Hello, We are owners of an immaculate very low mileage 1989 345LE Airstream Motorhome which we have spent around 100k on as well as the purchase price...we love it. We live in San Francisco and want to drive it to South America next year. Ok, that's the dream
As part of this we have replaced or refurbished nearly all major mechanical and structural items and it drives like a dream now, although like any elderly icon it needs constant looking after.
I wish these were built on Ford chassis for better mechanical reliability...anyway that's another subject...I am constantly having to deal with Chevvy related mechanical stuff, little things like electrical fuses, blocked fuel filters, carb adjustments etc. All things that can stop you going anywhere.
We replaced all airbags and shocks all round, making sure that the original shocks exactly were put on the front. The original spec shocks were hard to get, but eventually sourced. This helped the handling and makes it one of the safest non-swaying motorhomes I have ever driven. With the Banks Power system we can now keep up with anything we need to on the road.
We were horrified to find out about 5 thousand miles later that both side front shocks had sheared off at the bottom. We had to replace them at very short notice on the road and have had the standard P30 shocks fitted until the original parts arrive.
Has this happened to anyone else?
The coach drives very similarly with these and they look alot beefier to me. Does any one know why these were not spec? Are there any implications of keeping the P30 shocks.
The ride maybe seems a little more "van like" but at speed on the freeway it is the same.
I would be delighted to share our experiences of rebuilding this coach with anyone. We have learnt alot.
Very best wishes to all
William and Naomi Henshall