The Classic Airstream Motorhome is an interesting and complex mixture of Airstream riveted aluminum structure, and control forward motorhome chassis.
Add a combined chassis, and trailer 12V
systems, a 120V system, water, waste and propane, and things get more fun!
Oh, and throw in an onboard generator for good measure!
After discussion with Air Forums, it was decided to attempt to put together a sticky thread, as a place to stop and find information.
We will be working on this thread in an ongoing attempt to keep links up to date, and add information as we move forward.
Thank you, in advance to all those who have gone before and blazed a path and a wealth of information for us all to benefit!
Here we go!
It is not really known how many Classic Airstream Motorhomes were produced, as even Airstream themselves say they have no accurate records.
There was also a lot of custom builds, which clouds the data.
Most of the Motorhomes were built on General Motors P30 chassis's, and were equipped with front mounted Big Block 454ci gas motors, and TH475 3 speed automatic transmisions, driving the rear axle, but there are some exceptions!
Some of the earlier models that had the 350ci Small block.
In 1982, Airstream began offering an Isuzu 6 cylinder Diesel, in both normally asperated, and Turbo versions. It is our understanding that the Turbo was a factory fitted option by Airstream, not Isuzu.
Later a Cummins BT6 Turbo Diesel was offered in place of the 454.
The very rare, and largest models ever made were the 365 and 370, and these were based on the Gillig Chassis, and powered by Ford 460 V8.
From December 1992, a Diesel Pusher model was added. This featured a Sparton Chassis with a rear mounted Cummins BT6 Turbo Diesel and Allison AT542 transmission.
The Argosy Motorhome was the first produced in the Classic style, from 1974 thru 1978. Argosy's were painted from the factory. They were available in 20', 24', 26', and 28' models with various interior layouts.
In 1978, Airstream began producing Motorhomes in clearcoated aluminum.
From 1978 through 1982 they were available in 24', and 28', and badged as 240 and 280 models.
In 1982, a 310(31') model was added, as well as the Isuzu Diesel option.
In 1984, the 270(27'), and 345(34.5') models were added. The 345 was the first to have the Henchen Duratorque Tag axle.
In 1985, the models available were, 290, 325, 345, and the 370(37')
In 1993 there was a major facelift, with a sleeker nose, and flush windows, and it became known as Land Yacht. It still featured the clearcoated aluminum exterior panels, and this model continued until 1997.
Thinking about buying a Classic Airstream Motorhome?
Good advice here..
Classic Airstream Picture thread...
Fred's Airstream Archive is a great place to overview years, lengths and Models.
Fred's Airstream Archives @ ViewRVs.com - Used Travel Trailers and MotorHomes For Sale
Classic Airstream Motorhomes for sale we have seen.. but check the Classifieds at the top of the page too!
How to read your Airstream VIN.
Airstream Motorhome Specs, floorplans, etc. Scroll down...
Airstream, Inc :: Specifications
A&E Domestic Awning Manual
Rooftop Air Conditioners
Service manual for Earlier Coleman 6700, 7000, 8000, and 9000 series.
Alternator Mods, and testing.
Airbag information, replacement and mods for front and rear suspension.
Chassis Airbag Pump, GAST Compressor Manual.
I think the 3HBB is the model fitted to my 1984 345, and this is the closest manual I can find.
Chevy control forward P30 Motorhome Chassis Manual.
Chassis information here:
Banks Power Installation Manuals.
Chevy 454 single Airpump
Cummins 5.9 Diesel.
Diesel Engine Conversions.
Fuel Tank and fuel lines.
The official GM fuel vaporlock issue, and cure.
Chevy P-30 VaporLock Fix 1984.pdf
Cummins BT6A parts catalog!
Towing with a Classic?
Remember the stock hitch is only rated to 2000lb.
Discussion and Hitch upgrades.
Supersteer Bellcrank Installation Video and Manual.
How to install SuperSteer Bell Crank P3032 Chevrolet Workhorse Chassis road wander steering play - YouTube
Tag Axle Brake overhaul thread..
Based on a later chassis, but great info, thanks 92LandYacht!
Auxiliary Heater repair.
Suburban NT Furnace service manual;
Suburban NT Series Service Manual
Service Manuals for Refridgerators, Water Heaters, Furnaces, AC and more!
ID your HWH Leveling System.
Owners Manual, 100 Series.
Owners manual 110 series.
Maintaning your jacks..
I found this AWESOME Tech Training test, that is really helpfull too!
Found another original manual for the A&E Leveler system that has great info and aftermarket mounting instructions that explained a LOT!
7CM21RV Owners manual
7CM21RV Service manual
7CM21RV parts Manual.
Kohler Oil Leaks.
Putting the Genset on drawer slides.
Here are some Onan generator manuals. Most are for the Emerald plus 6.5 which is the genset that came in the 1986 345.
Onan Emerald plus Operators Manual
Onan Emerald plus 6500 Genset spec sheet
Onan NHE-NHEL Genset Service Manual
Onan Installation Guide 6.5 NH Genset
Onan Operators Manual 6.5 NH Genset
Onan Installation Replacement for Crank Ignition Relay
Onan RV Troubleshooting Guide from Flight Systems
Onan Installation of Control Board Replacement
Generac info for the genset fitted to earlier Argosy Motorhomes.
Honda Genset Conversion!
110v Electrical System
Most of the 80's Motorhomes have a 30a supply.
Links to upgrading.
JTB Engineering does a great kit.
JTB Manufacturing - RV Power Management - JTB Power Solution
Water and waste system.