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Old 03-23-2013, 07:00 PM   #29
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I'm going out for the evening so will think about it and get back to you Don. What you describe does not sound like a sway bar rattle, but it might be a rubber bushing. Not sure how yours is set up. This is mine.

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I am working on the grey water dump valve and the the city water pressure inlet that has a leak. While I was doing that I tried the handy little soap dispenser to clean my hands but it was corroded and stopped up. I cleaned it but it leaks just a little at the plunger at the bottom. It is a "Lions" brand but I can't find anything on the web. It fits in a little chrome holder and looks neat. I wonder if these are still available.
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passenger seat slideout floor

I am not sure what the actual name is but it is the floor that slides out to cover the stair well when the passenger is sitting in their seat. I know there is a lever by the door that activates this, open and close. I know that it worked on my trip back but I was going to show my wife how neat this today but nothing happened when I move the lever. So what did I do to cause this not to work while I have been parked in RV park with 50 amp power. I know I must have pushed a button somewhere when I parked last Sunday night that turned this off. Thanks
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Some other brands have that cover operated by AIR. I am not aware of how Airstream has theirs. Someone else might be able to help.

I see this in the owners manual Don. It is air operated.

AIRSTREAM 390/395/396 XL OWNERS MANUAL
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STEP WELL COVER
Your motorhome is equipped with a pneumatically powered step well cover.
The switch (valve) is a black lever located in the front of the passenger right hand armrest. The
air pressure is supplied by the chassis air ride system. It is normal for the air system to leak down
so you may find the cover to be inoperable if the engine has been shut off for a period of time.
The intent of the step cover is to provide the passenger with a "floor" while traveling and then be
retracted so the steps can be used when stopped. With this in mind you can see where the loss of
air after the motorhome has been shut off for a time is not a problem. When you park the
motorhome you’ll normally retract the step cover so you can at least get out and stretch your legs.
If you happen to lose air pressure before retracting the step cover just starting the engine for a few
minutes will replenish the air supply.

! WARNING: Do not operate the pneumatic cover while standing in the step well.

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I can't imagine what it might be if it is under the dash and not below in the chassis area.
In the past, while underway, I have had my wife use the mechanics stethoscope to pinpoint a dull rattle in the TV cabinet that I was able to correct with some additional insulation.

I would think you could do something similar while underway with a cell phone . Have your partner tape his phone to a yard stick, then after calling you, hold his cell phone in the area of the squeak, to try to determine exactly where it is occurring. I would think you should be able to pinpoint it that way.

About the only movement below the dash should be the steering column that has a rubber weather boot where it goes thru the floor.

You have a front mounted slide out gen set that may be rubbing on something while underway. Did you check that area for obvious signs of chaffing?

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Me and my friend were able to track down a few little rattles and squeaks along the way and fix them so it is pretty quite. Except what sounds to be under the drivers dash/instrument panel. On smooth roads it is only a small squeak,like rubber on rubber, not a wind noise. But on a rougher road its like 2 squirrels fighting. I crawled under there today with a flash light and see a lot of wires and stuff but nothing that I could see that would do this. Any thoughts.
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Old 03-27-2013, 03:54 PM   #34
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I can't imagine what it might be if it is under the dash and not below in the chassis area.
In the past, while underway, I have had my wife use the mechanics stethoscope to pinpoint a dull rattle in the TV cabinet that I was able to correct with some additional insulation.

I would think you could do something similar while underway with a cell phone . Have your partner tape his phone to a yard stick, then after calling you, hold his cell phone in the area of the squeak, to try to determine exactly where it is occurring. I would think you should be able to pinpoint it that way.

About the only movement below the dash should be the steering column that has a rubber weather boot where it goes thru the floor.

You have a front mounted slide out gen set that may be rubbing on something while underway. Did you check that area for obvious signs of chaffing?

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I crawled under the front of the coach today and the only thing I see that may be causing this is generator muffler pipe that is touching a part of the frame when I moved it it rubs on the frame. There is a strap at the end that come out from under the coach with a metal clamp on the pipe and a rubber piece that attaches to the frame. If I could find something like this it would keep the pipe off of the frame. I guess all I can do is to try and eliminate things.
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If you happen to lose air pressure before retracting the step cover just starting the engine for a fewminutes will replenish the air supply.
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That was it, started it up and after a few minutes it worked just fine. Thanks Dave
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I see you have the C7 engine in that Don, so you should have the advantage of all the programing that allows for this engine.


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I am not a CAT man so I am having trouble determining what engine you have. Is that the C7 or is it the 3126 model? I believe both were commonly rated at 330HP. If you have the bed up, the engine ID stamp should be on the street side of that engine. Dave
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I see you have the C7 engine in that Don, so you should have the advantage of all the programing that allows for this engine.


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Yes it is the C7 so I will try programing that you included earlier
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I am not sure what the actual name is but it is the floor that slides out to cover the stair well when the passenger is sitting in their seat. I know there is a lever by the door that activates this, open and close. I know that it worked on my trip back but I was going to show my wife how neat this today but nothing happened when I move the lever. So what did I do to cause this not to work while I have been parked in RV park with 50 amp power. I know I must have pushed a button somewhere when I parked last Sunday night that turned this off. Thanks
It works on Air pressure. If you have the jacks down that air has dumped from the system.
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It works on Air pressure. If you have the jacks down that air has dumped from the system.
Yes that was all it was, its working fine. I am still low on the learning curve about how everything works but making progress. I just found the switch for the seat vibrator yesterday. I am still tryng to figure what the audio control knobs on the right hand side of the bed are for. I think it controls 2 small black speakers over the head of the bed. It has CPS Products on the face.
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When I read your owners manual again, I see it does say your step cover is tied to the air suspension, so if it is dumped, the step would not work in this case. I find this odd, as I would have thought the step cover would be plumbed to the main chassis air, and not the suspension side.

Your owners manual does not mention a leveling system. Do you have a hydraulic level system on there Don? And do you have a book on it as it is not in the Airstream manual.
http://www.airstream.com/files/libra...9f63512971.pdf

I presume it is a chassis related item.

I see it mentions one in the original add from Colonial.

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Yes it has the leveling system and I do have a manual on this. The PO had all of the manuals and other documents in a big loose leaf binder and some file folders.



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When I read your owners manual again, I see it does say your step cover is tied to the air suspension, so if it is dumped, the step would not work in this case. I find this odd, as I would have thought the step cover would be plumbed to the main chassis air, and not the suspension side.

Your owners manual does not mention a leveling system. Do you have a hydraulic level system on there Don? And do you have a book on it as it is not in the Airstream manual.
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Corian Range top cover

The original Corian range top covers for the Bi-fold range top had what I first thought were chips along the front edge. But I found out that the damage was not actually chips in the Corian but burn damage. Apparently the Corian cover came in contact with a burner with a pot on it and burned as shown in the picture below. My first though was to order a replacement Corian cover from Airstream, but they no longer have the "Midnight" Corian tops. Next I thought I could repair or trim it up and eliminate the burned spots. In talking with Airstream they said these were attached with double sided tape and I thought they should come off fairly easy. But they were actually attached with epoxy. I had to pry them off in pieces. Since I could not find any 1/4" Midnight Corian I decided to make a "Butcher Block" type cover in 2 pieces and attach these to the range bi-fold top. It is 1/2 thick so it is not flush with the counter top but looks more like a cutting board sitting on the counter. I will not use it as a cutting board and stained and apply a satin finish poly and it looks pretty good when closed and open. It folds back just like the Corian one did and does not appear to be close enough of the burner to cause a problem. I have attached a couple pictures of the final results below
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