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Old 03-28-2008, 09:00 AM   #15
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Update from the Hills of Tennesse

We are now a few hours east of Menphis. We've met a few airstreamers on the way and stopped at a campground last night to dewinterize our Motorhome. To our surprise the standard sewer hose does not fit our airstream? Any ideas where we can get teh right adapter? Also, the auto fill function does not work. - Where do we look for the solenoid? Any ideas? Thanks - I will put more pictures up soon
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Old 03-28-2008, 09:33 AM   #16
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The sewer adapters on Airstreams are Thetford and most others use Valterra. You can get an adapter from Vintage Trailer Supply and many other places. I am going to get one myself even though I have Thetford fittings on my hose. Some dump stations have a hose to use and with the adapter I can dirty their hose and not mine.
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Old 03-28-2008, 09:42 AM   #17
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Also, the auto fill function does not work. - Where do we look for the solenoid? Any ideas? Thanks - I will put more pictures up soon
I think there might be a little bit of confusion here. I'm assuming since you were staying in a campground you were probably trying to hook up to city water. When doing so the system bypasses the fresh water tank and ties directly into the system. Also your water pump is not used while on city water. Once you connect the city water hose to the motorhome and turn the water on at the spigot you should have water pressure inside.

If this is not the case then you're going to have to start checking out the piping to see where the problem lies.

Good luck!

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Old 03-28-2008, 09:43 AM   #18
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I have seen them at Wal Mart and Camping world. I keep on handy, the standard hose fits into a 4" PVC pipe for cleaner storage
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Old 03-28-2008, 10:23 AM   #19
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Have you been keeping tabs on your gas mileage? If so what kind of mileage are you getting?

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Old 03-28-2008, 12:54 PM   #20
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I couldn't remember if the new Beetle was front wheel or rear wheel drive. If front, then there isn't a driver shaft per se, but the wheels will still turn the transmission and the gears need the lubrication of the transmission fluid. Many cars can be towed without damage, but some will result in damage unless precautions are taken. Some Saturns and some Suburbans have transmissions that recirculate the transmission fluid while being towed in neutral (automatics) and some automatic transmission automobiles require that the drive shafts be disconnected to be towed for any distance.

The Beetle may be one that can be safely towed four down in neutral (manual) but I'd rather see you be certain than to take the word of a hitch dealer that wants to sell you a hitch and doesn't expect to see you again.

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Is the back one pushing or the front one pulling?
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Old 03-28-2008, 01:54 PM   #22
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My favorite breakfast in Austin can be eaten at most of the El Mercados Restaurant locations around town.

I recommend the queso enchlida plate with two fried eggs on top.
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Omelette Tree on Burnet (traditional fare with great pancakes for a very laid-back crowd...) or El Sol y La Luna on Congress (Tex Mex for the downtown hipsters)... It's all good...

Even better yet, breakfast of your choice in you're own 'Stream!
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The Auto Fill/.....

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I think there might be a little bit of confusion here. I'm assuming since you were staying in a campground you were probably trying to hook up to city water. When doing.....
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Hey Brad, I thought that when we are connected to city water, (via the hose real next to the electric one in the rear left) we would press "Auto Fill" and then the water system would automatically fill the Fresh Water tank, all the while being available via faucets etc... am I wrong?

Also, we found an adapter...but if you want to laugh...read what happened yesterday here

As for the beetle, like I said...there is another member towing a Manual one on all 4.... I also did a bunch of google searches and seemed ok to be done...

Our generator issue: I played around with the idle screw a bit...and it's runing ok now :-) We are in Arkansas...still making our way down...

We're getting between 6 and 9 MPG's right now.....

Hard to really tell. We will try to do a real average soon.
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Old 03-28-2008, 03:31 PM   #25
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I'm actually a Cisco's guy myself. Wolf omelette and picadillo.

Man this thread is now making me hungry!

gypsychris, if you didn't get it by now, Austin has some great places to eat, and Austinites love their Tex-Mex.

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I'm waving from just south of Little Rock as you cruise by!

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Old 03-28-2008, 03:36 PM   #27
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Had the same surprise with the sewer hose connection at first. Went by an RV supply and got the one for an Airstream. It's a Thetford like the toilet. Simple once someone tells you the secret. Thanks, balrgn
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Hey Brad, I thought that when we are connected to city water, (via the hose real next to the electric one in the rear left) we would press "Auto Fill" and then the water system would automatically fill the Fresh Water tank, all the while being available via faucets etc... am I wrong?
Sounds like you've got something totally different than what we have. I would think the autofill would be for filling the fresh water tank for when you're going to boondock.

I'm not sure what year your 345 is but I have the 1984 thru 1986 motorhome service manual I can upload for you. It might help your sort out a few things.

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We are in Arkansas...still making our way down...

We're getting between 6 and 9 MPG's right now.....

Hard to really tell. We will try to do a real average soon.
Be sure and wave at Susan (Alumatube) when you drive through little rock. Susan and our motorhome are only about 25 miles south on I-530.

The mileage doesn't sound to bad considering you have a toad.

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