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Old 01-31-2008, 01:11 PM   #1
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Maintenance Schedule for newer Airstreams?

Hi,

For those with newer Airstreams, I am interested in what types of routine general maintenance people do (or have done)? With cars you have the oil changes, routine stuff every so many miles.

Do people here have a schedule (miles, # months/years) for performing routine maintenance? Do you have a log and track miles per trip (I don't but thinking I should).

I've seen quite a bit of discussion on method/frequency of washing/polishing - so less about that - and more about other types of general maintenance.

I have not looked at my manual recently - and will do so - and I did search around the threads a bit - so if there is/are thread(s) on this, links would be appreciated.

I am a less mechanically-inclined person, so I'm really asking how often I should take Bambi in for (any?) routine maintenance or inspections.

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Old 01-31-2008, 08:43 PM   #2
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Hi Scott,

It's a once a year dealio. Take it in and have your bearings repacked and brakes checked. Have them eyeball all systems and clean your water heater, fridge and furnace pilot light areas and generally around any equipment with an exterior hatch. Lots of grunk gets in there.
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We do our brake adjustment and bearing packing essentially once a year, but inspect things like water-heater burners and such during the year and service when necessary. If you are inclined (mechanically and otherwise) you can do all of the routine service yourself. We do.
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Tim and Goin,

Thanks for the advice - exactly what I was looking for.

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Additionally, you should check the tire pressure every month, or before every trip. Tires will lose 1-2 psi per month just sitting.
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We check the tire pressure before and during trips. Paranoia? Yes.
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We check the tire pressure before and during trips. Paranoia? Yes.
Just don't remove air if the pressure is up while driving. It will come back down after you stop for the night.
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Hey Scott'
Looks like you're gonna be talking to lotsa folks at the Casini Forum Rally in April.
Your head will be chock full of new and novel maintance approaches, heck some of us may even volunteer to rotate the air in your tires!
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Just don't remove air if the pressure is up while driving. It will come back down after you stop for the night.
When I said during a trip, I did not mean while stopped at a gas station or rest stop, but when the tires are cold. One thing my paranoia makes me check when stopped at a gas station are hub and tire temperatures. Just a hand on them will tell you a lot, even to the point of noticing that the side which faced the sun while driving is warmer. While I am at it, I do a walk-around to make sure that everything else looks okay.
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