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Old 08-21-2021, 09:21 AM   #301
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Sounds like great memories have been made!
On my 3rd set of the Goodyear tires, wider than the other brands of the same size. Just hope they keep making them!
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Old 08-21-2021, 11:09 AM   #302
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Sounds like great memories have been made!
On my 3rd set of the Goodyear tires, wider than the other brands of the same size. Just hope they keep making them!

Yep! It was a long wait for them here in Canada. I ordered them in March and they kept getting delayed. They arrived in July I think.
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Old 08-23-2021, 05:46 AM   #303
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one more update on the tires: I went from some quite old 225/70s to the original size 8R19.5 Goodyear G647RS. Overall they felt a bit smoother riding, no vibration, and getting in deep water on the highway felt like nothing at all while I saw cars hydroplane near me, but that could have to do with the weight of the motorhome and not the tires. They are visibly narrower than the 225s looking from the front but look better from the side filling the wheel wells a bit more.



We were loaded with 2 adults, 4 children (12 and below), and one St. Bernard dog, and we had lots of stuff we brought back from the trip.
all good news I replaced my oil pressure sender this spring and I am also waiting for 2 new roof air units that are backordered from coleman mach
but bmaybe this winter .no problem though fall trips coming up .
see you on the road if canadians can go to VT they have a great Garlic festival so does connecticut we will be there !
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Old 08-25-2021, 11:13 AM   #304
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That is weird! I was looking for new front shocks thinking I needed the Bilsteins and saw this in my manual! Apparently there should be a coil spring around the shockÖ. That extra load would be in addition to the airbags within the coil springs
What have others fitted to a 345?

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Old 08-25-2021, 11:30 AM   #305
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Weird indeed. Our '90 345 just has a shock and a separate coil spring on each side. Previous owners replaced the original airbag-assisted coil springs on both this coach and on our '84 310 with heavier springs that do not have airbags. I see reference to "Gillig" in your manual, I thought only the 370's like Bob Miller's were on Gillig chassis.
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Old 08-25-2021, 11:34 AM   #306
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The manual covers both the Chevy and Gillig chassis. I have coil springs with the airbags fitted but this states that also I should have the coil over helper shocks. Mine have been replaced with regular shocks and it is bouncy a bit.
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Old 09-06-2021, 01:37 PM   #307
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Hi, I havenít been able to source anymore info on these shocks. Those of you who have Bilstein B6 front shocks, are they enough with that regular coil spring and helper airbag? Did you update the springs if you donít have the helper shock? Iíll order the B6 now and see how it rides during our next trip.
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Old 09-06-2021, 03:25 PM   #308
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I have experience with both the bilstine and Koni FSD (gold). Just got back from a trip with the new shocks and rear spring replacement. I would say the Koni seem to be built much better (all-metal construction, heavier gauge metal and bushings) and ride smoothly

If you are looking for more control, heavier duty front springs would be the trick (with new shocks)

That will be my next upgrade. I have played around with the front helper bags pressure, and it helps a little. I increased to 80 psi and it reduces bottoming out a bit, but no match for new springs. I drove a friends RV with SuperSteer front springs and WOW what a difference
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My 350 has the heavy duty spring upgrade (done by a previous owner),

steer safe ( http://www.steersafe.com/shop/steer-safe-unit ) and Bilstein Shocks. Tracks and handles extremely well for a P30. I don't even mess with the ridiculous front airbags.
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I suppose Iíll look at those springs.
Funny how every time I ask a question the list grows! I think this will be worthwhile though as ai keep hitting the bump stops.
Thanks!!
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Old 09-07-2021, 06:13 AM   #311
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I suppose Iíll look at those springs.
Funny how every time I ask a question the list grows! I think this will be worthwhile though as ai keep hitting the bump stops.
Thanks!!
I would give them a call and asked specific questions, like the helper springs around the shock absorber mentioned in your manual.

https://www.sdtrucksprings.com/index...caAj-MEALw_wcB
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Old 09-29-2021, 02:35 PM   #312
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I could not find any information on those coilover helper shocks si I have new Bilstein shocks on order for the front and a new steering stabilizer. I will see what impact that does as shocks are easy to do, and maybe later I will look at upgrading the springs if I still need to.

We have one more trip this fall in a week or so, then it's winter projects time. I plan on doing headers and exhaust as this is the main annoyance when driving. Quick question, when doing headers, have you had to re-jet the quadrajet carburetor?

