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Old 08-21-2016, 11:16 AM   #379
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I think we got one very short trip in during our first year of ownership Tap. Try not to get too bummed out. These monsters take some time to get em back to useable condition. One step at a time buddy.

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Old 08-21-2016, 05:24 PM   #380
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What are you having done/doing about the overheating?

The head gasket was bad, and the water pump was shot. The motor got incredibly hot! It got so hot It melted some of the plug wires.

Now all new gaskets on the top end of motor. Heads, intake manifold, valve covers, and anything else that had a gasket.

I also had a new water pump put in, new thermostat and new plug wires in it.

I got a new temp sensor, but it was wrong one. I need to find the right one though.

Do you guys know where I can find the exact replacement temp sensor and gauge?
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Old 08-21-2016, 09:29 PM   #381
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The sensor should be a standard GM 0-90 ohm unit. Unfortunately I don't have a part number.
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Old 08-23-2016, 04:21 PM   #382
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Looks like my sensor is fine, it's the gauge that I need. Anyone know which specific one I need?

And any chance it's available on Amazon?
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Old 08-23-2016, 04:25 PM   #383
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Looks like my sensor is fine, it's the gauge that I need. Anyone know which specific one I need?

And any chance it's available on Amazon?
Tap, need to see a good picture of your existing gauge. Most likely it is a Teleflex Eclipse gauge. The one in the link may or may not be correct for your application. Basically we need more info to determine which gauge is correct.

The other option is to buy a generic 0-90 ohm temperature gauge to replace your old gauge.

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Old 08-23-2016, 08:03 PM   #384
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Thanks Brad.

Are you able to see it in this photo?
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Old 08-23-2016, 08:18 PM   #385
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Unfortunately I can't tell. When you get a chance get a good clear picture post it.
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Old 08-25-2016, 10:12 PM   #386
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Did a temporary setup with a modern gauge.

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Someday I want to replace it with an old school original one, but I'm thrilled to finally have a working one and a cool engine and radiator!

Knock on aluminum, I gonna try to take her on the road this weekend!!!

Man I hope it finally has a successful run!
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Hey Tap........Be Cool!
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Old 08-26-2016, 08:45 AM   #388
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I like it! Thanks! Hehe!
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Sorry to hear about your blown head gasket. I had a similar issue with my Subaru.

My 345 runs about 205. I currently have a stuck fan clutch, which is a little noisy but better than one that never engages. My problem started with the lower shroud coming loose and interfering with the fan a little. I think it must have overheated the clutch and bound things up inside. Lesson - make sure the fan shroud is firmly attached. If it comes loose it will end up with a nice cut in the lower edge and the ends of the fan blades will get a little bent. The new fan clutch is in a box ready to be installed. I need a trip to You-Pull-R-Parts for a new overflow tank, and may as well look for a BB Chevy with the same fan as long as I'm there. I've had trips where the total cost of parts is less than the gate admission fee.

Two questions:
- Where did you camp lakeside? We were just at Burlington Bay in Two Harbors last weekend, and we're always looking for lakeside camping.
- Have you visited the Minnesota AirStream Park in Clear Lake yet? http://www.airstreampark.com/ Just west of Becker on Hwy.10, a bit east of St.Cloud. Great campground, excellent people, nice little golf course. Roads seem like they are a little tight for a 345, but people pull 30 ft trailers in and out all the time. You'll be fine in a 280.

I'm on the north end of the Twin Cities, not far off Hwy 65. Let me know if you need an extra pair of hands when you get brave enough to replace that window.
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Another attempted RV trip, another day lost stuck on a narrow highway shoulder, waiting in the dark for ANOTHER towing.

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Man I am SO sick of this stupid motorhome.
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I've never loved and hated something so much at the same time
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I've never loved and hated something so much at the same time
Oh no! What happened now?

Hang in there Mark! I've been there as well with Dali. Loved, hated, contemplated selling a few times and back to loving her. Her she is on a flatbed being transported to a shop in South Dakota!
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