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Old 07-16-2003, 06:08 PM   #1
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Tire advice not followed

I just got back from Montana after picking up my new to me 82 Airstream 34 foot limited. I read thru this forum and the advice was when picking up a used trailer the first stop should be at a place where the wheel bearings can be packed and the tires replaced. Wellllll the trailer was as advertised, excellent condition, everything worked, but the tires were marginal, thought I could make it home. Bad thought.

Blew the right rear in Wyoming somewhere, didn't notice until I stopped near Sheridan. Took out my black and gray tank handles, the cover for the drain, dented the belly pan and my gray tank is leaking. But no one was hurt and it is only money.

I found a place in Sheridan with 6 tires and replaced the 235 75 15 that were on the trailer with 225 75 8ply trailer tires. The originals were 4 ply. No problems from Sheridan to Stillwater mn.

I pull with a class 8 Volvo so I could probably lose all tires and pull down the road on the rims and not know it.

So for those of you reading this before picking up you new used airstream the first thing you do is replace the tires!!!

Going to another part of this forum and ask about sealing tanks, as others have done that successfully and want to know about airstream tanks, and also discuss the exhaust fans. They make noise, look okay, just don't seem to move a lot of air.

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Old 07-16-2003, 06:10 PM   #2
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okay, remember I said I just got home, still suffering from 40 mph side winds all day syndrome. Left side tire blew, right side doesn't have any tank handles, even a rookie knows that.

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Old 07-16-2003, 06:25 PM   #3
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Bummer

Sorry about the valve handles, but thanks a lot for sharing your experience with the Forum Members. It's really great that everyone can share both the good and bad experiences. Sure beats reinventing the wheel.

Great tow vehicle!

You and Don in East Texas need to get together to have a heads up!
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Old 07-16-2003, 07:05 PM   #4
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bummer!

But you've got the right frame of mind... it's only time and money! Welcome to the world of 34' behemoths. It sounds like you're better equipped with your Volvo to tow it than most of us !

We'd love to see photos when you get the chance.

I just got my '94 Limited 34' recently, and it's fun to look at others.

Let us know if there's anything we can do to help!

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Old 07-17-2003, 07:35 AM   #5
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Like to see some pics of the Airstream behind the Volvo!!! Do you have an air ride hitch?
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Old 07-17-2003, 07:47 AM   #6
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Stillwater?
I don't need pics.
Just invite me out so I can have a look at it in person.
GF lives in Bayfield so I get out your way regularly.
Glad to hear you made it home ok.
And as others have said Good attitude about your troubles.
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Old 07-17-2003, 12:19 PM   #7
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cadonnelly - we just returned to MN from the Grand Tetons on Sunday towing the trailer, sounds like you followed us by a couple days. Welcome to Airsteam ownership! I hope you can get it fixed up easily.

Ultradog - we have a cabin in Bayfield, WI (or did you mean Bayport, MN?) and my brother owns a store and B&B there, with only 600 residents I bet he knows your GF.
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Old 07-17-2003, 12:48 PM   #8
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Hey Dan,
Sorry
She's in Bayport just so of Stillwater.
Say you don't own a rivit shaver do you?
I'm sitting on hold with AS in OH getting the part # for a window I just broke. Gonna have to order one from Shorewood RV.
GRRR
Wont be so bad if I don't have to buy the rivit shaver too.
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No rivit shaver - my AS is in warranty. SOmehow I need to get the time to drive it to the AS factory to get some items fixed, as Shorewood RV only wanted to do the easy stuff.
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Old 07-24-2003, 05:34 AM   #10
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Pics of volvo and airstream

I put some pics of my Airstream and Volvo on www.truckconversion.net look in pictures and members photos under my name.

If you Mn guys want to stop by, just send me an e-mail. If those visiting Stillwater need a place to hook up, I have privacy and hook ups within minutes of the tourist trap err downtown.

Where can I buy documentation that may have wiring diagrams, plumbing routing etc. Bid on a book on e-bay and lost it. It was 350 pages long covering 82 Airstreams, are their others around?

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Chuck,

3 places I know of to get the service manuals. Ebay, Airstream Flea markets (at bigger rallies) and From Secretarial Services. The ones from secretarial services are going to be Photo copied and run 60 bucks.
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Chuck, went over and saw your pics on the other site. Wow, that Volvo is quite a bit taller than the A/S

I have about a year left on my P/U lease, been thinking about a Class 8 conversion. My only concern is loosing the P/U for "daily driver" stuff, but I only put 7,000 on the P/U, and we also have a Blazer and a Crown Vic in the driveway, so it's not much of an issue except for those little hauling jobs. like runs to Lowes and HD, but I imagine I can configure the bed and hitch area to handle that kind of capacity.

Do you have an air ride hitch for the Airstream? I am concerned about damage from the stiffer suspension of the truck, as I know it would be a harder ride than a pickup truck.
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Old 07-24-2003, 08:13 AM   #14
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air hitch

Don E could probably contribute here, but I have a concern about the "stiff" chassis on the class 8 also. I have my Volvo set up to pull a fifth wheel and have installed a air hitch on the bed. Since my 401 has become a 101, have put the fifth wheel on hold for awhile. I am looking at an air ride receiver hitch made in Okalahoma (can't pull up the name from my memory bank) and may use it. However the Volvo is an air ride truck. Don E in Texas has pulled his Airstream for a few thousand miles I think without any problems.

I have pulled the Airstream 1600 miles and can't see that the interior is being rearranged much. Some doors pop open but I think they may have regardless of the truck used to pull it.

On the escapees web site, if you look under the MDT discussion thread you will see some recent postings from Don E and myself about using a class 8 as a tow vehicle.

Understand that a used class 8 is cheaper than a new pick up.

Would like to be able to plug my trailer into my truck going down the road, as I can provide up to 3kw of ac to the trailer when going down the road. Need ideas as to how to tap into the ac input line, the shore powe hook up is a long ways from the front of the trailer and a extension cord duct taped to the outside just seems to be a bit tacky.

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