(then the rest of the projects will continue such as AC, etc)

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I could not find any information on those coilover helper shocks si I have new Bilstein shocks on order for the front and a new steering stabilizer....
Its possible that they just were "thinking" about doing the coilovers, but when push came to shove, none were in the parts bin



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I Quick question, when doing headers, have you had to re-jet the quadrajet carburetor?

(then the rest of the projects will continue such as AC, etc)

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Which aftermarket fuel injection

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Funny how every time I ask a question the list grows! I think this will be worthwhile though as ai keep hitting the bump stops.
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No aftermarket fuel injection, I have the carburetor on there now and I will replace the exhaust manifolds by headers.

Iíll see the impact of the Bilstein shocks. Maybe it will be ok with that but they are back ordered for now.

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Old 09-30-2021, 06:14 AM   #315
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Oh this is bad!! Of course somebody is selling this locally at an opportune time. Tempting!! In Canadian dollars so approximately $600USD
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Old 09-30-2021, 06:42 AM   #316
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Oh this is bad!! Of course somebody is selling this locally at an opportune time. Tempting!! In Canadian dollars so approximately $600USD
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Better hope some of our fellow gear heads (like Brad) will step in with some thoughts, before you disappear in that rabbit hole
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Old 09-30-2021, 07:40 AM   #317
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Better hope some of our fellow gear heads (like Brad) will step in with some thoughts, before you disappear in that rabbit hole
yep, maybe I should stay away from that... If the stock carb is fine with headers, that will be all good, but if it is not... then this FiTech may be a good option!
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yep, maybe I should stay away from that... If the stock carb is fine with headers, that will be all good, but if it is not... then this FiTech may be a good option!
Converting to TBI has it's pros and cons. Carburetors are in many ways easier to deal with but not as efficient overall as fuel injection.

When I was rebuilding the 454 in my Argosy I thought about it for a long time before deciding to switch to TBI. I ended up using the factory OEM setup. My main reason for choosing OEM over an aftermarket brand such as FTtech had to do with parts availability while on the road in the middle of nowhere. My thinking was if one of the OEM TBI parts failed I would likely be able to find parts at a local parts house or junkyard. GM TBIs were used in millions of vehicles so the odds of finding what I might need were probably better than trying to find a FiTech (or other brand) part without waiting for days for a parts delivery.

Other than the throttle body itself I have all of the parts used in the TBI system on the shelf as spares. I will likely also buy a spare throttle body by the time I'm done.

The person that really needs to chime in is Rob. I'm not sure if he used FiTech or not but he recently installed an aftermarket system and apparently it performed great on his trip west.

Bottom line is if you don't mind tinkering and want better fuel economy and better engine starts especially after sitting for months then consider going the TBI route.


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Good afternoon!

As many of you have seen, I was looking for a motorhome and found one. I bought it and I am figuring out how to get it here (6 provinces and 3000 miles away). In these COVID times, I may have it trailered here in the next few weeks as I can't self-isolate for two weeks with my family upon my return.

So here it is! Much has been sorted already and recent work includes: brakes all around (pads, rotors, regulator, master cylinder), shocks, front airbags, front Michelin tires (rears were replaced with re-threads), wheels bearings were gone over and serviced or replaced as needed, new fuel pump, new high output alternator, new fan clutch, new plugs and wires and distributor (maybe just the cap, PO was not clear on that one), fan clutch, rear engine oil seal, one ball joint, steering damper, e-brake cable, newer fridge, new convection microwave, four burner stove, blinds, and drapes.

The seller has a big binder with all the receipts and service history so it looks promising.

I will go over it once it gets here but for now, I am getting smarter by reading around the forums. Surely I will have many questions in the near future!

Thanks for the help so far and I will keep posting information once I have the motorhome!

Cheers

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yep, maybe I should stay away from that... If the stock carb is fine with headers, that will be all good, but if it is not... then this FiTech may be a good option!
Both of our coaches have long tube headers and quadrajet carburetors, and we have put many miles on them. The Qjet on the 345 was showing its age on our trip to Alaska, where the coach spent the winter. Brought a rebuilt unit in my suitcase for the return trip, installed it at a campground in Delta Junction, and only had to tweak the idle up a bit to have it running like a top all the way home.
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