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Old 01-03-2015, 06:27 AM   #29
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I tend to agree with the comment that this is an "oldie but a goodie" as my Dad who was in the Royal Navy used to tell a similar joke. Never the less, good job at flattening the Aussie vowels... coor blimey another expat Brit!
Have a great trip, relax as much as possible but be hyper vigilante, if you can possibly do that, but above all if you have never driven something this big, is to learn to look up. She is 10.6' tall and you need to look out for low branches or roof overhangs. So many coaches with dents in both ends.

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Old 01-09-2015, 12:38 PM   #30
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Flew to Seattle from Austin yesterday. Decided to fly anyway even though the dealer warned me that they were "behind" inthe repairs which now include
Resurfacing disks, replacing calipers and pads (one side seized so decided to replace both sides)
New ball joints
Refurbished alternator and power steering pump
New water pump and fan clutch
Replacing the original "Freedom series inverter" with a placement (Magnavox?)
Replacing the ZipDee return spring (awning was slow to retract)
Seems all refrig, aircons,water heater, pumps etc are operative
Onan genset seems to be working fine but final check will be completed when inverter re-installed
Scored a full and complete Airstream Owners Handbook in great condition including all "3rd party manuals"and a great condition 1991 Airstream 350 brochure.
So, hope to get out of Seattle this evening assuming the final road test goes OK.Click image for larger version

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Old 01-09-2015, 12:56 PM   #31
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Wow, what a beauty!
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Old 01-09-2015, 01:10 PM   #32
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Old 01-09-2015, 01:24 PM   #33
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I don't know what other motor home users are getting as to oil consumption with a 454, but Dads '87 Suburban was at 500/miles quart. Changed him over to 15W50 Mobil One and it then remained at a little over 600 till being sold five years later at 187k.

Faster you run the faster it'll burn oil is how I remember big block engines prior to fuel injection. There is a point where it should stabilize. I'd have a dozen quarts or more onboard were it me as I'd rather not have to depend on what I found going down the road.

Rotella T5 15w40 or Delo 15w40 would be my choice for that trip if it's not already done. T6 Rotella 5W40 once back at home. Baldwin filter.

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Old 01-09-2015, 02:24 PM   #34
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That motorhome is in very good shape cosmetically! I hope you're planning to keep it under cover in Texas when it's not in use, or it won't stay that pretty for long in the Texas sun.

Here's wishing you a boring journey home, which is to say the best possible outcome of a shake-down cruise!
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Old 01-09-2015, 04:22 PM   #35
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Thats a fine looking Minnie Winnie, Chris. Can't wait to see it in person. Austin will be a better City because of that rig
Have a safe and enjoyable trip home.
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Old 01-09-2015, 08:17 PM   #36
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Old 01-10-2015, 07:41 AM   #37
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Very nice indeed ! sure must have spent most of it's life in someones barn .
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Old 01-10-2015, 08:11 PM   #38
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The best made plans of mice and men!

Well, I thought I would post a nice positive thank you to my fellow Airstreamers from somewhere in sunny California. How wrong could I be!
Overnight end in Salem, Oregon then headed south on I5 with plans to get south of Redding, California by late afternoon . The weather is appalling here in Oregon, rain, cold and foggy but I was determined to press-on until......
About an hour out of Salem, a nasty screeching sound, a bang and total loss of steering, temp goes sky high...yes you guessed it, broken belts hanging under the engine. After 4 hours beside the highway, Good Sam's tow arrives, front end up and drive-line disconnected, the old 350LE was ungraciously piggy backekd in Junction City, Oregon where I sit tonight, shore powered to the Dealers electricity, warm and snug!
However, given the need to repair belts (they were all new) and to determine the cause of the incident along with deteriorating weather here, I think I'll abandon the attempt and wait for summer and do some sightseeing along the way home
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Old 01-10-2015, 09:05 PM   #39
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Pulley alignment being off is usually enough. Need a very long true straight edge to check from several angles. May not have been done.

Wrong bolt shoulder size, missing shim, doesn't take much to lose one belt and then have it affect others.

Plus, some engine run time and then to retighten (torque to spec) afterwards. This step may have been skipped. Belt loosened per design and flopped off taking others with it.

If a bolt loosened due to improper torque or lack of re torque , same problem.

Frozen bearing in water pump or other, same problem.

Sorry you lost headway, but things like this tend to work out. Glad you have hookups.

Packers are chosen over the Cowboys so we need to be able to hear you a'hollerin' from that end zone tomorrow about 1000 your local time. Could be an indefinite delay at El Paso otherwise.
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Old 01-11-2015, 06:57 AM   #40
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Sorry for your trouble, but glad to hear you and the new MoHo are safe and sound! Been there, done that, got the t-shirt and went back and did it again to get the sweatshirt

As a precaution IMMEDIATELY crawl under the back end and look at the attachment point for the tag axel> PeterH-Airstreamer told me about the issue of towing with a dexter tag (which are now available again) in post 203:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f311...ml#post1430166

I am sure you are fine, but normally it is "towed" using a flat bed.... Mine was safely towed the same way yours was with no damage but they barely lifted the front end to avoid putting too much weight on the tag.

If there are any problems you can show it was the improper tow that damaged the tag, since it was just inspected at the dealer. Their insurance would then have to cover any repairs.

Check the old belts that broke; look at length, width and groves. RV Shops are famous for using what "will fit" vice what is specified. Same way when I got mine. Belt had a squeal at low RPMs since they put on a belt that was the right length and width, but not correct groves.... With equipment that is 23 years old you need to make sure they are using the right parts. I have spares if I need them and if I have the work done by someone other then my go to guy, I provide the parts!

You've got my number, let me know if you need anything.
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Old 01-11-2015, 01:59 PM   #41
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Well, shoot. I know it's no consolation, but I have the tshirt and sweatshirt too, complete with sleeping outside of the repair shop.

Another towing note: our surly tow truck driver only reinstalled the driveshaft because I asked him to. In the process, he knocked a carrier bearing completely out of its mount and left the vehicle undriveable.

A dealer should be able to sort out the belt issue pretty quickly, but it will be a nicer drive in the summer.
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Old 01-11-2015, 03:32 PM   #42
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That loud screeching sound , would indicate that one of the pulleys on the front of the engine locked up and took out a belt , or belts , I sorta doubt that a 91 has a serpentine belt configuration. And the fact that you did not mention antifreeze dumping out from the underside , says that the water pump pulley did not cut loose and send the fan through the radiator ,
It should be a simple fix and ya should be able to travel pretty soon .
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