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Old 01-25-2015, 01:21 PM   #99
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What a terrific idea Peter..I think while I'm at it, I'll add a wireless circuit to our house door bell so that visitors can also enjoy the air horns!
Appreciated your kind summary of the 350LE's condition, quiet an endorsement of just how lucky an ill-informed buyer can be!
I'll follow-up on dannydimitt's suggestion Monday and let you know the result.
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Old 01-26-2015, 09:16 AM   #100
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Rear air bags and bushes

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Only one place in Austin that I would take it .

Atlas spring and alignment service

3535 East 7th Street, Austin, TX 78702

(512) 385-3661has been there for many many years. Good folks there.
Spoke with these folks this morning and got a sort of "maybe" depending on parts availably. do you have a scource for both the airbags and bushes, pins that will be needed ?
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Old 01-26-2015, 09:43 AM   #101
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American Carrier

[QUOTE=Smartstream;1572274]I'm not sure exactly how the tandem axle air suspension is set up but I had a similar problem on my 280 and it was a pretty simple fix. Mine is an American Carrier system and they had the bushings for about $65 and the cross pins and "dog bone" link if needed. It took an hour or two to change if I remember correctly. The air bags may take a "set" from being run like that for some time. Turning one bag 180 degrees will help balance them or you can replace them if they are aged and cracked.[/QUOTE
Did you locate a source for American Carrier parts..also any idea where to obtain rear airbag replacements ?
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Old 01-26-2015, 01:26 PM   #102
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I'm not sure exactly how the tandem axle air suspension is set up but I had a similar problem on my 280 and it was a pretty simple fix. Mine is an American Carrier system and they had the bushings for about $65 and the cross pins and "dog bone" link if needed. It took an hour or two to change if I remember correctly. The air bags may take a "set" from being run like that for some time. Turning one bag 180 degrees will help balance them or you can replace them if they are aged and cracked.[/QUOTE
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Old 01-27-2015, 12:33 PM   #103
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Had an interesting morning with the Austin Travis County Tax Office (these folks register and title RV's inthis County)
After convincing them that the vehicle was not a "travel trailer" they admitted limited knowledge on registering motorhomes (guess Dealers do the heavy lifting for customers?)
Finally they worked-out that the 350LE, although an Airstream, was indeed, not a travel trailer (the supervisor gave a detailed description of the difference which was certainly enjoyable!)
But no cigar! As none of the documentation listed a vehicle weight, they now insist that I obtain a "weight slip" before they will issue a Texas title!
I protested that I had the manufacturers spec, wasn't that sufficient.? But no. Anyone know a way around this conumdrum or am I going to have to cruise I35 loking for a truck weigh scale ?
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Old 01-27-2015, 12:36 PM   #104
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Dan..did you get my thanks for the links..if not, thanks again for the airbag and bush info..also got a link to master cylinder replacement..time to talk to Mrs. Banker for funding!
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Old 01-27-2015, 06:59 PM   #105
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Had an interesting morning with the Austin Travis County Tax Office (these folks register and title RV's inthis County)
After convincing them that the vehicle was not a "travel trailer" they admitted limited knowledge on registering motorhomes (guess Dealers do the heavy lifting for customers?)
Finally they worked-out that the 350LE, although an Airstream, was indeed, not a travel trailer (the supervisor gave a detailed description of the difference which was certainly enjoyable!)
But no cigar! As none of the documentation listed a vehicle weight, they now insist that I obtain a "weight slip" before they will issue a Texas title!
I protested that I had the manufacturers spec, wasn't that sufficient.? But no. Anyone know a way around this conumdrum or am I going to have to cruise I35 loking for a truck weigh scale ?
Google CAT scales. Most truck stops (love's, Pilot, Flying J etc) have them. It cost $10 for the first weight and a few dollars for each subsequent weight with in a few days. So you can get a empty and loaded weight.
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Old 01-27-2015, 07:03 PM   #106
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Had an interesting morning with the Austin Travis County Tax Office (these folks register and title RV's inthis County)
After convincing them that the vehicle was not a "travel trailer" they admitted limited knowledge on registering motorhomes (guess Dealers do the heavy lifting for customers?)
Finally they worked-out that the 350LE, although an Airstream, was indeed, not a travel trailer (the supervisor gave a detailed description of the difference which was certainly enjoyable!)
But no cigar! As none of the documentation listed a vehicle weight, they now insist that I obtain a "weight slip" before they will issue a Texas title!
I protested that I had the manufacturers spec, wasn't that sufficient.? But no. Anyone know a way around this conumdrum or am I going to have to cruise I35 loking for a truck weigh scale ?
When posting about what to expect from the tax office while you were on the road , I was thinking that a Cat Scale weight ticket would have been easy to obtain at a truck stop along the way . Most scrap iron recyclers have truck scales as do the two big garbage dumps in Austin . Ya might call and see if they will let you get a weight ticket from them .

When the wife and I drove up to northern Illinois and bought our 2005 AS we stopped at a cat scale in north Texas and got a weight slip on the way home .
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Old 01-28-2015, 12:20 PM   #107
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Dave and Danny..thanks for the CAT/Truck Stop/etc info. Next step is to get the rear-end redone and then worry about getting the RV "Texas Titled"
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Old 01-28-2015, 03:45 PM   #108
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We recently tried to get a license plate for our Airstream( a 28 foot trailer, purchased with a Missouri tag). We were told by Travis County that we had to go get it inspected! Like a car! Nothing was said about weighing it though. Wonder if that will come next.


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And by the way, when you find scales near Austin please post. We went all the way down to Seguin where there are a couple of truck stops along I-10 with scales when we wanted to weigh our Yukon. Surely there is something closer and we would like to know about it.


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Dave and Danny..thanks for the CAT/Truck Stop/etc info. Next step is to get the rear-end redone and then worry about getting the RV "Texas Titled"
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Remember you'll pay a penalty if they know you took longer than 30 days to get it titled.
If there is no sales date on the title , it will not be a problem .
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If there is no sales date on the title , it will not be a problem .
Hence my choice of words. "If they know"
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