over by independence too...
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@ DHC1

Copy Peter assessment on the tag. That' just not right and needs to get looked at right quick. Like checking for ball joint play, jacking up on side of the coach and a crowbar to the wheel should give you a better understanding of what has happened. It could just be very bad bearings which has resulted in a badly worn spindle.

Glad you made it. It's pretty sad when just making it home is an accomplishment to be cheered for.

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The hubs,wheels and tires stayed cool during the trip. Hub were 10-15 degrees warmer than ambient temp, tires were running 90-100 degrees, all pretty consistent.

I will be getting it looked into. Unfortunately, I don't have a good place to work on too much heavy stuff myself here.

Kreimer - I'm at Rush Creek, southeast of Liberty. Decent spot, but not open weekends. I'm planning to look at Dean's again come spring maybe some of the winter only people will go and I can get a spot there. Much more convenient.
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That was my gut feel regarding the RV places. I'll do some looking around.
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Definitely get your tag checked out. Last year (or the year before?) a forum member traveling at interstate speeds had the axle snap off on his tag and the wheel and tire disappeared off into a field, damaged the wheel well area, etc.

It took him an untold number of months, hassles with the insurance company on repairs and months of trying to source replacement parts. He finally got it back together and it looks good but it was quite the ordeal he had to go through.


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